Taxbuzz | Key Announcements by Finance Minister in relation to Statutory Income Tax Compliance(s) March 25, 2020
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The Hon’ble Finance Minister vide press conference held on 24.02.2020, announced several important relief measures taken by the Government of India in view of COVID-19 outbreak, especially in the much needed area of statutory compliances under the Income Tax, which are tabulated hereunder:
Reduced Interest rates
The press release states that interest at reduced rate of 9% per annum is required to be paid in case of delayed payments of advance tax, self-assessment tax, regular tax, TDS, equalization levy, securities transaction tax, commercial transaction tax, which are required to be paid during the period 20.03.2020 and 29.06.2020 instead of 12%/18% per annum (i.e., 0.75% per month as against 1%/1.5% per month). Further, it has been clarified that no late fee/penalty shall be charged for delay relating to this period.
There is, thus,no complete waiver of interest on late payment of taxes, and the taxpayer shall be required to pay interest at reduced of 9% per annum for period from 20.03.2020 to 29.06.2020. Incidental penalty(ies)/ fees have, however, been completely waived.
Necessary legal circulars and legislative amendments for giving effect to the aforesaid relief is expected to be issued in due course.