The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act1, 2016

The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 has come into force on 15th December, 2016. The Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 (the Scheme) introduced vide the said Act shall commence on 17th December, 2016 and shall remain open for declarations up to 31st March, 2017. The rules in this regard have been notified vide Notification No.116 dated 16th December, 20162.

The salient features of the scheme in brief are–

Declaration – Any person may make a declaration in respect of undisclosed income in the form of cash/deposit in any bank/post office account or specified entity chargeable to tax under the Income-tax Act for any assessment year commencing before 1 April 2017-18 .

Tax rate – Tax, surcharge and penalty will be calculated as follows –

Tax 30% of undisclosed income declared in the Scheme
Surcharge 33% of tax ( i.e. , 9.9% of undisclosed income declared.
Penalty 10% of undisclosed income declared.
Effective Rate 49.9% of undisclosed income declared


Deposit of undisclosed income – The person making above declaration shall deposit 25 per cent of undisclosed income in the Scheme. The deposit will not generate any interest. Amount deposited in the deposit account can be withdrawn only after 4 years from the date of deposit.

No deduction allowed – No deduction in respect of any expenditure or allowance or set-off of any loss shall be allowed against the income so declared.

Time for payment of tax – Tax, surcharge and penalty (i.e., 49.9 per cent) shall be paid before submitting the above declaration and the declaration shall be accompanied by proof of deposit of tax, surcharge and penalty.

Benefits available to a person making declaration – If the above conditions are satisfied, the undisclosed income will not be included in total income of the declarant for any assessment year. Nothing contained in any declaration shall be admissible in evidence against the declarant for the purpose of any proceeding under any Act (other than the Acts given below).

Please note that, a declarant shall not be entitled to re-open any assessment/reassessment made under the Income-tax Act/Wealth-tax Act, or to claim any set-off or relief in any appeal, reference or other proceeding in relation to any such assessment/reassessment.

Scheme not applicable to certain persons – The aforesaid deposit scheme shall not apply –

  • In relation to any person in respect of whom an order of detention has been made under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act, 1974.
  • In relation to prosecution for any offence punishable under Chapter IX or Chapter XVII of the Indian Penal Code, the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988 and the Prevention of Money-Laundering Act, 2002.
  • To any person notified under section 3 of the Special Court (Trial of Offences Relating to Transactions in Securities) Act, 1992.
  • In relation to any undisclosed foreign income and asset which is chargeable to tax under the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.

Tax on income referred to in sections 68 to 69D [Sec. 115BBE]

1. From the assessment year 2017-18 onwards, tax under section 115BBE shall be calculated at the rate of 60 per cent (+ surcharge @ 25 per cent of tax + education cess). The effective rate comes to 77.25 per cent. This rate shall be applicable in both of the following two cases

Case  1 – Where  the  total  income  of  an  assessee  includes  any  income  referred  to  in sections 68 to 69D and reflected in the return of income furnished under section 139.

Case 2 – Where the total income of an assessee determined by the Assessing Officer includes any income referred to in sections 68 to 69D, if such income is not covered by  Case  1.  However,  in  this  case,  the  Assessing  Officer  shall  impose  a  penalty  u/s 27AAC  @  10  per  cent  of  tax  payable  under  section  115BBE(1)(i).  In  other  words, penalty  will  be  equivalent  to  6  per  cent  of  unexplained/undisclosed  income.  The aggregate   amount   of   tax   and   penalty   would   become 83.25 percent of unexplained/undisclosed income in case 2.

Penalty in search cases [Sec. 271AAB]

The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 has also amended the penalty provisions in  respect  of  search  and  seizure  cases where search  is  initiated  on  or after  15th  December 2016. As  per  new  provisions penalty of  30%  of  income shall  be  levied,  if  the  income  is admitted and taxes are paid. Otherwise a penalty @60% of income shall be levied.

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