ICAI has sent a Humble reminder to FM to for immediate consideration of their   request(s) for extension of various due dates under Income-tax Act, 1961 especially Tax Audit Reports and related returns and Income Tax Return Forms for AY 2020-21. ICAI has also made an representation earlier on 13th December 2020. Full text of the current representation is as Below-

ICAI/DTC/2020-21/Rep-29

Dated: 26th December 2020

To
Chairman,
Central Board of Direct Taxes, Ministry of Finance,
Government of India,
North Block,
New Delhi-110 001.

Sir,

Re: Humble reminder to consider immediately our request(s) for extension of various due dates under Income-tax Act, 1961 especially Tax Audit Reports and related returns and Income Tax Return Forms for AY 2020-21

We refer to our earlier representation (ICAI/DTC/2020-21/Rep – 26 dated 13.12.2020) submitted to your good office detailing therein issues/concerns being faced by taxpayers/members due to ongoing COVID19 pandemic and the resultant need to further extend the due date of filing ITR Forms and Tax Audit report and other related returns/reports for AY 2020-21. It is reported that Income tax website has slowed down.

Urgent need to decide extension of due dates especially of ITR Forms and TAR for AY 2020-21 in the interest of assessees and professionals-Income tax website has slowed down

In this hyper atmosphere of pandemic, health of professionals as well as assessees is at risk and is highly vulnerable. Extensions of due dates of compliances for this year is highly justified and will do good both for revenue as well as assessees and professionals concerned.

It is also pertinent to mention that our members as well as assessees have reported that the official website of income-tax department (efiling) is having issues recently and has slowed down considerably may be due to online voluminous traffic. This has further added tensions and pressures to the already burdened assessees as well as professionals.

Suggestion(s):

In the interest of the Nation as a whole, it is once again humbly requested that the CBDT may decide on an immediate basis to extend due date of filing return of income u/s 139(1) as well as tax audit report and related returns for AY 2020-21 to a suitable date of say 31.03.2021 from 31.12.2020 which is fast approaching. Further, all the other due dates of compliances under Income-tax Act, 1961 (TDS/TCS/Section 11(1A)/54/54F/Advance tax payments etc.) be suitably extended to say 31.03.2021 to enable assessees to meet such deadlines without incurring any other extra cost.

We hope that our suggestions would be favourably considered. We would be happy to deliberate on the matter albeit virtually, if considered necessary by your good office.

With Warm Regards

CA Tarun Jamnadas Ghia 
Chairman, Direct Taxes Committee
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

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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 26 Dec 2020 Direct Taxes Committee of ICAI ICAI requests FM to extend Income Tax due dates immediately

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40 Comments

  1. samir L. shah says:

    IF DEPARTMENT CAN’T MAKE READY ALL RETURNS ON DATE 1ST APRIL, THEY HAS NO RIGHT TO FORCE TAX PAYER AND PROFESSIONALS TO OBEY ANY LAST DATE FIXED FOR ANY RULES.

  2. Girish Chandra Sinha says:

    It’s fact that due to loose of man power effected by COVID-19 loss due to died CA a firm died also employee and also work hamper by Covid-19 due to transportation and comunication.

    So extended date died line would be 31st March’2020, I and all employee reach to office earlier and left from office late approx 8-9 p.m. but impossible that one day more than 10 return uploded due to server slow,.

  3. ANTAL KALU RAM says:

    Yes it true trouble is being faced on ITR filing on income tax department CPC site taking longer than usual and professional are awaited to return the ITR . I am trying to get fill return asking form16 But not received yet.
    Hence I am worried.

  4. Vijay Kumar Gupta says:

    Please extend the date so many problems now covid and side effect of covid. My friend suffered from Covid and now with thyroid side effect of covid and survical

  5. NARENDRA SEKSARIA says:

    FINALLY CASE FILED AT BOM HC BY CTC-HEARING TODAY-PRAY GOD TO HELP WE ALL SMALL FIRMS OF CAS-TAX CONSULTANTS-BUSINESS CONCERNS-MSEM–GOVT NOT BOTHERED–MORE THAN 40REQUESTS-NOT ASKING REPEAL OF3ACTS IT-GST-CO

  6. CA Lalit Munoyat says:

    Why the request? Not extending the due dates is a
    Contempt of Supreme Court and Delhi High Court.

    The Supreme Court of India by its order dated 23-03-2020 Suo Moto took cognizance for extension of limitation and ordered that due to Covid-19 difficulties, all limitations under the general law or Special Laws whether condonable or not shall stand extended w.e.f. 15th March 2020 till further order/s to be passed by this Court in present proceedings.(Including Income Tax Act & GST Act). The SC again reaffirmed this order on 19-12-20 stating that the said order is still operative and by subsequent orders, the scope has been enlarged so that the said order applies in other proceedings also
    .
    Similarly, the DELHI HIGH COURT [2015] 378 ITR 137 (Del) 21-09-15 ordered that there appeared to be no justification for delay beyond the assessment year in prescribing the ITR forms and the department is directed to at least ensure that the prescribed forms are available as on 1st April of the assessment year itself unless there is a valid reason therefor and which should be recorded in writing by the department without waiting for any representations to be made.

