ICAI Announcement for Student: ICAI cancelled CA May 2020 Examination

Examination Department
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
3rd July, 2020

1. The students are aware that vide Announcement dated 15th June 2020, the Institute, after taking in account the academic interests and health safeguards of students intending to appear in May 2020 Examinations, had enabled them to change their centre for appearance in May/ July 2020 Examination and/or to decide, at their free will, to “Opt Out” of the May/ July 2020 Examinations with carryover of all benefits including fee paid and exemptions. The Announcement also stated that Institute will review the situation of pandemic (COVID cases, MHA guidelines, Centre and State Government directions) in first week of July 2020 and the conduct of examinations commencing from 29th July 2020 was to be strictly dependent upon prevailing Government’s advisories for the area in which a particular Centre is situated and, in any eventuality, the students were to be accommodated to November 2020 Examination cycle.

2. Further Announcement dated 17th June 2020 provided for FAQ’s relating to conduct of May/ July 2020 Examinations, change in centre and operation and procedure for Opt Out to address the queries raised by the students. Announcements dated 20th June 2020 and 26th June 2020 extended the availability of facility to “opt out” to allow the students to make their decision which facility is available to the students even as on date.

Further Developments:

  • A. With Unlock1, the severity of COVID 19 Pandemic was expected to subside from the later part of June 2020, but has rather become more severe and, therefore a Review as per announcement dated 15 June 2020 has become necessary.
  • B. Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India vide its Guidelines dated 29th June 2020 has extended the closure of all schools & academic Institutions and academic congregations till 31st July 2020. Select State Governments have put extended prohibitions in their respective States. Post the said Notification dated 29th June 2020, many Schools/ Academic Institutions have expressed their inability to provide their premises to conduct the Examinations.

On a review of above developments and in order to ensure the interest of its students and their well-being, the Institute has decided to cancel May 2020 Examinations and merge the May 2020 attempt with November 2020 Examinations, with due carryover of all benefits already available to students including fee paid and exemptions. The students who have made application for May 2020 Examinations will have an option to change the group(s) of their appearance and centre of Examinations at the time of making a fresh application for November 2020 Examinations, which, subject to conditions prevailing at relevant time, will start from 1st November 2020. It is again clarified that in this schema, the students will be free to exercise the options afresh for the groups that they intend to appear in the November 2020 examinations.

The students are advised to stay in touch with the Institute’s website www.icai.org for further announcements relating to November 2020 Examinations and in case of any queries can write at may2020exam@icai.in.

(S. K. Garg)
Additional Secretary (Exams)
Announcement – PDF Version


Happy Chartered Accountant Day!& Best Wishes on the 72nd day of CA!

Happy Chartered Accountant Day!

Greetings & Best Wishes on the 72nd day of CA!

On the occasion of CA Day,

I convey my best wishes for the hard work and motivating Chartered Accountants who support improve our country’s economy……… HAPPY CA DAY!

We stand proudly together and promise to keep the global pandemic together. The days of hardship that the entire world is facing together in the present day will also soon be forgotten.

Keep healthy and secure.


Rajput Jain & Associates


Govt has extended numerous time limits under The Direct Tax & Benami Acts.

Govt has extended numerous time limits under The Direct Tax & Benami Acts.

In consideration of the difficulties faced by taxpayers in fulfilling the legislative and regulatory enforcement requirements across sectors as a result of the outbreak of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), on 31 March 2020 the Government adopted the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Some Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 [the Ordinance], which expanded different time limits, among other items.

In order to provide some relief to taxpayers for creating multiple compliances, on June 24, 2020, the Government issued a Notification, the main features of which are as continues to follow:

the Government issued a Notification, are as follows:  Link

For the period from 14 May 2020 to 31 March 2021, the Finance Minister has already released a decreased TDS rate for specified non-salaried payments to residents and specified TCS rates by 25 percent. The press release dated 13th May 2020, also followed the announcement. In this regard, the appropriate legislative amendments shall be moved in due time.


Rajput Jain & Associates


An emerging threat to small Enterprises (MSMEs)

An emerging threat to small Enterprises (MSMEs)

-Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises ( MSMEs) face an identity threat due to economic recession in the financial year (FY) 2021 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

-India was moving towards a 15-percent decline in revenue and a 25-percent decrease in earnings before interest, taxes. fortunately, for smaller firms, revenue will also fall by 17-21 percent, while the EBITDA margin would fall by 200-300 basis points ( bps) to 4-5 percent, with weak demand away from lower commodity prices.

