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Income Tax Act: This is how the new amnesty scheme looks like

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market, the local unit opened modestly higher at 68.42 from last Friday's closing value of 68.46. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Nov 29, 2016, 06.14 AM (IST)

The Government on Monday introduced a new Bill in Lok Sabha to tax newly deposited undeclared income as part of demonetisation drive. 

 

Under the scheme namely, ‘Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016’ (PMGKY) proposed in the Bill, it said, "Concerns have been raised that some of the existing provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) can possibly be used for concealing black money. The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 (‘the Bill’) has been introduced in the Parliament to amend the provisions of the Act to ensure that defaulting assessees are subjected to tax at a higher rate and stringent penalty provision."

The Government said, "In the wake of declaring specified bank notes “as not legal tender”, there have been suggestions from experts that instead of allowing people to find illegal ways of converting their black money into black again, the Government should give them an opportunity to pay taxes with heavy penalty and allow them to come clean so that not only the Government gets additional revenue for undertaking activities for the welfare of the poor but also the remaining part of the declared income legitimately comes into the formal economy."

Overview of Amendments Proposed
PARTICULARS EXISTING PROVISIONS PROPOSED PROVISIONS
General provision for penalty 

PENALTY (Section 270A) 

Under-reporting - @50% of tax 

Misreporting - @200% of tax

(Under-reporting/ Misreporting income is normally difference between returned income and assessed income)

No changes proposed
Provisions for taxation & penalty of unexplained credit, investment, cash and other assets

Penalty (271AAB)

(i) 10% of income, if admitted, returned and taxes are paid

(ii) 20% of income, if not admitted but returned and taxes are paid

(iii) 60% of income in any other case

Penalty (271AAB)

(i) 30% of income, if admitted, returned and taxes are paid

(ii) 60% of income in any other case

Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016’ (PMGKY) New Taxation and Investment Regime

Undisclosed income in the form of cash & bank deposit can be declared:

(A) Tax, Surcharge, Penalty payable

       Tax                   @30% of income declared

       Surcharge          @33% of tax

       Penalty              @10% of income declared

       Total                  @50% of income (approx.)

(B)  Deposit

     25% of declared income to be deposited in interest    

     free Deposit Scheme for four years.  

     

 

The declarant under this regime shall be required to pay tax @ 30% of the undisclosed income, and penalty @10% of the undisclosed income. Further, a surcharge to be called ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Cess’ @33% of tax is also proposed to be levied. In addition to tax, surcharge and penalty (totaling to approximately 50%), the declarant shall have to deposit 25% of undisclosed income in a Deposit Scheme to be notified by the RBI under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme, 2016’, it said. 

"This amount is proposed to be utilised for the schemes of irrigation, housing, toilets, infrastructure, primary education, primary health, livelihood, etc., so that there is justice and equality," it concluded.  

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