KATHMANDU, June 12: The Supreme Court has issued an interim order to the government to make the necessary arrangements for paying tax within 30 days from the date when the lockdown is fully relaxed.
A division bench comprising justices Anil Kumar Sinha and Manoj Kumar Sharma issued the order on Thursday.
The apex court asked the government to make arrangements so that the taxpayers will be able to submit the related details and pay their taxes within 30 days after the lifting of the lockdown.
The order comes in the wake of the Ministry of Finance, Inland Revenue Department's notice calling for tax payment and submission of details within June 21 and 29.
The apex court has also ordered the government to ease and simplify the process and procedures for submission of tax details and payment of tax taking into account the possible situation warranting adoption of various safety measures including maintaining social distance even after the relaxation of the lockdown.
It may be recalled that the Inland Revenue Department through a notice issued on June 2 directed all taxpayers to pay tax within June 7. The government had extended this deadline until June 21 following intense criticism of its decision by the business community citing the closure of industries, work, trade and all business enterprises due to the lockdown. The government had imposed the lockdown throughout the country from March 24 to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.