Month: January 2016

The CBDT has issued Circular No. 25/2015 dated 31.12.2015 pointing out that pursuant to the judgement of the Delhi High Court in Nalwa Sons Investment Ltd 327 ITR 543 (Delhi) and the substitution of Explanation 4 of section 271 of the Act with prospective effect, it is now a settled position that prior to 1/4/2016, where the income tax payable on the total income as computed under the normal provisions of the Act is less than the tax payable on the book profits u/s 115JB of the Act, then penalty under 271(1)(c) of the Act is not attracted with reference to additions /disallowances made under normal provisions. The CBDT has clarified that in cases prior to 1.4.2016, if any adjustment is made in the income computed for the purpose of MAT, then the levy of penalty u/s 271(1)(c) of the Act, will depend on the nature of adjustment. The above settled position is to be followed in respect of section 115JC of the Act also. The CBDT has accordingly directed that no appeals may henceforth be filed on this ground and appeals already filed, if any, on this issue before various Courts/Tribunals may be withdrawn/not pressed upon

The CBDT has issued a Guidance Note dated 31.12.2015 to explain the manner of ensuring compliance with the reporting requirements provided in Rules 114F to 114H and Form 61B of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 which deal with Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standard (CRS)

The CBDT has issued Circular No. 24/2015 dated 31.12.2015 in which it has explained the law relating to recording of satisfaction note by the AO under sections 158BD/153C of the Income-tax Act. The CBDT has drawn attention to the verdict of the Supreme Court in CIT vs. Calcutta Knitwears 362 ITR 673 (SC) in which the stages at which the satisfaction note has to be prepared have been set out. The CBDT has further clarified that even if the AO of the searched person and the “other person” is one and the same, then also he is required to record his satisfaction as has been held by the Courts. The CBDT has also directed that pending litigation with regard to recording of satisfaction note under section 158BD /153C should be withdrawn/not pressed if it does not meet the guidelines laid down by the Apex Court