The existing provisions contained in clause (5) of section 43 define the term speculative transaction. The proviso to the said clause (5) excludes certain category of transactions as speculative transactions. Finance Act, 2013 made a provision for levy of commodities transaction tax on commodity derivatives in respect of commodities other than agricultural commodities. As a consequence to the levy of commodities transaction tax, clause (e) was inserted in the proviso to clause (5) of section 43 of the Act to provide that eligible transaction in respect of trading in commodity derivatives carried out in a recognised association shall not be considered as speculative transaction. Vide Circular No. 3 dated 24-01 -2014 explaining the provisions of the Finance Act, 2013, it was clarified that the eligible transaction shall include only those transactions in commodity derivatives which are liable to commodities transaction tax.
Accordingly, it is proposed to amend clause (e) of the proviso to the said clause (5) so as to provide that eligible transaction in respect of trading in commodity derivatives carried out in a recognised association and chargeable to commodities transaction tax under Chapter VII of the Finance Act, 2013 shall not be considered to be a speculative transaction.
This amendment will take effect retrospectively from 1st April, 2014 and will accordingly apply, in relation to the assessment year 2014-15 and subsequent assessment years.