Clarifications on the Income Declaration Scheme, 2016
August, 19th 2016
Circular No.29 of 2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Dated 18th day of August, 2016
Clarifications on the Income Declaration Scheme, 2016
The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 (hereinafter referred to as `the Scheme\') came
into effect on 1st June, 2016. To address doubts and concerns raised by the stakeholders,
the Board has issued three sets of FAQs vide Circular Nos. 17, 24, 25 & 27 of 2016. In order
to address further queries received from the public relating to the Scheme, following
clarifications are issued.-
Question No.1: In certain cases, the undisclosed income might be reflected in
creditors or other liability which may be fictitious. Whether in such
cases, the assessee can disclose only such fictitious liability as it may
not be possible to link it to any specific asset or investment?
Answer: In a situation where loans, creditors, advances received, share capital,
payables etc. are disclosed in the audited balance sheet but are
fictitious in nature, and such liabilities cannot be directly linked to
acquisition of a particular asset in the balance sheet, then such
fictitious liabilities can be disclosed under the Scheme as such without
linking the same with the investment in any specific asset. However,
in cases where there is a direct link between the fictitious liability and
the asset acquired then the amount to be declared shall be the fair
market value of the acquired asset as on 01.06.2016.
Question No.2: Whether the amount declared under the Scheme for an earlier
assessment year can be taken into account to explain the
transaction(s) in the assessment proceedings for subsequent
Answer: As per section 189 of the Finance Act, 2016, any declaration made
under the Scheme shall not affect finality of completed assessments.
However, in an assessment proceeding before the Assessing Officer
for an assessment year subsequent to the year for which the income is
declared under the Scheme, the income declared for an earlier
assessment year can be taken into account to explain the transactions
provided there is a nexus between the income declared and the
transactions of the subsequent assessment year.
Question No.3: Whether the valuation report of assets declared under the Scheme
shall be called for by the department for any enquiry at any time?
Answer: The valuation report from a registered valuer shall not be questioned
by the department. However, the valuer is expected to furnish a true
and correct valuation report in accordance with the accepted
principles of valuation. In case of any misrepresentation, appropriate
action as per law shall be taken against the registered valuer.
Question No.4: Though the fair market value as on 1st June, 2016 is taxed under IDS,
and such amount will be treated as cost of acquisition at the time of
future sale of concerned asset, whether such treatment shall affect the
character of the asset as long term or short term?
Answer: The issue was earlier considered and it was clarified vide Circular
No.17 dated 20.05.2016 that in such cases period of holding shall be
deemed to begin from 01.06.2016 as the asset has been revalued on
such date. However, considering the representation received from
various stakeholders and the fact that this may lead to complications
in calculation of capital gain at the time of sale of asset which was
partly funded from undisclosed income now declared under the
Scheme, the matter has been reconsidered. Accordingly, in
supersession to the earlier clarification as referred above, it is clarified
that the period of holding of asset declared under the Scheme shall be
based on the actual date of acquisition of such asset. However, the
indexation benefit in respect of the amount declared under the
Scheme shall be available from 01.06.2016 only. The said situation is
illustrated as below:-
Suppose Mr. `A\' purchased a house on 01.10.2011 for Rs.10 lakh and
declares fair market value of the same as on 01.06.2016 under the
Scheme at Rs.20 lakh. If the said house is sold on 01.10.2017 for Rs.30
lakh, the holding period for the house for purposes of computation of
capital gain shall be six years i.e. from 01.10.2011 to 01.10.2017. As the
holding period exceeds three years, the gains arising from such
transfer shall be treated as long term capital gain. Further, the
indexation benefit in this case shall be available on Rs.20 lakh from
01.06.2016 to 01.10.2017.
Question No.5: What will be the value of immovable property to be declared under
the Scheme in a case where the cost of immovable property is only
partly evidenced by a registered deed and partly otherwise?
