The Direct Taxes Code (DTC) is an attempt by the Government of India (GOI) to simplify the direct tax laws in India. DTC will revise, consolidate and simplify the structure of direct tax laws in India into a single legislation. The DTC, when implemented will replace the Income-tax Act, 1961 (ITA), and other direct tax legislations like the Wealth Tax Act, 1957.
#The_Regime_so_far: 2009 - 2014
The first draft bill of DTC was released by GOI for public comments along with a discussion paper on 12 August 2009 (DTC 2009) and based on the feedback from various stakeholders, a Revised Discussion Paper (RDP) was released in 2010. DTC 2010 was introduced in the Indian Parliament in August 2010 and a Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) was specifically formed for the purpose which, after having a broad-based consultation with various stakeholders, submitted its report to the Indian Parliament on 9 March 2012.
As a follow-up on this initiative and as stated by the Finance Minister (FM) in his Interim Budget Speech in February 2014, after taking into account the recommendations of the SCF, a “revised” version of DTC (DTC 2013) has been released on 31 March 2014.
The government has formed a task force to draft a new direct tax legislation. The task force will submit its report in six months.
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