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April 29, 2021

Services of CAs should be treated as “Essential Services” for exemption during COVID-19 Lockdown: CA Association to Surat Collector

by CA Shivam Jaiswal in Compliance Law, Corporate Law

Services of CAs should be treated as “Essential Services” for exemption during COVID-19 Lockdown: CA Association to Surat Collector

Copy of Letter of Request to Collector from Chartered Accountants Association Surat

To.

The Hon’ble Collector,

Collector Office,”B” Block. 5th Floor.

Jilta Seva Sadan-II, Athwalines, Surat-395001

Sub: Essential Services of Chartered Accountants

Respected Sir,

Let us first salute to the entire medical professionals, health workers, police force, officials of the Local authorities and the unsung corona warriors Who are Working day and night to fight against COVID-19 and to reduce the impact of the pandemic caused due to novel corona virus. It is been almost one year since we are fighting against this pandemic, during this one year of pandemic we are most probably fighting against second or third wave of pandemic. This wave has been proven as disastrous for us in multifold directions, and we best hope to come out of it very soon.

To fight against this pandemic the Central and the State Government. has taken various steps to stop the spread of Corona Virus and have either guided or ordered many precautionary steps/actions. Similarly. Govt of Gujarat has come up with an order no. Vi-1/kav/102020/482 on 27th April 2021 to stop the spread of Corona Virus imposing certain activity with some exceptions. With due respect to this order. we as an association of chartered accountants of Surat, want to bring certain facts to your knowledge that:

1. Chartered Accountancy services are cardinal services for collection of taxes of State Government and Central Government. Tax Return Preparation if stopped or hampered. may adversely affect the government treasury during this tough times of pandemic. Hence, we request you to kindly enlist Chartered Accountancy Services as essential services.

2. Para no. 4(A) of the order restricts to open SHOPPING/COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, whereas Para N. 4(D) suggests that all kind of private offices can be operated with 50% attendance. here the question is where a private office of a Practicing Chartered Accountants situated in the Shopping Commercial complex/Textile market can be opened with a 50% attendance,

3. During this toughest time ever of Corona pandemic and in absence of any relaxation from government in compliances of various due dates falling in the month of April 2021, we as Chartered Accountants have been serving the government by making the businesses pay timely taxes, to enable the Government spend for the betterment of the Public at loge.

We request you to kindly issue clarification on the above matter positively and allow private offices of Chartered Accountants situated in any premises to remain open with sufficient safeguards. We hope, your good self would look into the above matter and help us to help the nation.

Thanks & Regards,

For Chartered Accountants Association, Surat.

Copy ro: –

1. Commissioner of Police – Surat,

Office of the Police Commissioner. Police Bhavan, Athwalines,                  – for information and appropriate action

Surat -395001

2. Municipal Commissioner

Surat Mahanagar Seva Sedan, Gardhandas Chokhawala Marg.                        – for information and appropriate action

Muglisara, Surat -395003

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