Answer: In such a case, the option of calculating the fair market value of the
immovable property based on applying the cost inflation index to
stamp duty value shall be available only in respect of that part of the
property the cost of which is evidenced by a registered deed. With
regard to the remaining part the fair market value of the property
shall be determined based on the provisions of rule 3(1)(d) of the
Rules without taking into effect the proviso to the said rule. The said
situation is illustrated as below:-
Suppose, Mr. `X\' purchased a piece of land in year 2004-05 for Rs.10
lakh, however the stamp duty value was Rs.15 lakh. Thereafter, in the
period 2005-06 to 2007-08, Mr. `X\' constructed a two storeyed house
on the said land. The amount to be declared in respect of the said
property shall be (A + B) where
A= Value of land (if the assessee opts for valuation on the basis of
indexation) shall be
Rs.15 lakh x cost inflation index of 2016-17
cost inflation index of 2004-05
B= Fair market value of the house (excluding value of the land) as on
01.06.2016 as determined by the registered valuer or the cost of
construction whichever is higher.
Question No.6: A declarant has already filed a declaration under the Scheme
determining the value of immovable property on the basis of Income
Declaration Scheme Rules, 2016 prior to their amendment vide the
Income Declaration Scheme (Third Amendment) Rule notified vide
CBDT Notification No. 74 dated 17.8.2016. In such a case whether the
declarant can revise the declaration based on such amended rules?
Answer: Yes, the declarant can revise the fair market value of immovable
property declared in the declaration already filed on account of the
amended provisions of the Income Declaration Scheme Rules, 2016
even in a case where such revision may result in downward revision
of the declared amount in respect of the immovable property.
Question No.7: Whether the payment of amount payable under the Scheme can be
made in cash to the Banks? Further, whether the amount disclosed
under the Scheme can be deposited in the bank account in cash?
Answer: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been requested to issue instructions
to banks to allow payment of tax under the Scheme in cash. RBI has
also been requested to instruct the banks to allow deposit of cash over
the counter in accordance with its existing master circular No. DBOD
No.Leg.BC.21/09.07.006/2014-15 dated 01.07.2014.
Question No.8: Whether the information of cash deposits made in bank as a
consequent to declaration made under the Scheme shall be picked up
by FIU or reported to the income-tax department?
Answer: It is clarified that no adverse action shall be taken against the
declarant by FIU or the income-tax department solely on the basis of
the information regarding cash deposit made consequent to the
declaration under the Scheme.
Question No.9: In case a trust or institution registered under section 12A of the
Income-tax Act files declaration under the Scheme, whether the
registration under section 12A shall be cancelled on the basis of such
Answer: No, the registration under section 12A of the Income-tax Act shall not
be cancelled solely on the basis of the information furnished in the
declaration filed under the Scheme.
Question No.10: Where a person has claimed weighted deduction, say 175%, on
account of making bogus donation then what should be the amount
of declaration under the Scheme?
Answer: The declarant has to declare the amount of weighted deduction
claimed in respect of bogus donation i.e. 175% of the bogus donation
in this case.
Question No.11: In a case where the return of income has not been filed for an
assessment year but the time limit for filing the same has not expired
under section 139 of the Income-tax Act, whether the declaration
under the Scheme can be filed for such assessment year?
Answer: The declaration for the assessment year for which the return of
income has not been filed can be made under the Scheme even
though the time limit for filing the return under section 139 of the
Income-tax Act has not expired.
Question No.12: In answer (b) to question No.6 of Circular No.17 of 2016 dated
20.05.2016, it has been stated that \"person is barred from making a
declaration under the Scheme in respect of an undisclosed income in
which the survey was conducted\". Please clarify?
Answer: The clause (b) of answer 6 may be read as \"In case of survey
operation, the person is barred for making a declaration under the
Scheme in respect of the previous year in which the survey was
conducted. The person is, however, eligible to make declaration in
respect of an undisclosed income of any other previous year\".
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