Confederation of All India Traders has today sent a letter to FM Sent. Nirmala Sitharaman demanding for extension of dates for GST & Income Tax compliances till 31st August & a six month moratorium on payment of Bank EMI, interest and loans etc in view of the COVID Second Wave which has hit Indian traders hard. Text of their letter is as follows:-

Ref No. 3207/1/50

07th May, 2021

Sent. Nirmala Sitharaman
Hon’ble Minister for Finance
Government of India
New Delhi

Dear Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman Ji,

Subject : Covid Lockdown and sufferings of traders

We express our deep gratitude to you for accepting our demand for extension of statutory dates of GST and Income Tax and other relief granted to the traders in tams of interest and penalty for not filing the mum by the statutory date. In the same line our compliments to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Moth and the Union Government for providing all types of help to States for protecting the lives of the people from deadly Covid pandemic.

In this context, we wish to state that in the current situation, the shops and markets of the trading community are closed due to lockdown in several States. Further, other protective measures like partial lockdown. curfew. night curfew and other similar measures have adversely affected the business activities being conducted by the business community and resulting in a situation where the inflow of money is nil or marginal but the outflow of money is in its full swing as usual which includes establishment expenses like salary to the employees, rent of shops & godowns. EMIs to be paid to the Banks and other financial institutions. interest on the loans obtained by traders for business activities, home loans and various other incidental expenses. All these expenses are being made through the accumulated capital which forces us to recall the wordings of Chanakya who said that “capital eating in any business lends to destruction of the economy of the Country”.

As per an estimate in past 40 days, there is a business loss of about 7 lakh crore in non-corporate sector which includes traders, transporters, self employed persons and startups bringing the business activities to a grinding halt. Besides, there is a substantial loss of business to tiny shops, small street vendors, hawkers and various other peoples who are indulging into similar kinds of business activities.

In this context, we with to seek following relief from the Government:

1. All statutory dates under GST and Income Tax by which either tax is to be paid or return has to be filed, maybe extended till 31st August, 2021.

2. Challan should be treated at a document of payment and not Form GSTR-3B under GST. this will encourage the tax payer to pay tax early and the government too will get the taxes in time.

3. The changes brought in procedures through Notification No. 01/2021 – Central Tax New Delhi, the 1st January 2021 & Notification No. 94/ 2020 – Central Tax New Delhi, the 22nd December 2020 should be deferred till the nine are not discussed with all stakeholders and State GST Commissioners.

The introduction of the above two Notifications have put clutches to the hands of honest tax­-payers as well. A businessman cannot be restricted from filing his Mums for any reason nor can he be deprived of the ITC’ which he has already paid against its inward supplies and also his number cannot be suspended without providing him with an opportunity of hearing.

4. The changes brought through the current budget may be deferred till the same are not discussed with all stakeholders and State GST Commissioners..

5. The Banks should be directed ism to charge any interest on the loans for the period of lockdown and a moratorium of six months may be allowed to pay the EMIs of the loans or squaring up the loans and advances.

6. To facilitate the small traders to keep business activities running. a ” Corona Loan” may be given to traders at a reasonable rate of interest with limited KYC to enable particularly the small traders having a turnover of up to Rs.10 crore.

7. The traders should be brought under the ambit of MSME. Earlier, the traders were pan of the MSME but by an office order in 2017. they were excluded from the purview of MSME. The relief announced by RIB Governor is applicable to MSME only. The nada% can not take advantage of the scheme as they have been eliminated under MSME. Therefore. in pursuance of the intent of the Government to provide relief to small sectors, the traders should be included under the purview of MSME.

8. The salaries of the Radom, period of the employees who are registered under ESI may be given from the ESI welfare fund which is having an accumulated balance of about Rs. 60 thousand crows, to the best of our knowledge..

9. It is to be recalled that in any package which was announced last year. the traders were not given a single penny. It is requested that a suitable package may be announced for the traders which will enable them to continue their business activities in a smooth manna.

We are sure that you will be kind in accepting our humble proposals as above which will certainly provide enough strength to the traders to stand on their own legs.

We shall be grateful if an earliest convenient appointment may be given to us to discuss the proposals raised by us Meanwhile, we would like to assure that more than 40 thousand trade associations in the Country stand in solidarity with the Government for its fight against Covid pandemic.

We are sure that it will mat with your immediate attention and you will be kind in taking necessary action.

Thank you. With regard
Yours truly
Praveen Khandelwal
National Secretary General
Confederation of All India Traders

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6 Comments

  1. R NANJUNDA says:

    Kindly confirm is there any time extension for filing TDS Q4 RETRUN for the period ended – 30.03.2021.

    Regards.,
    R. Nanjunda.
    Ph. 9449342255

  2. GANDHI MOHAN BHARATI says:

    We can hope for an announcement exte3nding due dates at 23:59 hrs ( one minute before midnight ) on the day when an action is due, as is always the custom with this present Government

  3. O.P.RATRA says:

    I like to add here that during this period of pendamic if any business man loose his life he she should be given consideration or his liability should be waved off and his family should not be tortured by throwing him out of his mortgage assett.
    Thanks.
    O.P.Ratra

  4. Vishnu babu k says:

    Some sort of financial package to be given for business whose annual turnover is below 1 crore and who pays gst promptly without fail. Its my suggestion.

  5. True Indian says:

    What about their personal savings. If their Turnover is around Rs. 10 crores, then they must have earned a lot. They must have saved in crores and purchased properties. Still they want concessions from government. Benefits should be given to small traders and small shopkeepers only.

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