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Relaxation of various tax timelines to combat COVID-19 outbreak

Relaxation of various tax timelines to combat COVID-19 outbreak

Tax & Auditing

Makarand Lele

Makarand Lele

10 Apr 2020, 10:32 — 7 min read

Government of India has announced relaxation of various tax timelines to combat COVID-19 outbreak situation.

Accordingly it has notified Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 on 31st March 2020 to give effect to Various Direct/Indirect Tax and Statutory Compliance relaxation announced on 24th March 2020.

Following are the salient features of press release issued on 31st March, 2020 in this regard. (https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=200868)

Social distancing and work from home (WFH) policy was implemented in India for couple of weeks now and keeping in view the challenges faced by taxpayers in meeting the tax compliance requirements under such conditions vital relaxation of various tax timelines was provided through this ordinance.

Direct Taxes and Benami

Extension of last date of filing of original as well as revised income-tax returns for the FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) to 30 June, 2020.

Extension of Aadhaar-PAN linking date to 30 June, 2020.

Extension of last date of filing of original as well as revised income-tax returns for the FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) to 30 June, 2020. Tax saving investment timelines extended to 30th June 2020.

 

The date for making various investment/payment for claiming deduction under Chapter-VIA-B of IT Act which includes Section 80C (LIC, PPF, NSC etc.), 80D (Mediclaim), 80G (Donations), etc. has been extended to 30 June, 2020. Hence the investment/payment can be made up to 30.06.2020 for claiming the deduction under these sections for FY 2019-20.

The date for making investment/construction/purchase for claiming roll over benefit/deduction in respect of capital gains under sections 54 to 54GB of the IT Act has also been extended to 30 June 2020. Therefore, the investment/ construction/ purchase made up to 30.06.2020 shall be eligible for claiming deduction from capital gains arising during FY 2019-20.

The date for commencement of operation for the SEZ units for claiming deduction under deduction 10AA of the IT Act has also extended to 30.06.2020 for the units which received necessary approval by 31.03.2020.

The date for passing of order or issuance of notice by the authorities under various direct taxes and Benami Law has also been extended to 30.06.2020.

It has provided that reduced rate of interest of 9% shall be charged for non-payment of Income-tax (e.g. advance tax, TDS, TCS) Equalization Levy, Securities Transaction Tax (STT), Commodities Transaction Tax (CTT) which are due for payment from 20.03.2020 to 29.06.2020 if they are paid by 30.06.2020. Further, no penalty/ prosecution shall be initiated for these non-payments.

Under Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme, the date has also been extended up to 30.06.2020. Hence, declaration and payment under the Scheme can be made up to 30.06.2020 without additional payment.

Indirect Taxes

Last date of furnishing of the Central Excise returns due in March, April and May 2020 has been extended to 30 June,2020.

Wherever the last date for filing of appeal, refund applications etc., under the Central Excise Act, 1944 and rules made thereunder is from 20 March 2020 to 29 June 2020, the same has been extended to 30 June 2020.

Wherever the last date for filing of appeal, refund applications etc., under the Customs Act, 1962 and rules made thereunder is from 20 March 2020 to 29 June 2020, the same has been extended to 30 June 2020.

Wherever the last date for filing of appeal etc., relating to Service Tax is from 20 March 2020 to 29 June 2020, the same has been extended to 30 June 2020.

The date for making payment to avail of the benefit under Sabka Vishwas Legal Dispute Resolution Scheme 2019 has been extended to 30 June 2020 thus giving more time to taxpayers to get their disputes resolved.

GST Enabler

 

Enabling provision has been made to extend various due dates for GST on the recommendations of GST Council


In addition to the extension of time limits under the Taxation and Benami Acts as above, an enabling section has got inserted in the CGST Act, 2017 empowering the Government to extend due dates for various compliances inter-alia including statement of outward supplies filing refund claims, filing appeals, etc. specified, prescribed or notified under the Act, on recommendations of the GST Council.

PM CARES Fund

A special fund “Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES FUND)” has been set up for providing relief to the persons affected from the outbreak of Corona virus.

All donations made to PM CARES Fund till 30th June 2020 will be eligible for claiming 100% deduction under Section 80G for the FY 19-20

 

The Ordinance also amended the provisions of the Income-tax Act to provide the same tax treatment to PM CARES Fund as available to Prime Minister National Relief Fund. Therefore, the donation made to the PM CARES Fund shall be eligible for 100% deduction under section 80G of the IT Act. Further, the limit on deduction of 10% of gross income shall also not be applicable for donation made to PM CARES Fund.

As the date for claiming deduction u/s 80G under IT Act has been extended up to 30.06.2020, the donation made up to 30.06.2020 shall also be eligible for deduction from income of FY 2019-20. Hence, any person including corporate paying concessional tax on income of FY 2020-21 under new regime can make donation to PM CARES Fund up to 30.06.2020 and can claim deduction u/s 80G against income of FY 2019-20 and shall also not lose his eligibility to pay tax in concessional taxation regime for income of FY 2020-21.

Compliments to Government of India for providing apt measures to distressed businesses and citizens.

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