Power of provisional attachment and to make reference to Valuation Officer to authorised officer

Section 132 of the Act provides the power of search and seizure subject to fulfilment of conditions specified therein.

In order to protect the interest of revenue and safeguard recovery in search cases, it is proposed to insert sub-section (9B) and (9C) in the said section, to provide that during the course of a search or seizure or within a period of sixty days from the date on which the last of the authorisations for search was executed, the authorised officer on being satisfied that for protecting the interest of revenue it is necessary so to do, may attach provisionally any property belonging to the assessee with the prior approval of Principal Director General or Director General or Principal Director or Director. It has been proposed that such provisional attachment shall cease to have effect after the expiry of six months from the date of order of such attachment.

In order to enable correct estimation and quantification of undisclosed income held in the form of investment or property by the assessee by the Investigation wing of the Department, it is further proposed to insert a new sub-section (9D) in the said section to provide that in a case of search, the authorised officer may, for the purpose of estimation of fair market value of a property, make a reference to a Valuation Officer referred to in section 142A, for valuation in the manner provided under that sub-section. It also provides that the Valuation Officer shall furnish the valuation report within sixty days of receipt of such reference.

It is also proposed to amend Explanation 1 to section 132, so as to provide that for the purposes of sub-sections 9A, 9B and 9D, with respect to “execution of an authorisation for search” under the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 1 53B shall apply.

These amendments will take effect from lst April, 2017.

[Clause 50]

Extract of relevant clause from Finance Bill, 2017

Amendment of section 132.

50. In section 132 of the Income-tax Act,—

(i) in sub-section (1), after the fourth proviso, the following Explanation shall  be inserted and shall be deemed to have been inserted with effect from the 1st day of April, 1962, namely:—

“Explanation.––For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the reason to believe, as recorded by the income-tax  authority under this sub-section, shall not be disclosed to any person or any authority or the Appellate Tribunal.”;

(ii) in sub-section (1A), the following Explanation shall be inserted and shall be deemed to have been inserted with effect from  the 1st day of October, 1975, namely:—

“Explanation.––For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the reason to  suspect, as recorded by the income-tax authority under this sub-section, shall not be disclosed to any personor any authority or the Appellate Tribunal.”;

(iii) after sub-section (9A), the following sub-sections shall be inserted, namely:—

“(9B) Where, during the course of the search or seizure or within a period of sixty days from the date on which the last of the authorisations for search was  executed, the authorised officer, for the reasons to be recorded in writing, is satisfied that for the purpose of protecting  the interest of revenue, it is necessary so to do, he may with the previous approval of the Principal Director General or Director General or the Principal Director or Director, by order in writing, attach provisionally any property belonging to  the assessee, and for the said purpose the provisions of the Second Schedule shall, mutatis mutandis, apply.

(9C) Every provisional attachment made under sub-section (9B) shall cease to have effect after the expiry of a period of six months  from the date of the order referred to in sub-section (9B).

(9D) The authorised officer may, during the course of the search or seizure or within a period of sixty days from the date on which the last of the authorisations for search was  executed, make a reference to a Valuation Officer referred to in section 142A, who shall estimate the fair market value of the property in the manner provided under that section and submit a report of the estimate to the said officer within a  period of sixty days from the date of receipt of such reference.”;

(iv) for Explanation 1, the following Explanation shall be  substituted, namely:—

‘Explanation 1.––For the purposes of sub-sections (9A), (9B) and (9D), with respect to “execution of an authorisation for search”, the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 153B shall apply.’.

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