-The downward trend at the operational level will also have an impact on creditworthiness. In the meantime, the average interest rate coverage ratio could fall to 1-1.5 times the 2.4-fold between the 2017 and 2020 fiscal years, “the study said.

As a summary to this issue, a three-pronged strategy is now crucial

-Improve job satisfaction with formal and informal employees to confident decisions.

-Speed up the execution of the Rs 3-Lakh Crore Aatmanirbhar scheme to ensure the continuous supply of liquidity to small and medium-sized enterprises.

-Lenders must go further than traditional credit processes because they have a key role to play in recovering.


Rajput Jain & Associates


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What is the process of applying Instant Free PAN through Aadhaar e-KYC : FM launches

FM launches Instant PAN through the Aadhaar-based e-KYC Knowledge Process to get Free PAN

In accordance with the statement made in the budget of the Union, the Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Finance Minister officially unveiled the PAN Instant Allocation Service (on a near-real-time basis) here today. This facility is now available to those PAN applicants who have a valid Aadhaar number and a mobile number registered with Aadhaar. The allotment process is paperless and an electronic PAN (e-PAN) is issued free of charge to the applicants.

It may be remembered that the budget of the Union for 2020 requires Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman FM  had announced that it would soon be launching an instant PAN service. In paragraph 129 of the Budget Address, the Finance Minister said, “In the last budget, I implemented the interchangeability of PAN and Aadhaar, for which the required rules had already been notified. In order to further accelerate the process of assignment of PAN, we will soon launch a program in which PAN will be instantly allocated electronically on the basis of Aadhaar without any need to fill out a comprehensive application form.

The Instant PAN facility via Aadhaar-based e-KYC was officially launched today, but its trial-based ‘Beta’ edition was released on 12 February 2020 on the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website. Since then, 6,77,680 instant PANs have been released with a processing period of around 10 minutes, until 25 May 2020.

It can also be noted that, as at 25.05.2020, a total of 50.52 crore Accounts have been allotted to citizens, out of which roughly 49.39 crore are allotted to individuals and more than 32.17 crores are so far seeded with Aadhaar.

The instant PAN application method is very quick. Instant PAN applicants are expected to visit the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website to provide their valid Aadhaar number and then apply the obtained OTP to their registered Aadhaar mobile phone. Upon effective completion of this process, a 15-digit recognition number is created. If required, the applicant can, at any time, check the status of the request by providing its valid Aadhaar number and on positive submission, download the e-PAN. The e-PAN will also be submitted to the user via e-mail if it is registered with Aadhaar.

The introduction of the immediate PAN facility is just another step by the Income Tax Department towards Digital India, making it easier for taxpayers to comply.

It is compulsory to connect your PAN card to Aadhaar by 30 June of this year, otherwise, it will become inoperative. The income tax department also allowed all income taxpayers to use their Aadhaar number instead of the PAN.

What is process to Instant online PAN for Free Using Aadhaar?

PAN stands for Permanent Account Number, by means of which all tax-related information for a person/company is registered. It serves as the primary key to the storing of knowledge which is spread throughout the world. Therefore, one person can not have more than one PAN card or two people can not have the same PAN. The PAN is valid for life.

the Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Union Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has launched a new facility through the 2020 budget, where people will be able to access instant PAN through the Aadhaar number without having a comprehensive application form. The facility is completely paperless and no physical submission is required. The Instant PAN allocation service is for users who have a valid Aadhaar number. PAN is issued to applicants in PDF format free of charge.

The process to Apply Instant Free PAN through Aadhaar :

Step by Step Process to apply for PAN online free of charge:

Step 1: Go to https:/www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in / home and click “Instant PAN”

It’s going to lead you to the Instant PAN through the Aadhaar tab.

Stage 2: Now press the “Get New PAN” button

It will forward you to the PAN application form

Step 3: Filing a PAN form

You will be asked to include your Aadhaar number for PAN assignment after phase 2.

Enter the 12-digit Aadhaar code, select “I confirm that” checkbox, enter Captcha, and press “Generate Aadhaar OTP”

The OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number or to the Aadhaar phone. Enter the OTP and validate the number of Aadhaar.

Now validate the Aadhaar details, i.e. the address indicated on the Aadhaar card. Please also check your Email Address.

After you have provided the details above, click on “Submit PAN Request.”

After you have submitted details, a 15-digit recognition number will be generated. Save it from your history.

