Finance Minister announces COVID -19 Compliance reliefs

Covid-19 relief Finance Minister

The Finance Minister on 24th March 2020 has announced several reliefs for easing the burden on the citizens of India for complying with the requirement of Income-tax Act, Companies Act, Goods and Service tax laws etc.

A highlight of the reliefs announced today is as below:

Income Tax:

  • For FY 2018-19, the last date for filing belated Income tax return has been extended from 31 March 2020 to 30 June 2020
  • Due Dates for Issue of Notice, Intimation, Filing of Appeal, Furnish Returns, Sanctions, Applications and other compliances by Tax Payers also extended to 30th June, 2020
  • Investment benefits under income tax act, capital gains reinvestments, Chapter VI-A deposit benefits to be extended to 30th June, 2020 (from 31st March, 2020).
  • No extension of TDS date. But on delayed deposit of TDS, reduced interest of 9% will be charged in place of 18%.
  • Applicability of VIVAD SE VISHWAS SCHEME, date extended to 30th June, 2020 from 31st March, 2020. No 10% additional charge will be levied for all applications made till that date.
  • Aadhar PAN linking date extended to 30th June, 2020 from 31st March, 2020.


  • Last date to file GST returns extended to 30th June, 2020 for March, April & May. Specific staggered dates will be intimated.
  • No Late Fee, No Penalty for companies having turnover of less than Rs.5 crores. For companies having turnover more than Rs 5 Crores, no Late fee and penalty, only interest at reduced rate of 9%.
  • Last date for adopting composition scheme extended to 30th June 2020.

Company Law:

  • No additional fees shall be charged for late filing during a moratorium period from 01st April to 30th September 2020, in respect of any document, return, statement etc., required to be filed in the MCA-21 Registry, irrespective of its due date, which will not only reduce the compliance burden, including financial burden of companies/ LLPs at large, but also enable long-standing non-compliant companies/ LLPs to make a ‘fresh start’
  • Board Meetings requirement relaxed for a period of 60 days till next 2 quarters.
  • Applicability of CARO (Companies Auditors Report Order) 2020, moved applicability to FY 2020-2021 (and not FY 2019-20)
  • Additional time of 6 months given for newly incorporated companies, to file Form INC 20A for commencement of business.
  • Every company shall have a to resident director, who stayed in India for 182 days in a Financial year. If a director cannot comply with this requirement during this Financial year, it will not be treated as a violation.
  • If Independent Directors are not able to hold a separate meeting for FY 2019-20, the same shall not be seen as a violation.


  • Threshold for default under IBC raised from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1 crore, to prevent triggering of IBC proceedings against MSMEs.
  • If COVID-19 situation does not improve by April 30, 2020 then Section 7, 9 and 10 may be suspended for 6 months ie. No IBC cases will be filed in this suspension period to avoid forced IBC applications.


  • Debit card holders can withdraw cash from any bank ATM, with no charge up-to next 3 months.
  • No fee will be levied for not maintaining minimum balance for bank accounts for the next 3 months.
  • Bank charges reduced for digital transactions related to all trade finance.


  • Customs clearance shall now be treated as an essential service, till June 30th, 2020 it will be working 24/7.

The Finance Minister clarified that no financial emergency will be declared. The finance ministry is already working an economic package to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the Indian economy.

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