Govt. clarifies status of political parties under Income Tax Act
New Delhi [India], Dec. 17 (ANI): The Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, and Central Board of Direct Taxes on Saturday issued a joint statement giving a clarification on status of political parties under Income Tax Act, 1961.
The statement said there have been some newspaper reports which seem to wrongly suggest that there cannot be any scrutiny of Income-tax returns of political parties registered with the Election Commission in the context of deposits of old currency notes.
This inference seems to have been drawn because of the fact that the income of the political parties is exempt from Income – tax under Section 13A, the statement added.
It said that in this context, the following clarifications need to be kept in mind including that the exemption from Income-tax is given to only register political parties subject to certain conditions, which are mentioned in Section 13A, which includes keeping and maintaining books of accounts and other documents as would enable the Assessing Officer to deduce its income there from.
The statement said that in respect of each voluntary contribution in excess of Rs. 20000, the political party will have to maintain a record of such contributions along with the name and address of such person who has made such contribution; the accounts of each such political party is to be audited by a Chartered Accountant; and the political party has to submit a report to the Election Commission about the donations received within a timeframe prescribed.
It added that there are enough provisions in the Income Tax to scrutinise the accounts of the political parties and these political parties are also subject to other provisions of Income -tax including filing of return. (ANI)