Check the status of your PAN card by repeating Step 2 and clicking “Check Status / Download PAN”

Aadhaar-based PAN distribution FAQ

  1. What’s the PAN?

Answer: PAN, or Permanent Account Number, is a special 10-digit alphanumeric code. The Income Tax Department issues PAN in compliance with the Income Tax Act & Regulations. Financial institutions and agencies are also required to have PAN.

  1. What is Instant PAN based on aadhar card?

Answer: Aadhaar-based instant PAN allocation service is to provide PAN in near-real-time. You are required to quote a valid Aadhaar number issued by the Indian Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) and not linked to any PAN. The e-KYC details for that Aadhaar number shall be shared with the Specific Identity Authority of India (UIDAI). After due process of e-KYC details in the Income-tax database, you get a PAN.

  1. Is this PAN right? Is it separate from the PAN provided by other types of applications?

Answer: Yes, the PAN is valid. It is not distinct from the PAN provided by the Income-Tax Department by other modes of application.After due process of e-KYC details in the Income-tax database, you get a PAN.

  1. Is this PAN right? Is it separate from the PAN provided by other types of applications?

Answer: Yes, the PAN is valid. It is not distinct from the PAN provided by the Income-Tax Department by other modes of operation. However, this PAN is paperless, online and free of charge.

  1. If I apply for Instant PAN, how am I going to get the assigned PAN?

Answer: You can access the PAN by uploading the Aadhaar number to Test the status of the PAN. You can also get the PAN in PDF format via e-mail if your e-mail ID is registered with Aadhaar.

  1. Do I have to pay for using this Instant PAN-based Aadhaar facility?

Answer: No, this facility is free of charge.

  1. What’s the e-PAN?

Answer: e-PAN is a digitally signed PAN card issued in electronic format by the Department of Income Tax.

  1. Would be e-PAN a proper PAN form?

Answer: Yes, e-PAN is a valid PAN proof. e-PAN contains a QR code with demographic details of the applicant for PAN, such as name, date of birth and photograph. This information can be obtained via a QR code scanner. E-PAN is hereby acknowledged by Notification No. 7 of 2018 dated 27.12.2018, issued by the Chief Inspector General of Income-tax (Systems). Click here to view the notification (https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/eFiling/Portal/e-PAN_PDF_and_App_Links/notification_7_2018_pan.pdf).

  1. Where can I download the QR code reader from?

Answer: This can be downloaded from the connection given on the QR Code Reader website.

  1. May I use this facility if I have a PAN already? May I ask for a separate PAN?

Answer: No, no. Pursuant to Section 272B(1) of the Income Tax Act, an individual with more than one PAN is liable to pay a penalty of Rs.10,000.

  1. Who can apply for the assignment of Instant PAN through Aadhaar e-KYC?

Answer: Applicants of PAN who have an Aadhaar number from UIDAI and have registered their mobile number with Aadhaar may apply.

  1. Can foreign citizens apply for PAN via e-KYC?

Answer: No,

  1. Is there any mandatory requirement to apply through e-KYC?

Answer: Yes, the mobile number of PAN applicants should be registered with UIDAI in the Aadhaar database.

  1. May I apply for a PAN if my Aadhaar card isn’t active?

Answer: No, you can’t apply.

  1. How is Aadhaar verified by instant PAN?

Answer: UIDAI sends an OTP to the registered mobile number through the Aadhaar e-KYC process.

  1. What if I don’t have an OTP?

Answer: You can resubmit your Aadhaar e-KYC page to get a new OTP. If you don’t have an OTP yet, you need to contact UIDAI.

  1. How many times is it possible to produce OTP?

Answer: Any amount of times,

17 If Aadhaar authentication is rejected during e-KYC, what should I do?

  • Answer: Aadhaar authentication can be refused due to incorrect OTP. The problem can be solved by entering the correct OTP. If it is indeed denied, you need to contact the UIDAI.
  1. would I need a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) to apply for a PAN card through an Aadhaar-based Instant PAN facility?

  • Answer: No,
  1. would I have to request a physical copy of the KYC application or proof of the Aadhaar card?

Answer: No, It’s an online operation. No paperwork is needed.

20. Do I need to upload an e-KYC scanned photo, signature, etc.?

  • Answer: No,
  1. Will I have to give an acknowledgment or a record if an instant PAN is used in e-KYC Aadhaar mode?

  • Answer: No, The PAN user will use the Aadhaar number to know the status of the Instant PAN application and to produce PAN in PDF format.
  1. Would I need to carry out an in-person check (IPV)?

