FINANCIAL YEAR 1979-80

1781. Instructions for deduction of tax at source from insurance commission during financial year 1979-80 at the rates specified in Part II of First Schedule to Finance Act, 1979

1. . I am directed to invite a reference to this Department’s Circular No. 237 [F. No. 275/12/78-IT(B)], dated 15-4-1978 on the above subject

2. Section 194D provides for the deduction of tax at source, at such rates as may be specified in this behalf by the Finance Act of the relevant year, from payments of income by way of insurance commission to a resident, whether an individual, a company or any other category of person. The rates for deduction of tax at source for the financial year 1979-80, as specified in Part II of the First Schedule to the Finance Act, 1979, are as below :

  Income-tax Surcharge
I. In the case of a person other than a company 10 per cent Nil ;
II. In the case of a domestic company 21.5 per cent 1.5 per cent

3. Though the provisions of section 194D apply only in relation to income by way of insurance commission paid to residents, under the provisions of section 195, income-tax is required to be deducted from payments (including payments of income by way of insurance commission) made to non-corporate non-resident taxpayers as also to companies which are neither Indian companies nor companies which have made arrangements for declaration and payment of dividends within India as prescribed under rule 27. In the case of a person other than a company, who is not resident in India, the rate for deduction of tax at source, as specified in item 1(b)( i) of Part II of the First Schedule to the Finance Act, 1979, is 36 per cent (income-tax 30 per cent plus surcharge 6 per cent) of the income by way of insurance commission or income-tax and surcharge thereon at the rates prescribed in Sub-Paragraph I of Paragraph A of Part III of the said Schedule, if such income had been the total income of such person, whichever is higher. In the case of a company which is not a domestic company, tax is to be deducted at the rate of 75.25 per cent (income-tax 70 per cent plus surcharge 5.25 per cent).

4. It is requested that deduction of tax at source from payments of income by way of insurance commission may be made during the financial year 1979-80, on payments made after March 31, 1979, according to the above rates.

5. The substance of the main provisions in the law insofar as they relate to deduction of income-tax from insurance commission is given hereunder :

(1) For the purpose of deduction of tax at source, “Insurance commission” will mean an income by way of remuneration or reward, whether by way of commission or otherwise, for soliciting or procuring insurance business (including business relating to continuance, renewal or reviving of policies of insurance).

(2) Deduction will be made at the time of the credit of the income to the account of, or the payment thereof (by whatever mode) to the payee, whichever is earlier.

(3) The tax deducted should be paid to the credit of the Central Government by remitting it into the Government Treasury or the office of the Reserve Bank of India or State Bank of India or any other authorised public sector bank within one week from the last day of the month in which the deduction is made. In cases where the income by way of insurance commission is credited to the account of the payee as on the date up to which the accounts of the business of the payer are made, the tax deducted therefrom may be paid to the credit of the Central Government within two months of the expiration of the month in which the date, up to which the accounts are made, falls.

(4) Blank challans for making payment of tax deducted at source can be obtained from the Income-tax Officer. The payments should be made on the appropriate challan, as indicated below :


Deduction of tax from payment of insurance commission made to companies
Challan No. 2 (ITNS 39A)

Deduction of tax from payment of insurance commission made to non-companies
Challan No. 8 (ITNS 39A)
Where the payment of tax includes any surcharge it should be shown separately in the challan, at the space provided for that purpose.

(5) In view of the existing provisions in section 288B the amount of tax to be deducted at source should be rounded off to the nearest rupee by ignoring the amounts less than 50 paise and increasing the amounts of 50 paise or more to one rupee.

(6) At the time of deducting tax from the insurance commission credited to an agent’s account, adjustment for any debits made in his account in respect of excess commission credited or paid to him earlier is not permissible and income-tax must be deducted from the full amount of commission credited to his account.

(7) It will be open to the recipient of the commission to make an application in Form No. 13D to the Income-tax Officer concerned and obtain from him a certificate authorising the person responsible for paying the income by way of insurance commission to deduct tax at such rates or deduct no tax, as may be appropriate to his case.

Such certificate will be valid for the period specified therein unless it is cancelled by the Income-tax Officer earlier.

(8) The person responsible for making the payments should issue a certificate in Form No. 19D showing therein the amount of income by way of insurance commission credited or paid, the amount of tax deducted at source, and the date of payment to the Government account.

(9) The person making deduction of tax in accordance with section 194D from income by way of insurance commission should send to the Income-tax Officer having jurisdiction to assess him —

(a)   a certificate in Form No. 26D quarterly on 15 July, 15 October, 15 January and 15 April, in respect of deduction of tax made by him during the preceding quarter;

(b)   a statement in Form No. 26E on or before June 30 each year containing details of amounts of insurance commission from which tax has been deducted by him during the immediately preceding financial year; and

(c)   a statement in Form No. 26F on or before June 30 each year containing details of amounts of insurance commission paid or credited during the immediately preceding financial year without deduction of tax.

6. These instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned. In cases of doubt, the Income-tax Officer concerned may be consulted.

Circular : No. 254 [F. No. 275/28/79-IT (B)], dated 23-5-1979

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