May 11, 2017
The Committee, constituted by the Finance Minister to suggest the areas in respect of which further Income Computation and Disclosure Standards (ICDS) may be notified under the Income Tax Act, 1961, has suggested the notification of ICDS in respect of Real Estate Transactions and submitted the draft of the same.
The draft ICDS submitted by the committee is based on the Guidance Note issued on Real Estate Transactions issued by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). For the purposes of providing uniformity and certainty and harmonising the same with provisions of the Act, the committee suggested certain changes in draft ICDS.
Section 145(2) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 provides that the Central Government may notify Income Computation and Disclosure Standards (ICDS) for any class of assessees or for any class of income. Accordingly, the Central Government notified 10 ICDS vide Notification No. S.O. 3079 (E) dated 29th September, 2016. The ICDS inter-alia contains provisions relating to valuation of inventory; construction contracts; effects in changes of foreign exchange rates, borrowing costs etc. The ICDS is applicable from assessment year 2017-18 (previous year 2016-17) in respect of specified assessees for computation of income under the head “Profits and gains of business or profession” or “Income from other sources”.
The Finance Minister had constituted a Committee comprising of experts from accounting field, departmental officers and representatives from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to suggest the areas in respect of which further ICDS may be notified under the Act.
[The Financial Express]