  • Answer: No, Aadhaar based e-KYC does not require any in-person verification.
  1. Which centers are assigned to PAN by e-KYC?

  • Answer: PAN allocation through Aadhaar e-KYC is permitted only via the e-filing website.
  1. Can we give a different address to the Aadhaar card address?

  • Answer: No, The address available to UIDAI in the Aadhaar database will be registered in the PAN database.
  1. How would I track the progress of my Instant PAN application?

Answer: when the request is submitted, the applicant can verify the status of the request by following the following steps:

(a) To access the PAN, kindly go to the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website. (Url: https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in)

(b) Click the link- ‘Instant PAN through Aadhaar'(https://www1.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-FilingGS/Services/ApplyePANThroughAadhaar.html).

(c) Click the link- ‘Check Status of PAN’ (https://www1.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-FilingGS/Services/ePANStatus.html?lang=eng).
(d) Apply the Aadhaar number in the space given, then send the OTP sent to the registered Aadhaar mobile phone.

  1. would I get a PAN card?

Answer: No, no. You will be given an e-PAN that is a legitimate type of PAN.

  1. Where can I get a physical PAN PAN card?

  • Answer: If you have assigned a PAN, you can obtain a printed physical PAN card by submitting a PAN to the links below.


  1. Can I make any changes in my existing PAN through this facility?

Answer: No. Please use the Change Request Facility provided on the links below-

Basic Understanding on TDS on Payments to Resident Contractors & Professionals: Section 194M, Form 26QD and FORM 16D

Basic Understanding on TDS on Payments to Resident Contractors & Professionals: Section 194M, Form 26QD, and FORM 16D

TDS on Payments to Resident Contractors

A new section 194 M has been introduced by the Finance Act, 2019. Pursuant to this clause, if the individual makes payments to contractors and practitioners above Rs. 50 Lakhs, the individual is allowed to subtract TDS at a rate of 5% from the amount payable to the resident deductee/payee. This provision applies to individuals and to HUFs who are not liable for tax audits. As announced by the Finance Minister on 14 May 2020 for FY 2020-21, the person is liable for the deduction of TDS at a rate of 3.75 percent.

TDS on payments to residential contractors and Professional Consultants

Under the new law of the TDS, i.e. Section 194J (TDS on Technical and Medical Services) and Section 194C (TDS on Contractors) Persons or HUFs not subject to audit were not entitled to deduct TDS irrespective of the volume of payment. This was the main reason for the introduction of section 194 M to cover non-audited individuals under the TDS.

Reason for the implementation of Section 194M

  • Section 194 M of the Finance Bill, 2019, allows for a tax-deductible at source on any money paid by an employee or HUF to a local contractor where the services are rendered for personal use. Therefore, this section refers both to personal and company payments.
  • Prior to the introduction of this section, there was no liability on the part of an individual or HUF to deduct tax at source in the situation referred to above.
  • Nor did the people or HUFs carrying on business or the practice (not subject to any audit) subtract any tax at source, even though the charge was made for commercial or technical purposes.
  • As a result of this loophole, a large amount of payment for contracted activities and consulting fees avoided the TDS levy, providing room for tax avoidance.

TDS rate under Section 194 M

  • The 5 percent TDS will be deducted under 194 M if the total amount paid to a resident exceeds Rs 50.00000 in a particular financial year.
  • In the case that the deductee’s PAN is not eligible, the TDS will be deducted at 20%.

What then is the time frame for depositing the TDS?

  • When any payment is made by or on behalf of the Government – the amount of the TDS will have to be paid to the Department on the day of payment.
  • Where any payment is made by any other person other than the government:

The TDS would have to be paid for:

  • If payment is rendered in March – on or before April 30 of the next financial year. For example, if the amount was paid in March 2020, the TDS will be deposited with the Department by 30 April 2020.
  • For every other month – within seven days from the end of the month in which the reduction is made. For example, if the payment had been charged in the month of September 2019, then the TDS would

The accompanying are the requirements for the deduction of TDS for payment to resident contractors and professionals above Rs. 50,00,000:

