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Government removes 1% tax on cash purchase above Rs 2 lakh

The government has done away with the 1 per cent tax on cash payments of over Rs 2 lakh for purchase of any goods or service after it banned cash dealings above that limit from April 1.

business Updated: Mar 23, 2017 19:30 IST
Suchetana Ray
Suchetana Ray
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the Parliament House in New Delhi on during the budget session.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the Parliament House in New Delhi on during the budget session.(PTI)

The government today removed the 1% tax on cash purchases above Rs 2 lakh, after putting a limit on transactions.

In budget 2016, finance minister Arun Jaitley had imposed on a 1% tax on any cash purchase of goods and services, which was to be collected by the seller or service provider at the time of sale. The tax for cash purchase of bullion was kept at Rs 2 lakh, with exception on jewellery purchase, which was capped at Rs 5 lakh.

But in Budget 2017, a limit of Rs 3 lakh was introduced for cash transactions including that for jewellery, but was revised downwards to Rs 2 lakh through an amendment to the finance bill. The penalty on violation is an amount equal to that transacted.

To reconcile both provisions, the 1% tax has been scrapped and is effective from April 1. For removing the tax, sub-sections (1D) and (1E) from Section 206C has been scrapped.

Official sources said Section 206C(1D) was inserted through the Finance Act, 2016, expanding the scope of Section 206C to ban cash transactions exceeding Rs 2 lakh.

This cash transaction limit was part of the 40 amendments that the government moved to the finance bill. The amendment had to be introduced to lower the limit from the budget proposal of Rs 3 lakh.

The cash transaction limit of Rs 3 lakh was in keeping with the recommendation of the Special Investigation Team on black money. But the reduction, explained finance ministry was to ensure less cash transactions in the economy.

First Published: Mar 23, 2017 19:29 IST

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