Income Tax

Income Tax Compliance for January 2021

This article contains Income Tax Compliance requirements for the Month of January 2020. Compliance means “adhering to rules and regulations.” Compliance is a continuous process of following laws, policies, and regulations, rules to meet all the necessary governance requirements without any failure.

Here is the list of Income Tax and TDS due date.

Sl. Compliance Particulars Due Dates
1 Deposits of TDS /TCS for the month of Dec 20. 07-07-2021
 2 TDS Payment for Oct 20 to Dec 20 in case where Assessing officer has permitted quarterly deposit of TDS under section 192, 194A, 194D or 194H. 07-07-2021
3 Deposit of Equalisation levy for the month of Dec 20. 07-07-2021
4 Income Tax Return for the assessment year 2020-21 for all assessee other than (a) Corporate assessee or (b) non corporate assessee (whose book of account required to be audited) or (c) Partner of a firm whose accounts required to be audited or (d) an assessee who is required to furnish a report under section 92E.

The due date for filing of return has been extended to January 10, 2020 vide Press Release, dated 30-12-2020. (Click here)

10.01.2021
5 Due date for issue of TDS Certificate for tax deducted under section 194-IA in the month of November, 2020 14.01.2021
6 ​Due date for issue of TDS Certificate for tax deducted under section 194-IB in the month of November, 2020 14.01.2021
7 ​Due date for issue of TDS Certificate for tax deducted under section 194M in the month of November, 2020 14.01.2021
8 Due date for furnishing of various audit reports including tax audit report and report in respect of international/specified domestic transaction for the Assessment Year 2020-21.

Note: The due date for furnishing of various audit reports including tax audit report and report in respect of international/specified domestic transaction has been extended to January 15, 2021 vide Press Release, dated 30-12-2020. (Click here)

15.01.2021
9 ​Due date for furnishing of Form 24G by an office of the Government where TDS/TCS for the month of December, 2020 has been paid without the production of a challan 15.01.2021
10 ​Quarterly statement of TCS for the quarter ending December 31, 2020 15.01.2021
11 ​Quarterly statement in respect of foreign remittances (to be furnished by authorized dealers) in Form No. 15CC for quarter ending December, 2020 15.01.2021
12 ​Due date for furnishing of Form 15G/15H declarations received during the quarter ending December, 2020 15.01.2021
13 ​Quarterly TCS certificate in respect of quarter ending December 31, 2020 30.01.2021
14 ​Due date for furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted under section 194-IA in the month of December, 2020 30.01.2021
15 ​Due date for furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted under section 194-IB in the month of December, 2020 30.01.2021
16 ​Due date for furnishing of challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted under section 194M in the month of December, 2020 30.01.2021
17 ​​Quarterly statement of TDS for the quarter ending December 31, 2020 31.01.2021
18 ​Quarterly return of non-deduction at source by a banking company from interest on time deposit in respect of the quarter ending December 31, 2020 31.01.2021
19 ​Intimation under section 286(1) in Form No. 3CEAC, by a resident constituent entity of an international group whose parent is non-resident 31.01.2021
20 ​​Furnishing of declaration to opt for Vivad se Vishwas Scheme. 31.01.2021

Notes:

  • The Ministry of Finance has issued a Notification No 85/2020 dated 27 October, 2020, under the Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020, that in order to mitigate undue hardship and remove difficulty that may be caused by the requirement of payment within 15 days from date the date of receipt of certificate from designated authority, allows the declarant to make the payment without any additional amount till on or before 31stMarch, 2021. Further, the declaration can be filed by 31 December, 2020.
  • The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020 has extended due dates for compliance falling during the period from 20-03-2020 to 31-12-2020. Readers are requested to please check the relevant documents from below links:

The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020.

Click here
Notification No. 88/2020 [F. No. 370142/35/2020-TPL] / SO 3906(E) dated 29 October, 2020. Click here
  • Importatnt updates:
  1. I-T Dept allows revision of declarations filed under ‘Vivad Se Vishwas’ scheme

Entities filing declaration under the direct tax dispute resolution scheme ‘Vivad Se Vishwas’ can revise them till the time tax authorities issue certificate mentioning details of tax arrears and the amount payable, the Income Tax Department has said.

