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Govt Notifies Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as Pension Fund for Tax Exemption u/s 10(23FE)

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CBDT vide Notification No. 34/2021/F. No. 370142/39/2020-TPL and vide Notification No. 35 /2021/ F. No. 370142/38/2020-TPL both  dated 22.04.2021  has notified pension fund namely, ‘Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’ and ‘Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Private Holdings (4) Inc.’ respectively as eligible Pension Fund for the purpose of availing exemption under section 10(23FE) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (“Act”). The notified funds shall be eligible to claim exemption in respect of investment made in India on or before 31-03-2024 subject to prescribed conditions.


Clause 23FE of Section 10 of the Act exempts the income of a specified person in the nature of dividend, interest, or long-term capital gain arising from an investment made by the specified person in India in the form of debt or share capital or unit. The exemption will be allowed only if such investment is made between 1st April 2020 and 31st March 2024 and held for at least three years.



For this purpose, “specified person” means:-


(a) a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority which—


(i) is a resident of the UAE; and


(ii) makes investment, directly or indirectly, out of the fund owned by the Government of the United Arab Emirates;


(b) a Sovereign Wealth Fund which satisfies the following conditions, namely:—


(i) it is wholly owned and controlled directly or indirectly by the Government of a foreign country;


(ii) it is set up and regulated under the law of such foreign country;


(iii) the earnings of the said fund are credited either to the account of the Government of that foreign country or to any other account designated by that Government so that no portion of the earnings inures any benefit to any private person;


(iv) the asset of the said fund vests in the Government of such foreign country upon dissolution;


(v) it does not undertake any commercial activity whether within or outside India; and


(vi) it is specified by the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, for this purpose and fulfils conditions specified in such notification;


(c) a pension fund, which—


(i) is created or established under the law of a foreign country including the laws made by any of its political constituents being a province, State or local body, by whatever name called;


(ii) is not liable to tax in such foreign country;


(iii) satisfies such other conditions as may be prescribed; and


(iv) is specified by the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, for this purpose;


The Central Government utilizing its power conferred by sub-clause (iv) of clause (c) of Explanation 1 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act specified Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Private Holdings (4) Inc. eligible for availing exemption under section 10(23FE).


Read the full text of both Notification No. 34/2021 and Notification No. 35/2021 dated 22.04.2021


Notification No. 34/2021


MINISTRY OF FINANCE


(Department of Revenue)


(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES) 


New Delhi, the 22nd April, 2021 


(INCOME-TAX)


S.O. 1672(E).—In exercise of powers conferred by sub-clause (iv) of clause (c) of the Explanation 1 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”), the Central Government hereby specifies the pension fund, namely, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, (hereinafter referred to as “the assessee”) as the specified person for the purposes of the said clause in respect of the eligible investment made by it in India on or after the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette but on or before the 31st day of March, 2024 (hereinafter referred to as “said investments”) subject to the fulfilment of the following conditions, namely:-


(i) the assessee shall file return of income, for all the relevant previous years falling within the period beginning from the date in which the said investment has been made and ending on the date on which such investment is liquidated, on or before the due date specified for furnishing the return of income under sub- section (1) of section 139 of the Act;


(ii) the assessee shall furnish along with such return a certificate in Form No. 10BBC in respect of compliance to the provisions of clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act, during the financial year, from an accountant as defined in the Explanation below sub-section (2) of section 288 of the Act, and as per the provisions of clause (vi) of rule 2DB of the Income-tax Rules, 1962; 


(iii) the assessee shall intimate the details in respect of each investment made by it in India during the quarter within one month from the end of the quarter in Form No. 10BBB, as per the provisions of clause (v) of rule 2DB; 


(iv) the assessee shall maintain a segmented account of income and expenditure in respect of such investment which qualifies for exemption under clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act; 


(v) the assessee shall continue to be regulated under the law of the Government of Canada; 


(vi) the assessee shall be responsible for administering or investing the assets for meeting the statutory obligations and defined contributions of one or more funds or plans established for providing retirement, social security, employment, disability, death benefits or any similar compensation to the participants or beneficiaries of such funds or plans, as the case may be; 


