The Ministry of Finance has issued a press release dated 31.05.2015 stating that Income Tax Return Forms ITR 1, 2 and 4S have been simplified for convenience of the tax payers. It is also stated that as the software for these forms is under preparation and are likely to be available for e-filing by 3rd week of June 2015, the time limit for filing these returns is also proposed to be extended up to 31st August, 2015 (31.08.2015). A separate notification will be issued in this regard.
The Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, as assented by the Hon’ble President on 26th May 2015 and as published in the Official Gazette, is available for download
The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2015, as assented by the Hon’ble President on 25th May 2015, and as published in the Official Gazette, is available for download
At the 31st Annual Conference of Principal Chief Commissioners etc, Hon’ble Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister, sent the clear-cut message to the senior officers of the Income-tax Department that they have to be prompt in redressing the grievances of the tax payers and not harass honest tax payers. He emphasized that this is the “policy” of the Government. He added that while black money hoarders have to be “squeezed”, even that has to be done in a “free and transparent” manner
The CBDT has issued a press release dated 21.05.2015 stating that the Finance (No. 2) Act, 2014 had amended the provision of Income-tax Act relating to transfer pricing regime. The purpose of amendment of section 92C (2) of the Act…
The CBDT has issued Circular No. 07 dated 23.04.2015 stating that the CBDT has decided that since corporations covered under Section 10(26888) satisfy the two conditions of Circular No. 4/2002 i.e. unconditional exemption of income under Section 10 and no statutory liability to file return of income under Section 139, any corporation whose income is exempted under Section 10(26BBB) of the Act will also be entitled to the benefit of the said Circular. Hence there would be no requirement for tax deduction at source from the payments made to such corporations since their income is anyway exempted under the Act
The CBDT has issued Circular No. 8 of 2015 dated 14.05.2015 setting out the detailed procedure that has to be followed by taxpayers in response to an arrear demand from the AO. The Ministry of Finance has also issued a press release stating that the said Circular is because the Income Tax Department has taken note of grievances of taxpayers arising on account of outstanding tax demand which may be inaccurate due to non-reporting or delayed reporting of TDS by deductors leading to mismatch between the claim and data available with the Department, non-posting of challans, non-disposal of rectification applications, incorrect details of income or pre-paid taxes reported by taxpayer etc. It is emphasized that the Income Tax Department is committed to early and satisfactory resolution of taxpayers’ grievances. It is also stated that about 95% of entries of Demand involve demand up to Rs. 1 lakh and about 90% of such assessees are Individuals and HUFs. It is expected that majority of the grievances of small taxpayers can be redressed by following the procedure prescribed in the circular
The Ministry of Finance has issued a press release stating that a High Level Committee (HLC) Headed by Justice A.P. Shah on Direct Tax Matters has been constituted. The Committee consists of leading tax experts. The Committee is required to examine the matter relating to levy of MAT on FIIs for the period prior to 01.04.2015 among others. The Committee has been requested to give its recommendations on the above issue expeditiously