CBDT asks ultra-rich to declare cost of expensive assets

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 04, 2016 18:03 IST
Maharashtra’s businessman-politician Pankaj Parakh wearing a golden shirt costing Rs 1.30 crore. The four-kg gold attire, crafted with pure gold strands, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most expensive gold shirt”.

The tax department on Wednesday said that people with annual income of over Rs 50 lakh will have to disclose the acquisition cost of each asset such as land, building and jewellery in the annual return.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) added that the luxury items to be disclosed will include utensils, apparels, and furniture studded with precious stones and ornaments made of gold, silver, platinum or any other precious metal or alloy.

“The amount in respect of assets to be reported will be the cost price of such assets to the assessee,” the CBDT has said while issuing instructions on the new income-tax return (ITR) forms.

In case the precious items have been received as a gift, the cost to be disclosed in the ITR will be the amount at which the asset was acquired by the previous owner along with value additions.

“In case, where the cost at which the asset was acquired by the previous owner is not ascertainable and no wealth-tax return was filed in respect of such asset, the value may be estimated at the circle rate or bullion rate, as the case may be, on the date of acquisition by the assessee as increased by cost of improvement, if any, or March 31, 2016,” the instructions said.

The assessee will also have to declare whether such items and their value were disclosed at the time of filing wealth tax returns earlier or not.

The tax department had in April notified the new ITR forms, and introduced a fresh reporting column in ITR-1, ITR-2 and 2A called ‘Asset and Liability at the end of the year’, which is applicable in cases where the total income exceeds Rs 50 lakh.

“There are only 1,50,000 individuals whose total income would be above Rs 50 lakh. This schedule in ITR only applies to ultra-rich and will not affect the common man,” revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia had said earlier.

As per the new schedule in ITR forms, individuals and entities coming under this total income bracket will have to mention the total cost of movable and immovable assets. While immovable assets include land and building, movable assets to be disclosed were cash in hand, jewellery, bullion, vehicles, yachts, boats, aircraft etc.

The ITR-1 can be filed by individuals having income from salaries, one house property and from other sources, including interest. The ITR-2 is filed by individuals and HUFs not having income from business or profession. The ITR-2A is filed by those individuals and HUFs who do not have income from business or profession, and capital gains, and who do not hold any foreign assets.

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