Explanatory notes on provisions relating to tax compliance for undisclosed foreign income and assets as provided in chapter vi of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015
July, 06th 2015
Circular No. 12 of 2015
F. No. 142/18/2015-TPL
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Dated 2nd of July, 2015
EXPLANATORY NOTES ON PROVISIONS RELATING TO TAX COMPLIANCE FOR
UNDISCLOSED FOREIGN INCOME AND ASSETS AS PROVIDED IN CHAPTER VI
OF THE BLACK MONEY (UNDISCLOSED FOREIGN INCOME AND ASSETS) AND
IMPOSITION OF TAX ACT, 2015
THE BLACK MONEY (UNDISCLOSED FOREIGN INCOME AND ASSETS) AND
IMPOSITION OF TAX ACT, 2015The Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income And Assets) And Imposition Of Tax Act, 2015 (referred to here as `the Act') as passed by the Parliament
received the assent of the President on the 26th of May 2015. The Act contains provisions to
deal with the menace of black money stashed away abroad. It, inter alia, levies tax on
undisclosed assets held abroad by a person who is a resident in India at the rate of 30
percent of the value of such assets, provides for a penalty equal to 90 percent of the value of
such asset, and also provides for rigorous imprisonment of three to ten years for wilful
attempt to evade tax in relation to a undisclosed foreign income or asset.
2. Considering the stringent nature of the provisions of the new law, Chapter VI of the
Act, comprising sections 59 to 72, provides for a one-time compliance opportunity for a
limited period to persons who have any foreign assets which have hitherto not been
disclosed for the purposes of Income-tax. This circular explains the substance of the
provisions of the compliance window provided for in the said Chapter VI of the Act.
Scope of compliance window
3. A declaration under the aforesaid chapter can be made in respect of undisclosed
foreign assets of a person who is a resident other than not ordinarily resident in India
within the meaning of clause (6) of section 6 of the Income-tax Act.
4. A declaration under the aforesaid Chapter may be made in respect of any
undisclosed asset located outside India and acquired from income chargeable to tax under
the Income-tax Act for any assessment year prior to the assessment year 2016-17 for which
he had, either failed to furnish a return under section 139 of the Income-tax Act, or failed to
disclose such income in a return furnished before the date of commencement of the Act, or
such income had escaped assessment by reason of the omission or failure on the part of
such person to make a return under the Income-tax Act or to disclose fully and truly all
material facts necessary for the assessment or otherwise.
Rate of tax and penalty
5. The person making a declaration under the provisions of the chapter would be liable
to pay tax at the rate of 30 percent of the value of such undisclosed asset. In addition, he
would also be liable to pay penalty at the rate of 100% of such tax (i.e., a further 30% of the
value of the asset as on the date of commencement of the Act). Therefore, the declarant
would be liable to pay a total of 60 percent of the value of the undisclosed asset declared by
him. This special rate of tax and penalty specified in the compliance provisions will
override any rate or rates specified under the provisions of the Income-tax Act or the
annual Finance Acts.
Time limits for declaration and making payment
6. A declaration under the Act can be made anytime on or after the date of
commencement of the Act but before a date to be notified by the Central Government. As
regards the commencement of the Act, section 1 provides that the Act shall come into force
on the 1st of April, 2016. However, section 3 which specifies the charge of tax, lays down
that tax shall be charged for every assessment year commencing on or after the 1 st day of
April, 2016. Hence, under the Act, tax is also chargeable for assessment year 2016-17 for
which the relevant previous year is 2015-16. In exercise of its power to remove difficulties
under section 86 of the Act, the Central Government by an order has clarified that the Act
shall come in to force on 1st July, 2015. Accordingly, the compliance provisions under
Chapter VI shall also come into force with effect from the date of commencement of the Act
i.e. 1st of July, 2015.
7. The Central Government has further notified 30th September, 2015 as the last date for
making the declaration before the designated Principal Commissioner or Commissioner of
Income Tax (PCIT/CIT) and 31st December, 2015 as the last date by which the tax and
penalty mentioned in para 5 above shall be paid. Accordingly, a declaration under Chapter
VI in Form 6 as prescribed in the Rules may be made at any time before 30.09.2015. After
such declaration has been furnished, the designated Principal CIT/ CIT will issue an
intimation in the proforma annexed to the Circular to the declarant by 31.10.15 whether any
information in respect of the declared asset had been received by the Competent Authority
on or before 30th June 2015, under an agreement entered into by the Central Government
under section 90 or 90A of the Income-tax Act. Where any such information had been
received, the declarant shall file a revised declaration in Form 6 excluding such asset. The
declarant shall not be liable for any consequences under the Act in respect of, any asset
which has been duly declared but has been found ineligible for declaration as the Central
Government had prior information on such asset. However, such information may be used
under the provisions of the Income-tax Act. The revised declaration shall be filed within 15
days of receipt of intimation from the designated Principal Commissioner /Commissioner
i.e. if a declarant has received the intimation on 10th October 2015, he can file a revised
declaration on or before 25th October, 2015. However, in all cases, the declarant is required
to pay the requisite tax and penalty on the assets eligible for declaration latest by
31.12.2015. After the intimation of payment by the declarant, the Principal CIT/CIT will
issue an acknowledgement in Form 7 of the accepted declaration within 15 days of such
intimation of payment by the declarant.
