High Level Committee constituted for fresh cases arising out of the retrospective amendments of 2012 in respect of indirect transfer

Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Revenue 
Central Board of Direct Taxes 
PRESS RELEASE 
New Delhi, the 2nd September, 2014 
The Finance Minister in his budget speech on 10th July, 2014 had made an announcement that all fresh cases arising out of the retrospective amendments of 2012 in respect of indirect transfer and coming to the notice of Assessing officer will be scrutinized by a High Level Committee to be constituted by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) before any action is initiated in such cases. 
2. The CBDT in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 has issued an Order No.149/141/2014-TPL dated 28th August, 2014 constituting the High Level Committee consisting of the officers of CBDT. The Committee includes Joint Secretary, (FT&TR-I), Joint Secretary (TPL-I) and Commissioner of Income-tax (ITA). Further, the Director (FT&TR-I) will be the Secretary of the Committee. The Order is available on official website of Income-tax Department at http://incometaxindia.gov.in. 
3. Henceforth, in all fresh cases where income on account of retrospective amendments to the provisions related to indirect transfer is considered to accrue or arise before the 1st April, 2012, the Assessing Officer shall be required to seek prior approval of any proposed action in this regard from the Committee. The Committee shall, after provident an opportunity to the taxpayer, issue appropriate directions to the Assessing Officer in a time bound manner. The Committee would be required to submit periodic report to the CBDT. The CBDT may intervene in the working/deliberations of the Committee, as and when required. 

(Rekha Shukla)

Commissioner of Income Tax

(Media & Technical Policy)

Official Spokesperson, CBDT

F. No. 149/141/2014-TPL

Government of India

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Direct Taxes

(Tax Policy & Legislation Division)

New Delhi dated 28th August, 2014

Order under section 119 of the Income-tax Act

Vide the Finance Act, 2012, certain clarificatory amendments were introduced in clauses (14) and (47) of section 2, in clause (i) of sub-section (1) of section 9 and in section 195 of the Income-tax Act (“the Act”), with retrospective effect from 01.04.1962 in relation to transfer of assets. For the proper administration of these provisions of the Act, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in exercise of its power u/s 119 of the Act, hereby directs the following:-

1. A Committee consisting of following officers of the CBDT as Members is hereby constituted: –

(i) Joint Secretary (FT&TR-I)

(ii) Joint Secretary (TPL-I)

(iii) Commissioner of Income-tax (ITA)

The Director (FT&TR-I) shall be the Secretary of the Committee.

2. Where any Assessing officer considers that any income is deemed to accrue or arise in India before 1st April, 2012 through transfer of a capital asset situate in India in consequence of the amendments introduced with retrospective effect, and as on the date of this order,-

(i) no proceeding of assessment or reassessment in relation to the said income is pending; or

(ii) no notice for proposed assessment or re-assessment in relation to the said income has been issued; or

(iii) no proceeding under section 201 of the Act is pending, or no notice for initiation of such proceeding has been issued in relation to the said income,

then, before proceeding with any action in relation to the said income, the Assessing Officer shall seek prior approval of the Committee for the proposed action by making a reference to the Committee through the Principal Commissioner or the Commissioner concerned. The Assessing Officer shall forward a copy of the reference to the assessee.

3. All such references shall be addressed to the Secretary of the Committee, and it shall be the responsibility of the Secretary that the meetings of the committee are convened at appropriate time and intervals so as to effectively and expeditiously dispose of the references received by it.

4. The Committee, on receipt of the reference from the Assessing Officer, shall examine the proposed action of the Assessing Officer and, after providing an opportunity to the assessee, take a decision on the proposed action. The committee shall convey its decision in writing to the Assessing Officer with copy to the Principal Commissioner or the Commissioner concerned and the assessee. The Committee shall endeavor to decide the reference within 60 days of its receipt by the Secretary of the Committee. However, the Committee shall have due regard to any limitation period involved in the proposed action.

5. The Assessing Officer shall thereafter proceed in accordance with the directions of the Committee.

6. The Committee shall submit its report in respect of references decided by it in the relevant period to the CBDT through Member (IT) in the Proforma annexed as Annexure `A’ to this order. The CBDT may intervene in the working/deliberations of the Committee, as and when required. The first report shall be submitted in respect of period ending on 31/12/2014, and subsequent reports shall be submitted on half yearly basis (30th June and 31st December every year).

(Ashish Kumar)

Director (Tax Policy & Legislation)

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