The CBDT has issued Circular No. 13/2017 dated 11.04.2017 in which it has clarified the law regarding Liability to income-tax in India for a non-resident seafarer receiving remuneration in NRE (Non Resident External) account maintained with an Indian Bank. This Circular is important in view of the law laid down by the Kolkata Bench of the Tribunal in Tapas Kumar Bandopadhyay vs. DDIT where it was held that even if the salary of a non-resident seaman accrued outside India, it was taxable in India if the employer credited it to the assessee’s NRE account. In Utanka Roy vs. DIT (Calcutta High Court) it was clarified that salary received by a non-resident for services rendered abroad accrues outside India and is not chargeable to tax in India. The source of the receipt is not relevant.
The crackdown against corrupt officials of the income-tax department is continuing unabated. In the latest move, an Assessing Officer has been sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh from a taxpayer
The CBDT has issued a press release dated 5th April 2017 by which it has provided important clarification regarding the restriction imposed on cash transaction by sections 269ST &271DA inserted by the Finance Act 2017 to the Income-tax Act. These sections provide that no person (other than those specified therein) shall receive an amount of two lakh rupees or more (a) in aggregate from a person in a day;(b) in respect of a single transaction;or (c) in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person, otherwise than by an account payee cheque or account payee bank draft or use of electronic clearing system through a bank account. The CBDT has clarified that the said cash transaction limit of Rs 2 lakh will not apply to withdrawal from banks, cooperative bank and post offices
The Finance Act 2017 received the assent of the President on the 31st March, 2017. A copy is available for download. There are several important and radical amendments made by the Finance Act 2017 to the Income-tax Act 1961 and other statutes
The CBDT has vide Order No. 46 of 2017 dated 31.03.2017 promoted several officers to the grade of Chief Commissioner of Income-tax [HAG + scale of pay (Rs. 75,500 –80,000) (pre-revised) w.e.f. the date of assumption of charge of the post.
The CBDT has vide Order No. 45 of 2017 dated 31.03.2017 appointed several officers as Assistant Commissioners of Income-tax in the pay scale of Rs. 15,600 –39,100 on completion of training at National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT).
The CBDT has issued two notifications, both dated 29th March 2017, relating to the appointment of Assistant Commissioners of Income-tax and the promotion of Assistant Commissioners to the grade of Deputy Commissioners of Income-tax