Business of Plying, Hiring or Leasing Goods Carriages

The existing provisions of section 44AE of the Act provides for presumptive taxation in the case of an assessee who is engaged in the business of plying, hiring or leasing goods carriages and not owning more than ten goods carriages at any time during the previous year. Income from the said business is calculated as under:

Type of Goods carriage Amount of presumptive income
Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) Rs.5,000 for every month (or part of a month) during which the goods carriage is owned by the taxpayer.
Vehicle other than HGV Rs. 4,500 for every month (or part of a month) during which the goods carriage is owned by the taxpayer.

The amount of presumptive income was revised by the Finance (No.2) Act, 2009. Further, the existing provisions make a distinction between HGV and vehicle other than HGV for specifying the amount of presumptive income.

Considering the erosion in the real values of the amount of specified presumptive income due to inflation over the years and also in order to simplify this presumptive taxation scheme, it is proposed to provide for a uniform amount of presumptive income of Rs.7,500 for every month (or part of a month) for all types of goods carriage without any distinction between HGV and vehicle other than HGV.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2015 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2015-16 and subsequent years.

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