Government doing everything to give taxpayer pre filled income tax return – Extracting all the information through Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT)

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Government doing everything to give taxpayer pre filled income tax return – Extracting all the information through Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT)

In order to enable pre-filling of return of income, it is proposed to obtain information by widening the scope of furnishing of statement of financial transactions by mandating furnishing of statement by certain prescribed persons other than those who are currently furnishing the same.

Existing provisions of section 285BA of the Act, inter alia, provide for furnishing of statement of financial transaction (SFT) or reportable account by person specified therein.

It is also proposed to remove the current threshold of Rs. 50,000/- on aggregate value of transactions during a financial year, for furnishing of information, with a view to ensure pre-filling of information relating to small amount of transactions as well.

In order to ensure proper compliance, it is also proposed to amend the provisions of sub-section (4) of aforesaid section so as provide that if the defect in the statement is not rectified within the time specified therein, the provisions of the Act shall apply as if such person had furnished inaccurate information in the statement.

Consequently, it is also proposed to amend the penalty provisions contained in section 271FAA so as to ensure correct furnishing of information in the SFT and widen the scope of penalty to cover all the reporting entities under section 285BA .

These amendments will take effect from 1st day of September, 2019.

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