Will Startups be Rid of Angel Tax Demons CBDT to Clarify


"This issue requires a reexamination. The provision had been introduced primarily to prevent misuse following the abolition of gift tax. The provision should be reexamined to balance the interests of genuine startups and also that of revenue.

Maybe such cases are referred to a panel to examine the requirement of issuing a notice in the first place itself and subsequently to examine the genuineness of the response from the taxpayer, before taking any penal action. In any case, there are enough provisions in the Income Tax Act to evaluate any transaction or arrangement like GAAR (General Anti-Avoidance Rule) etc. and take necessary corrective action.”

Vikas Vasal
Partner, Grant Thornton India LLP

This article appeared in Economic Times on 28th December, 2018.