Finance Minister announces several relief measures relating to Statutory and Regulatory compliance

Finance Minister announces several relief measures
relating to Statutory and Regulatory compliance
matters across various Sectors in view of COVID-19

Ministry of Finance
Finance Minister announces several relief measures
relating to Statutory and Regulatory compliance
matters across Sectors in view of COVID-19
outbreak
Posted On: 24 MAR 2020 5:10PM by PIB Delhi

The Union Finance &Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Niramla Sitharaman today announced several important
relief measures taken by the Government of India in view of COVID-19 outbreak, especially on statutory and
regulatory compliance matters related to several sectors. While addressing the press conference through video
conferencing here today, Smt. Sitharaman announced much-needed relief measures in areas of Income Tax,
GST, Customs &Central Excise, Corporate Affairs, Insolvency &Bankruptcy Code (IBC) Fisheries, Banking
Sector and Commerce.
The Minister of State for Finance &Corporate Affairs Shri Anurag Singh Thakur was also present besides
Shri A.B. Pandey, Finance Secretary and Shri Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, Department of Economic
Affairs.

Following are the decisions with respect to statutory and regulatory compliance matters related to various sectors: —
Income Tax
1.Extend last date for income tax returns for (FY 18-19) from 31st March, 2020 to 30th 1. June, 2020.
2.Aadhaar-PAN linking date to be extended from 31st March, 2020 to 30th June, 2020.
3. Vivad se Vishwas scheme – no additional 10% amount, if payment made by June 30, 2020.
4. Due dates for issue of notice, intimation, notification, approval order, sanction order, filing of appeal,
furnishing of return, statements, applications, reports, any other documents and time limit for
completion of proceedings by the authority and any compliance by the taxpayer including investment in
saving instruments or investments for roll over benefit of capital gains under Income Tax Act, Wealth
Tax Act, Prohibition of Benami Property Transaction Act, Black Money Act, STT law, CTT Law,
Equalization Levy law, Vivad Se Vishwas law where the time limit is expiring between 20th March
2020 to 29th June 2020 shall be extended to 30th June 2020.
For delayed payments of advanced tax, self-assessment tax, regular tax, TDS, TCS, equalization levy,
STT, CTT made between 20th March 2020 and 30th June 2020, reduced interest rate at 9% instead
of 12 %/18 % per annum ( i.e. 0.75% per month instead of 1/1.5 percent per month) will be charged for
this period. No late fee/penalty shall be charged for delay relating to this period.
5.
Necessary legal circulars and legislative amendments for giving effect to the aforesaid relief shall be
issued in due course.
6.
GST/Indirect Tax
Those having aggregate annual turnover less than Rs. 5 Crore Last date can file GSTR-3B due in
March, April and May 2020 by the last week of June, 2020. No interest, late fee, and penalty to be
charged.
1.
Others can file returns due in March, April and May 2020 by last week of June 2020 but the same
would attract reduced rate of interest @9 % per annum from 15 days after due date (current interest rate
is 18 % per annum). No late fee and penalty to be charged, if complied before till 30th June 2020.
2.
Date for opting for composition scheme is extended till the last week of June, 2020. Further, the last
date for making payments for the quarter ending 31st March, 2020 and filing of return for 2019-20 by
the composition dealers will be extended till the last week of June, 2020.
3.
Date for filing GST annual returns of FY 18-19, which is due on 31st March, 2020 is extended till the
last week of June 2020.
4.
Due date for issue of notice, notification, approval order, sanction order, filing of appeal, furnishing of
return, statements, applications, reports, any other documents, time limit for any compliance under the
GST laws where the time limit is expiring between 20th March 2020 to 29th June 2020 shall be
extended to 30th June 2020.
5.
Necessary legal circulars and legislative amendments to give effect to the aforesaid GST relief shall
follow with the approval of GST Council.
6.
Payment date under Sabka Vishwas Scheme shall be extended to 30th June, 2020. No interest for this
period shall be charged if paid by 30th June, 2020.
7.
Customs
24X7 Custom clearance till end of 30th 8. June, 2020
Due date for issue of notice, notification, approval order, sanction order, filing of appeal, furnishing
applications, reports, any other documents etc., time limit for any compliance under the Customs Act
and other allied Laws where the time limit is expiring between 20th March 2020 to 29th June 2020 shall
be extended to 30th June 2020.
9.
Financial Services
Relaxations for 3 months Debit cardholders to withdraw cash for free from any other banks’ ATM for 3
monthsWaiver of minimum balance feeReduced bank charges for digital trade transactions for all trade
finance consumers
1.
Corporate Affairs
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
1.
financial burden of companies/ LLPs at large, but also enable long-standing non-compliant companies/
LLPs to make a ‘fresh start’;
The mandatory requirement of holding meetings of the Board of the companies within prescribed
interval provided in the Companies Act (120 days), 2013, shall be extended by a period of 60 days till
next two quarters i.e., till 30th September;
2.
Applicability of Companies (Auditor’s Report) Order, 2020 shall be made applicable from the financial
year 2020-2021 instead of from 2019-2020 notified earlier. This will significantly ease the burden on
companies &their auditors for the year 2019-20.
3.
As per Schedule 4 to the Companies Act, 2013, Independent Directors are required to hold at least one
meeting without the attendance of Non-independent directors and members of management. For the
year 2019-20, if the IDs of a company have not been able to hold even one meeting, the same shall not
be viewed as a violation.
4.
Requirement to create a Deposit reserve of 20% of deposits maturing during the financial year 2020-21
before 30th April 2020 shall be allowed to be complied with till 30th June 2020.
5.
Requirement to invest 15% of debentures maturing during a particular year in specified instruments
before 30th April 2020, may be done so before 30th June 2020.
6.
Newly incorporated companies are required to file a declaration for Commencement of Business within
6 months of incorporation. An additional time of 6 more months shall be allowed.
7.
Non-compliance of minimum residency in India for a period of at least 182 days by at least one director
of every company, under Section 149 of the Companies Act, shall not be treated as a violation.
8.
Due to the emerging financial distress faced by most companies on account of the large-scale economic
distress caused by COVID 19, it has been decided to raise the threshold of default under section 4 of the
IBC 2016 to Rs 1 crore (from the existing threshold of Rs 1 lakh). This will by and large prevent
triggering of insolvency proceedings against MSMEs. If the current situation continues beyond 30th of
April 2020, we may consider suspending section 7, 9 and 10 of the IBC 2016 for a period of 6 months
so as to stop companies at large from being forced into insolvency proceedings in such force majeure
causes of default.
9.
Detailed notifications/circulars in this regard shall be issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
separately.
10.
Department of Fisheries
All Sanitary Permits (SIPs) for import of SPF Shrimp Broodstock and other Agriculture inputs expiring
between 01.03.2020 to 15.04.2020 extended by 3 months
1.
2. Delay upto 1 month in arrival of consignments to be condoned.
Rebooking of quarantine cubicles for cancelled consignments in Aquatic Quarantine Facility (AQF)
Chennai without additional booking charges
3.
4. The verification of documents and grant of NOC for Quarantine would be relaxed from 7 days to 3 days
Department of Commerce
Extension of timelines for various compliance and procedures will be given. Detailed notifications will be
issued by Ministry of Commerce.
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