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Punjab Accountants Association has made a request for extension of due date for filing annual Income Tax Returns (ITR) and Tax Audited Returns (TAR) for AY 2020-21 under IT Act, 1961 to Finance Minister.  They requested to extend due date for uploading and filing Income Tax Returns and Tax Audited Reports under Section 139(1) of Income Tax Act by Assesses once again till 28-02-2021 and 31-03-2021 respectively. Full text of their representation is as follows:-

Dated- 22.12.2020

Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman,
Honorable Union Finance Minister,
Government of India,
New Delhi

Sub : Request for extension of due date for filing annual Income Tax Returns and Tax Audited Returns for AY 2020-21 under IT Act, 1961

Respected Madam,

We take this opportunity to bring into your kind notice that ours is an Apex Body of Accounts Professionals from all over Punjab. All locally registered Associations from Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Pathankot, Rajpura, Hoshiarpur, Mansa, Moga. Ferozepur, Nawanshehr, Nakodar, Phagwara, Muktsar etc. have their representation in this Punjab level body, having its registered office at Jalandhar.

As is well known, we, the Professional Accountants, being the basebone of nation’s economy, are, in these days, busy in preparing, matching, compiling and reconciling of data/reports related to tax audits of accounts concerned with trade-houses, companies and manufacturing sectors. We act as a bridge between taxpayers and the Government in order to increase revenues all the way.

We hereby refer our earlier Representation dated 19th September, 2019 for extension of all due dates for filing IT Returns in the interest of taxpayers and the professionals as well. We referred to the then prevailing situation and frequent lockdowns due to pandemic. We have no hitch to say that our humble request was favourably considered by the your goodself. The due dates for filing ITRs for AY 2020-21 were extended to 31-12-2020 and Tax Audit Reports on 31-01-2021. We do hereby appreciate that the Union government has ever been cooperative to the tax payers and the professionals at large.

No doubt, the country has now been unlocked as a whole, but the effects of COVID-19 is not yet over and is affecting all spheres of life even as of now. Several State governments have imposed various restrictions based on severity of Corona Pandemic. Punjab and the surrounding States have imposed Night Curfew and restricted all kinds of movements, resulting several industries and private offices have not come to their normal working. Moreover, during pandemic, many of our Accounts Professionals and their staff have been infected. Our President, the undersigned, is one of them. In such a condition, the affected and the suspected have not been able to work for a period of minimum 14 days. Most of the business establishments are still facing difficulty to operate at their full capacity. Shortage of manpower due to COVID-19 is badly paralysing the continuity of work. The people avoid travelling and prefer to work from home, due to which work of collecting various data for carrying tax audits and filing Returns of Income has not come to normalcy.

Apart from the above, the department has delayed to make available necessary Utilities of ITR Forms. Different ITR Forms release and their updation were made available on portal as under :-

Sr. No. ITR/
Due Date
of Filing
Date of
availability of
1 ITR 1 31-07-2020 02-06-2020 22-09-2020 01-12-2020
2 ITR 2 31-07-2020 26-06-2020 04-11-2020 10-12-2020
3 ITR 3 31-10-2020 31-07-2020 09-11-2020 01-12-2020
4 ITR 4 31-07-2020 05-06-2020 15-10-2020 01-12-2020
5 ITR 5 31-10-2020 25-08-2020 15-11-2020 10-12-2020
6 ITR 6 31-10-2020 22-09-2020 22-11-2020 03-12-020
7 ITR 7 31-10-2020 03-09-2020 08-12-020 08-12-020
8 3CA-3CD 04-11-2020
9 3CEB 04-11-2020

Usually, the Income Tax Returns utilities must be released in the month of April, but due to pandemic, this was delayed on an average of four months. Even after release, they have been constantly updated. Moreover, 700+ paged instructions for filing the Income Tax Returns were released only on 23-10-2020 and subsequently revised on 25-11-2020, i.e. just a month before the due date of filing of IT Returns. This all resulted not sufficient time to even take a note of most important points.

Under all these circumstances, we the Accounts Professionals are under acute mental pressure. It has become much difficult in compliance of filing tax audits and uploading audited returns. Moreover, in these days, all are busy in finalization and uploading of Annual GSTR-9/9C for statutory compliance, which is a long and a time consuming process. If preparing, compiling and reconciling correct tax data is required, we need sufficient time.

Therefore, it is our earnest request to please be kind enough and extend due date for uploading and filing Income Tax Returns and Tax Audited Reports under Section 139(1) of Income Tax Act by Assesses once again till 28-02-2021 and 31-03-2021 respectively. We the Professional Accountants shall be highly obliged.

For The Punjab Accountants Association

(Dharminder Sikka)

(Varinder K. Sharma)
General Secretary

c.c. to : Shri Pramod Chandra Mody,
Chairman, CBDT, New Delhi

with humble request to look into the matter sympathetically and to take necessary action.

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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

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  1. jagdish mainali says:


  2. Suresh Chandani says:

    Essential to extend for 30 days. Senior citizens, in particular, are in serious jeopardy. No way to attend to the bank for updating passbooks, absence of regular accounts writer, communicating with chartered accountants etc etc. I’m Mumbai, most staff have no access to their offices by public transport. Distances are far too large. How can I cope with this situation? Wise consideration by the minister is essential.

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