IT Ministry Extends Advance Tax Payment Deadline for North Eastern States
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) decides to extend the deadline of the advance tax payment by 15 days for the Northeastern States of India. Previously, the cut-off date of the advance tax payment was declared December 15, but the CBDT lengthened the period taking it till December 31.
The announcement comes amid the unrest in several parts of Northeast India where people are making loud protests against the amended Citizenship Act. The agitation caused a total shutdown of internet services all over the state, making the situation worse. The extended deadline is applicable for all the corporate, and non-corporate assesses to pay the third instalment of advance tax. It has also been made valid for taxpayers in all the seven states of the Northeast.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 is mostly opposed by the people of Northeastern India, especially Assam, as it violates the 1985 Assam Accord. At least four people died reportedly in police firing while protesting against the controversial Bill so far. The Income Tax department issued the order as per clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
The Finance Ministry tweeted saying, “In view of the recent disturbances in the North Eastern region of India, CBDT has decided to extend the date for payment of 3rd instalment of Advance Tax for FY (financial year) 2019-20 from 15th December, 2019 to 31st December, 2019 for the North Eastern Region.”