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News Direct Tax-Wealth Tax

  • Jun 25, 2014
  • E-filing of wealth tax returns made must for cos

    The I-T department on Tuesday amended wealth tax rules to make it compulsory for companies as well as individuals and Hindu Undivided Families with income above Rs 1 crore a year to file their wealth tax returns in electronic form with digital signature in an attempt to have tax payer information ready for quick analysis and selection for scrutiny.
    The rules allow tax payers freedom of self assessment with the added relief of not having to attach any supporting document, statement of computation or proof of having paid the tax or interest.

  • Apr 18, 2014
  • Wealth tax basics: Get a grip for peace of mind

    Wealth tax is a direct tax levied on individuals, HUFs and companies annually. It is charged at the rate of 1% of net wealth (the value of specified assets on the valuation date in excess of the value of the debt that the taxpayer owes on the said assets) of a person if it exceeds Rs 30 lakh. Wealth tax is applicable on an asset held by a taxpayer as on March 31. Hence, the assets sold during the year are not subject to wealth tax.This tax is levied on the non-productive assets of a taxpayer. The intent of this law is to tax assets that do not generate any income.

  • Jan 10, 2011
  • Is wealth tax payable on foreign equity?

    The issue for consideration is whether Wealth Tax is payable on the shares of foreign companies held by Indian companies or other Indian entities? The existing scheme of Wealth Tax is that the shares of companies are not liable to Wealth Tax, being outside the definition of assets in the Wealth Tax Act. Accordingly, shares of companies – whether such companies are Indian companies or foreign companies will be outside the purview of Wealth Tax levy. Until 1992 shares held in a company were liable to wealth tax. However, with a view to channelise investment to productive areas, the definition of the term ‘asset’ was amended by Finance Act, 1992. As a result of the afore-said amendment, wealth-tax stood abolished on shares. In fact the memorandum explaining the provisions of Finance Bill, 1992 provided that “with a view to stimulating investment in productive assets, it is proposed to abolish wealth-tax on all assets except certain specified assets.”

  • Oct 30, 2010
  • Arbitrariness rules the roost

    The wealth tax code in the Direct Taxes Code, 2010 (DTC) before Parliament is a rehash of the existing law and a far cry from the one contained in the pristine DTC which swore by the implicit truism that ought to guide every finance minister — income is income just as asset is asset. The income-tax code in its final form kisses goodbye to this short-lived adoption of good intent and so does the wealth tax code. The biggest beneficiaries under both are the share market operators and big industrialists who have been rescued from the clutches of both long-term capital gains tax and wealth tax. Even if they dabble in shares in the short run, there is a hefty 50 per cent concession in tax for them.

  • Jul 17, 2010
  • Wealth must be taxed more

    The Revised Discussion Paper (RDP) on the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) justifies the extension of wealth taxation on the following grounds: “Firstly, the holders of substantial economic resources have the capacity to pay higher taxes than those with similar incomes but with less wealth. Secondly, it adds to the overall progressivity of an income tax without having to increase marginal rates. Thirdly, a wealth tax base separate from an income tax base helps to partially capture the income tax avoided or evaded.

  • Jun 17, 2010
  • New draft of Tax Code seeks to levy wealth tax on firms' ‘unproductive assets'

    The Centre is looking to drop a proposal to bring financial assets within the scope of the wealth tax net. The revised discussion paper on the Direct Taxes Code has now mooted a regime change to the one proposed in the earlier discussion paper, subjecting all companies (both listed and unlisted) to wealth tax on their “unproductive assets”. The first discussion paper unveiled in August 2009 had proposed that wealth tax be made payable only by an individual, Hindu Undivided Family, and private discretionary trusts. This meant that companies would not be subjected to wealth tax. It was also suggested that net wealth of an individual or Hindu Undivided Family in excess of Rs 50 crore will be chargeable to wealth tax at the rate of 0.25 per cent. Assets chargeable to wealth tax would include financial assets, the discussion paper had said.

  • Nov 07, 2009
  • Voluntary taxation of wealth

    Some rich Germans have petitioned the newly re-elected government of Chancellor Angela Merkel to resume the levy of wealth tax to help Germany bounce back from the economic crisis. The text, posted on www.appell-vermoegensabgabe.de ., has been signed by some 40 wealthy Germans . For retired doctor Dieter Kelmukuhl, 66, it is time the wealthy came to the aid of their country. He reckons that if the 2.2 million Germans, who have personal fortunes of more than $750,000, paid a tax of 5 per cent this year and next

  • Apr 12, 2008
  • Deductibility of debt for wealth tax

    The Wealth Tax Act 1957, amended over a period of time, has more or less outlived its utility and purpose. Today, it is applicable in respect of a few specified assets such as guesthouse, motorcars, jewellery and urban land. With a threshold limit of 15 lakh and 1 per cent levy in respect of net wealth over and above that limit, the quantum of wealth tax paid in relation to corporate and personal income taxes is fairly insignificant.