  1. It is applicable to all individuals or HUFs who make payments to resident contractors and professionals above Rs. 50,00,000.
  2. As per section 194 M, the individual or HUF that is required to have his books audited pursuant to section 44AD is not required to deduct tax under section 194M, they are covered by section 194J (TDS on Technical and Professional Services) and section 194C (TDS on Contractors)
  3. The payee must subtract TDS at the rate of 5 percent of the amount charged, in the event that no PAN is covered by the recipient, otherwise TDS is deductible at the rate of 20 percent up to the overall rent cap payable for the month of March or the last month of the lease, as the case may be. As announced by the Finance Minister on 14 May 2020 for FY 2020-21, the person is liable for the deduction of TDS at a rate of 3.75 percent.
  4. TDS shall be deducted only at the earliest of the following dates:
  • At the time of the payment of the sum, or
  • At the time of payment by cash or cheque or draft
  1. No TAN is required for that person to deduct and deposit the TDS to the Government
  2. The transaction is to be made by the individual using form 26QD, which is a call cum statement:
  • If the contractor’s work is not finished at the end of the financial year, apply Form 26QD within 30 days from the end of the fiscal year.
  • If the contractor work is between the financial year, file Form 26QD within 30 days from the end of the month when the contract/service is completed or terminated.
  1. If a person pays Rs. 50.00000 to more than one resident contractor or professional, then form 26QD shall be made twice a year for each contractor or professional, in other words, the tenant must submit form 26QB for each contractor or professional.
  2. In the case that the form needs to be submitted more than once, the invoice must also be made more than once, as a separate payment is to be made by each consultant or practitioner by their respective fees.
  3. If payment is made to a non-resident, the TDS is deductible under section 195.
  4. The entity deducting the TDS must apply the TDS certificate to the resident contractor or practitioners in Form 16B.

CBDT Has notified New TDS Return Filing Forms 26QD & 16D : 

  • Tax enforcement may be one of the most important factors for any form of business organization. It is also recommended that persons and corporations shall comply fully with the requirements of the Income Tax Act 1961. It is necessary to observe due dates for the payment of income tax deduction tax at source (TDS) in addition to the ITR filing as well as the TDS return filing. In this regard, 2 new TDS Return Filing e-forms have been introduced by the Income Tax Department, viz. Type 26QD and Type 16D.
  • Two New TDS Return Filing e-forms have been introduced by the Central Board of Direct Taxes, viz. Type 26QD and Type 16D.

What’s FORM 26QD?

  • Form 26QD is the TDS return reporting form for payments to resident contractors and practitioners 194M.
  • According to the CBDT notification, any tax deducted at source 194 M must be paid to the Central Government within 30 days from the end of the month in which the deduction was made. This deduction must be stated in the form 26QD of the Challan-cum-statement.

What is FORM 16D?

  • Form 16D is the TDS credential for reimbursement of the TDS u / s 194M.
  • According to the CBDT notification, from now on, all individuals who have to deduct tax u / s 194 M shall send a TDS certificate to the payer in Form 16D within 15 days from the due date for the TDS report filed in Form 26QD.

Details Required for Form 26QD: The CBDT had stated that individuals / HUFs making contractual or professional payments will be allowed to deduct TDS under section 194 M from the financial year 2019-20 (September 1st, 2019). TDS is deducted at 5% if the payment exceeds Rs. 50,000,000. And the TDS return for the same needs to be filed in Form 26QD. The payee will receive Form 16D as proof of the TDS deduction

  • Deductor / Payer PAN
  • Deductee / Paye PAN
  • Form of payment (work under contract/commission/brokerage or technical service charges)
  • Date of agreement/contract
  • Amount of payment
  • Number of certificates provided by the Assessment Officer pursuant to section 197 for non-deduction or lower deduction
  • Credit date
  • The TDS Rate
  • Payment details for TDS

Steps-How to fill out the form 26QD

  • Go to www.incometaxindiafiling.gov.in\
  • Click on the ‘E-Pay Tax’ button.
  • Click on ‘Continue to the NSDL website’
  • The next page will appear.
  • On Tab TDS on Contractor Payment Form 26QD.
  • Click the Proceed button.
  • Fill out the details.
  • Submit it.

Points to be recalled by the payer/deductor:

  • All individuals or HUFs (except those subject to audit pursuant to paragraph a and b of section 44AB) making payments to residents greater than 50.000.000 are liable to deduct TDS pursuant to section 194M.
  • Tax @ 5 percent to be deducted from the payment made to the payer.
  • Collect the Payee / Deductee Permanent Account Number (PAN) and verify the same with the original PAN card.
  • The Payee / Deductee PAN as well as the Payer / Deductor PAN should be made mandatory in the online form used to provide payment information.
  • Do not commit any mistake by citing the PAN or any other information in the online form. You will notify the Income Tax Department for the purpose of error correction.
  • Download and supply the TDS certificate in Form 16D from TRACES and give it to the Payee / Deductee within 15 days from the due date of receipt of the voucher in Form 26QD.

