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Section 12A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) provides for conditions for applicability of Sections 11 and 12 of the Act. One such condition under  clause (b) of sub-section (1) thereof is that where the total income of the trust or institution computed without giving effect to Section 11 and 12 exceeds the maximum amount not chargeable to Income-Tax in any previous year, its  accounts for that year have been audited by an accountant as defined in the Explanation below sub-section (2) of Section 288.

It further provides that the person in receipt of the said income, furnishes along with the Return of Income for the relevant Assessment Year, the Report of such Audit in the Prescribed Form duly signed and verified by such accountant and setting forth such particulars as may be prescribed.

Accordingly, vide Income-tax (2nd Amendment) Rules, 1973 w.e.f. April 1, 1973 Rule 17B and Form 10B were inserted in the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (the Rules) for this purpose. Rule 17B of the Rules provide that said Report of Audit of the accounts of a trust or institution shall be in Form No. 10B. The Form No 10B besides providing the Audit Report, also provides for filing of “Statement of particulars” as Annexure.

As the Rule and Form were notified long ago, there is a need to rationalise them to align with the requirements of the present times.

In view of the above, the Rule and Form are proposed to be amended by way of substituting-

  • (a) Rule 17B with a new Rule 17B; and
  • (b) Form No 10B with a new Form No 10B.           

The Draft Notification proposing the above amendments has been formulated and uploaded on www.incometaxindia.gov.in for inputs from stakeholders and general public. The inputs on the Draft Rules may be sent electronically at the email address, niraj.kumar82@nic.in, latest by June 5, 2019.

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