Issuing a set of FAQs on ‘Vivid Se Vishwas’ scheme, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) also said the scheme cannot be availed in a case where proceedings are pending before Income Tax Settlement Commission (ITSC) or where writ has been filed against the order of ITSC. The CBDT also clarified that in a case where Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) resolution is pending or the assessee has not accepted MAP decision, the related appeal shall be eligible under ‘Vivad se Vishwas’.

  1. Income Tax Return: Problems in ITR excel utilities mar date extension relief

The initial version of the excel utilities of some Income Tax Return (ITR) Forms had some issues due to which the utilities of ITR-2, ITR-3 etc were not opening normally and were showing some error messages.

For example, at the time of opening the excel utility of ITR-2, it was showing the message – “Excel found unreadable content in ‘ITR2_2020_PR2.1.xlsm’. Do you want to recover the contents of this workbook? If you trust the source of this workbook, click Yes.”

While the file was getting closed on clicking ‘No’, it was opening on clicking ‘Yes’, but after removing some parts. On reporting the matter to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the Department acknowledged the problem and said that the assessees using 2007 and prior versions of MS Office would face the issue as the utility was compatible for the last three versions MS Office.

  1. Income Tax Return filing: Revised instructions for filing ITR Forms 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7

During the last 3-4 months the government has made significant changes in the taxation structure, introduced a few new forms and a few new steps. Fundamentally, these changes are brought to make the taxation system automate, independent and to interlink other fiscal systems with which the other related financial information can be accumulated for better financial analysis.

To help taxpayers and make the ITR filing experience smooth, the Income Tax Department has issued revised instructions for filing ITR forms for A.Y. 2020-21.

  1. “In view of the continued challenges faced by taxpayers in meeting statutory compliances due to outbreak of COVID-19, the government further extends the dates for various compliances,” the Income Tax Department said on Twitter.
  • Due date for Filing Income Tax Return (ITR) for Individual for FY 2019-20 under section 139 (1) of Income Tax Act, 1961 has been extended till 10.01.2021.
  • Deadline for filing Income Tax Returns for 2019-20 by companies has been extended by 15 days to 15 February, 2021.
  • Due date for furnishing of Income Tax Returns for the assessment year 2020-21 for taxpayers (including their partners) who are required to get their accounts audited has been extended to 15 February, 2021.
  • Last date for declaration under Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme has been extended to 31 January, 2021 from 31 December, 2020.

  1. I-T Dept launches ‘Jhatpat Processing’ for filing income tax returns; check details

The Income Tax Department has introduced a ‘Jhatpat Processing’ initiative to ease the income tax return filing experience for taxpayers. The last date to file income tax returns (ITR) for the financial year 2019-20 (the assessment year 2020-21) is December 31, 2020.

The Income Tax (I-T) Department took to Twitter to announce that it has launched the ‘Jhatpat Processing’ feature. The I-T Department said that the feature has already been started for ITR-1 and 4 forms and taxpayers can file their I-T returns for AY 2020-21 by visiting the e-filing website — incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

The ‘Jhatpat processing’ feature will only be applicable to taxpayers whose ITRs are verified and bank accounts are pre-validated. Besides, there are no arrears or income discrepancy, or tax deducted at source (TDS) or challan mismatch.

  • Important Notifications – For the month of December – 2020:
Sl. No. Particulars of the Notification(s) File No. / Circular No. Notification Link(s)
1. ​Clarifications on provisions of the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020 – reg Circular No. 21 /2020 LINK
2. FAQs on quoting of UDIN FAQ’s LINK
3. Note on how to use Java based software utility available for download, where taxpayer does not have MS Excel versions 2010 or later. Java Utility LINK
4. ​ Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme Notification No 90/2020 LINK
5. Help Document for filing ITR – 7 for AY 2020-21 Instructions LINK
6. ​Notification is issued in view of the Order of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in matter of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority V. Union of India and Others Notification No 91/2020 LINK

 

CS Lalit Rajput

Company Secretary having 5 years of post-qualification experience in the Compliance Management Services industry by serving Corporates including Listed Companies, Corporate Secretarial Firms, and LLP. I have a keen interest in Corporate Governance and Compliance Management and the soaring craving to learn every day. The aim is to dive deep into the Corporate Governance sphere and help the industry with knowledge and practical exposure. Mail:- lalitrajput537@gmail.com Phone: +91 8802581290

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