Points to be understood by the payer/deductee

  • Provide the Payer/Deductor with PAN to provide the Income Tax Department with information on TDS.
  • Verify the amount of taxes paid by the payer/deductor in the Form 26AS Annual Tax Declaration.
  • Insist on obtaining Form 16D from the Payer / Deductor that has been downloaded from the TRACES website only.
  • The Payee / Deductee may apply to the Assessing Officer under Section 197 to obtain a Nil or Lower TDS certificate in respect of the amount paid or payable to TDS under Section 194 M if his estimated tax liability is justified to the satisfaction of the Assessing Officer in issuing such a certificate.

New Income Tax Scheme 30 percent additional deduction on New Payroll expenses for certain assesses : Section 80JJAA

New Income Tax Scheme 30 percent additional deduction on New Payroll expenses for certain assesses: Section 80JJAA

In order to encourage job generation in India, the Government enacted Section 80JJAA under Chapter VIA of the Income Tax Act, 1961, which provides for deductions for the employment of new workers. It shall refer to any assessee who has company income and who is liable for audit pursuant to section 44AB of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The rule is useful to newly formed start-ups and companies. The assessee will not be given a deduction if the business is established by changing the existing business or if the business is bought from another entity. The assessee will be excluded if he opts for a new tax regime or an existing tax regime of 115BAC from the previous year 2020-21.

How it is that will I get an extra 30 percent deduction from payroll payments for company and start-ups under Income Tax Chapter 80JJAA?

Only two types of deductions are available under the new tax regime for fiscal year 2020-21. The first concerns the employer’s contribution to the employee’s National Pension System (NPS) account and the second concerns Section 80 JJAA. Here’s a peek at who will gain from Section 80JJAA under the current income tax regime:

Section 80JJAA shall extend from AY 2017-18. This provision provides for deductions for extra payroll expenses for new hires under Chapter VI-A of the Income Tax Act. The deduction may be reported by assesses who have started a new company, employed new staff and their tax records need to be audited.

Quantum of deductions under this section: The assessee shall earn a discount of 30 percent of the increased staff costs for three successive years from the year in which the assessee continues to incur additional staff costs. To order to assert the benefit, the assessee is required to file Form 10DA. Form 10DA is to be submitted by the Practitioner Chartered Accountant on behalf of the assessee on the Income Tax e Filing Portal before or at the time of filing the income tax return.

What would you mean by extra personnel costs?

Additional employee cost means total emolument/ salary/ wages paid or payable to additional employees during the previous year. In the case of new business additional employee cost shall be emolument paid or payable to employees employed during that period.

Conditions for alleging deduction under Section 80 of the JJAA in the ITR

The assessee shall comply with the following requirements for demanding deductions under Section 80 of the JJAA:

  • The assessee shall have profits from ‘Company End’ and shall be required to have his / her account audited in compliance with Section 44AB along with the CA report in Form 10 DA.
  • The assessee will be modern, not built by breaking up or restoring an existing business.
  • The Company business should not be acquired through a transfer from any other person.
  • The exclusion under Section 80 of the JJAA must be stated in the income tax return.


  1. In the case of an existing commercial enterprise, no deduction shall be allowed unless there is a change in the number of employees. For example, the total number of employees as of 31/03/2019 was 100, and, in the previous year, 2019-20, 15 workers left the job and 15 new workers Attached there will be no deduction under this section. If 20 new workers have entered in the example specified, the deduction would be provided on the emolument charged to five employees.
  2. If the salary is paid in cash, the assessee shall not be liable for the deduction under Section 80JJAA.
  3. Additional staff do not include-

(a) The worker whose emolument/salary is more than Rs. 25.000 a month;

(b) An employee working for less than 240 days in the intervening year (in the case of the manufacture of garments or boots or leather goods working for less than 150 days in the PY)

(c) Workers do not invest in the Approved Provident Fund;

(d) Worker for whom the whole fee is paid by the government under the Workers pension scheme notified in compliance with the law of the employees’ provident fund & miscellaneous provision act, 1952.

(e) As provided for in the Financial Act 2018, if an employee is working for less than 240 days or 150 days in the preceding year in the case of the manufacture of garments or footwear or leather goods but is working for more than 240 days or 150 days in the subsequent year, he shall be considered to have been employed in the subsequent year. Consequently, the contractor will be able to subtract 30 percent of the increased payroll expenses of those workers in the next year.

