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In the view of the outbreak of COVID-19 the FM had announced various relief measures regarding statutory compliance related to Income Tax and GST. The FM passed an ordinance to give effect to these measures on the 31st of March 2020. Previously, taxpayers had confusion if the date to make various investments for claiming deduction under Chapter-VIA-B of IT Act has been extended or not as the FM did not address the same in her press release. However, the Ordinance gives clarity on the same. Here is what the Ordinance states on the matter:

1. "The date for making various investment/payment for claiming deduction under Chapter-VIA-B of IT Act which includes Section 80C (LIC, PPF, NSC etc.), 80D (Mediclaim), 80G (Donations), etc. has been extended to 30th June, 2020. Hence the investment/payment can be made up to 30.06.2020 for claiming the deduction under these sections for FY 2019-20."

2. "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 extended to 30th June 2020. Therefore, the investment/ construction/ purchase made up to 30.06.2020 shall be eligible for claiming deduction from capital gains arising during FY 2019-20."

3. "The donation made to the PM CARES Fund shall be eligible for 100% deduction under section 80G of the IT Act. Further, the limit on deduction of 10% of gross income shall also not be applicable for donation made to PM CARES Fund. As the date for claiming deduction u/s 80G under IT Act has been extended up to 30.06.2020, the donation made up to 30.06.2020 shall also be eligible for deduction from income of FY 2019-20. Hence, any person including corporate paying concessional tax on income of FY 2020-21 under new regime can make donation to PM CARES Fund up to 30.06.2020 and can claim deduction u/s 80G against income of FY 2019-20 and shall also not lose his eligibility to pay tax in concessional taxation regime for income of FY 2020-21.  "

Read the official press release here: 

Finance Ministry issues Taxation and other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 today

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