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Gujarat High Court directed CBDT to consider extension of due date for tax audit reports and ITR

January 9, 2021[2021] 123 taxmann.com 141 (Gujarat)

INCOME TAX : Gujarat High Court directs the CBDT to consider the due date extension before 12th January 2021. The High Court reiterated that powers given to the CBDT are beneficial in nature to be exercised for proper administration of fiscal law so that undue hardship may not be caused to the taxpayers. The purpose is of just, proper and efficient management of the work of assessment and the public interest. One additional aspect needs to be kept in mind before taking any appropriate decision that the time period for the officials of the tax department has been extended up to 31st March 2021 having regard to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. If that be so, then some extension deserves to be considered (in respect of filing of the Income-tax return and audit report) in accordance with the law. Let an appropriate decision be taken by 12th January 2021

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