Proposed Rationalisation of the provision concerning withholding on payment made to Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) under FInance Bill 2021

Section 196D of the Act provides for deduction of tax on income of FII from securities as referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 115AD of the Act (other than interest referred in section 194LD of the Act) at the rate of 20 per cent.

Since the said section provides for TDS at a specific rate indicated therein, the deduction is to be made at that rate and the benefit of agreement under section 90 or section 90A of the Act cannot be given at the time of tax deduction. The situation is different in cases where the provision mandates TDS at rate in force. This is for the reason that the definition of the expression ―rate in force‖, in clause (37A) of section 2 of the Act, allows benefit of agreement under section 90 or section 90A in determining the rate of tax at which the tax is to be deducted at source. This principle of tax deduction has also been upheld by Hon‘ble Supreme Court in the case of PILCOM vs. CIT West Bengal (Civil Appeal No. 5749 of 2012).

Representations have been received requesting that the benefit of agreements under section 90 or section 90A of the Act may be considered at the time of tax deduction on payments to FIIs. Accordingly, it is proposed to insert a proviso to sub­section (1) of section 196D of the Act to provide that in case of a payee to whom an agreement referred to in sub-section (1) of section 90 or sub-section (1) of section 90A applies and such payee has furnished the tax residency certificate referred to in sub-section (4) of section 90 or sub-section (4) of section 90A of the Act, then the tax shall be deducted at the rate of twenty per cent. or rate or rates of income-tax provided in such agreement for such income, whichever is lower.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2021.

[Clause 49]

Text of the Relevant Clause of the Finance Bill 2021

Clause 49 of the Bill seeks to amend section 196D of the Income-tax Act relating to income of Foreign Institutional Investors from securities.

Sub-section (1) of the said section provides for deduction of tax on any income referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 115AD, not being income by way of interest referred to in section 194LD of the Income-tax Act, payable to a Foreign Institutional Investor, being the person responsible for making the payment, at the rate of twenty per cent.

It is proposed to insert a proviso to the said sub-section so as to provide that where an agreement referred to in sub-section (1) of section 90 or sub-section (1) of section 90A applies to the payee and if the payee has furnished a certificate referred to in sub-section (4) of section 90 or sub-section (4) of section 90A, as the case may be, then, income tax thereon shall be deducted at the rate of twenty per cent. or at the rate or rates of income-tax provided in such agreement for such income, whichever is lower.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2021.

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