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In the Union Budget 2020, the Government amended the provisions dealing with the registration of charitable organisations and research institutions. As per the same, the existing tax exemption registrations of charitable organisations and research institutions were to lapse by 1st June 2020 and they were required to apply for re-registration within 3 months of 1st June 2020.

To help organisations cope with the pandemic, Government announced various relaxations in the taxation laws and even promulgated the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020. Among various relaxations, in May 2020, the Government extended the implementation of a new registration procedure for charitable organisations and research institutions from 1st June 2020 to 1st October 2020.

The Parliament has now passed the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020, incorporating the various relaxations announced by the Government in the last few months through various press releases and aforesaid Ordinance.

In the said Bill, the Government has further extended the implementation date of the new registration procedure for charitable organisations and research institutions from 1st October 2020 to 1st April 2021 and restored the registration provision as was there before the amendment by Union Budget 2020. Accordingly, the existing registrations will be valid till 31st March 2021, and re-registration applications are to be filed within 3 months starting 1st April 2021. The application form and process are yet to be notified.

Last updated on Septemeber 25, 2020. 

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