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Government Notifies the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Rules, 2020 and Corresponding Form

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The Central Government has notified the much-awaited Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Rules, 2020 as required under the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020.

The Rules were notified under section 12(2), section 4(1) and section 4(5), and section 5(1) and section 5(2) of The Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020 (3 of 2020).

Section 12(2) of the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020 empowers the central government to make rules on the following matters-

(a) the form in which a declaration may be made, and the manner of its verification under section 4;

(b) the form and manner in which declarant shall furnish undertaking under sub-section (5) of section 4;

(c) the form in which certificate shall be granted under sub-section (1) of section 5;

(d) the form in which payment shall be intimated under sub-section (2) of section 5;

(e) determination of disputed tax including the manner of set-off in respect of brought forward or carry forward of tax credit under section 115JAA or section 115JD of the Income-tax Act or set-off in respect of brought forward or carry forward of loss or allowance of depreciation under the provisions of the Income-tax Act;

(f) the manner of calculating the amount payable under this Act;

(g) any other matter which is to be, or may be, prescribed, or in respect of which provision is to be made, by rules.

The government through a gazette Notification No. 18/2020 dated 18.03.2020 has notified the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Rules, 2020 on the above-mentioned matters.

The following 5 types of Forms have been notified under the Rules. 

Form No.
Purpose of Forms
Form-1
Form for filing declaration
Form-2
Undertaking u/s 4(5) of the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act, 2020
Form-3
Form of Certificate u/s 5(1) of the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act, 2020
Form-4
Intimation of payment u/s 5(2) of the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act, 2020
Form-5
Order for Full and Final Settlement of Tax Arrear under section 5(2) read with section 6 of The Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act, 2020


The Form-1 and Form-2 referred to in rule 3 and Form-4 referred to in rule 5 shall be furnished electronically under digital signature, if the return of income is required to be furnished under digital signature or, in other cases through electronic verification code.

The Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or the Director General of Income-tax (Systems), as the case may be, shall lay down procedures, formats and standards for furnishing and verifying the declaration and the forms.

The forms will be available on the e-flining portal of the income tax department and one can file the declaration and the form after logging into their e-filing account. However, the forms are nor yet available on the efiling portal. A message displayed on the e-filing portal states that forms required to submit for availing benefit under 'DIRECT TAX VIVAD SE VISHWAS' Scheme would be available in the e-Filing soon. No date is mentioned. Since now the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Rules, 2020 have been notified, it is expected that the forms will be made available in a day or two on the e-filing portal.

The 14-page Rules notified on 18.03.2020 contains 11 Rules.



Read the Notification No. 18/2020 dated 18.03.2020 or Full Text of the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Rules, 2020.


MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 18th March, 2020

The Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Rules, 2020

S.O. 1129(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 12 read with sub-sections (1) and (5) of section 4 and sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 5 of the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020 (3 of 2020), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely:-

1. Short title and commencement.-(1) These rules may be called the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Rules, 2020.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their notification in the Official Gazette.

2. Definitions.-In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires, -

(a) “Act” means the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020 (3 of 2020);

(b) “dispute” means appeal, writ or special leave petition filed or appeal or special leave petition to be filed by the declarant or the income-tax authority before the Appellate Forum, or arbitration, conciliation or mediation initiated or given notice thereof, or objections filed or to be filed before the Dispute Resolution Panel under section 144C of the Income-tax Act, or application filed under section 264 of the Income-tax Act;

(c) “eligible search cases” means cases in which an assessment has been made under sub-section (3) of section 143 or section 144 or section 153A or section 153C of the Income-tax Act on the basis of search initiated under section 132 or section 132A of the Income-tax Act and the amount of disputed tax does not exceeds five crore rupees;

(d) “Form” means the Forms appended to these rules;

(e) “issues covered in favour of the declarant” means issues in respect of which –

(i) an appeal or writ or special leave petition is filed or appeal or special leave petition is to be filed by the income-tax authority before the appellate forum or

(ii) an appeal is filed or to be filed before the Commissioner (Appeals) or objections is filed or to be filed before the Dispute Resolution Panel by the declarant, on which he has already got a decision in his favour from Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (where the decision on such issue is not reversed by the High Court or the Supreme Court) or the High Court (where the decision on such issue is not reversed by the Supreme Court), or

(iii) an appeal is filed or to be filed by the declarant before Income Tax Appellate Tribunal on which he has already got a decision in his favour from the High Court (where the decision on such issue is not reversed by the Supreme Court);

(f) “section” means section of the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020 (3 of 2020);

(g) the words and expressions used in these rules and not defined but defined in the Act or Income-tax Act,1961 shall have the same meanings respectively as assigned to them in those Acts.

3. Form of declaration and undertaking.-(1) The declaration under sub-section (1) of section 4 shall be made in Form-1 to the designated authority.

(2) The undertaking referred to in sub-section (5) of section 4 shall be furnished in Form-2 along with the declaration.

(3) The declaration under sub-rule (1) and the undertaking under sub-rule (2), as the case may be, shall be signed and verified by the declarant or any person competent to verify the return of income on his behalf in accordance with section 140 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

(4) The designated authority on receipt of declaration shall issue a receipt electronically in acknowledgement thereof.

4. Form of certificate by designated authority.- The designated authority shall grant a certificate electronically referred to in sub-section (1) of section 5 in Form-3.

