The Federation of Trade Associations of Pune has approached the Goods and Services Tax council seeking an extension in filing of returns as their shops have been closed because of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.The Federation of Trade Associations of Pune (FTAP) has also written to the state power minister, Nitin Raut, demanding a relief from the average reading charged as their shops have been shut.In a letter to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) council on Friday, the FTAP stated that majority of the members traded in non-essential goods and their shops and offices were shut because of the civic body and state government’s orders. Majority of the traders also didn’t have the lT-related infrastructure of cloud computing, from where they could access their company data and file the GST returns.The traders would usually send the required data to the their chartered accountants or GST consultants, who would then prepare and file the GST returns for them. So, the traders won’t be able to file their returns in time, which is why they requested for an extension of all GST returns, which were due to be filed this month.