“Please Don’t Extend the date…” : An open Letter by the taxpayers who is looking for better tax administration in the country

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“Please Don’t Extend the date…” : An open Letter by the taxpayers who is looking for better tax administration in the country


Anyone who can take this concept forward with

  1. Government
  2. Court
  3. Tax Administration

Respected Sir/ Madam,

Extending the dates at the last moment is not good if it is done after causing all the pain and trouble to the taxpayers. It’s like giving medicines after giving a heart stroke. Now, since reasonable water has flown, it’s better if the date is not extended. Let the taxpayers know what they are worth.

With a request for not extending the dates, few more requests are there for your kind consideration. Hope, it will be relevant for better tax administration in the court.

  1. Please don’t extend the date but punish someone who has delayed the process of releasing the schema for filing income tax return.
    How can a person file the return earlier when the taxpayers were having time at home but the scheme & utility was not available and so the taxpayers couldn’t file the return.

Persons who have defaulted on the other side need to be punished. Please don’t extend the date but penalize them.

  • Please don’t extend the date but punish someone who is contributing to make the life of the taxpayers miserable by introducing changes in the Rules & Forms at the peak time of filing income tax returns and uploading tax audit reports.Why suddenly the best brain of the country woke up at the last minute of filing. Why not earlier? Ease of business means not suddenly changing everything at the last hour? The forms and rules got amended and the utility has taken another 4-5 days and thereafter the programmer will take another 2-4 days. Professionals would take another week’s time to understand and do the needful.Is it not fun to harass the taxpayers? Why not punish the person who has woken up at the last minute? Please don’t extend the dates but punish someone making so much fun of the country and the so called badly treated “Taxpayers” of the country.
  • Please don’t extend the dates but punish someone who failed to respond to the representations given by numerous associations asking for date extension with all the facts and figures. Is it not the duty of the tax collector to hear and respond with yes or no when they are approached by a group of elite people with representation? Ignoring the representations is ridiculous at least when it is done by the prominent & neutral group of people. Is it not insulting them? Someone on the other side should have said that the representation is not correct as far as the facts and figures are concerned. Please don’t extend the date but penalize someone who is insulting the taxpayers.
  • Please don’t extend the dates but catch those persons who are making the repetitive violation and ignoring court instructions year after year. Pretty sure, the court will come out with some hard instructions on this in years to come. But till it is done, penalize someone who has not taken care of the following observation of the court:
    a) Gujarat High Court in the case of All Gujarat Federation of Tax Consultants V. CBDT [SCA No.12656 of 2014] has already made a remark that any introduction or new utility/software with additional requirement in the middle of the year, ordinarily is not desirable. There are frequent violations by the Government on this front even after these pronouncements long back.
    b) In All Gujarat Federation of Tax Consultants V. CBDT [SPL No. 15075 of 2015], Hon’ble High court, have aptly directed that the Board to ensure that the forms and utilities for e-filing of income tax returns be made available on the 1st day of April of the assessment year.

Please don’t extend the date but punish someone before the court does it.

  • Please don’t extend the dates but punish someone who has extended the date for the AY 2019-20 to 30/11/2020 by citing the reason that “Genuine circumstances exists….” How can the genuine circumstances exist for the AY 2019-20 & not for AY 2020-21?
    Why not punish for misguiding for extending the due date for AY 2019-20 to 30/11/2020.
  • Please don’t extend the date because after extension the reason pointed out will be “ In view of the representation received and to avoid genuine hardship of the taxpayers…..” rather than mentioning that (a) We have failed in providing utility/schema timely or (b) we have woken up at the last minute and amended the laws/forms.Of-course, there won’t be any regret on the other side but every blame will be on the taxpayers. For everything, taxpayers of the Country are accountable and not the other side.
  • Please don’t extend the date because taxpayers need to learn that they have self respect. Taxpayers need to learn that they need not be beggars everytime. At some point, they need to learn that they have to adjust with the faults of others and should not blame and kill the time on begging.
  • Please don’t extend the date voluntarily because some work can best be done only after the court intervention is there. In the past also, it has happened on numerous occasions. Why do it voluntarily when the courts can ask for it? Courts are already overburdened and the issue like this is only going to kill the time of the country only. Please don’t extend the date but punish someone who will be killing the time of Honorable Court.

Let us end the process of request & representation for date extension at once for all. Let taxpayers do their duty as honest taxpayers and the tax collector do their duty by avoiding all such trials, errors and trouble.

Let us stop extending the dates. Just a small request, please don’t extend the date now but penalize someone on the other side also. Let us make a new beginning.


  1. October 24, 2020

    Narendra Modi is one of the illiterate pm have no sense ideation feel pain of citizens And worse man ever of Indian Democratic history
    Chowkidaar Chor hai

  2. October 24, 2020
    Girish Aneja

    True true and nothing but the truth. A very timely write up on the sorry state of affairs with the government and its bureaucracy. For government Servants there is CORONA and so dates stand extended till 31st March 2021. For professionals and tax payers there is NO CORONA !!! What a mindset !!!!!!

  3. October 24, 2020


  4. October 24, 2020
    Baboo Lal Choudhari

    In last fifty years so many PM and FM came and gone but tax administration remain same. Even after digitalisation remain same. U may have make changes just to correct some punctuation mark or activate some boxes and a professional spent good time to detect these changes in forty plus pages of forms

  5. October 24, 2020

    This is true one for all tax regimes. Even after extension, one must not let go of accountability part. For e.g. Government time to time comes up with waiver of late fees etc. it means that there is recognition of failure of system to cope up e.g. Gst but never is any late fees refunded. Even in this month when the system is failing like anything, there is no relaxation on late fees. There has to be punishment of late changes in system or failure of system by Courts as this is the only way a tax payer can monetise his time lost. For e.g. if system is down for 30 mins it means the time of professionals, tax payers is lost and there is immeasurable stress. This amount should be monetised with time cost of an average CA lets say even a fresher, this cost should be collected from the other side, the tax guys, the persons responsible for maintaining the website, the late utility providers(tax audit utility provided in the 10th month) and credited to late fees relief fund. This amount if positive should be reimbursed to the tax payers for denial of service and theft of their hard earned and honest time.

  6. October 24, 2020

    all the relevant forms of returns should be available sharp as on 1st April every year and no change in the forms/returns as well rules be allowed during the period for filing of returns.

  7. October 24, 2020
    Naresh Jakhotia

    An Excellent Representation….No date extension but fix up the accountability…

  8. October 24, 2020
    Nitin Ranka

    true fact of not to extending date.thanks

  9. October 25, 2020

    It seems professionals after working hard and prone to Corona and some lost their lives..but what’s the problem to govt to value professionals and their concerns for protecting their lives by extending till march.. lack of staff, limited timings, difficult to move around and also for movement of docs…what about older people.. Is there any provision under any ACT or notification that elder professionals should not work or should be disqualified if worked during covid..else how one can work under limitations..
    So sad to say that the value given to professionals seems worst than Migrated Coolies…even we are not looking for help from government than extension of dates till maximum time..

  10. October 26, 2020
    Rabindra Kumar

    Nicely drafted. Extending date is really ridiculous and contempt of court order.


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