The Finance Minister had stated that a letter would be issued by the CBDT regarding reopening of completed assessments on accounts of the retrospective amendments in the Finance Act 2012. That letter is set out below:
F. No. 500/111 12009-FTD-l (Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi, dated the 29th May, 2012
Subject: Clarification regarding reopening of completed assessments on accounts of clarificatory amendments introduced by Finance Act, 2012, in Section 2 clause (14), Section 2 clause (47), Section 9 and Section 195 with retrospective effect
The Finance Act 2012 has introduced certain clarificatory amendments in Section 2 clause (14), Section 2 clause (47), Section 9 and Section 195, of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (“Act”), with retrospective effect from 01.04.1962 or 01.04.1976, whereby meaning of various terms used in these sections have been clarified in order to remove any doubt regarding their interpretations.
2. These amendments have been introduced retrospectively in order to clarify the legislative intent and state the position of law from the date of coming into effect of these sections in the Act.
3. Doubts have been raised in various quarters about the implication of these amendments on the assessments that have already been completed and attained finality.
4. The Board, after due consideration, hereby directs that in case where assessment proceedings have been completed under section 143(3) of the Act, before the first day of April, 2012, and no notice for reassessment has been issued prior to that date; then such cases shall not be reopened under Section 147/148 of the Act on account of the abovementioned clarificatory amendments introduced by the Finance Act, 2012. However, assessment or any other order which stand validated due to the said clarificatory amendments in the Finance Act 2012 would of course be enforced.
5. This may be brought to the notice of all officers in your region immediately.
P. S. Sivasankaran)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India