Black money scheme gets good interest, response growing: CBDT


Income Tax department said that the one-time Income Disclosure Scheme, which closes this month, has generated “a good interest” and the response of the taxpayers has been steadily growing.

Under the IDS, launched by the government on June 1, black money holders can come clean by paying tax, penalty and cess totalling 45% of the undisclosed income.

“The scheme has generated a good interest and the response of the taxpayers has been steadily growing. The last few days remaining for filing of declarations are expected to give good results,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

The four-month long disclosure window closes on 30 September.

“The confidential handling of declarations made under the scheme is of utmost importance to the Income Tax Department and the CBDT is aware of its responsibility towards fulfilling this crucial role,” the statement said.

As per the IDS facility, one can pay tax under the scheme by cash in a bank and no enquiry will be made by any bank official. Also information about those who declare their black money under the compliance window will be kept confidential.

The government in July extended the deadline for payment of tax and penalty under the black money disclosure scheme and allowed declarants to pay the amount in three instalments by 30 September, 2017.

The first instalment of 25% will have to be paid by November 2016 to be followed by another instalment of 25% by 31 March, 2017.

The remaining amount will have to be paid to the exchequer by 30 September, 2017.

Earlier, tax, surcharge and penalty under the black money disclosure window were required to be paid by 30 November this year.

(With PTI inputs)

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