The government’s recent notice announced that taxpayers can pay their taxes by June 21.
The apex court broadcasted, “Businesses and industries had been affected by the lockdown and it would not be justifiable to compel taxpayers to pay their taxes by June 21. It had set a precedent recently whereby people who had passed the statute of limitation due to lockdown could join court proceedings, file or contest cases or submit application in judicial bodies and quasi-judicial bodies up to 30 days after the lockdown ends and the same principle should be applied to taxpayers, giving them 30 days to clear tax dues after the lockdown ended.”
The government will decide as per the situation and will give a reasonable timeframe to taxpayers whose businesses and industries would be affected to clear their dues.
After receiving the Supreme Court’s order, Finance Secretary Shishir Dhungana in a discussion with other members said “discussions had started with legal practitioners on how to go for a review of the court order. It would be difficult to move the state machinery forward by providing an extension of 30 days to collect taxes. We are facing tough times and taxpayers should know the limitations of the government.”