Section 115BBD of Income-tax Act provides for taxation of gross dividends received by an Indian company from a specified foreign company (in which it has shareholding of 26% or more) at the rate of 15% if such dividend is included in the total income for the Financial Year 2012-13 i.e. Assessment Year 2013-14.
The above provision was introduced as an incentive for attracting repatriation of income earned by residents from investments made abroad subject to certain conditions.
In order to continue the tax incentive for one more year, it is proposed to amend section 115BBD to extend the applicability of this section in respect of income by way of dividends received from a specified foreign company in Financial Year 2013-14 also, subject to the same conditions.
This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2014 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2014-15.