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Clause 65 - Insertion of new section 245M. - FINANCE BILL, 2021

FINANCE BILL, 2021
Chapter III
DIRECT TAXES - Income-tax
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Insertion of new section 245M.

65. In the Income-tax Act, after section 245L, the following section shall be inserted and shall be deemed to have been inserted with effect from the 1st day of February, 2021, namely:––

Option to withdraw pending application.

“245M. (1) With respect to a pending application, the assessee who had filed such application may, at his option, withdraw such application within a period of three months from the date of commencement of the Finance Act, 2021 and intimate the Assessing Officer, in the prescribed manner, about such withdrawal.

(2) Where the option under sub-section (1) is not exercised by the assessee within the time allowed under that sub-section, the pending application shall be deemed to have been received by the Interim Board on the date on which such application is allotted or transferred to the Interim Board under sub-section (3).

(3) The Board may, by an order, allot any pending application to any Interim Board and may also transfer, by an order, any pending application from one Interim Board to another Interim Board.

(4) Where the pending application is allotted to an Interim Board under sub-section (3) or transferred to another Interim Board subsequently, all the records, documents or evidences, by whatever name called, with the Settlement Commission shall be transferred to such Interim Board and shall be deemed to be the records before it for all purposes.

(5) Where the assessee exercises the option under subsection (1) to withdraw his application, the proceedings with respect to the application shall abate on the date on which such application is withdrawn and the Assessing Officer, or, as the case may be, any other income-tax authority before whom the proceeding at the time of making the application was pending, shall dispose of the case in accordance with the provisions of this Act as if no application under section 245C had been made:

Provided that for the purposes of the time-limit under sections 149, 153, 153B, 154 and 155 and for the purposes of payment of interest under section 243 or 244 or, as the case may be, section 244A, for making the assessment or reassessment under this sub-section, the period commencing on and from the date of the application to the Settlement Commission under section 245C and ending with the date referred to in this sub-section shall be excluded:

Provided further that the income-tax authority shall not be entitled to use the material and other information produced by the assessee before the Settlement Commission or the results of the inquiry held or evidence recorded by the Settlement Commission in the course of proceedings before it:

Provided also that nothing contained in the first proviso shall apply in relation to the material and other information collected, or results of the inquiry held or evidence recorded by the Assessing Officer, or as the case may be, other incometax authority during the course of any other proceeding under this Act irrespective of whether such material or other information or results of the inquiry or evidence were also produced by the assessee or the Assessing Officer before the Settlement Commission.”.

 



 

Notes on Clauses:

Clause 65 of the Bill seeks to insert new section 245M in the Income-tax Act so as to provide that the assessee an option to withdraw his application made under section 245C.

Proposed sub-section (1) thereof, inter alia, provides that the assessee who had filed an application which is pending before the Interim Board has the option to withdraw such application within three months from the date of commencement of Finance Act, 2021 and intimate the Assessing Officer about such withdrawal in the manner prescribed. However, if such option is not exercised by the assessee within the time allowed, the pending application shall be deemed to have been received by the Interim Board on the date on which it is allotted or transferred to it. The Board may, by an order, allot or transfer any pending application from one Interim Board to another and upon allotment or transfer of a pending application to an Interim Board, all records, documents or evidences with the Settlement Commission, shall be deemed to be the records before such Interim Board.

Proposed sub-section (5) of the said section provides that where an assessee withdraws his application, the proceedings with respect to such application shall abate on the date of withdrawal and the Assessing Officer or any other income-tax authority before whom the proceedings were pending prior to the application shall dispose the case in accordance with the provisions of the said Act and in such case, for the purposes of the time-limit under sections 149, 153, 153B, 154 and 155 and for the purposes of payment of interest under section 243 or 244 or 244A, for making the assessment or re-assessment, the period commencing on and from the date of the application to the Settlement Commission under section 245C and ending with the date of withdrawal of application shall be excluded. It is also proposed to provide that the income-tax authority shall not be entitled to use the material and other information produced by the assessee before the Settlement Commission or the results of the inquiry held or evidence recorded by the Settlement Commission in the course of proceedings before it and the preceding conditions shall not apply in relation to the material and other information collected, or results of the inquiry held or evidence recorded by income-tax authority during the course of any other proceeding under this Act irrespective of whether such material or other information or results of the inquiry or evidence were also produced by the assessee or such income-tax authority before the Settlement Commission.

This amendment will take effect retrospectively from lst February, 2021.

 
 
 
 
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