Request for Extension of Companies Fresh Start Scheme i.e. CFSS 2020 by at least by 3 months i.e. until 31st December, 2020 and a further request for similar relief for LLP Settlement Scheme 2020 in view of genuine hardships which have arisen due to Covid-19 pandemic.

KARANATAKA STATE
CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS ASSOCIATION (R.)

Date: 17th September 2020

To,

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
Hon’ble Minister of Finance & Minister of Corporate Affairs,
15, Safdarjung Road
New Delhi – 110001

Hon’ble Madam,

Subject: Request for Extension of Companies Fresh Start Scheme i.e. CFSS 2020 and LLP Settlement Scheme 2020

The Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association (in short ‘KSCAA’) is an association of Chartered Accountants, registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, in the year 1957. KSCAA is primarily formed for the welfare of Chartered Accountants and represents before various regulatory authorities to resolve the professional problems faced by chartered accountants and business community.

We congratulate and applaud the efforts of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India for introducing CFSS 2020 with a view to bestow a chance to all the Companies to complete their pending compliances without the requirement of paying additional fees and penalty, and also to provide immunity from prosecution.

We draw your kind attention to General Circular No. 12/2020, dated 30-03-2020 whereby Ministry of Corporate Affairs has provided relaxation/special measures in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and permitted the affected Companies to complete their pending compliances without the payment of additional fees & penalty and provides immunity from prosecution, by the last date of 30-09-2020. The said CFSS 2020 is in operation from 01-04-2020 to 30-09-2020.  This is a major step in the right direction from the Government which provides an excellent opportunity for all the Companies to regularize their pending compliances and to make a fresh beginning with a clean slate in the statutory compliances as required under Companies Act, 1956 and Companies Act, 2013.

However, as you may be aware that the Covid-19 pandemic situation continues to badly impact even today in the conduct of normal operations of the Companies and also Chartered Accountants in practice. As the Covid-19 infections are unabatedly spreading at a rapid rate, many of the Companies are still not doing their normal activities for running the core businesses due to the widespread fear among employees and staff members of contracting Covid-19 virus and in this unavoidable situation where normal functioning of Companies is disrupted, a very less can be expected from such Companies on completing statutory compliances in these trying times. As consequence of which, the  task to complete pending compliances as espoused under CFSS 2020 has taken a back seat and priority is being given to run the business.

The above mentioned hardships are being mainly faced by mid segment and small category of Companies due to several practical difficulties in terms of infrastructure bottlenecks and availability of manpower to carry on the operations. The Chartered Accountants who provide professional services to Companies in these segments are also handicapped in running of their own operations coupled with restrictions on physical visits to Company offices due to pandemic. Therefore in these tying times as faced by Small & medium sized Companies and Chartered Accountants, insisting on making necessary compliances in our sincere view cannot be overemphasized by the Government.

In view of genuine hardships which have arisen due to Covid-19 pandemic, we from Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association and also on behalf of Companies hereby request your good selves to kindly consider our request and extend the validity of the CFSS 2020 at least by 3months until 31st December, 2020.

We also request your good selves to please provide a similar relief to LLPs who are covered under LLP Settlement Scheme 2020 by General Circular 13/2020, dated 30-03-2020.

Yours sincerely,

For Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association ®

CA. Kumar S Jigajinni
President

CA. Pramod Srihari
Secretary

CA. Ganesh V Shandage
Chairman
Representation Committee

Cc to:

1. The Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi – 110001

2. Registrar of Companies, E Wing, 2nd Floor, Kendriya Sadan, Kormangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560034.

Download Request for Extension of Companies Fresh Start Scheme i.e. CFSS 2020 and LLP Settlement Scheme 2020

Also Read:-

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1. 31/08/2020 C.V.O. Chartered & Cost Accountants’ Association Representation for Extension on AGM time limit
2. 17/09/2020 Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association Extend CFSS 2020 & LLP Settlement Scheme 2020
3. 31/09/2020 CA Social Affiliation (CASA) Extend time limit of statutory Company Law compliances
4. 24/08/2020 Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association Representation Seeking Relief Measures in Audit of Co-Operatives
5. 21/09/2020 The Institute of Company Secretaries of India ICSI Request for extension of timelines due to COVID-19

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6 Comments

  1. Vijay says:

    Yes, This will really of great help for professionals and Companies too as most of the period of the scheme was covered under lockdown and till now in many states like chhattisgarh many districts are under lockdown till 30th September having clients of outstation states,

  2. User says:

    Yes. This is a legitimate, genuine request. Our Hon’ble Smt. Nirmala Seetharaman Madam may please consider about it. Most of the offices were opened and started to function only after 15-August-2020 only with meagre numbers of staff(s).

    We are not in a position to avail avail CFSS-2020 scheme within due date of 30-Sep-2020.

    So, we humbly request to Ministry of Corporate Affairs to EXTEND CFSS-2020 scheme upto 31-March-2021

    It is to be noted that the Small and Medium Private Limited Companies are very much affected. If MCA extended the due date of CFSS-2020, then it will be verymuch useful to Low Income Category companies. Therefore MCA may please show their mercy to them to avail the benefit of CFSS-2020 scheme. Similarly Central Government may please release a STRICT ORDER to REMOVE the Interstate E-Pass System and permit to travel without any restriction. (Particularly to Keala State)

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