Section 16 – The Wealth-Tax Act, 1957

The Wealth-Tax Act, 1957

 

 

16. Assessment. —

 

1[16. Assessment. — 2[(1) Where a return has been made under section 14 or section 15 or in response to a notice under clause (i) of sub-section (4),—

 

(i) if any tax or interest is found due on the basis of such return, after adjustment of any amount paid by way of tax or interest, then, without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (2), an intimation shall be sent to the assessee specifying the sum so payable and such intimation shall be deemed to be a notice of demand issued under section 30 and all the provisions of this Act shall apply accordingly; and

 

(ii) if any refund is due on the basis of such return, it shall be granted to the assessee and an intimation to this effect shall be sent to the assessee:

Provided that except as otherwise provided in this sub-section, the acknowledgement of the return shall be deemed to be intimation under this sub-section where either no sum is payable by the assessee or no refund is due to him:

 

Provided further that no intimation under this sub-section shall be sent after the expiry of two years from the end of the assessment year in which the net wealth was first assessable.]

 

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(2) 5[Where a return has been made under section 14 or section 15, or in response to a notice under clause (i) of sub-section (4) of this section, the Assessing Officer shall, if he] considers it necessary or expedient to ensure that the assessee has not understated the net wealth or has not under-paid the tax in any manner 6[serve on the assessee] a notice requiring him, on a date to be specified therein, either to attend at the office of the Assessing Officer or to produce, or cause to be produced there, any evidence on which the assessee may rely in support of the return:

 

7[Provided that no notice under this sub-section shall be served on the assessee after the expiry of twelve months from the end of the month in which the return is furnished.]

 

(3) On the day specified in the notice issued under sub-section (2) or as soon afterwards as may be, after hearing such evidence as the assessee may produce and such other evidence as the Assessing Officer may require on specified points, and after taking into account all relevant material which he has gathered, the Assessing Officer shall, by order in writing, assess the net wealth of the assessee and determine the sum payable by him on the basis of such assessment.

 

(4) For the purposes of making an assessment under this Act, the Assessing Officer may serve, on any person who has made a return under section 14 or section 15 or in whose case the time allowed under sub-section (1) of section 14 for furnishing the return has expired, a notice requiring him, on a date to be specified therein—

 

(i) where such person has not made a return 8[within the time allowed under sub-section (1) of section 14] to furnish a return of his net wealth or the net wealth of any other person in respect of which he is assessable under this Act on the valuation date, in the prescribed form and verified in the prescribed manner, setting forth the particulars of such net wealth and such other particulars as may be prescribed, or

 

(ii) to produce or cause to be produced such accounts, records or other documents as the Assessing Officer may require.

 

(5) If any person—

 

(a) fails to make the return required under sub-section (1) of section 14 and has not made a return or a revised return under section 15, or

 

(b) fails to comply with all the terms of a notice issued under sub-section (2) or sub-section (4), the Assessing Officer, after taking into account, all relevant material which he has gathered, shall, after giving such person an opportunity of being heard, estimate the net wealth to the best of his judgment and determine the sum payable by the person on the basis of such assessment:

 

Provided that such opportunity shall be given by the Assessing Officer by serving a notice calling upon the person to show cause, on a date and time to be specified in the notice, why the assessment should not be completed to the best of his judgment:

 

Provided further that it shall not be necessary to give such opportunity in a case where a notice under sub-section (4) has been issued prior to the making of the assessment under this sub-section.]

 

9[(6) Where a regular assessment under sub-section (3) or sub-section (5) is made—

 

(a) any tax or interest paid by the assessee under sub-section (1) shall be deemed to have been paid towards such regular assessment.

 

(b) if no refund is due on regular assessment or the amount refunded under sub-section (1) exceeds the amount refundable on regular assessment, the whole or the excess amount so refunded shall be deemed to be tax payable by the assessee and the provisions of this Act shall apply accordingly.]

 

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1. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 138, for section 16 (w.e.f. 1-4-1989). Earlier section 16 was amended by Act 46 of 1964, sec. 16 (w.e.f. 1-4-1965).

 

2. Subs. by Act 27 of 1999, sec. 92(a), for sub-section (1) (w.r.e.f. 1-6-1999). Earlier sub-section (1) was amended by Act 3 of 1989, sec. 64(a) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989) and by Act 36 of 1989, sec. 28(a) and (b) (w.r.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

3. Sub-section (1A) omitted by Act 27 of 1999, sec. 92(b) (w.e.f. 1-6-1999). Earlier sub-section (1A) was inserted by Act 3 of 1989, sec. 64(b) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

4. Sub-section (1B) omitted by Act 27 of 1999, sec. 92(c) (w.e.f. 1-6-1999). Earlier sub-section (1B) was inserted by Act 12 of 1990, sec.

54(a) (w.r.e.f. 1-4-1989)

 

5. Subs. by Act 36 of 1989, sec. 28(c)(i) for “In a case referred to in sub-section (1), if the Assessing Officer” (w.r.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

6. Subs. by Act 36 of 1989, sec. 28(c) (ii), for “he shall serve on the assessee” (w.r.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

7. Subs. by Act 49 of 1991, sec. 74(a), for the proviso (w.e.f. 1-10-1991).

 

8. Subs. by Act 12 of 1990, sec. 54(b), for “before the end of the relevant assessment year” (w.e.f. 1-4-1990).

 

9. Ins. by Act 36 of 1989, sec. 28(d) (w.r.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

10. Sub-section (7) omitted by Act 27 of 1999, sec. 92(d) (w.e.f. 1-6-1999). Earlier sub-section (7) was inserted by Act 36 of 1989, sec. 28(d) (w.r.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

11. Explanation omitted by Act 27 of 1999, sec. 92(e) (w.e.f. 1-6-1999). Earlier Explanation was inserted by Act 49 of 1991, sec. 74(b) (w.e.f. 1-10-1991).

 

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