    The department has already conveniently extended its own due-date-limitations for many proceedings like reopening of assessment proceedings, completion of time barring assessment proceedings, issue of various notices etc. Why not same treatment to the assessees.?

    The Finance Minister is thus causing contempt of court by bluntly disobeying these orders by closing the due dates which have been kept open by the SC by its still operative order and by not webcasting the ITR etc. forms on 1st April 2020 as per the order of the Delhi High Court. As per the order of the Delhi HC minimum 180 days, from the date the forms were released/ updated on the website, must be provided to the assessees for compliance.Form 3CA-CD/3CB-CD were updated only on 04-11-20, 180 days from that will be 03-05-21. But we are asking only upto 31-03-21.

  7. MALLIKARJUN SIDRAMAPPA KAMALAPURE says:

    PLEASE FY18-19 AND FY 19-20 BOTH INCOME TAX AUDIT AND GST ANNUAL RETUNRS EXTENDED DATE 31-03-2021 I HUMBLE REQUEST TO YOU MEM

  8. Niranjan Mohapatra says:

    “Panic to pay and be penalised”. No sustainable rules, regulations, sudden changes in act, making all compliance criss cross so that penaty provisions could be invoked for either delay/mistake. Empowering the corrupt to weigh honesty of the taxpayers and feeding the lazy….

  9. nageswara s says:

    HUMBLE REQUEST SIR/MADAM,PLEASE EXTEND THE GST ANNUAL RETURN AND INCOME TAX RETURNS IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE I AM TAX PROFESSIONAL PAS ONE MONTH I AM IN HEALTH PROBLEM TOTAL WORK IS PENDING, KINDLY EXTEND THE VARIOUS DUE DATES

  10. asha says:

    Please consider the extension mam here one person with pressure got heart attack and many are suffering with covid and some working with newly cured from covid we cant pressure them to do as clients are coming now to submit huge bank statements…try to understand MADAM RIP GOVERNEMENT.
    .

  11. Ajay says:

    Complete helplessness for the Professionals.Bravo to the finance ministry for making our life miserable.Lesson in life is tell your kids to get a career outside this country which respects their work rather than becoming slaves.

  12. Surendra Saini says:

    No one requested for extending of FY 18-19 due dates but when every one in majority is requesting for FY 19-20 due dates extension plea is not heard by learned people intentionally, wondering will there be a silver lining for the efforts and concerns expressed or efforts just washed off in vain.

  13. Murali Mohan Bg says:

    No one requested for extending of FY 18-19 due dates but when every one in majority is requesting for FY 19-20 due dates extension plea is not heard by learned people intentionally, wondering will there be a silver lining for the efforts and concerns expressed or efforts just washed off in vain.

  14. Ca CP says:

    Please Extend due date, as from staff members many members got Covid Positive. As much work is pending to do and presently very much work pressure is felling, as clients has not provided documents early now due to email received, they are hurrying up. Please understand the situation for our professional people. We are not doing proper work due to this pressurized situation, Please kindly consider this matter and extend the due date for filling ITR for AY 2020-21 and Audit fory AY 2020-21. This is in the interest of Nation. Thank You

  15. CA C V SURYAM says:

    Since attitude of the Government’s first priority is collections (tax)/revenue, by giving relaxation by way of extending the deadlines, may look into the aspect of directing the tax payers to remit the tax at certain percentage say 1% or 0.5% or so by the end of Jan.21 as self-assessment tax. Of course, in this way, Government will lose interest on self-assessment tax when paid at the time of filing of return. But now it will get immediate revenue which need not be postponed till the extended date.

  16. Sreenivasa NG Rao says:

    In Telugu Language a saying or quote goes like this:
    A wiseman/gentleman needs a word to correct or say a thing and an animal needs one simple hit to move/ On the other hand, if it needs more, what to say ??? I leave to it to your discretion. In Telugu/Kannada Language, they say Jada Bharatha. So is the present issue related to extension of time to submit the returns and reports

  17. CA C V SURYAM says:

    Since attitude of the Government gives first priority collections (tax)/revenue, by giving relaxation by way of extending the deadlines, may look into the aspect of directing the tax payers to remit the tax at certain percentage say 1% or 0.5% or so by the end of Jan.21 as self-assessment tax. Of course, in this way, Government will lose interest on self-assessment tax when paid at the time of filing of return. But now it will get immediate revenue which need not be postponed till the extended date.

  18. Chandrashekar Shetty says:

    This is horrible that Government of the day is NOT listening to more than 50 representation submitted for extension. It looks like Tax payers have no respect in this country

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