Circular No. 18 / 2020
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Dated: 28th October, 2020
Subject: Clarifications in respect of the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020 - reg.
With the objective to reduce pending income tax litigation, generate timely revenue for the Government and benefit taxpayers by providing them peace of mind, certainty and savings on account of time and resources that would otherwise be spent on the long-drawn and vexatious litigation process, the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020 (hereinafter referred to as 'Vivad se Vishwas') was enacted on 17th March, 2020. The provisions of Vivad se Vishwas had been amended by the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020 to provide certain relaxation in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and also to empower the Central Government to notify certain dates.
2. The Central Government vide the notification S.O. 3847(E), dated 27th October, 2020, has extended the date for payment without additional amount under Vivad se Vishwas from 31 st December, 2020 to 31 st March, 2021. The said notification also noti fied the last date for filing declaration under Vivad se Vishwas as 31 st December, 2020.
3. Under the existing provisions of sub-section (2) of section 5 of the Vivad se Vishwas, the declarant is required to pay the amount within a period of 15 days from the date of receipt of certificate from the designated authority. However, as per the aforesaid notification, a declarant who files declaration on or before 31 st December, 2020 can make payment without additional amount on or before 31 st March, 2021. Hence, requiring payment by the declarant within a period of 15 days from the date of receipt of certificate from the designated authority may result into undue hardship for the declarant in whose case the period of 15 days expires before 31 sl March, 2021.
4. In order to mitigate undue hardship and remove difficulty that may be caused by the aforesaid requirement of payment within 15 days from the date of receipt of certificate from the designated authority, in exercise of powers conferred under section 10 and II of Vivad se Vishwas, it is hereby clarified that where a declarant files a declaration under Vivad se Vishwas on or before 31 st December, 2020, the designated authority, while issuing the certificate under sub-section (I) of section 5 of the Vivad se Vishwas, shall allow e decla nt to make payment without additional amount on or before 31 st March, 2021.
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India