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Govt. allows 100% Tax Exemptions to Donations made to PM Cares Fund

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In an ordinance issued yesterday, Taxation and other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020, the Central Government has allowed the 100% Tax Exemption to Donations made to PM Cares Fund.

A special fund “Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES FUND)” has been set up for providing relief to the persons affected by the outbreak of Coronavirus.

The Ordinance also amended the provisions of the Income-tax Act to provide the same tax treatment to PM CARES Fund as available to Prime Minister National Relief Fund. Therefore, the donation made to the PM CARES Fund shall be eligible for a 100% deduction under section 80G of the IT Act. Further, the limit on the deduction of 10% of gross income shall also not be applicable for donations made to PM CARES Fund.

As the date for claiming deduction u/s 80G under IT Act has been extended up to 30.06.2020, the donation made up to 30.06.2020 shall also be eligible for deduction from income of FY 2019-20.

Hence, any person including the corporate paying concessional tax on the income of FY 2020-21 under new regime can make a donation to PM CARES Fund up to 30.06.2020 and can claim deduction u/s 80G against income of FY 2019-20 and shall also not lose his eligibility to pay tax in concessional taxation regime for the income of FY 2020-21.

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