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Section 17 – The Gift Tax Act, 1958

The Gift Tax Act, 1958

 

 

17. PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO FURNISH RETURNS, TO COMPLY WITH NOTICES AND CONCEALMENT OF GIFTS, ETC. –

 

1[17. Penalty for failure to furnish returns, to comply with notices and concealment of gifts, etc.—(1) If the 2[Assessing Officer], 3[Deputy Commissioner (Appeals)], 4[Commissioner(Appeals)], 5[Chief Commissioner or Commissioner] or Appellate Tribunal, in the course of any proceedings under this Act, is satisfied that any person—

 

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(b) has 7[***] failed to comply with a notice under sub-section (2) or sub-section (4) of section 15; or

 

(c) has concealed the particulars of any gift or deliberately furnished inaccurate particulars thereof,he or it may, by order in writing, direct that such person shall pay by way of penalty—

 

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9[(ii) in the cases referred to in clause (b), in addition to the amount of Gift Tax payable by him, a sum which shall not be less than one thousand rupees but which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees, for each such failure;]

 

(iii) in the cases referred to in clause (c), in addition to any Gift Tax payable by him, a sum which shall not be less than twenty per cent. but which shall not exceed one and half times the amount of the tax, if any, which would have been avoided if the return made by such person had been accepted as correct:

 

10[Provided that in cases referred to in clause (b), no penalty shall be imposable if the person proves that there was a reasonable cause for the failure referred to in that clause.]

 

11[Explanation.—Where any adjustment is made in the taxable gifts declared in the return under the proviso to clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 15 and additional Gift Tax charged under that section, the provisions of this sub-section shall not apply in relation to the adjustments so made.]

 

(2) No order imposing a penalty under sub-section (1) shall be made unless the assessee has been heard or has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

 

12[(3) No order imposing a penalty under sub-section (1) shall be made,—

 

(i) by the Income-tax Officer, where the penalty exceeds ten thousand rupees;

 

(ii) by the Assistant Commissioner, where the penalty exceeds twenty thousand rupees,except with the prior approval of the Deputy Commissioner,]

 

(4) 13[A Deputy Commissioner (Appeals)] 14[a Commissioner (Appeals)], a 15[Chief Commissioner or Commissioner] or the Appellate Tribunal] on making an order under this section imposing a penalty, shall forthwith send a copy of the same to the 16[Assessing Officer].

 

17[(5) No order imposing a penalty under this section shall be passed—

 

(i) in a case where the assessment to which the proceedings for imposition of penalty relate is the subject-matter of an appeal to the Deputy Commissioner (Appeals) or Commissioner (Appeals) under section 22 or an appeal to the Appellate Tribunal under sub-section (2) of section 23, after the expiry of the financial year in which the proceedings, in the course of which action for the imposition of penalty has been initiated, are completed, or six months from the end of the month in which the order of the Deputy Commissioner (Appeals) or the Commissioner (Appeals) or, as the case may be, the Appellate Tribunal is received by the Chief Commissioner or Commissioner, whichever is later;

 

(ii) in a case where the relevant assessment is the subject-matter of revision under sub-section (2) of section 24, after the expiry of six months from the end of the month in which such order of revision is passed;

 

(iii) in any other case, after the expiry of the financial year in which the proceedings, in the course of which action for the imposition of penalty has been initiated, are completed or six months from the end of the month in which action for imposition of penalty is initiated, whichever period expires later.

 

Explanation.—In computing the period of limitation for the purposes of this section,—

 

(i) the time taken in giving an opportunity to the assessee to be reheard under the proviso to section 38; and

 

(ii) any period during which a proceeding under this section for the levy of penalty is stayed by an order or injunction of any court,

 

shall be excluded.

 

(6) The provisions of this section as they stood immediately before their amendment by the Direct Tax Laws (Amendment) Act, 1989, shall apply to and in relation to any assessment for the assessment year commencing on the 1st day of April, 1988, or any earlier assessment year and references in this section to the other provisions of this Act shall be construed as references to those provisions as for the time being in force and applicable to the relevant assessment year.]

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1. Subs. by Act 53 of 1962, sec. 14 (w.e.f. 1-4-1963).

 

2. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 161, for “Gift Tax Officer” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988)

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3. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 161, for “Appellate Assistant Commissioner” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

4. Ins. by Act 29 of 1977, sec. 39 and Sch. v (w.e.f. 10-7-1978).

 

5. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 161, for “Commissioner” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

6. Clause (a) omitted by Act 3 of 1989, sec. 86 (a) (i) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

7. The words “without reasonable cause” omitted by Act 46 of 1986, sec. 40 (i) (w.e.f. 10-9-1986).

 

8. Clause (i) omitted by Act 3 of 1989, sec. 86 (a) (ii) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

9. Subs. by Act 3 of 1989, sec. 86 (a) (iii) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

10. Subs. by Act 3 of 1989, sec 86 (a)(iv) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989). Earlier it was ins. by Act 46 of 1986, sec. 40 (ii) (w.e.f. 10-9-1986)

 

11. Ins. by Act 3 of 1989, sec. 86 (a) (v) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

12. Subs. by Act 3 of 1989, sec. 86 (b) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

13. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 161 for “An Appellate Assistant Commissioner” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

14. Ins. by Act 29 of 1977, sec. 39 and Sch. V (w.e.f. 10-7-1978).

 

15. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 161, for “Commissioner” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

16. Subs. by Act 4 of 1988, sec. 161, for “Gift Tax Officer” (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).

 

17. Ins. by Act 3 of 1989, sec. 86(c) (w.e.f. 1-4-1989).

 

 

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