The National Association of Tax Professional (Haryana) submitted a representation to The Worthy Finance Minister of India for extension of date for submission of Annual return form GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C for next three months.
National Association of Tax Professionals
(Haryana – Chapter)
Mugal Canal, Karnal
10th, September, 2020
Shri Nirmala Sitharaman Ji,
Hon. Finance minister of India &
Chairman, GST Council – India
Subject: Entreaty for postponement of GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C of FY 2018-19
Concerning above-noted subject and prevailing pandemic situation; we are requesting your good self to grant three months extension for GSTR9 and GSTR9C of Financial Year 2018-19.
Madam, we are observing the much unforeseen state in the Indian economy and we all are working hard for K- Key Shaped recovery of the same. We, as the representative of the honest taxpayers, confirm our hard efforts for the enhancing of our businesses and we believe that our determinations will be resultant to the nation-building.
In these circumstances; we need to increase our focus on business routine and hence we seek your help and assistance by delaying the all non-productive as well as administratively important compliances including GSTR9 or GSTR9C.
Madam, we are informed that GSTR9 and GSTR9C are the compliances which cannot be revised as well as there is constantly increasing penalties for the non-compilers. These procedures are lengthy and having great significance on upcoming procedures like departmental audit or assessment. This compliance is also very expensive for every taxpayer. We have learnt that this is not the submission that can be done by taxpayers but these are the compliances, in which the taxpayers compulsory need some of the monopolized professionals. These characteristics of the said compliances also motivating us for requesting for its extension.
Madam, we have initiated “unlock” protocol and all citizen of India including taxpayers are still struggling in adopting new normal. None of the business is fully functioning until now. Giving a fixed date for non-productive and control-oriented compliances will give extra stress to stressed ones and will surely not pronounced as supportive actions to the honest taxpayers’ community.
Madam, as we know that the COVID situation is not effecting any individual but it is effecting all whole family, close circles and total environment of the infected person. As per the guideline of Ministry of Home Affairs, local administrations are advising the family, close circles as well as office colleagues of any COVID 19 positive person for self-isolation for two-three weeks or a month. We believe that India has more than 10 lacks families and businesses are quarantined because of this pandemic. We cannot expect that the first work of these people after release from self-isolation or reviving from the bitter illness would be of the fulfilment of compliances. We also assumed that after the quarantine period; attention of any businessman would also on reviving the business and certainly not on any compliances. Hence our request is also most justifiable in today’s pandemic scenario.
By the act of god, this year the whole nation is having sufficient rainfall and almost all business states had flood situation this year. Looking to the pandemic and recent climate activity; our demand for the extension of non-productive returns is most honest and legitimate.
Madam, basically and theoretically GSTR9 and GSTR9C are not revenue targeted but it is control-oriented submissions and its extension will not increase shortfall of Government revenue, and therefore by satisfying our demand no one will be losing anything instead it will be pronounced as one leap step towards increase of ease of doing business.
We thus will be grateful, if the due date of GSTR9 and GSTR9C for the financial year 2018-19 will be extended for at least for three months. Looking forward to your timely and generous anticipation in the matter. Thanking You.
(Sanjay Arora Advocate)
Secretary Noth Zone
National Association of Tax Professional