All India Joint Representation Committee for GST have filed representation by way of join petition of 24 GST and Trade Associations and 5226 signatories to the signature campaign considering short extension granted in connection with GSTR 9 & 9C for FY 1819 & FY 1920 , Income Tax Returns, Tax Audit and Transfer Pricing Reports & MCA compliances under Companies Act 2013.

All India Joint Representation Committee for GST hopes to get positive response from Govt. pursuant to our joint Petitions. Full Text of the representation is enclosed for your reference and records and also reproduced below-

ALL INDIA JOINT REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE FOR GST

An alliance of 24 GST and Trade Associations
for partnering Government in GST issues resolution

Sunday, 10 January 2021

To,
The Hon’ble Finance Minister of India
Rajpath Marg, E Block,
Central Secretariat, New Delhi,
Delhi-110011
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Sub: Extension request – 1. GST Audits under GST Act 2017 for FY 1819

2. Income Tax Returns for non-audit cases -FY 1920;

3. Tax Audit Reports and Transfer Pricing Reports-FY1920

4. ROC Compliances – FY 1920

Respected Madam,

24 GST and Trade Associations all over India and 5226 signatories to the signature campaign on change.com have come together to submit this joint petition to your good self as well as filing plea on behalf of all the professionals, like lawyers, chartered accountants, cost and management accounts and GST practitioners, as well as taxpayers and their employees from all over India in general.

We are Advocates, Chartered Accountants and tax professionals all over India who are filing this letter of protest with your good office opposing the cavalier attitude with which very short extensions have been given by the Government of India for various compliances under GST, Income Tax and other laws. Many many representations have been made to the Government of India on issues facing the tax professionals, all of which are genuine issues arising out of an unprecedented lockdown and pandemic. However, the Government of India has deigned it fit to turn a blind eye and carry on “business as usual”. Hence, we are left with no option but to formally lodge our protest. The signatures of the protesting citizens of this country are annexed to this letter.

We were utterly shocked, disgruntled as well as remorseful when we received the communication and read about the miniscule extension given by yourself vide Press Release dated 30.12.2020 in the backdrop of the writ petitions filed in Mumbai as well as Gujarat High Court as well as PIL filed in Gujarat High Court. Miniscule extension reminds us that when a child is crying loudly, a typically smart trick is played by the Parent by offering small toffee to consume so that child stops crying as he would relish the toffee for the moment. Such an approach depicts apathy, ruthlessness, and a rather apathetic approach – unsympathetic to the woes of the aggrieved, whether they would be able to complete their compliance/s in the impossibly short span of time granted to overcome all the formidable hurdles. All of us hold a common view that in the instant case, such miniscule extension suggests that it has been granted to pre-empt the imminent verdict of longer extension by the judiciary in favour of the aggrieved stakeholders. Honestly, this approach is fraught with risk as such indifference and intransigence could seriously jeopardise the dream of building an affluent organised economy, as it will demoralize the affected parties – who may then scout for greener pastures elsewhere in the world.

We look towards to Sovereign as our Parents who would be compassionate to each one of us, taking special care in times of distress. On the contrary, the present scenario suggests that the Parent is indifferent, unempathetic and unappreciative of the stark adverse reality that the populace is grappling with. This is a situation where even survival is at stake and this miniscule extension makes a mockery of the basic human dignity that should be accorded to the citizens of our own country. What does the Sovereign want – in such situation of widespread pandemic for which appropriate vaccine is only now getting available – force the affected population to go out, take undue risks which would cause stress, destroy peace of mind, aggravate medical issues, cause sleep menace, commit multiple mistakes? The Sovereign is well aware that there is a dearth of functioning infrastructure, staff and support systems to deliver the end product etc. which makes the objective of timely and efficient compliance impossible to effectuate. It appears that Govt. is only interested in augmenting their own kitty at the cost of their own people. If that is case, we as all joint petitioners urge you humbly to issue one official press release notifying to every stakeholder that all of us are only means to generate resources for the Govt. irrespective of the consequences that befall the people – whether they survive or die in the process.

Technically speaking, a reality check reveals that there is no relaxation in lockdown from the last due date. On the contrary, further restrictions have been imposed on those visiting/returning to their places, particularly in places like Delhi due to the risk of rapid spurt in cases. As a result, further restrictions like night curfew have been invoked by Governments of many states of the country, local trains are not working, 100% staff is still not allowed to attend the office in many parts of the country. Considering this continuing and aggravating challenge faced by the country, the Government has taken cognizance and extended many deadlines falling due in lockdown periods up to 31st March 2021 by recent notification dated 91/2020 dated 14.12.2020 as well as adjournment of Parliamentary sessions to protect the members of Parliament from the pandemic etc.

