Government extends certain timelines in light of the raging pandemic

In view of the severe Covid-19 pandemic raging unabated across the country affecting the lives of our people, and in view of requests received from taxpayers, tax consultants & other stakeholders that various time barring dates, which were earlier extended to 30th April, 2021 by various notifications, as well as under the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020, may be further extended, the Government has extended certain timelines today.

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In the light of several representations received(supra) and to address the hardship being faced by various stakeholders, the Central Government has decided to extend the time limits to 30th June, 2021 in the following cases where the time limit was earlier extended to 30th, April 2021 through various notifications issued under the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation) and Amendment of Certain Provisions Act, 2020, namely:-

(i) Time limit for passing of any order for assessment or reassessment under the Income-tax Act, 1961(hereinafter called ‘the Act’ ) the time limit for which is provided under section 153 or section 153B thereof;

(ii) Time limit for passing an order consequent to direction of DRP under sub­-section (13) of section 144C of the Act;

(iii) Time limit for issuance of notice under section 148 of the Act for reopening the assessment where income has escaped assessment;

(iv) Time Limit for sending intimation of processing of Equalisation Levy under sub­-section (1) of section 168 of the Finance Act 2016.

It has also been decided that time for payment of amount payable under the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020, without an additional amount, shall be further extended to 30th June, 2021.

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MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)
(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)
New Delhi

Notification No. 38/2021-Income Tax, Dated: 27th April, 2021

S.O. 1703(E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020 (38 of 2020) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), and in partial modification of the notifications of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance, (Department of Revenue) No. 93/2020 dated the 31st December, 2020, No. 10/2021 dated the 27th February, 2021 and No. 20/2021 dated the 31st March, 2021, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section 3, Sub­section (ii), vide number S.O. 4805(E), dated the 31st December, 2020, vide number S.O. 966(E) dated the 27th February, 2021 and vide number S.O. 1432(E) dated the 31st March, 2021, respectively (hereinafter referred to as the said notifications), the Central Government hereby specifies for the purpose of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Act that,

(A) where the specified Act is the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) (hereinafter referred to as the Income-tax Act) and, —

(a) the completion of any action, referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Act, relates to passing of any order for assessment or reassessment under the Income-tax Act, and the time limit for completion of such action under section 153 or section 153B thereof, expires on the 30th day of April, 2021 due to its extension by the said notifications, such time limit shall further stand extended to the 30th day of June, 2021;

(b) the completion of any action, referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Act, relates to passing of an order under sub-section (13) of section 144C of the Income-tax Act or issuance of notice under section 148 as per time-limit specified in section 149 or sanction under section 151 of the Income-tax Act, and the time limit for completion of such action expires on the 30th day of April, 2021 due to its extension by the said notifications, such time limit shall further stand extended to the 30th day of June, 2021.

Explanation.— For the removal of doubts, it is hereby clarified that for the purposes of issuance of notice under section 148 as per time-limit specified in section 149 or sanction under section 151 of the Income-tax Act, under this sub-clause, the provisions of section 148, section 149 and section 151 of the Income-tax Act, as the case may be, as they stood as on the 31st day of March 2021, before the commencement of the Finance Act, 2021, shall apply.

(B) where the specified Act is the Chapter VIII of the Finance Act, 2016 (28 of 2016) (hereinafter referred to as the Finance Act) and the completion of any action, referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the said Act, relates to sending an intimation under sub-section (1) of section 168 of the Finance Act, and the time limit for completion of such action expires on the 30th day of April, 2021 due to its extension by the said notifications, such time limit shall further stand extended to the 30th day of June, 2021.

[Notification No. 38/2021/ F. No. 370142/35/2020-TPL]

RAJESH KUMAR BHOOT, Jt. Secy. Tax Policy & Legislation Division

Note: The principal notification was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (ii) vide S.O. No. 4805 dated 31st December, 2020.

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4 Comments

  1. m.natarajan says:

    When an assessee who has numerous compliances to follow besides his business is expected to meticulously follow due date, Income Tax department which is just vested with Income tax alone is unable to adopt even its twice extended deadlines. Different yardstick for Assessees and different yardstick for department? Equity for tax payers would never be rendered by policy makers

  2. DILIP CHATTERJI Advocatee in practice says:

    Central Govt should be very liberal helpful towards the assessees to extend time limit for submission of returns up to 30 th Sept 2021 in general. Next to relieve tax payers by withdrawing of “FACELESS” Assessments and Appeals systems, as it is very harassing ,
    burdensome, encumbersome and litigating to scan them and efile the same that needs Advocates’ CAs’ assistants so what is the use of introducing this vague systems, as it is almost reputation of the earlier one, yes up to REFUND issue matter this is acceptable, but in assessment or appeal where physical appearance and proper clarification of the same is must, and that is democratic right of a citizen, which can’t be snatched, by this vague systems. Further it is equally creating problems for AOs at verification , Assessment , notice servicing, forcing replies, and others that grow huge resentments amongst grassroot Assessing block, ultimately it will prove that the face less system is wrong and non technical, last question what was the reason of Govt for introducing this to stop CORRUPTION in Income Tax Dept only? Other are corruption less? Is earnestly requested to find out the reason and out come at this present days.

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