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April 2, 2021

All India Federation of Tax Practitioners requested FM for extension of ITR deadline

by CA Shivam Jaiswal in Income Tax

All India Federation of Tax Practitioners requested FM for extension of ITR deadline

Copy of Letter of Request to FM from All India Federation of Tax Practitioners

Hon’ ble Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman Minister of Finance Government of India New Delhi

Respected Madam,

As Your Honour may to aware, the All India Federation of Tax Practitioners the Federation it short) is one of the largest professional bodies of tax practitioners, advocates and chartered accountants – both of direct and indirect taxes It has teen functioning for the last about 45 years since 1976 and has a membership of over 9000 individuals and about 130 Tax Bar Associations located all over the country in 27 out of 29 States. The main objective of the Federation has been to provide technical inputs in the fair and just formulation of the tax laws and their fair and effective implementation.

Several members of the Federation have pointed out that despite their best efforts, they could not file the returns of income of some of their clients because of the poor attendance of the concerned technical staff due to the latest wave of Corona virus in certain parts of the country and also during the last two days. i.e 30th and 31st March 2021 the income tax Portal was not functioning properly) and all the returns could not be uploaded.

Under similar circumstances, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the time by one month from 31st March, 2021 to 30th April, 2021 for the Assessing Officers for issuing of notices u/s 148 of the Act for reopening the competed assessments or for issuing the notices where where tax returns were not fled vide Notification No 20/2021/F No. 370143/35/202C-TPL dated 31.03.2021 A copy of the same is attached for ease of reference.

The Federation has always been requiring its members to comply with the provisions of the Income-tax Act both in letter and spirit but because of the unavoidable circumstances, as stated above, it has not been possible to file the income tax returns in a few cases.

It is, therefore, requested that a month’s time may kindly be allowed to file the income tax returns in respect of the AY 2020-21 without any adverse consequences in the form of charging of interest and/or levy of penalty.

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