Pandemic of COVID-19 is spreading all
over the country like a wildfire now. The government in many states
have passed orders to close down educational institutions,
government offices, malls, etc. i.e places of social gatherings,
and have permitted the workers to “Work from home”
as a preventive measure against the known “CORONA VIRUS”. Why aren’t
the professional firms closing their offices and
not providing work from home to their staff and officers?
COVID-19 virus is indeed a big epidemic. But 31st
March also a very important deadline which cannot be ignored at
all. In spite of the widespread of the Corona Virus,
the government has not yet extended the due dates for tasks
which are to be wrapped up before 31st March 2020. The taxpayers
might have to pay heavy penalties if the important tasks
are not closed down before 31st March. Hence it becomes
obligatory for tax professionals to carry on with
their work. As a part of economic package relief from corona, few
relief may be given to taxpayers.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, which are the due dates under
law which may be extended by the government of India?
The following due dates
may be extended by the government of India?:
1. Due dates GSTR–3B 31st
March, 2020 or late fees should be waived?
2. Due dates for taxpayers to convert under
Composition scheme from FY 20-21?.
Due to spread of COVID-19, which are the due dates
under the Income Tax Act which may be extended by the government of India?
Following due dates may be extended by the government of India:
1. The last date for filing the Income-tax return for the F.Y 2018-19 is 31st
March 2020 with payment of late fees of Rs. 10,000/-. The due date for the same may be extended till 30th April 2020 ?.
2. The due date to pay advance tax was 15th of March. The government may with Interest allow taxpayer to pay advance tax till 30th
What are the other tax matters that should be given relief?
The other deadlines that should be considered and given relief are:
1. The government should waive-off penalties or
late fee or interest, in case of delayed discharge of any
statutory dues under IT Act.
2. The government should also give instructions to Tax officers
to put a temporary hold on the fixation of personal hearings
under the IT Act;
3. The government should issue instructions to the adjudicating/appellate
authorities to not pass any order ex–prates.
4. The government should issue instructions to the adjudicating/appellate
authorities for considering the requests for the adjournments.
What should the government learn from this?
The economy was already at slowdown and now facing a bigger crisis
due to Corona Virus. The revenue authorities
already have the low collection and are in need of funds for fighting
against the Corona Virus, When the government is saying Work from
Home, the same thing may apply for Tax Professionals also.
But this will only happen if the government extends the due dates
in the month of March i.e “Government
says ‘Kar–Bharo’ while Tax Payers says ‘Ruko !!! Aaya hai
Corona Virus and
Locked Down in hole of India fight against Corona Virus”
if the all India will continue the Lock Down Process? And how to file our
Income Tax Return for A.Y. 2020-21?