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Clause 33 - Amendment of section 72A. - FINANCE BILL, 2023

FINANCE BILL, 2023
Chapter III
DIRECT TAXES - Income-tax
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Amendment of section 72A.

33. In section 72A of the Income-tax Act, in sub-section (1), in clause (d), in the Explanation, for clause (iii), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:––

‘(iii) “strategic disinvestment” means sale of shareholding by the Central Government or any State Government or a public sector company, in a public sector company or in a company, which results in––

(a) reduction of its shareholding to below fifty-one per cent.; and

(b) transfer of control to the buyer:

Provided that the condition laid down in subclause (a) shall apply only in a case where shareholding of the Central Government or the State Government or the public sector company was above fifty-one per cent. before such sale of shareholding:

Provided further that requirement of transfer of control referred to in sub-clause (b) may be carried out by the Central Government or the State Government or the public sector company or any two of them or all of them.’.

 



 

Notes on Clauses:

Clause 33 of the Bill seeks to amend section 72A relating to carry forward and set off of accumulated loss and unabsorbed depreciation allowance in amalgamation or demerger, etc.

It is proposed to substitute clause (iii) of the Explanation to clause (d) of sub-section (1) of the said section to provide that strategic disinvestment shall mean sale of shareholding by the Central Government or any State Government or a public sector company in a public sector company or in a company, which results in––

(a) reduction of its shareholding to below fifty-one per cent.; and

(b) transfer of control to the buyer.

It is further proposed to provide that the condition of reduction of its shareholding to below fifty-one per cent. shall apply only in a case where shareholding of the Central Government or the State Government or the public sector company was above fifty-one per cent. before such sale of shareholding.

It is also proposed to provide that the requirement of transfer of control in relation to such strategic disinvestment may be carried out by either the Central Government, or the State Government or the public sector company or any two of them or all of them.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2023 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2023-2024 and subsequent assessment years.