The government this week is likely to notify a scheme giving tax dodgers another chance to come clean by paying 50% of the tax on junked currency deposited in banks post demonetisation.
The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) provides for 50% of taxes and surcharge on declarations of unaccounted cash deposited in banks. Declarants also have to park a quarter of the total sum in a non-interest bearing deposit for four years.
The department of revenue might, by the end of the week, notify PMGKY 2016, which was a part of The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 and was approved by the Lok Sabha on November 29.
“The notification will provide details as to how declarations are to be made (format) and the manner of paying taxes, whether in instalments or in full. It will also provide an end date to the PMGKY scheme,” an official said.
The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha as a Money Bill which necessarily does not require assent of the Upper House of the Parliament.
Constitution provides that the Rajya Sabha is required to return a Money Bill passed by the Lok Sabha within a period of 14 days from the date of its receipt. The period of 14 days is computed from the date of receipt of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha secretariat, which is November 30 in this case.
“The 14 day period comes to an end on December 14. After that it will be presented to the President for his assent and thereafter, will be notified this week,” the official added.
The notification is also likely to specify that the disclosures in PMGKY scheme will ensure that no questions will be asked about the source of fund and there would be immunity from wealth tax, civil laws and other taxation laws. But there is no immunity from FEMA, PMLA, Narcotics and foreign Black Money Act.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 announced demonetisation of 500 and 1,000-rupee notes and asked holders to deposit such notes in banks.
Since November 10, Rs 11.85 lakh crore in form of old 500 and 1,000-rupee notes have returned into the banking system. It was estimated that the now defunct notes constituted 86%, or Rs 14.5 lakh crore, in circulation.