The CBDT has issued Circular No. 22/2019 dated 30th August, 2019 by which it has provided clarity on several aspects relating to the assessment of startups under section 56(2)(viib) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 and the recovery of demand therefrom. The Circular is said to be a consolidated one and is intended to provide a hassle-free tax environment to the Startups as promised by the Hon’ble Finance Minister.
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
North Block, New Delhi , dated the 30th August, 2019
Sub: Consolidated circular for assessment of Startups – reg.
In order to provide hassle-free tax environment to the Startups, a series of announcements have been made by the Hon’ble Finance Minister in her Budget Speech of 2019 and also on 23rd August, 2019.
To give effect to these announcements, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued various circulars/clarifications in the matter. This circular consolidates all these circulars and further clarifies as under:-
2. Assessment of Startups
The circular No. 16/2019 dated 7 th of August, 2019 provided for the following procedure for pending assessment of the Startups:-
i. In case of Startup companies recognized by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) which have filed Form No.2 and whose cases are under “limited scrutiny” on the single issue of applicability of section 56(2)(viib) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act),the contention of the assessee will be summarily accepted.
ii. In case of Startup companies recognized by DPIIT which have filed Form No. 2 and whose cases have been selected under scrutiny to examine multiple issues including the issue of section 56(2)(viib)of the Act, this issue will not be pursued during the assessment proceedings and inquiry on other issues will be
carried out by the Assessing Officer only after obtaining approval of the supervisory authority.
iii. In case of Startup Companies recognized by the DPIIT, which have not filed Form No.2, but have been selected for scrutiny, the inquiry in such cases also will be carried out by the Assessing Officer only after obtaining approval of the supervisory authorities.
3. Time limit for Completion of pending assessments of the Startups
All assessment referred to in 2(i) should preferably be completed by the AOs by 30th September, 2019. The assessments referred to in 2(ii) & 2(iii) should be taken up on priority and should be preferably completed by 31st October, 2019.
4. Procedure for addition made U/S 56(2)(viib) in the past assessment
The clarification issued on 9th August,2019 provided that the provisions of the section 56(2)(viib) of the Act shall also not be applicable in respect of assessment made before 19th February, 2019 if a recognised Startups has filed declaration in Form No.2.
The following procedure is laid down with regard to addition made under section 56(2)(viib) of the Act in assessment order passed before 19th February, 2019:-
i. In case the appeal against the assessment is pending before the Commissioner of Income-tax (Appeal)[CIT(A)], the appellate order should be passed by CIT(A) on or before 31slDecember, 2019 after taking into account the fact that the Startup has filed declaration in Form No. 2 and hence the provisions of section 56(2)(viib) of the Act are not applicable for the addition made under section 56(2)(viib) of the Act before19thFebruary, 2019. The Department shall no t file further ap peal on the issue of addition made under section 56(2)(viib) of the Act;
ii. In case the case is pending before the ITAT, the Department shall not press the ground relating to addition under section
56(2)(viib) of the Act in these cases.
5. Income-tax demand
It is reiterated that the outstanding income-tax demand relating to additions made under section 56(2)(viib) shall not be pursued and no communication with the assessee in respect of outstanding demand shall be made for this purpose. In respect of other income-tax demand, it is decided that the income-tax demand shall not be pursued unless the demand is confirmed by the ITAT.
6. Constitution of Startup cell
In order to redress grievances and to address various tax related
issues in the cases of Startups, a Startup Cell is constituted on 30th August, 2019 with the following ex-officio members:-
S.No . Portfolio Designation Contact Number
1. Member (IT&C) Chairman 011-230982831
2. JS (TPL-II) Member 011-23092859
3. CIT (ITA) Member 011-23092837
4. Director (ITA-I) Member Secretary 011-23092107
5. Under Secretary (ITA-I) Member 011-23095479
7. The Cell, for any grievances/ communications relating to Startups may be approached at % Under Secretary, ITA-I, Room No. 245A, North Block, New Delhi-11000l. Ph. No. 011-23095479/ 23093070 (F). The Cell will also be accessible at star tupcelI.email@example.com.
8. Hindi version to follow .
Director (ITA-I )