Tax on long-term capital gains on units

Under the existing provisions of section 112 of the Act, where tax payable on long-term capital gains arising on transfer of a capital asset, being listed securities or unit or zero coupon bond exceeds ten per cent of the amount of capital gains before allowing for indexation adjustment, then such excess shall be ignored. As long-term capital gains is not chargeable to tax in the case of transfer of a unit of an equity oriented fund which is liable to securities transaction tax, the benefit under section 112 in respect of unit cover only the unit of a fund, other than an equity oriented fund.

It is proposed to amend the provisions of section 112 so as to allow the concessional rate of tax of ten per cent on long term capital gain to listed securities (other than unit) and zero coupon bonds.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2015 and will accordingly apply, in relation to the assessment year 2015-16 and subsequent assessment years.

Government has also proposed to increase holding period of debt mutual funds / FMPs to 36 Months for qualifying to be Long Term Capital Assets.

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April 2021