Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government had extended the various due dates for giving relaxations to the taxpayers. In this context, government has been extended the due date for filing of income tax return for financial year 2018-19 (2019-20) to 30th September, 2020 via notification no. 56/2020 dated 29.07.2020.
It should be noted that due date for income tax return for the FY 2019-20 (AY 2020-21) has been extended to November 30, 2020. Also, the date for making investment, construction, purchase for claiming roll over benefit, deduction in respect of capital gains under sections 54 to 54GB of the Income Tax Act has also been further extended to September 30, 2020.
Relaxations that end on July 31, 2020
The deadline for making various investment or payment for claiming income tax deduction for financial year 2019-20 under Section 80C (LIC, PPF, NSC etc.), 80D (Mediclaim Insurance), 80G (Donations) is July 31, 2020.
The taxpayer can also claim extra tax deduction of Rs. 50,000 under Section 80 CCD(1B) by investing in NPS. The investments can be made up to July 31, 2020 for claiming the deduction for FY 2019-20.
Last date for furnishing of TDS and TCS statement for Q4 of financial year 2019-20 and issuance of TDS/ TCS certificate pertaining to the FY 2019-20 has been extended to 31st July, 2020 and 15th August, 2020 respectively.
The government had announced some relaxation in the eligibility norms for opening of Sukanya Samriddhi accounts due to the coronavirus lockdown. Sukanya Samriddhi account can be opened in the name of girl child on or before 31st July, 2020, who have attained the age of 10 years during the period of lockdown from 25th March, 2020, to 30th June, 2020. Otherwise, Sukanya Samriddhi accounts can only be opened up to age of 10 years only from the date of birth.
The subscribers PPF accounts – whose deadline for submitting the extension form is due in lockdown with one-year grace period after maturity – may submit the prescribed form for extension through registered email id by 31st July, the postal department said. The original copy of PPF extension form can be submitted to the concerned operating agency once the lock down is completely lifted, it added.