GSTN has provided guidelines on the facility for the registration of IRPs made available on the GST Portal

The facility for the registration of IRPs made available on the GST Portal

  • Insolvency Resolution Professionals / Resolution Professionals (IRPs / RPs), named to conduct corporate insolvency resolution proceedings for corporate debtors, in the form of notice. No 11/2020-CT of 21 March 2020 may apply for a new registration on the GST Portal, on behalf of the Corporate Debtors, in each of the States or Union Territories, on the PAN and CIN of the Corporate Debtor, where the Corporate Debtor was registered earlier, within thirty days of their appointment as IRP / RP.
  • The Registration Explanation should be picked as Corporate Debtor undergoing the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process with IRP/RP ” from the drop-down menu.
  • The day of the commencement of operations for IRP / RPs will be the day of their appointment. Their compliance duties may also fall into force from the date of their appointment.
  • The person named as IRP / RP shall be the Primary Approved Signator of the newly registered Company.
  • Information as stated in the original registration of the Corporate Debtors shall be entered in the Main Place of Business / Additional Place of Business.
  • The new form for registration shall would have been sent electronically to the GST Website under the IRP / RP DSC.
  • New IRP / RP registration will only be needed once. In the event of a change in IRP / RP, a change of the approved signatory will be called after the original appointment and not the appointment of a different individual needing a new register.
  • In cases where the RP is not the same as the IRP, or in cases where a different IRP / RP is appointed in the middle of the insolvency process, a change in the GST system may be made through a non-core change in the registration form.
  • The adjustment to the Primary Authorized Signatory information on the site can be made either by the authorized signatory of the Company or by the competent court officer (if the former authorized signatory may not exchange the credentials with his successor) at the request of the IRP / RP.

Denies report on Lockdown5 Government likely to extend Coronavirus lockdown till June 15, It is mere Incorrect & Speculation : MHA

Lockdown5 Government likely to extend Coronavirus lockdown till June 15 are Incorrect & Speculation

The Center is expected to prolong the lockdown until 15 June, CNN News18 said. There could be more downtime in the offing, though.

The fourth process of the lockout is currently ongoing and is set to conclude on 31 May. First, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a national lockdown to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus on 24 March. The shutdown has been extended three times since then.

A senior home ministry official told some news channel that the next phase would be a “lock-down extension in spirit,” and said that most of the focus would be on 11 cities that account for nearly 70 of the COVID-19 cases in the country.

Those include the six main metro cities of Delhi , Mumbai , Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata, as well as Pune, Thane, Jaipur, Surat and Indore. The overall number of coronavirus cases in India has reached the 1.5 lakh mark, with the highest number of cases recorded from Maharashtra , Gujarat and Delhi.

However, the Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) spokesperson took Twitter and explained that all statements made to have inside knowledge of Lockdown 5 from MHA sources are complete speculation. Attributing them to MHA is false and reckless.

The Centre’s announcement came after several media reports quoting sources from MHA reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address the country in the days ahead and announce the Government’s Lockdown 5.0 Action Plan.

The media also quoted unnamed sources from MHA and claimed that PM Modi, in his speech, would stress the lock-down concept and would also propose steps to relax restrictions in most areas of the world.

India alone has registered as many as 1,51,767 successful cases, of which 83,004 are active cases. Although 64,425 patients have survived and have been released, 4337 people have lost their lives due to deadly illness.

New Revise TDS / TCS return filing due date & Payment due date for 2020

New Revise TDS / TCS return filing due date & Payment due date for 2020 as per the Taxation and Other Regulations (Relaxation of Some Provisions) Order, 2020.

The deadlines for specific GST and Income Tax legislation have been expanded by the Minister of Finance. Pandemic COVID-19 has forced a lockout in India. There are many challenges for business and professionals during this period, including different compliances under tax legislation.

Various reliefs are provided with respect to the submission of the TDS / TCS declaration and the issue of the certificate in the “Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Other Provisions) Order 2020” for the quarter ended 31.03.2020.

Complete Coverage of Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020

calendar year 2020 has begun with many challenges, with the revised due dates for various TDS related return filings and tax payments following.

Complete Chart of TDS

Attributable Due Date for TDS E-filing Returns for Fy 2019-20.

Quarter Quarter Period Last Date of Filing
1st Quarter 1st April to 30th June 31st July 2019
2nd Quarter 1st July to 30th September 31st Oct 2019
3rd Quarter 1st October to 31st December 31st Jan 2020
4rd Quarter 1st January to 31st March 30th June 2020 Read Rescript 2020

Changes in interest rate for delay in the deposit of TDS / TCS in time as provided for in the Taxes and Other Laws (Relaxation of Other Provisions) Legislation, 2020.

