FINANCIAL YEAR 1975-76

1729. Instructions for deduction of tax at source from interest on securities during financial year 1975-76 at the rates specified in Part III of First Schedule to Finance Bill, 1975

I am directed to forward a copy of draft circular letter setting out the rates at which income-tax and surcharge should be deduct­ed from interest on Government securities on or after April 1, 1975. It is requested that a circular on the basis of this draft may be issued by you immediately to all Treasury Officers and Sub-Treasury Officers under your control, individually.

Circular : No. 160 [F.No. 275/16/75-ITJ], dated 18-3-1975.

DRAFT CIRCULAR REFERRED TO IN INSTRUCTIONS

1. I am to invite your attention to this Office Letter……regard¬≠ing deduction of income-tax and surcharge from interest on Gov¬≠ernment securities during the financial year 1974-75.

2. According to the Finance Bill, 1975, income-tax is to be deducted from the entire amount of interest on securities at the following rates, namely :

Income-tax
Rate of Income-tax
Rate of Surcharge
I.
In the case of a person other than a company‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬†¬†(i) ¬†¬†where¬† the¬† person¬† is¬† resident‚ÄĒ
          on interest on securities (excluding interest  payable  on a tax-free security)
21 per cent
2 per cent
¬†¬†¬†(ii) ¬†¬†where the person is not resident in India‚ÄĒ
   (a)     on  interest  on  securities  (excluding interest  payable  on a  tax-free security)
income-tax at 30 per cent and surcharge at 3 per cent of the amount of the interest,
or
income-tax and surcharge on income-tax in respect of the interest at the rates prescribed in Sub-Paragraph I of Paragraph A of Part III of the First Schedule to the Finance Act, 1975 if such interest income had been the total income,
whichever is higher;
   (b)    on   interest   payable   on  a  tax-free security
15 per cent
1.5 per cent
II.
In the case of a company‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬†¬†(i) ¬†¬†where¬†¬†¬† the¬†¬†¬† company¬†¬†¬† is¬†¬†¬† a¬†¬†¬† domestic company‚ÄĒ
          on interest on securities (excluding interest payable on a tax-free security)
22 per cent
1 per cent
¬†¬†¬†(ii) ¬†¬†where¬†¬† the¬†¬† company¬† is¬† not¬† a¬† domestic company‚ÄĒ
   (a)    on   interest   payable  on  a   tax-free security
44 per cent
2.2 per cent
   (b)    on interest on other securities
70 per cent
3.5 per cent

3. The term “domestic company” means an Indian company or any other company which, in respect of its income liable to income-tax under the Act, for the assessment year commencing on April 1, 1975 has made the prescribed arrangements for the declaration and payment within India of the dividends (including dividends on preference shares) payable out of such income in accordance with the provisions of section 194.

4. In making payment or crediting interest on Government securi­ties on or after April 1, 1975, you should therefore, deduct income-tax at the rates specified above, except in cases where an exemption or abatement certificate granted by an Income-tax Officer under sub-section (1) of section 197 is produced. The following in­structions should be followed in this connection :

(1) Exemption or abatement certificates issued before April 1, 1975 authorising deduction of tax at a particular rate expressed as percentage of the amount of interest should be accepted and acted upon, if operative for the financial year ending on March 31, 1976.

(2) Where a certificate is issued by the Income-tax Officer on or after April 1, 1975 authorising deduction of tax at a specified rate in respect of any person, income-tax should be deducted at the rates specified therein.

(3) No tax should be deducted in cases in which from a certifi­cate, issued by the Income-tax Officer or otherwise, you are satisfied that the payee is a person exempt from income-tax under sections 10 to 13.

(4) No tax should be deducted from any interest payable on 4¬ľ per cent National Defence Bonds, 1972¬† or 6¬Ĺ¬† per cent Gold Bonds, 1977 or 7 per cent Gold Bonds, 1980 where any such Bonds are held by a resident individual and in the case of the aforesaid Gold Bonds, where the holder thereof makes a declaration in writing before the person responsible for making the payment that the total nominal value of 6¬Ĺ per cent Gold Bonds, 1977 or, as the case may be, 7 per cent Gold Bonds, 1980 held by him (includ¬≠ing such Bonds, if any, held on his behalf by any other person) did not in either case exceed Rs. 10,000 at any time during the period to which the interest relates.

(5) No tax should be deducted from interest payable to a non-resident on 4¬ľ per cent National Defence Loans, 1968 and 4¬ĺ per cent¬† National Defence Loans, 1972, as the interest paid on these loans to non-residents is totally exempt from income-tax under Notification No. SO 3331, issued under section 10(4). In the case of residents receiving interest on these loans, deduc¬≠tion of tax has to be made at the prescribed rates, except when the recipient is an individual.

(6) No tax should be deducted from interest payable on Na­tional Savings Certificates (First Issue) including National Savings Certificates (First Issue) Bank Series or 7-year National Savings Certificates (Fourth Issue).

(7) No tax should be deducted from any interest payable on any other security of the Central or State Government where the security is held by a resident individual, and the holder makes a declaration in writing before the person responsible for making the payment to the effect :

    (a)   he has not previously been assessed under the 1961 Act, or under the 1922 Act ;

    (b)   his total income of previous year in which the interest is due is not likely to exceed the minimum amount not chargeable to income-tax; and

    (c)   the total nominal value of the securities held by him (including such securities, if any, as are held on his behalf, by any other person) did not exceed Rs. 2,500 at any time during the said previous year.

(8) No tax should be deducted from any sum payable in respect of any securities owned by a corporation established by or under a Central Act which under any law for the time being in force is exempt from income-tax on its income.

(9) Under section 288B, fractions of one rupee contained in the amount of tax (including advance tax and tax deducted at source) will have to be rounded off to the nearest rupee by ignoring amounts less than fifty paise and increasing amounts of fifty paise or more to one rupee. Hence, the amount of tax to be de­ducted at source should be rounded off to the nearest rupee in accordance with the aforesaid provision of the Act.

(10) In the cases of doubt, the Income-tax Officer should be consulted before making the deduction from interest on Government securities.

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