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    PAN-Aadhaar, Tax saving, Form 16, belated ITR filing deadlines extended again

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    The extension has been done to provide further relief to taxpaying individuals.

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    The Government has also extended PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline.
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    Several direct tax deadlines including those for linking of PAN with Aadhaar number, completing tax saving investments exercise for financial year 2019-20 and for companies to issue Form 16 to employees, have been extended again. This has been done to give further relief to individuals due to on-going coronavirus pandemic.

    As per the notification issued by the government dated June 24, 2020 (effective from June 30, 2020), the deadline to file belated and/or revised tax return for FY 2018-19 has been extended to July 31, 2020. The deadline for making tax-saving investments and expenditures to claim tax breaks under Section 80C, 80D etc for financial year 2019-20 has also been further extended to July 31, 2020 from the earlier time limit of June 30,2020. The date for issuance of TDS certificates i.e. Form 16, Form 16A etc. has been extended to August 15, 2020.

    The deadline for filing ITR for FY2019-20 was earlier extended to November 30, 2020 and remains the same.

    As per the notification, the new various tax compliance dates are as follows:

    • The time for filing of original as well as revised income-tax returns i.e. belated ITRs for the FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) has been extended to 31st July, 2020 from the earlier extended deadline of June 30, 2020.
    • The date for making various investment/ payment for claiming deduction under Chapter-VIA-B of the Income-tax Act which includes section 80C (LIC, PPF, NSC etc.), 80D (Mediclaim), 80G (Donations) etc. has also been further extended to 31st July, 2020. Hence the investment/ payment can be made up to 31st July, 2020 for claiming the deduction under these sections for FY 2019-20. This deadline was earlier extended only till June 30, 2020.
    • In order to provide relief to small and middle class taxpayers, the date for payment of self-assessment tax in the case of a taxpayer whose self-assessment tax liability is up to Rs. 1 Lakh has also been extended to 30th November, 2020. However, it is clarified that there will be no extension of date for the payment of self-assessment tax for the taxpayers having self-assessment tax liability exceeding Rs. 1 lakh. In this case, the whole of the self-assessment tax shall be payable by the due dates specified in the Income Tax Act (IT Act) and delayed payment would attract interest under section 234A of the IT Act.
    • 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 IT Act has also been further extended to 30th September, 2020. Therefore, the investment/ construction/ purchase made up to 30th September, 2020 shall be eligible for claiming deduction from capital gains.
    • The furnishing of the TDS/ TCS statements and issuance of TDS/ TCS certificates are the prerequisite for enabling the taxpayers to prepare their return of income for FY 2019-20, the date for furnishing of TDS/ TCS statement and issuance of TDS/ TCS certificate pertaining to the FY 2019-20 has been extended only to 31st July, 2020 and 15th August, 2020 respectively. Earlier, the deadlines for giving of TDS and TCS statements by the deductors was extended only till June 30, as per chartered accountants.
    • The due date for filing income tax return for the FY 2019-20 (AY 2020-21) has already been extended to 30th November, 2020 as per press release issued dated May 13, 2020. Hence, the returns of income which are required to be filed by the 31st July, 2020 and 31st October, 2020 can be filed up to 30th November, 2020. Consequently, the date for furnishing tax audit report has also been extended to 31st October, 2020.
    • The date for passing of order or issuance of notice by the authorities and various compliances under various direct taxes & Benami Law which are required to be passed/ issued/ made by 31st December, 2020 has been extended to 31st March, 2021. Consequently, the date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN would also be extended to 31st March, 2021.
    • The date for commencement of operation for the SEZ units for claiming deduction under deduction 10AA of the IT Act has also been further extended to 30th September, 2020 for the units which received necessary approval by 31st March 2020.
    • Tax payers should note that the reduced rate of interest of 9% for delayed payments of taxes, levies, etc. specified in the Ordinance dated March 31, 2020, shall not be applicable for the payments made after 30th June, 2020.

    The CBDT press release further reminded that the government has already extended the date for making payment without additional interest and penal amount under the "Vivad Se Vishwas" scheme to 31st December 2020. The necessary legislative amendments will be made in due course of time. The notification has extended the date for the completion or compliance of the actions which are required to be completed under the Scheme by 30th December, 2020 to 31st December, 2020. Therefore, the date of furnishing of declaration, passing of order, etc., under the Scheme stand extended to 31st December, 2020.

    Also, deferment of the implementation of new procedure for approval/ registration/ notification of certain entities u/s 10(23C), 12AA, 35 and 80G of the Income-tax Act has already been announced vide press release dated 8th May, 2020 from 1st June, 2020 to 1st October, 2020. It is clarified that the old procedure, i.e., pre-amended procedure shall continue to apply during the period from 1st June, 2020 to 30th September, 2020. Necessary legislative amendments will be made in this regard as well.

    The Finance Minister has already announced reduced rate of TDS for specified non-salaries payments to residents and specified TCS rates by 25% for the period from 14th May 2020 to 31st March 2021. The announcement was also followed by a press release dated 13th May 2020. The necessary legislative amendments for implementing this reduction in TDS/TCS rate shall made in the due course of time.
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    S S Sethumadhavan133 days ago
    As per new IT directive the savings under Chapter VIA is allowed up to 31St July 2020. The max limit for savings is still limited to 1.5 Lakhs only. What will happen to a tax payer if his limit of 1.5 lakhs already reached in Mar 2020 it self. There is no provision to avail this deduction for AY 2021-2022 if he has reached the savings maximum level at March 2020 it self. They are asking only how much you have saved against VIA from !st Apr 20 to 31 St July 2020.
    Dilip CAA155 days ago
    Fairly liberal, collection of papers is a headache in critical time.
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