CIRCULAR NO. 6/2020 [F. NO. 197/55/2018-ITA-I], DATED 19-2-2020

SECTION 119 OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT, 1961 – CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES – INSTRUCTION TO SUBORDINATE AUTHORITIES – CONDONATION OF DELAY UNDER SECTION 119(2)(b) IN FILING OF RETURN OF INCOME FOR A.Y. 2016-17, 2017-18 AND 2018-19 AND FORM NO. 9A AND FORM NO. 10

CIRCULAR NO. 6/2020 [F. NO. 197/55/2018-ITA-I], DATED 19-2-2020

Representations have been received seeking condonation of delay in filing Return of Income by the Charitable Institutions for the Assessment Year 2016-17 onwards on the grounds of hardship. The Board has issued Circulars authorizing the Commissioners of Income-tax to admit belated applications of Form 9A and Form 10 and to decide on merit the condonation of delay u/s 119(2)(b) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (Act). However, in those cases where the Income-tax Returns have also been filed beyond the due date prescribed under section 139(1) of the Act, the condonation of delay in filing of Form 9A & Form 10 by the Commissioners is not of any help to the assessee, as section 13(9) of the Act, inserted w.e.f. 1-4-2016, stipulates twin conditions of filing of Form 9A/Form 10 and also of filing Return of Income before the due date.

  1. Accordingly, in continuation of earlier Circulars issued in this regard, with the view to prevent hardship to the assessee and in exercise of powers conferred under section 119(2)(b) of the Act, the CBDT has decided that where the application for condonation of delay in filing Form 9A and Form 10 has been filed, and the Return of Income has been filed on or before 31st March of the respective assessment years i.e. Assessment Years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, the Commissioners of Income-tax (Exemptions) arc authorised u/s 119(2)(b) of the Act, to admit such belated applications for condonation of delay in filing Return of Income and decide on merit.
  2. For all other application for condonation of delay not mentioned above, the power of condonation of delay u/s 119(2)(b) of the Act will continue with the respective authorities as per the extant Rules and Practice.