If the Government deems fit to extend deadlines to 31st March 2021 in respect of other target driven programmes and compliance-oriented schemes, which extension in our reading is ostensibly due to the realisation that the arms of the Government will not be able to effectuate their targets given the extremely handicapping constraints, then considering the principle of Equality and Natural Justice, the same analogy should apply to other stakeholders too. Why such step motherly treatment is dished out to some just because they are small, medium or operating in the unorganised sector? Is it because they don’t have enough say in the political system or is it because they are non-affluent and do not count?

The nation is going through a great and unprecedented turmoil. A raging and deadly virus known as the coronavirus is on the loose. The Government of India has been encouraging the people to work from home as much as possible and to avoid stepping out of their homes. However, in the midst of this still unleashed pandemic, a grave situation has arisen which is not only causing great hardship to various stakeholders, but is also putting the health of many professionals and employees of businesses at risk.

Considering above pain areas of every stakeholder in general, we as representative of 24 organisations as well as all signatories to signature campaign urge and plead for granting extension of the following due dates on behalf of all stakeholders of the economy in the interest of the nation, as suggested and tabulated below: –

Sr No Nature of Compliance Existing Due Date Requested Minimum   Due
Dates
1 GSTR 9, GSTR 9A & GSTR 9C – FY 1819 31.12.2020 28.02.2021
2 GSTR 9, GSTR 9A & GSTR 9C – FY 1920 28.02.2021 30.06.2021
(Ideally up to
30.09.2021)
3 Income Tax Returns u/s   139(1)  – Any
Other Assessee
10.01.2021 31.01.2021
4 Tax Audit Reports and Transfer      Pricing
Reports
15.01.2021 15.02.2021
5 Income Tax Returns of Audit Cases 15.02.2021 31.03.2021
6 ROC Compliances 31.12.2020 31.03.2021

In normal times, we have seen that the Authority often tends to make the announcement, to extend the time limit for compliance, closer to or even on the last day of the deadline. This, understandably, is done so that there is no complacency, and with the intention to achieve maximum compliance within the originally stipulated time. However, the times today are different. The extensions issued so far, of course discerning in hindsight, is grossly inadequate. We are aware that the Authority had to then gauge and anticipate the course of how the pandemic would unfold while issuing the extension notifications. Unfortunately, the situation has not recovered, and the traumatic experience of the populace continues with acute uncertainty still looming ahead. Madam, in these severely trying circumstances, to wait till the last day to extend the time limit for compliance would cause avoidable widespread panic, unrest and stress amongst businesses and the professionals involved in the process. We are sure that the physical and mental health of the professionals and their staff, and staff of the taxpayers should be given their due importance in such agonizing times and that they need not desperately run from pillar to post at grave risk to their health in trying to effectuate the compliances.

Tax professionals are the link between tax administrators and taxpayers. On one hand they assist tax payers in effecting tax compliance in a timely manner and on the other hand they represent them, and assist tax officers in completing the assessments efficiently. In the past few months, tax professionals were working tirelessly by simultaneously putting in their efforts on both these fronts. For example, for an indirect tax professional, 31st December 2020 was a deadline for both – completing Gstr 9 and GSTR 9C for FY 2018-19 and for completing inquiries for the period October 14 to March 15 (department was pressing for completion of assessments up to June 2017). Not to forget, every month at least one week is earmarked for monthly compliance (GSTR 1 and GSTR 3B) which generate tax revenue for Government. We are very constrained in that professionals are trying to manage these word demands with very limited staff, lack of reasonable travelling facilities to attend to departments / clients’ offices, restrictions on accessing data and the work from home environment (which is indeed not suitable for tax professionals). In Mumbai, professionals are facing biggest challenge due to non-availability of trains. Male staff is unable to travel by trains. Travelling by other modes is not only costly but also time consuming and tiring. Female staff can travel only after 11am. Their usual reporting time to office therefore is not before 12.30 – 1 pm. They cannot be expected to work late. Hence effective working hours are very less. Audit requires close interaction with clients’ staff and hence audit work to be effective has to be done from client sites. This is not practical and possible in today’s time as most of the offices are either closed due to travelling restrictions mentioned above. In these adverse situations, by not extending the deadlines in a justified manner and compelling the taxpayers to complete their compliances would mean pressurising tax professionals to complete their work in “come what may” manner leading to unnecessary rifts between taxpayers and tax professionals – both blaming each other for being responsible for not meeting such impossible deadlines or for mistakes committed during the frantic pace at which work will need to be done. On the one hand tax professionals are fearing reputational loss for not completing the assignment in time, while on the other hand there is an equally critical risk of not meeting the required quality standards mandated by regulatory bodies like ICAI, ICWA etc especially in audit engagements – which may cost the professional his/her livelihood/ certificate of practice. As regards GST, an average tax professional has completed work for some clients and is still working on GSTR 9C (Audits) of other clients (this you can vouch for yourself from representations received from across India and also by obtaining GSTR 9C filing details till 31.12.2020 from GSTIN). As due dates for GSTR 9 /9C of FY 19-20 are extended by merely two months, those clients whose 2018-19 work is completed, are now again pressing and pressurising the professionals to start their 2019-20 work. Professionals are therefore in a fix as there is no breathing space and not even a moment to ponder as they grapple with this rather unfortunate experience of dealing with the agonising pressure of adhering to impractical and impossible deadlines.

