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Committee formed to examine MAT on FIIs

Posted on 21 May 2015,    
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High Level Committee (HLC) Headed by Justice A.P. Shah on Direct Tax Matters Constituted; 

Committee to Examine the Matter Relating to Levy of MAT on FIIS for the Period Prior to 01.04.2015 among others; Committee Requested to give its recommendations on the above issue Expeditiously 


The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, while responding to the discussions on the Finance Bill in Rajya Sabha on 7th May, 2015, had announced the constitution of a Committee headed by Justice A.P. Shah to look into the issue of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on Foreign Institutional Investors  (FIIs) as well as other issues which are referred to it .

Accordingly, a Committee headed by Justice A.P. Shah has been constituted.

Following is the composition of the Committee:-

i)  Justice A.P. Shah                                                          -        Chairman

(Former Chief Justice of Delhi High

Court and currently Chairman of Law

Commission of India)

ii) Dr. Girish Ahuja                                                           -         Member

(Chartered Accountant and formerly

Associate Professor of Commerce,

Shri Ram College of Commerce,

University of Delhi.)

iii) Dr. Ashok Lahiri                                                           -         Member

(Formerly Chief Economic Adviser &

Executive Director, ADB and

currently Chairman of High Level

Committee to interact with Trade and

Industry on tax laws.)

To begin with, the Committee will examine the matter relating to levy of MAT on FIIs for the period prior to 01.04.2015.The Committee will also examine all the related legal provisions, judicial / quasi judicial pronouncements and such other relevant aspects as it may consider appropriate. The Committee has been requested to give its recommendations on the above issue expeditiously.

As initially the Committee would focus on the issue of MAT on FIIs for giving its report expeditiously, other issues to be referred to the Committee will be notified in due course. The Committee may interact with various stakeholders as it may deem fit. The Committee may also invite officers from Department of Revenue including CBDT for consultations/discussions as may be necessary.

The Committee shall set its own procedure for regulating its work. The term of the Committee will be for one year or such period as may be notified by the Government from time to time.

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