CBDT Press Release dt. 25/06/2021: Covid Exemption; Extension of Certain Timelines

CBDT announces further relaxation/ extension in timelines of various compliance requirements and exemption for expenditure on COVID treatment/ ex-gratia receipts on death due to COVID, under Income Tax Act (CBDT Press Release dt. 25/06/2021).

CBDT Press Release dt. 25/06/2021: Government grants further extension in timelines of compliances. Also announces tax exemption for expenditure on Covid treatment and ex-gratia received on death due to Covid

A. Tax exemption

I. Many taxpayers have received financial help from their employers and well wishers for meeting their expenses incurred for treatment of Covid-19. In order to ensure that no income tax liability arises on this account, it has been decided to provide income-tax exemption to the amount received by a taxpayer for medical treatment from employer or from any person for treatment of Covid-19 during FY 2019-20 and subsequent years.

II. Unfortunately, certain taxpayers have lost their life due to Covid-19. Employers and well-wishers of such taxpayers had extended financial assistance to their family members so that they could cope with the difficulties arisen due to the sudden loss of the earning member of their family. In order to provide relief to the family members of such taxpayer, it has been decided to provide income-tax exemption to ex-gratia payment received by family members of a person from the employer of such person or from other person on the death of the person on account of Covid-19 during FY 2019-20 and subsequent years. The exemption shall be allowed without any limit for the amount received from the employer and the exemption shall be limited to Rs. 10 lakh in aggregate for the amount received from any other persons.

Necessary legislative amendments for the above decisions shall be proposed in due course of time.

B. Extension of Timelines

In view of the impact of theCovid-19 pandemic, taxpayers are facing inconvenience in meeting certain tax compliances and also in filing response to various notices. In order to ease compliances to be made by taxpayers during this difficult time, reliefs are being provided through Notifications nos. 74/2021 & 75/2021 dated 25/06/2021 Circular no. 12/2021 dated 25/06/2021. These reliefs are:

1) Objections to Dispute Resolution Panel (DRP) and Assessing Officer under section 144C of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) for which the last date of filing under that section is 01/06/2021 or thereafter, may be filed within the time provided in that section or by 31/08/2021, whichever is later.

2) The Statement of Deduction of Tax for the last quarter of the Financial Year 2020-21, required to be furnished on or before 31/05/2021 under Rule 31A of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereinafter referred to as “the Rules”), as extended to 30/06/2021 vide Circular No. 9 of 2021, may be furnished on or before 15/07/2021.

3) The Certificate of Tax Deducted at Source in Form No. 16, required to be furnished to the employee by 15/06/2021 under Rule 31 of the Rules, as extended to 15/07/2021 vide Circular No. 9 of 2021, may be furnished on or before 31/07/2021.

4) The Statement of Income paid or credited by an investment fund to its unit holder in Form No. 64D for the Previous Year 2020-21, required to be furnished on or before 15/06/2021 under Rule 12CB of the Rules, as extended to 30/06/2021 vide Circular No. 9 of 2021, may be furnished on or before 15/07/2021.

5) The Statement of Income paid or credited by an investment fund to its unit holder in Form No. 64C for the Previous Year 2020-21, required to be furnished on or before 30/06/2021 under Rule 12CB of the Rules, as extended to 15/07/2021 vide Circular No. 9 of 2021, may be furnished on or before 31/07/2021.

6) The application under Section 10(23C), 12AB, 35(1)(ii)/(iia)/(iii) and 80G of the Act in Form No. 10A/ Form No. 10AB, for registration/ provisional registration/ intimation/ approval/ provisional approval of Trusts/ Institutions/ Research Associations etc., required to be made on or before 30/06/2021, may be made on or before 31/08/2021.

7) The compliances to be made by the taxpayers such as investment, deposit, payment, acquisition, purchase, construction or such other action, by whatever name called, for the purpose of claiming any exemption under the provisions contained in Section 54 to 54GB of the Act, for which the last date of such compliance falls between 01/04/2021 to 29/09/2021 (both days inclusive), may be completed on or before 30/09/2021.

8) The Quarterly Statement in Form No. 15CC to be furnished by authorized dealer in respect of remittances made for the quarter ending on 30/06/2021, required to be furnished on or before 15/07/2021 under Rule 37 BB of the Rules, may be furnished on or before 31/07/2021.

9) The Equalization Levy Statement in Form No. 1 for the Financial Year 2020-21, which is required to be filed on or before 30/06/2021, may be furnished on or before 31/07/2021.

10) The Annual Statement required to be furnished under sub-section (5) of section 9A of the Act by the eligible investment fund in Form No. 3CEK for the Financial Year 2020-21, which is required to be filed on or before 29/06/2021, may be furnished on or before 31/07/2021.

11) Uploading of the declarations received from recipients in Form No. 15G/ 15H during the quarter ending 30/06/2021, which is required to be uploaded on or before 15/07/2021, may be uploaded by 31/08/2021.

12) Exercising of option to withdraw pending application (filed before the erstwhile Income Tax Settlement Commission) under sub-section (1) of Section 245M of the Act in Form No. 34BB, which is required to be exercised on or before 27/06/2021, may be exercised on or before 31/07/2021.

13) Last date of linkage of Aadhaar with PAN under section 139AA of the Act, which was earlier extended to 30/06/2021 is further extended to 30/09/2021.

14) Last date of payment of amount under Vivad se Vishwas (without additional amount) which was earlier extended to 30/06/2021 is further extended to 31/08/2021.

15) Last date of payment of amount under Vivad se Vishwas (with additional amount) has been notified as 31/10/2021.

16) Time Limit for passing assessment order which was earlier extended to 30/06/2021 is further extended to 30/09/2021.

17) Time Limit for passing penalty order which was earlier extended to 30/06/2021 is further extended to 30/09/2021.

18) Time Limit for processing Equalisation Levy returns which was earlier extended to 30/06/2021 is further extended to 30/09/2021.

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