Madam, the Annual Returns and Audit Reports involve methods of voluntary compliance by the assessees. The audit by an independent professional agency ensures that any discrepancy or shortfall in payment of tax is brought to the notice of the taxpayer as well as the Government. This acts as a motivation to taxpayers to resolve these discrepancies on their own and pay the deficit tax voluntarily instead of risking recovery and penal action from Government. However, if the audit assignments are completed in a hurried manner, who is going to benefit? The Government will end up being the biggest loser from botched up audit reports containing incorrect or unverified data therein.

This letter of protest should be taken constructively. We will support the Government in all its just endeavours, but the current spate of extensions is so unwise and unjust, that we cannot sit still and say nothing.

The Hon. Treasurer of the Confederation of GST Professionals and Industries is formally signing this petition on behalf of all the 24 associations, since taking individual signatures from all the representatives of these associations on this petition is not possible. The Confederation is having the necessary letters of support of these associations joining this petition. We are also marking all these association representatives in “cc”.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Sincerely Yours

ON BEHALF OF ALL 24 ASSOCIATIONS

CA Nitin Bhuta
Hon. Treasurer

Confederation of GST Professionals and Industries

ALL INDIA JOINT REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE FOR GST

An alliance of 24 GST and Trade Associations
for partnering Government in GST issues resolution

CC to

1. The Honourable Chairman,
Office of the GST Council Secretariat
5th Floor, Tower II, Jeevan Bharti Building, Janpath Road,
Connaught Place, New Delhi-110 001
E-mail: [email protected]

2. The Chairman, CBIC,
Govt of India, North Block
New Delhi -110001
E-mail:[email protected]

LIST OF JOINT SPONSORS OF THIS PETITION

National Association

Confederation of GST Professionals and Industries

Maharashtra

Western Maharashtra Tax Practitioners Association
Taxation Consultants Association (Sangli)
Goods and Services Tax Practitioners Association of Sindhudurg
Bhiwandi Tax Practitioner’s Association
Tax Practitioners’ Association Thane
Tax Friends Association (Mumbai)
Malad Chamber of Tax Consultants (Mumbai)
The Tax Practitioner Association, Parbhani

Gujarat

ALL INDIA JOINT REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE FOR GST

An alliance of 24 GST and Trade Associations
for partnering Government in GST issues resolution
Gujarat Sales Tax Bar Association
All Gujarat Federation of Tax Consultants
Taxation Consultants’ Group
Tax Advocates Association Gujarat
The Bhavnagar Sales Tax Bar Association
Bhavnagar Bar Associations
Rajkot Consultants Society

Rajasthan

Peer GST (Jaipur)
District Tax Consultants Association, Chittorgarh
Wankaner Tax Practitioner Associations
Tax Bar Association Jodhpur

