Union Budget 2018- Rationalisation of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015

Section 46 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 provides for the procedure for imposing penalty.

Sub-section (4) of the said section provides that an order imposing a penalty shall be made with the approval of the Joint Commissioner, in the circumstances specified therein.

The Assistant Director or the Deputy Director, investigating a case of undisclosed foreign income or asset, can also be assigned the concurrent jurisdiction of the Assessing Officer and, therefore, can also initiate penalty. However, the said authorities shall require approval of the superior officers of the rank of Joint Director or Additional Director for imposition of penalty.

Accordingly, it is proposed to amend the said sub-section so as to provide that the Joint Director shall also be vested with the power to approve an order imposing a penalty. It is also proposed to amend clause (b) of the said sub-section so as to include reference to the Assistant Director and Deputy Director therein.

Section 55 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 provides for institution of proceedings for an offence under that Act.

Sub-section (1) of the said section provides that a person shall not be proceeded against for an offence under section 49 to section 53 except with the sanction of the Principal Commissioner or Commissioner or the Commissioner (Appeals).

Sub-section (2) of the said section provides that the Principal Chief Commissioner or the Chief Commissioner may issue such instructions, or directions, to the tax authorities referred to in sub-section (1), as he may think fit for the institution of proceedings.

It is proposed to amend the said sub-section so as to empower the Principal Director General or the Director General also to issue instructions or directions to the tax authorities under the said sub-section.

It is also proposed to amend the marginal heading of the said section accordingly so as to include the reference of Principal Director General or Director General.

These amendments will take effect from 1st April, 2018.

Extract of Clause 216 of Finance Bill 2018

Clause 216 of the Bill seeks to amend the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.

Section 46 of the said Act relates to the procedure for imposing penalty.

Sub-section (4) of the said section, inter alia, provides that an order imposing a penalty shall be made with the approval of the Joint Commissioner in certain circumstances specified therein.

It is proposed to amend the said sub-section so as to provide that the Joint Director shall also be vested with the power to approve an order imposing penalty.

It is further proposed to amend clause (b) of the said sub-section so as to empower the Assistant Director and Deputy Director also to levy penalty under the said clause.

Section 55 of the said Act relates to institution of prosecution proceedings.

Sub-section (1) of the said section provides that a person shall not be proceeded against for an offence under section 49 to section 53 except with the sanction of the Principal Commissioner or Commissioner or the Commissioner (Appeals), as the case may be.

It is proposed to amend the marginal heading of the said section so as to include the reference of Principal Director General or Director General for the purpose of said section.

Sub-section (2) of the said section provides that the Principal Chief Commissioner or the Chief Commissioner may issue such instructions, or directions, to the tax authorities referred to in sub-section (1) as he may think fit for the institution of proceedings.

It is proposed to amend the said sub-section so as to empower the Principal Director General or the Director General also to issue such instructions or directions under the said sub-section.

These amendments will take effect from 1st April, 2018.

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