Emerging Businesses Chamber Of Commerce has made a representation to FM and Request for Extension of Due Dates for filing Tax Audit, Audit Reports under income Tax Act and ITR for Assessment Year 2020-21. Request was made in view of The Covid-19 Pandemic, Night Curfew and its effect on professional work, Ongoing Farmers Protest in the country against newly enacted Farmers Acts resulting to closing of Borders and for Delay in release of return filing software utilities. Full Text of the Representation is as follows:-
EMERGING BUSINESSES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Regd Office: Rz–B-72, F/F Kh No. 82/13 Mahavir Enclave,
Gali No-4 Delhi, South West Delhi-110045
Email: [email protected], Mobile:+91-9871047409
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman,
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Ministry of Finance, North Block,
New Delhi 110001.
Sub: Request for Extension of Due Dates for filing Tax Audit, Audit Reports under income Tax Act and ITR for Assessment Year 2020-21.
The Emerging Businesses Chamber Of Commerce, is more than 5 years old non profit organization of tax practitioners of Delhi, having, Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries and Tax Practitioners as its members. Many senior tax professionals who regularly appear before ITAT, High Courts and the Supreme Court. The Chamber has been making regular representations before various government agencies.
EBCC regularly takes up initiatives to act as a bridge between stakeholders and concerned regulatory bodies in order to convey and help in resolving genuine grievances or effectively implement the laws.
Today, we have come forward with a request of extending the due dates of Tax Audit, Transfer Pricing Audit, various other Audit Reports under Income Tax Act and Income Tax Return filing for AY 2020-21.
Apart from others, this request is based on following major reasons being:
1. The Covid-19 Pandemic, Night Curfew and its effect on professional work:
At the outset we are thankful for the previous extension provided for tax audit and income tax return filing up to December 31, 2020 because of proceeding with pandemic of Covid – 19. The spread and seriousness of the Corona infection has not been diminished and rather it is rising every day, Night curfew continue, Restriction on Keeping workplaces open and so on affecting conducting audit and preparing tax returns. Driving through open transports/train s as well as other public vehicle is confined and not completely operational.
Due to this, few businesses and private workplaces have still not continued working by any stretch of the imagination. This likewise incorporates the workplaces of the Tax Advocates, CA’s, Tax Practitioners and so forth resulting the details required for carrying on tax audit and filing the return of income are not being gotten speedily and accordingly the audits can’t be proficiently performed. Further likewise making a trip to the place of audit is hard for the professionals and their staff especially where interstate travel is involved.
A few our members have been quarantined and have not had the option to work for 14 -21 days which reaches out to a month because of post Covid-19 wellbeing recuperation. Additionally, visiting any audit place opens them to the infection making them inclined contamination. Further, the senior aged professionals and senior aged assessees are persuaded to remain at home. These preventions are making it hard for the assessees, the Tax Advocates, CAs and other Tax Practitioners to comply with the presently extended due dates. We might want to like that for exactly the same reasons that we have referred to above, for example certifiable challenges being looked by the Tax payers because of flare-up of COVID-19 pandemic, Night Curfew the CBDT has prior extended the date for filing Tax audit and income tax return filing up to 31st December, 2020 and 31st Jan., 2021 respectively, but the underlying reason of COVID19 still continuing more vigorously.
2. Ongoing Farmers Protest in the country against newly enacted Farmers Acts resulting to closing of Borders.
Due to ongoing Farmers protests in the country since last few weeks, Professionals and other Tax practitioners are unable to mobilize their work in different cities as borders of different cities especially neighboring cities of Delhi are closed or having restricted movement since last few weeks. As a result visiting client’s location has been a major challenge, which has further delayed the process of completing Tax Audit as well as Income tax filing within the extended period.
While the talks are going on amongst various stakeholders and the matter already being presented in Supreme Court through various petitions, it is quite possible that protest may continue in near future. Considering the security concern, it is quite difficult for professionals to travel and conclude Tax Audits within the extended period.
3. Delay in release of return filing software utilities:
The utilities for the income tax return were made available only June’20 onwards instead of April’20 and latest on updated during first week December, 2020. Usually, the income tax returns are notified in the month of April, but due to the pandemic, the release of the returns also have been delayed on an average by 4 to 5 months. We are submitting the summary return wise as under:
|Income Tax Return Form||Schema Release Date||Schema Updation date||Utility Updation
|1||ITR 1||June 2, 2020||September 9, 2020||December 1, 2020|
|2||ITR 2||June26,2020.||November4 , 2020||December 3, 2020|
|3||ITR 3||July 31, 2020||November 9, 2020||December 1, 2020|
|4||ITR 4||June5,2020||October15,2020||December 1, 2020|
|5||ITR 5||August 25,2020||November18, 2020||December 3, 2020|
|6||ITR 6||September22,2020||November 22,2020||December 3, 2020|
|7||ITR 7||September 3,2020||December 8,2020||December 8, 2020|
|8||3C-3CD||–||November 4, 2020.||‑|
|9||3CEB||–||November 4, 2020||–|
Although the utilities were released as on the abovementioned dates, the 700+ paged Instructions for filing the return of income were released only on October 23, 2020. These instructions were further revised on November 25, 2020 i.e. just a month before the due date of filing of income tax return, not giving the professionals and assesses enough time to even take a note of the most important points.
These are indeed unusual times and when the dates were last extended one had expected a reasonable resumption of activities — however the second predicted phase of COVID spread resulted in a slow unlock down compared to what was expected and hence the earlier date of December end which seemed reasonable at one time is now looking like an impossibility.
REQUEST: With due respect to the above difficulties faced by the assessees and the professionals, we request your Honor to take them into consideration and extend the due dates for tax audit, transfer pricing audit and other returns under income tax act as under:
|Return /Audit Reports||Present Due Dates||Requested Due Dates|
|Tax Audit/TP Audit||31st Dec.,2020||28th Feb, 2021|
|Income Tax Return (Audit Case)||31st Jan, 2021||31st March, 2021|
|Income Tax Return (Non Audit)||31st Dec., 2020||28th Feb, 2021|
The whole fraternity of Taxpayer and Professionals will exceptionally acknowledge if this is done soon enough to permit them to get a clarity and focus to complete the Tax Audit in Professional Manner as conducted in usual circumstances. We look forward for your kind consideration to the genuine request.
CA Nitish Kumar Chugh
Chairman — Delhi Chapter
EMERGING BUSINESSES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
|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|