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2017
  • The government made several tax proposals aimed at the housing and infrastructure sector. But apart from vowing pukka houses for the masses, an important announcement too was made, which has the potential to change the way taxes are levied on buying and selling houses.
  • If assets are held for long-term one can adjust the purchase price in accordance with inflation to reduce the tax applicable. This period of long-term differs from one asset to another. For debt-mutual funds it is 36 months and for unlisted shares it is 24 months, while for listed shares it is 12 months.
  • So, far immovable property should have been held for 36 months to be considered long-term. The Union Budget 2017-18 proposes to shrink this period to 24 months as well, in line with unlisted shares.

2017
  • The 50 days of demonetization are behind us and so is the deadline to deposit and convert the demonetized currencies of Rs. 500 and Rs 1000. If you have deposited cash up to Rs. 2.5 lakh in your account, there is no cause for worry as per the government directive. However, if your deposit amount exceeds Rs 2.5 lakh, you may get a notice from the Income Tax Department.
  • Most of the people get queasy when it comes to deal with income tax department. This article is an effort towards discussing how to handle the income tax notice after November 8.

Who may get an IT notice?

  • As per government’s directive, banks have been asked to furnish details of all individuals who have deposited more than Rs. 2.5 lakh in their savings account or opened fixed deposits. It has also asked banks for information on deposits of more than Rs. 12.5 lakh in current accounts. Banks send these details to tax authorities, which in turn may issue a notice if necessary.
  • At the same time, if you have bought big-ticket items such as gold or a car, you may get a notice from tax authorities. The government has asked all car dealers to furnish details of their transactions if there is a spike in the volume of business after the demonetization announcement. Similarly, jewellers have been asked to provide details of business transactions that transpired after November 8.

2017
  • The much anticipated Union Budget 2017 was finally announced today by our honourable Finance Minister. It was broadly focused on 10 issues — farming sector, rural population, youth, poor and health care for the underprivileged, infrastructure, financial sector for stronger institutions, speedy accountability, public services, prudent fiscal management and tax administration for the honest. Here is what it brought for personal Income Tax payers and corporate taxpayers.

Personal Income Tax:

  • Any person who files his tax return for the first time will not be scrutinised unless the tax department has specific information encouraging scrutiny.
  • The government will simplify tax filing by introducing a new ITR form for taxpayers with income up to Rs. 5 lakhs.
  • The government has proposed to levy a surcharge of 10% for persons having income between Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs. 1 crore.
  • The government has not changed Income Tax exemption limit but reduced tax rate to 5% for persons having income between Rs. 2.5 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs.
  • On the down side the budget 2017 has proposed to restrict the benefit of set-off loss from house property to a maximum Rs. 2 lakh per financial year and the balance loss can be carried forward to next 8 years

2017

For whom the presumptive taxation scheme of section 44ADA is designed?

  • The presumptive taxation scheme of section 44ADA is designed to give relief to small taxpayers engaged in specified profession.

Eligible persons who can take advantage of the presumptive taxation scheme of section 44ADA

  • A person resident in India engaged in following professions can take advantage of presumptive taxation scheme of section 44ADA:
    1. Legal
    2. Medical
    3. Engineering or architectural
    4. Accountancy
    5. Technical consultancy
    6. Interior decoration
    7. Any other profession as notified by CBDT

2017

This Article discusses about:

  • Meaning of presumptive taxation scheme,
  • Presumptive Taxation Scheme of Section 44AD,
  • Section 44ADA, Section 44AE,
  • For whom the presumptive taxation scheme of is designed?,
  • Businesses not covered under the presumptive taxation scheme,
  • No need to maintain books of account as prescribed under section 44AA,
  • Eligible taxpayer and eligible business for the purpose of the presumptive taxation scheme.

2016
  • The Income Tax Department has announced that it will bring up new ASKs (Aayakar Seva Kendra) soon in its endeavor to improve its services. ASKs were introduced by the tax department with the aim to make its services more accessible to common people. Now tax department will add 60 more centres to in several third tier cities like Goalpara, Morigaon, Siliguri, Haldia, Dharmapuri, Hardoi, Neemuch, Mandsar, Rewari, Sonepat, etc. covering areas from Assam to Madhya Pradesh. More than 300 ASKs are already operational in many prominent cities out of which 58 were added last year by the government.
  • CBDT has taken up the task of creating new ASKs on priority. CBDT has also asked the field offices of the tax department to create teams to undertake the task and speed up the process. This step will make common tax related services more accessible to the people. For those of you who do not know about ASK, here is a brief description about it:

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