Telangana

Telangana Tax Practitioner’s Association

Guwahati

Tax Bar Association

Daman and Diu

Una Diu Joint Tax Practitioner Association

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Also Read:-

S. No. Date Association Particulars with link
1 9 Dec 2020 Western Maharashtra Tax Practitioners Extend due dates of Tax Audit & ITR for AY 2020–21
2 12 Dec 2020 Gujarat Sales Tax Bar Extend GSTR-9/9A/9C due date for FY 2019-20 to 30/06/2021
3 12 Dec 2020 Chamber of Tax Consultants Extend due dates for Tax/Transfer Pricing Audit & ITR for AY 2020-21
4 12 Dec 2020 Tax Practitioner’s Association, Indore Extend due dates for filing Tax/TP Audit Report & ITR for AY 2020-21
5 14 Dec 2020 AGFTC, ITBC and CAA Extend due dates of Tax Audit Reports/ITR for A.Y. 2020-21
6 15 Dec 2020 BCAS, CAA (Ahmedabad), CAA (Surat), KSCAA & LCAS Request to Extend Due dates under GST & Income Tax
7 15 Dec 2020 Tax Bar Association, Bhilwara Request to extend Due Date of filing of Tax Audit & ITR
8 15 Dec 2020 Direct Taxes Professionals’ Association, Kolkata Extend due date of ITR & Tax Audit for AY 2020-21
9 16 Dec 2020 Lucknow CA Tax Practioners’ Association Extend Due date for filing Tax Audit Report & ITR
10 16 Dec 2020 Jamshedpur Chartered Accountants Extend Due Date of filing Tax Audit & ITR to 31.03.2021
11 13 Dec 2020 Direct Taxes Committee of ICAI ICAI requests for extension of various Income-tax due dates
12 10 Dec 2020 Udaipur Tax Bar Association Further extend due dates of ITR & Tax Audit Reports for FY 2019-20
13 15 Dec 2020 CA Social Affiliation (CASA) Extend Tax/TP Audit Report & ITR filing due date for AY 2020-21
14 19 Dec 2020 Chartered Accountants Association, Jalandhar Extend Due Dates for Tax Audit and Income Tax Return Filing
15 19 Dec 2020 All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (CZ) Request for extension of due dates of Tax Audit Reports/ITR
16 19 Dec 2020 Vyyapaar Mandal Association, Nagore & AIMTPA Extended Income Tax & GST Audit/Return/Compliance dates
17 17 Dec 2020 Emerging Businesses Chamber Of Commerce Extend due dates for Income Tax Audit & Returns for AY 2020-21
18 Dec 2020 The Uttar Pradesh Tax Bar Association Representation for Extension of time for Tax Audit & Return
19 19 Dec 2020 Tax Bar Association, Guwahati Extend Tax Audit/ITR due dates for AY 2020-21
20 21 Dec 2020 Tax Bar Association, Guwahati Extend due dates of GSTR-9/ GSTR-9C for FY 2018-19 & 2019-20
21 17 Dec 2020 Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association Waive Late Fees for Delayed Filing of GST Returns
22 15 Dec 2020 Direct Taxes Professionals’ Association Extend Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme due date to 15.03.2021
23 15 Dec 2020 Direct Taxes Professionals’ Association Extend due date of AGM to 31st March 2021
24 15 Dec 2020 Association of Tax payers & Professional, Agra Extend due of GSTR-9, GSTR-9A & GSTR-9C
25 08 Dec 2020 Tax Bar Association (Regd), Allahabad Extend due date of ITR/Tax Audit/GSTR-9/GSTR-9C
26 08 Dec 2020 Tax Consultant & Practitioners Association of Kerala Extend due of ITR, GSTR 9, 9A & 9C for FY 2018-19 & 2019-20
27 21 Dec 2020 Tax Bar Association, Guwahati Extend CFSS 2020 & LLP Settlement Scheme 2020 to 31.03.2021
28 22 Dec 2020 Income Tax Bar Association, Lucknow Extend Time for filing ITR & Audit Report for A.Y 2020-21
28 22 Dec 2020 53 GST and Trade Associations 53 Associations requests Extension for GSTR 9, 9A & 9C
29 16 Dec 2020 Chandigarh Chartered Accountants Taxation Association Extend Income Tax & GST Return & Audit due dates
30 22 Dec 2020 Bhayander CA Social Group Request to extend Due date of Annual GST Return & Audit
31 22 Dec 2020 Luminaires Accessories Components Manufacturers Association Extend due dates for Tax Audit & Income Tax Return filing for AY 2020-21
32 22 Dec 2020 All Professionals, Tax Payers and Stakeholders Open letter for extension of Due dates under Income Tax and GST
33 22 Dec 2020 Punjab Accountants Association Extend due date for filing ITR & Tax Audit Report- AY 2020-21
34 22 Dec 2020 Bhayander CA Social Group Extend Income Tax Audit & ITR Due dates for AY 2020-21
35 23 Dec 2020 The Tax Bar Association, Odisha Extend due dates of Audit Reports, ITRs, GST Returns, VSV Scheme
36 21 Dec 2020 Sales Tax Bar Association, Delhi Extend Tax/TP Audit & ITR Due dates for AY 2020-21
37 23 Dec 2020 Direct Taxes Professionals’ Association Extend Income Tax, Companies & CGST Act compliance due dates
38 24 Dec 2020 ICSI Extend due dates of CFSS, LLPSS, Charge Forms, Meetings
39 24 Dec 2020 All Odisha Tax Advocates Association Extend due date for filing TAR/ITR/GSTR9/9A/9C
40 25 Dec 2020 BJP Economic Cell, Rajasthan Extend Income Tax, GST, LLP, Company Law due dates
41 23 Dec 2020 Hyderabad Chartered Accountants’ Society Extend Due date under GST and Income Tax
42 22 Dec 2020 A. P. Tax Bar Association, Vijayawada Extend date of filing of GSTR 9, GSTR 9C and IT returns
43 03 Jan 2021 National Company Law Tribunal Bar Association Representation for further extension of CFSS 2020
44 25 Nov 2020 Merchants Chamber of Uttar Pradesh Request for extension of Company Fresh Start Scheme 2020
45 04 Jan 2021 Adv. Anuj Bhatt Request to President to take Suo-Moto cognizance of GST Issues
46 03 Jan 2021 The Chamber of Tax Consultants Extend Income-tax due dates with humane approach
47 01 Jan 2021 WMTPA Highly Disappointing GST Audit Due Date Extension
48 01 Jan 2021 The A.P. Tax Bar Association, Vijayawada Extend due date of Form GSTR 9 and 9C for year 2018-19
49 06 Jan 2021 Chartered Accountants Association, Surat.
50 06 Jan 2021 ICAI ICAI request for further extension of TAR/ITR due dates
51 08 Jan 2021 All India Federation of Tax Practitioners AIFTP request for further extension of Income-tax due dates
52 08 Jan 2021 Direct Taxes Professionals’ Association Further extend Income Tax Return & Audit due dates
53 9 Jan 2021 Calcutta Citizens’ Initiative Extend due dates of TAR/ITRs/VSV Scheme for AY 2020-21
54 8 Jan 2021 Digvijaya Singh, Member of Parliament, (Rajya Sabha) Extend due dates under CA 2013, CFSS & LLPS Scheme 2020
55 2 Jan 2021 Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association
55 26 Nov 2020 Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association
57 8 Jan 2021 All Gujarat Federation of Tax Consultants Vs Union of India (Gujarat High Court)
58 10 Jan 2021