5. Intimation of payment.- The detail of payments made pursuant to the certificate issued by the designated authority shall be furnished along with proof of withdrawal of appeal, objection, application, writ petition, special leave petition, arbitration, conciliation, mediation or claim filed by the declarant to the designated authority in Form-4.

6. Manner of furnishing.- The Form-1 and Form-2 referred to in rule 3 and Form-4 referred to in rule 5 shall be furnished electronically under digital signature, if the return of income is required to be furnished under digital signature or, in other cases through electronic verification code.

Explanation. – For the purpose of this rule, “electronic verification code” shall have the same meaning as referred to in rule 12 of the Income-tax Rules, 1962.

7. Order by designated authority.-The order by the designated authority under sub-section (2) of section 5, in respect of payment of amount payable by the declarant as per certificate granted under sub-section (1) of section 5, shall be in Form-5.

8. Laying down of procedure, formats and standards.-The Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or the Director General of Income-tax (Systems), as the case may be, shall lay down procedures, formats and standards for furnishing and verifying the declaration in Form-1 under sub-rule (1) of rule 3, furnishing and verifying the undertaking in Form-2 under sub-rule (2) of rule 3, granting of certificate in Form-3 under rule 4, intimation of payment and proof of withdrawal in Form-4 under rule 5 and issuance of order in Form-5under rule 7 and the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or the Director General of Income-tax (Systems) shall also be responsible for evolving and implementing appropriate security, archival and retrieval policies in relation to the said declaration, undertaking, certificate, intimation and order.

9. Manner of computing disputed tax in cases where loss or unabsorbed depreciation is reduced.-(1) Where the dispute in relation to an assessment year relates to reduction in loss or unabsorbed depreciation to be carried forward under the Income-tax Act, the declarant shall have an option to –

(i) include the tax, including surcharge and cess, payable on the amount by which loss or unabsorbed depreciation is reduced in the disputed tax and carry forward the loss or unabsorbed depreciation by ignoring such amount of reduction in loss or unabsorbed depreciation; or

(ii) carry forward the reduced amount of loss or unabsorbed depreciation.

(2) Where the declarant exercises the option as per clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), he shall be liable to pay tax, including surcharge and cess, along with interest, if any, as a consequence of carrying forward the reduced amount of loss or unabsorbed depreciation in subsequent years:

Provided that the written down value of the block of asset on the last day of the year, in respect of which unabsorbed depreciation has been reduced, shall not be increased by the amount of reduction in unabsorbed depreciation:

Provided further that in cases other than the eligible search cases, in computing the reduced amount of loss or unabsorbed depreciation to be carried forward in clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), one-half of the amount by which loss or unabsorbed depreciation is reduced shall be considered for reduction, if such reduction is related to issues covered in favour of declarant:

Provided also that in case of eligible search cases, in computing the reduced amount of loss or unabsorbed depreciation to be carried forward in clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), one and one-fourth times of the amount by which loss or unabsorbed depreciation is reduced shall be considered for reduction and where the one and one-fourth times of the amount by which loss or unabsorbed depreciation is reduced exceeds the amount of loss to be carried forward before it’s reduction, such excess shall be ignored:

Provided also that in case of eligible search cases in computing the reduced amount of loss or unabsorbed depreciation to be carried forward in clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), five-eighth of the amount by which loss or unabsorbed depreciation is reduced shall be considered for reduction, if such reduction is related to issues covered in favour of declarant.

10. Manner of computing disputed tax in cases where Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) credit is reduced.-(1) Where the dispute in relation to an assessment year relates to reduction in Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) credit to be carried forward, the declarant shall have an option to

(i) include the amount by which MAT credit to be carried forward is reduced in disputed tax and carry forward the MAT credit by ignoring such amount of reduction, or

(ii) carry forward the reduced MAT credit.

(2) Where the declarant exercises the option as per clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), he shall be liable to pay tax, including surcharge and cess, along with interest, if any, as a consequence of carrying forward reduced MAT credit in subsequent years:

Provided that in cases other than the eligible search cases, in computing the reduced amount of MAT credit to be carried forward in clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), one-half of the amount by which MAT credit is reduced shall be considered for reduction, if such reduction is related to issues covered in favour of declarant:

Provided further that in case of eligible search cases, in computing the reduced amount of MAT credit to be carried forward in clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), one and one-fourth times of the amount by which MAT credit is reduced shall be considered for reduction and where the one and one-fourth times the amount by which MAT credit is reduced exceeds the amount of MAT credit to be carried forward before it’s reduction, such excess shall be ignored:

Provided also that in case of eligible search cases in computing the reduced amount of MAT credit to be carried forward in clause (ii) of sub-rule (1), five-eighth of the amount by which MAT credit is reduced shall be considered for reduction, if such reduction is related to issues covered in favour of declarant.

Explanation – For the purpose of this rule MAT credit means tax credit as per the provisions of section 115JAA or 115JD of the Income-tax Act.

11. Manner of computing disputed tax in certain cases – (1) Where the dispute includes issues covered in favour of declarant, the disputed tax in respect of such issues shall be the amount, which bears to tax, including surcharge and cess, payable on all the issues in dispute, the same proportion as the disputed income in relation to issues covered in favour of declarant bear to the disputed income in relation to all the issues in dispute.



Download copy of Notification No. 18/2020 notifying the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Rules, 2020 in pdf format.



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