Form for declaration
8. As per the Act, declaration under the chapter is to be made in such form and shall be
verified in such manner as may be prescribed. The form prescribed for this purpose is
Form 6 which has been duly notified. The table below mentions the persons who are
authorized to sign the said form:
Sl. Status of the declarant Declaration to be signed by
1. Individual Individual; where individual is absent from India,
person authorized by him; where the individual is
mentally incapacitated, his guardian or other
person competent to act on his behalf.
2. HUF Karta; where the karta is absent from India or is
mentally incapacitated from attending to his
affairs, by any other adult member of the HUF
3. Company Managing Director; where for any unavoidable
reason the managing director is not able to sign or
there is no managing director, by any director.
4. Firm Managing partner; where for any unavoidable
reason the managing partner is not able to sign the
declaration, or where there is no managing
partner, by any partner, not being a minor.
5. Any other association Any member of the association or the principal
6. Any other person That person or by some other person competent to
act on his behalf.
The declaration may be filed with the Commissioner of Income-tax, Delhi. The declaration
may also be filed online on the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department using the
digital signature of the declarant.
Declaration not eligible in certain cases
9. As per the provisions of section 71 of the Act no declaration under the compliance
window can be made in respect of any undisclosed foreign asset which has been acquired
from income chargeable to tax under the Income-tax Act for assessment year 2015-16 or any
earlier assessment year in the following cases--
(i) where a notice under section 142 or section 143(2) or section 148 or section
153A or section 153C of the Income-tax Act has been issued in respect of such
assessment year and the proceeding is pending before the Assessing Officer. For the
purposes of declaration under section 59 it is clarified that the person will not be
eligible under the compliance window if any notice referred above has been served
upon the person on or before 30th June 2015 i.e. before the date of commencement of
In the form of declaration (Form 6) the declarant will verify that no such
notice has been received by him on or before 30th June 2015.
(ii) where a search has been conducted under section 132 or requisition has been
made under section 132A or a survey has been carried out under section 133A of the
Income-tax Act in a previous year and the time for issuance of a notice under section
143 (2) or section 153A or section 153C for the relevant assessment year has not
expired. In the form of declaration (Form 6) the declarant will also verify that these
facts do not prevail in his case.
(iii) where any information has been received by the competent authority under
an agreement entered into by the Central Government under section 90 or section
90A of the Income-tax Act in respect of such undisclosed asset. For the purposes of
declaration under section 59 it is clarified that the person will not be eligible under
the compliance window if any information referred above has been received by the
competent authority on or before 30th June 2015 i.e. before the date of
commencement of this Act.
A person in respect of whom proceedings for prosecution of any offence punishable under
Chapter IX (offences relating to public servants) or Chapter XVII (offences against
property) of the Indian Penal Code or under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or the
Prevention of Corruption Act are pending shall not be eligible to make declaration under
Circumstances where declaration shall be invalid
10. In the following situations, a declaration shall be void and shall be deemed never to
have been made:-
(a) If the declarant fails to pay the entire amount of tax and penalty within the specified
date, i.e., 31.12.2015;
(b) Where the declaration has been made by misrepresentation or suppression of facts
Where the declaration is held to be void for any of the above reasons, it shall be deemed
never to have been made and all the provisions of the Act, including penalties and
prosecutions, shall apply accordingly.
Any tax or penalty paid in pursuance of the declaration shall, however, not be
refundable under any circumstances.
Effect of valid declaration
11. Where a valid declaration as detailed above has been made, the following
consequences will follow:
(a) The amount of undisclosed investment in the asset declared shall not be included in
the total income of the declarant under the Income-tax Act for any assessment year;
(b) The contents of the declaration shall not be admissible in evidence against the
declarant in any penalty or prosecution proceedings under the Income-tax Act, the
Wealth Tax Act, the Foreign Exchange Management Act, the Companies Act or the
(c) The value of asset declared in the declaration shall not be chargeable to Wealth Tax
for any assessment year or years.
(d) Declaration of undisclosed foreign asset will not affect the finality of completed
assessments. The declarant will not be entitled to claim re-assessment of any earlier
year or revision of any order or any benefit or set off or relief in any appeal or
proceedings under the Act or under Income-tax Act in respect of declared
undisclosed asset located outside India or any tax paid thereon.
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Intimation to the declarant in respect of declaration made under section 59 of the Black Money
(Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax, 2015
Office of the Principal Commissioner/Commissioner of Income-tax,
(Name and address of the declarant)
With reference to your declaration filed under section 59 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income
and Assets) and Imposition of Tax, 2015 on _________________ (date) vide receipt number
____________________, the following may be informed,-
(1) *The competent authority has received an information, on or before 30th June 2015, under an agreement
entered into by central Government under section 90 or section 90A of the Income-tax Act in respect of
the following asset declared:-
In view of provisions of section 71(d)(iii), these assets are not eligible for declaration under section 59 of
(2) *As item (1) is applicable to the declaration filed by you, a revised declaration, if applicable, may be filed
within 15 days of the receipt of this intimation.
(3) *Items (1) above is not applicable to the declaration and you are eligible for declaration under section 59
of the Act on the total fair market value of Rs. ___________________.
(Principal Commissioner/Commissioner of Income-tax)
* Strike out if not applicable