All India Joint Representation Committee For GST An alliance of 24 GST and Trade Associations

Extend due dates of GST, Income Tax & ROC Compliances

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14 Comments

  1. SP says:

    Appriciablly excellent and effective communication with in-depth inputs and hardwork, indeed a great job. Expecting positive news soon.
    But why is it like we keep requesting every time and the whole fraternity is kept in such a dilemma. On the contrary, our voice must be taken seriously and bounding being an equal part of the compliances and know difficulties better. WE MUST TAKE UP THIS ISSUE AND RESOLVE ONCE FOR ALL

  2. GHANSHYAM SINGH says:

    IT SEEMS GOVERNMENT THINKS ONLY LIVES OF MP,MLA AND ADMINISTARTIVE ARE VALUABLE AND NO VALUE OF LIVES OF A COMMON MAN WHO PAY TAXES

  3. Anand Joshi says:

    Why Central Government and Finance Ministry is not accepting the public demand which is the need of the business class and Professional. When MP’s & MLA’S lives are valuable why not the life of business class and Tax Professionals life?
    So please extend the deadline for submission of the GST, ITR & AITR.
    HOPE THE FM SHALL CONSIDER THE DEMAND OF THE TAX PAYERS & TAX PROFESSIONALS.
    ANAND JOSHI
    TAX LAWS PRACTITIONER
    VIJAYPUR KARNATAKA.

  4. sushant BHARDWAJ says:

    Give the permission to all taxpayers to file there all pending GSTR 3Breturns(without late fee ) and to join/comes under new MPQR schemes.
    With regards.

  5. Arun Pratap Singh says:

    Please extend CFSS 2020 as thousands of genuine businessmen are struggling to file their required forms and not in a position to bear such heavy penalties.

  6. CS Narendra B Shah says:

    Why there is no single Act empowering automatic extension of due dates of filings under various Acts or compliances of laws in cases of emergencies, pandemic, mass casualties, earthquake, flood etc and in cases of interruptions in providing net services/net banking services or digital payments OR breakdown of any one or more softwares/forms developed for and on behalf of Govt. till normal period giving reasonable time for compliances?

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