CBDT further extends various Income Tax compliance Deadlines

CBDT further extends various Income Tax compliance deadlines prescribed under for Taxation & Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020, in view of the challenges being faced by the taxpayers, in meeting the statutory and regulatory compliance requirements across sectors due to the outbreak of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19).

Government has already notified the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020, on 31st March, 2020 which has already extended various time limits. In order to provide further relief to the taxpayers for making various compliances, the Government has further extended various compliance deadlines, as under:

I. The time for filing of original as well as revised income-tax returns for the FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) has been extended to 31st July, 2020.

II. Due date for income tax return for the FY 2019-20 (AY 2020-21) has been extended to 30th November, 2020. Hence, the returns of income which are required to be filed by 31st July, 2020 and 31st October, 2020 can be filed upto 30th November, 2020. Consequently, the date for furnishing tax audit report has also been extended to 31st October, 2020.

III. In order to provide relief to small and middle class taxpayers, the date for payment of self-assessment tax in the case of a taxpayer whose self-assessment tax liability is upto Rs. 1 lakh has also been extended to 30th November, 2020. However, it is clarified that there will be no extension of date for the payment of self-assessment tax for the taxpayers having self-assessment tax liability exceeding Rs. 1 lakh. In this case, the whole of the self-assessment tax shall be payable by the due dates specified in the Income-tax Act, 1961 (IT Act) and delayed payment would attract interest under section 234A of the IT Act.

IV. The date for making various investment/ payment for claiming deduction under Chapter-VIA-B of the IT Act which includes section 80C (LIC, PPF, NSC etc.), 80D (Mediclaim), 80G (Donations) etc. has also been further extended to 31st July, 2020. Hence the investment/ payment can be made upto 31st July, 2020 for claiming the deduction under these sections for FY 2019-20.

V. 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 further extended to 30th September, 2020. Therefore, the investment/ construction/ purchase made up to 30th September, 2020 shall be eligible for claiming deduction from capital gains.

VI. The date for commencement of operation for the SEZ units for claiming deduction under section 10AA of the IT Act has also been further extended to 30th September, 2020 for the units which received necessary approval by 31st March, 2020.

VII. The furnishing of the TDS/ TCS statements and issuance of TDS/ TCS certificates being the prerequisite for enabling the taxpayers to prepare their return of income for FY 2019-20, the date for furnishing of TDS/ TCS statements and issuance of TDS/ TCS certificates pertaining to the FY 2019-20 has been extended to 31st July, 2020 and 15th August, 2020 respectively.

VIII. The date for passing of order or issuance of notice by the authorities and various compliances under various Direct Taxes & Benami Law which are required to be passed/ issued/ made by 31st December, 2020 has been extended to 31st March, 2021. Consequently, the date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN would also be extended to 31st March, 2021.

IX. The reduced rate of interest of 9% for delayed payments of taxes, levies etc. specified in the Ordinance shall not be applicable for the payments made after 30th June, 2020.

The Finance Minister has already announced extension of date for making payment without additional amount under the “Vivad Se Vishwas” Scheme to 31st December 2020, necessary legislative amendments for which shall be moved in due course of time. The said Notification has extended the date for the completion or compliance of the actions which are required to be completed under the Scheme by 30th December, 2020 to 31st December, 2020. Therefore, the date of furnishing of declaration, passing of order etc under the Scheme stand extended to 31st December, 2020.

Deferment of the implementation of new procedure for approval/ registration/ notification of certain entities u/s 10(23C), 12AA, 35 and 80G of the IT Act has already been announced vide Press Release dated 8th May, 2020 from 1st June, 2020 to 1st October, 2020. It is clarified that the old procedure i.e. pre-amended procedure shall continue to apply during the period from 1st June, 2020 to 30th September, 2020.

Necessary legislative amendments in this regard shall be moved in due course of time. The Finance Minister has already announced reduced rate of TDS for specified nonsalaried payments to residents and specified TCS rates by 25% for the period from 14th May, 2020 to 31st March, 2021. The announcement was also followed by the Press Release dated 13th May, 2020. The necessary legislative amendments in this regard shall be moved in due course of time.

CBDT further extends various Income Tax compliance deadlines : Income Tax Notification 35 /2020 dt. 24 June 2020

S.O. 2033(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 (2 of 2020) (hereinafter referred to as the Ordinance), the Central Government hereby specifies , for the purposes of the said sub-section (1),-

(i) the 31st day of December, 2020 shall be the end date of the period during which the time limit specified in, or prescribed or notified under, the specified Act falls for the completion or compliance of such action as specified under the said sub-section; and

(ii) the 31st day of March, 2021 shall be the end date to which the time limit for completion or compliance of such action shall stand extended:

Provided that where the specified Act is the Income-tax Act, 1961 and the compliance relates to-

(i) furnishing of return under section 139 thereof, for the assessment year commencing on the –

(a) 1st day of April, 2019, the end date shall be extended to the 31st day of July, 2020;

(b) 1st day of April, 2020, the end date shall be extended to the 30th day of November, 2020;

(ii) delivering of statement of deduction of tax at source under sub-section (2A) of section 200 or statement of collection of tax at source under sub-section (3A) of section 206C thereof for the month of February or March, 2020, or for the quarter ending on the 31st day of March, 2020, as the case may be, the end date shall be extended to the 15th day of July, 2020;

(iii) delivering of statement of deduction of tax at source under sub-section (3) of section 200 or statement of collection of tax at source under proviso to sub-section (3) of section 206C thereof for the month of February or March, 2020, or for the quarter ending on the 31st day of March, 2020, as the case may be, the end date shall be extended to the 31st day of July, 2020;

(iv) furnishing of certificate under section 203 thereof in respect of deduction or payment of tax under section 192 of that Act for the financial year 2019-20, the end date shall be extended to the 15th day of August, 2020;

(v) section 54 or 54GB referred to in item (I) of sub-clause (i) of clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Ordinance or sub-clause (ii) of the said clause, the end date in respect of the time limit for the completion or compliance and the end date for making the said completion or compliance, shall be the 29th day of September, 2020 and the 30th day of September, 2020 respectively;

(vi) any provisions of Chapter VI-A under the heading “B.- Deductions in respect of certain payments” thereof, referred to in item (I) of sub-clause (i) of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Ordinance, the end date in respect of the time limit for the completion or compliance and the end date for making the said completion or compliance, shall be the 30th day of July, 2020 and the 31st day of July, 2020 respectively; and

(vii) furnishing of report of audit under any provision thereof for the assessment year commencing on the 1st day of April, 2020, the end date shall be extended to the 31st day of October, 2020:

Provided further that the extension of the date as referred to in sub-clause (b) of clause (i) of the first proviso shall not apply to Explanation 1 to section 234A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 in cases where the amount of tax on the total income as reduced by the clauses (i) to (vi) of sub-section (1) of the said section exceeds one lakh rupees:

Provided also that where the specified Act is the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020, the 30th day of December, 2020 shall be the end date of the period during which the time limit specified in, or prescribed or notified thereunder falls for the completion or compliance of the action and the 31st day of December, 2020 shall be the end date to which the time limit for completion or compliance of such action shall stand extended.

2. This notification shall come into force from the 30th day of June, 2020.

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