TDS / TCS Changes to Covid19 by Ministry of Finance

  • “Government to infuse Rs 50,000 crores of liquidity by reducing the rate of TDS, the rate of non-salaried specified payments made to residents, and the rate of Source Tax Collection for specified receipts by 25% of the current rate”
  • “Among other steps, the due date of all income tax returns for the fiscal year 2019-20 will be extended from 31 July 2020 and 31 October 2020 to 30 November 2020 and the tax audit from 30 September 2020 to 31 October 2020”
  • “The period of the Vivad se Vishwas scheme for making payment without an additional amount will be extended to 31 December 2020”
  • Advanced tax, self-assessment tax, standard tax, TDS, TCS, equalization fee, STT, CTT late payments made between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, the lower interest rate at 9% instead of 12%/18 percent per year (i.e. 0.75 percent per month instead of 1/1.5 percent a month) will apply. There is no late fee / penalty available.
  • The government extended the scope of the lower or nil TCS, TDS credential until 30 June 2020 due to a coronavirus pandemic.

Arrival Due date for TDS & TCS Payment Deposit for Government & Non-Government Companies

  • The due date for the submission of the TCS deposit is the 7th of the next month.

TDS Deposit Due Date as follows:

  • For non-governmental entities-7th of the next month (with the exception of March where the due date is scheduled for April 30th)
  • Government departments
  • If you pay via Challan-7th of next month
  • If paid via book-entry, the same day on which the TDS is deducted.

Interest in late payment and late deduction of TDS

As per section 201(1A) Interest at the rate of 1 % per month or part of the month on the amount of TDS deductible from the date of tax until the date of tax actually deducted shall be charged for the late deduction.

Also, interest for late payment at a rate of 1.5 percent per month or part of the month on the amount of the payment.

Interest in late payment of TDS: amendments made pursuant to Taxation and other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 dated 24th March 2020:

For late payments of advanced tax, self-assessment tax, regular tax, TDS, TCS, equalization levy, STT, CTT made between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, the interest rate will be reduced by 9 percent instead of 12 per cent/18 percent per year (i.e. 0.75 percent per month instead of 1/1.5 percent per month). No late fee/penalty shall be paid for any delay in respect of that time.

Interest in late payment of TCS or failure to collect TCS:

In the event that the collector responsible for collecting the tax at source does not raise it or refuses to pay it to the Government, he shall be liable to pay basic interest at a rate of 1% a month or part thereof on the balance of that tax from the date on which the tax was collected to the date on which the tax was actually charged and that interest shall be paid until furnish.


You will have to pay a fine equal to the amount deducted/collected under the provisions of the Income Tax Act.

Prosecution (Sec 276B)

As per the prosecution (Sec 276B), if a person refuses to pay the payment to the Central Government, the TDS deducted by him under the provisions of Chapter XVII-B shall be entitled to obtain a strict penalty of at least three months, which may be expanded to seven years. The fine depends on the conditions or inquiry conducted by the appointed tax authority/assessment officer.

Penalty (Section 234E)

The deductee of the TDS shall be liable to pay a fine of INR 200/-per day before the full sum of the TDS is paid. However, the penalty shall not exceed the actual amount of the TDS.

Late Filing Fees :

For the delayed fee of TDS after deduction under Section 201(1A), you have to pay interest at a rate of 1.5 percent per month from the date of the deduction to the actual date of the deposit. It should also be remembered that interest is measured on a monthly basis rather than on a number of days. Half of a month will also be regarded as a whole month.

What is important to remember here is that

The estimation of interest on the balance of the TDS owed starts on the day from which the TDS was withheld rather than the day from which it was due.

PENALTIES (Section 271H)

Pursuant to this rule, the Assessing Officer may direct a person who has not filed a TDS payment on time with a minimum of INR 10,000, which may even be extended to INR 1,000,000.

If the following conditions are met, no penalty will be levied (under section 271H) for late payment of TDS / TCS returns:

  • The tax deducted at source must be paid to the credit of the government.
  • No penalty will be levied if interest and late filing fees are paid to the Government’s credit.
  • Before the one-year period expires, the TDS / TCS return has been filed from the due date.

TDS for the purchase of immovable property

For the purchase of immovable property on which TDS applies, the return, together with the payment of TDS, must be made before the 30th of the following month. For example, TDS for property purchased in May must be deposited by 30 June.