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Acts - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 - Stashing away of black money abroad by some people with intent to evade taxes has been a matter of deep concern to the nation. Black Money is a common expression used in reference to tax-evaded income. Evasion of tax robs the nation of critical resources necessary to undertake programs for social inclusion and economic development. It also puts a disproportionate burden on the honest .....

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tion to deal with undisclosed assets and income stashed away abroad. 3. The Supreme Court of India has also expressed concern over this issue. The Special Investigation Team constituted by the Central Government to implement the decision of the Supreme Court, has also expressed the views that measures may be taken to curb the menace of black money. Internationally, a new regime for automatic exchange of financial information is fast taking shape and India is a leading force in this effort. 4. Th .....

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. Upon fulfilling these conditions, a person shall not be prosecuted under the Bill and the declaration made by him will not be used as evidence against him under the Wealth-tax Act, the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), the Companies Act or the Customs Act. Wealth-tax shall not be payable on any asset so disclosed. It is merely an opportunity for persons to become tax compliant before the stringent provisions of the new legislation come into force. 5. The Undisclosed Foreign Income and As .....

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akh. (ii) The Bill provides for criminal liability with enhanced punishment. Wilful attempt to evade tax in relation to a foreign income will be punished with rigorous imprisonment from three years to ten years and with fine. Failure to furnish a return of income though holding a foreign asset, failure to disclose the foreign asset or furnishing of inaccurate particulars of the foreign asset will be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term of six months to seven years. The provisions wil .....

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