(vii) the earnings and assets of the assessee should be used only for meeting statutory obligations and defined contributions for participants or beneficiaries of funds or plans referred to in clause (vi) and no portion of the earnings or assets of the pension fund inures any benefit to any other private person; barring any payment made to creditors or depositors for loan or borrowing [as defined in sub-clause (b) of clause (ii) of Explanation 2 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act] taken for the purposes other than for making investment in India; 


(viii) the assessee shall not have any loans or borrowings [as defined in sub-clause (b) of clause (ii) of Explanation 2 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act], directly or indirectly, for the purposes of making investment in India; and 


(ix) the assessee shall not participate in the day to day operations of investee [as defined in clause (i) of Explanation 2 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act] but the monitoring mechanism to protect the investment with the investee including the right to appoint directors or executive director shall not be considered as participation in the day to day operations of the investee. 


2. Violation of any of the conditions as stipulated in the said clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act and this notification shall render the assessee ineligible for the tax exemption. 


3. This notification shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette. 


[Notification No. 34/2021/F. No. 370142/39/2020-TPL] 

JAVED AKHTAR, Director (Tax Policy and Legislation Division)



Notification No. 35/2021


MINISTRY OF FINANCE


(Department of Revenue)


(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES) 


New Delhi, the 22nd April, 2021 


(INCOME-TAX)


S.O.1673(E).—In exercise of powers conferred by sub-clause (iv) of clause (c) of the Explanation 1 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”), the Central Government hereby specifies the pension fund, namely, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Private Holdings (4) Inc., (hereinafter referred to as “the assessee”) as the specified person for the purposes of the said clause in respect of the eligible investment made by it in India on or after the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette but on or before the 31st day of March, 2024 (hereinafter referred to as “said investments”) subject to the fulfilment of the following conditions, namely:-


(i) the assessee shall file return of income, for all the relevant previous years falling within the period beginning from the date in which the said investment has been made and ending on the date on which such investment is liquidated, on or before the due date specified for furnishing the return of income under sub- section (1) of section 139 of the Act; 


(ii) the assessee shall furnish along with such return a certificate in Form No. 10BBC in respect of compliance to the provisions of clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act, during the financial year, from an accountant as defined in the Explanation below sub-section (2) of section 288 of the Act and as per clause (vi) of rule 2DB of the Income-tax Rules, 1962; 


(iii) the assessee shall intimate the details in respect of each investment made by it in India during the quarter within one month from the end of the quarter in Form No. 10BBB, as per clause (v) of rule 2DB of the Income-tax Rules, 1962; 


(iv) the assessee shall maintain a segmented account of income and expenditure in respect of such investment which qualifies for exemption under clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act; 


(v) the assessee shall continue to be regulated under the law of the Government of Canada; 


(vi) the assessee shall be responsible for administering or investing the assets for meeting the statutory obligations and defined contributions of one or more funds or plans established for providing retirement, social security, employment, disability, death benefits or any similar compensation to the participants or beneficiaries of such funds or plans, as the case may be; 


(vii) the earnings and assets of the assessee should be used only for meeting statutory obligations and defined contributions for participants or beneficiaries of funds or plans referred to in clause (vi) and no portion of the earnings or assets of the pension fund inures any benefit to any other private person; barring any payment made to creditors or depositors for loan or borrowing [as defined in sub-clause (b) of clause (ii) of Explanation 2 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act] taken for the purposes other than for making investment in India; 


(viii) the assessee shall not have any loans or borrowings [as defined in sub-clause (b) of clause (ii) of Explanation 2 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act], directly or indirectly, for the purposes of making investment in India; and 


(ix) the assessee shall not participate in the day to day operations of investee [as defined in clause (i) of Explanation 2 to clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act] but the monitoring mechanism to protect the investment with the investee including the right to appoint directors or executive director shall not be considered as participation in the day to day operations of the investee. 


2. Violation of any of the conditions as stipulated in the said clause (23FE) of the Section 10 of the Act and this notification shall render the assessee ineligible for the tax exemption. 


3. This notification shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette. 


[Notification No. 35 /2021/ F. No. 370142/38/2020-TPL] 

JAVED AKHTAR, Director (Tax Policy and Legislation Division)


Download Copy of Notification No. 34/2021 and Notification No. 35/2021 dated 22.04.2021 in pdf format


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