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What made #dateextendkarojhatpat trend on Twitter amidst the call for extending the Income Tax and GST Due Dates?

Aishna Kukreja 
on 31 December 2020

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Update:

The Finance Ministry has extended the due dates for filing Income Tax Returns, Tax Audit Reports, and GST Compliances. The updated due dates are as follows:

1. INCOME TAX RETURN (For taxpayers who are required to get their accounts audited) - 15th February 2021

2. INCOME TAX RETURN (For taxpayers who are not required to get their accounts audited) - 10th January 2021

3. TAX AUDIT REPORTS - 15th January 2021

4. GST ANNUAL RETURN (FY 19-20) - 28th February 2021

To read the official announcement, click here

Over the last couple of weeks, professionals and taxpayers all over the country have come together to collectively request the Union and Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman to extend the due dates for Income Tax Returns, Tax Audit Reports, and GST Compliances. This request has been generated keeping in mind the large-scale disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hashtags like #Extend_Due_date #Extend_Due_Date_Immediately #extendreturnfillingdates were trending on the Social Networking Site Twitter for a long time. However, there was something peculiar in the Twitter hashtag #dateextendkarojhatpat.

The Income Tax Department commenced with the Jhatpat Processing for ITR 1 and ITR 4 in the month of December. In order to promote the initiative, the department did a paid promotion of the #ITRFileKaroJhatpat.

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This is when the taxpayers and professionals felt extremely disheartened because even after numerous requests for due date extension, the Income Tax Department and the Ministry of Finance did not understand the plight and the disruption of the professionals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professionals, all over the country unionized and the #dateextendkarojhatpat started trending on Twitter, in no time, showcasing an unbelievable power that common citizens of the country hold with themselves.

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Mentioned below, are the current due dates and the requested due dates by Taxpayers and Professional

Particulars

Current Due Date

Proposed Due Date

Tax Audit Report

31st December 2020

28th February 2021

Transfer Pricing Audit Return

31st December 2020

28th February 2021

Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for AY 2020-21 

31st December 2020

28th February 2021

Income Tax Returns (Tax Audit) for AY 2020-21

31st January 2021

31st March 2021

Furnishing of declaration under Vivad Se Vishwas Act, 2020

31st December 2021

15th March 2021

GSTR-9, 9A, and 9C for FY 2018-19

31st December 2020

31st March 2021

GSTR-9, 9A, and 9C for FY 2019-20

31st December 2020

30th June 2021

Holding of AGM by companies for the financial year 2019-20 ended on 31.3.2020

31st December 2020

31st March 2021

What made  dateextendkarojhatpat trend on Twitter amidst the call for extending the Income Tax and GST Due

Some taxpayers are also requesting for #1date, for making good all the compliances i.e., 31st March 2021.

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Request for date extension generated by several Tax Practitioners and CA Associations

Sr. No.

Request Made By

Date of Request

Requested Date

1.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

26th Dec 2020

31st March 2021

2.

5 Leading CA Associations

15th Dec 2020

31st March 2021

3.

Sr. Adv. P.P. Chaudhary - Member of Lok Sabha

27th Dec 2020

ITR, ITR (Tax Audit), TAR, Transfer Pricing Audit: 31st March 2021

GSTR-9, 9C (FY 2018-19, 2019-20): 31st January 2021

4.

Western Maharashtra Tax Practitioners' Association

9th Dec 2020

Tax Audit Report: 28th February 2021

ITR: 31st March 2021

5.

Gujarat Sales Tax Bar Association

12th Dec 2020

GSTR-9, 9A, 9C (FY 2019-20): 30th June 2021

6.

Chamber Of Tax Consultants

12th Dec 2020

Tax Audit, Transfer Pricing Audit: 28th February 2021

ITR: 31st March 2021

7.

Tax Practitioners' Association, Indore

12th Dec 2020

Tax Audit, Transfer Pricing Audit, Income Tax Return: 28th February 2021

ITR (Tax Audit): 31st March 2021

8.

AGFTC, ITBC, and CAA

14th Dec 2020

Tax Audit Report, ITR (Tax Audit): 31st March 2021

9.

Bombay Chartered Accountants' Society, Lucknow Chartered Accountants Society, Chartered Accountants Association (Ahmedabad), Chartered Accountants Association (Surat), and Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association

15th Dec 2020

ITR, ITR (Tax Audit), TAR, Transfer Pricing Audit: 31st March 2021

GSTR-9, 9C (FY 2018-19, 2019-20): 31st March 2021

10.

Tax Bar Association, Bhilwara

15th Dec 2020

TAR: 28th February 2021

ITR: 31st March 2021

11.

Direct Taxes Professionals' Association

15th Dec 2020

TAR, ITR: 31st March 2021

AGM of Companies: 31st March 2021

Declaration under Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme: 15th March 2021

12.

CA Social Affiliation (CASA)

15th Dec 2020

TAR, Transfer Pricing Audit: 28th February 2021

ITR: 31st March 2021 (for all assessee)

13.

Association of Tax Payers & Professional, Agra

15th Dec 2020

GSTR-9: 31st January 2021

GSTR-9A, 9C: 31st March 2021

14.

Lucknow CA Tax Practitioners Association

16th Dec 2020

TAR: 28th February 2021

ITR for AY 2019-20: 31st January 2021

ITR (all assessee) for AY 2020-21: 31st March 2021

15.

Jamshedpur Chartered Accountants Society

16th Dec 2020

TAR, ITR: 31st March 2021

16.

Emerging Businesses Chamber Of Commerce

17th Dec 2020

Tax Audit Report, TP Audit: 28th February 2021

ITR: 28th Feb 2021

ITR (Tax Audit): 31st March 2021

17.

Chartered Accountants Association, Jalandhar

19th Dec 2020

TAR: 28th February 2021

ITR: 31st January 2021

ITR (Tax Audit): 31st March 2021

18.

All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (CZ)

19th Dec 2020

TAR, ITR: 28th February 2021

ITR (Tax Audit): 31st March 2021

Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme: 31st January 2021

19.

Vyyapaar Mandal Association, Nagore & All India MSME and Tax Practitioners Association

19th Dec 2020

ITR, Tax Audit, GSTR Annual Returns: 31st March 2021

20.

Uttar Pradesh Tax Bar Association

 

ITR, TAR: 31st March 2021

21.

Tax Bar Association Guwahati

19th Dec 2020

TAR: 28th February 2021

ITR:  31st March 2021 (for all assessee)

22.

Tax Bar Association Guwahati

21st Dec 2020

GSTR-9, 9C (FY 2018-19): 31st march 2021

GSTR-9, 9C (FY 2019-20): 30th June 2021

 
 

However, even after several requests, the announcement for the date extension hasn’t been made yet. In these times, one can only hope that the request of the taxpayers and professionals are met. Let us know your thoughts on this, in the comments section below.

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