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Benami Act come into force from 1 Nov., 2016 : Violation the Act Punishable with imprisonment of up to 7 years..!

Benami Act  come into force from 1 November, 2016

Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 gives the government powers to confiscate benami properties

The bill will replace the older Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988.

The income-tax (IT) department on  October 28, 2016 notified the provisions of the Benami Act with effect from 1 November, 2016 reinforcing the fight against tax evasion.

The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 seeks to give the government powers to confiscate benami properties—assets held in the name of another person or under a fictitious name to avoid taxation and conceal unaccounted-for wealth.

The bill, which had amended the older Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988, got Parliament’s approval in August, 2016.

The amended Act seeks to remove lacunae in the old legislation and has provisions that make violation of the Act punishable with imprisonment of up to seven  (7) years and a fine of up to 25% of the fair value of the asset. 

It also states that properties held benami are liable for confiscation by the government without payment of compensation.

The term “property” will cover movable, immovable, tangible and intangible properties.

This Act, along with the stringent Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, to penalize those with unaccounted wealth abroad, will help the government in its fight against black money both within and outside the country.

Safeguard mechanisms like the adjudicating authority and the appellate mechanism for appeals have also been notified in the rules.


Benami Act come into force from 1 Nov., 2016 : Violation the Act Punishable with imprisonment of up to 7 years..! Reviewed by S. Chitra on October 31, 2016 Rating: 5 Benami Act  come into force from 1 November, 2016 Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 gives the government powers to...

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