RESTRICTION ON CASH TRANSACTIONS – UNION BUDGET 2017

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UNION BUDGET 2017: RESTRICTION ON CASH TRANSACTION

Limit for disallowance of business expenditure made in cash is reduced from Rs 20,000 to Rs 10,000 made to a person per day. (Limit of Rs 35,000 for payment made to transporters however continues)

Above disallowance is extended on capital expenditure also by restricting depreciation and Capital Expenditure on R & D.( For E.g – If you have purchased a two wheeler by paying Rs 15,000 in cash and Balance Rs 30,000 in Cheque – Depreciation eligibility will be only on Rs 30,000/-.)

No deduction allowed for donation U/s 80G in excess of Rs 2000/- if paid in cash.

Prohibition for accepting loan other than by A/c payee Cheque / Draft /ECS in excess of Rs 20,000/- continues (269SS).

Prohibition for repaying loan other than by an A/c payee Cheque / Draft /ECS in excess of Rs 20,000/- continues (269T).

W.e.f 01.06.2015 above restrictions extended to acceptance of advance towards sale of immovable property and repayment of such advance.

RESTRICTION ON CASH RECEIPTS

No person shall receive Rs 2 lacs or more

(a). in aggregate from a person in a day; or

(b). Per Transaction; or

(c). Per event/occasion from a person, other than by an A/c Payee Cheque/draft/ECS (Sec 269 ST)

Penalty at 100% of the amount involved

Covers all cash receipts be it cash sales, advance for sales, lease advance, etc. (Loans received are not covered since they are covered by Sec 269SS where restriction is up to Rs 20,000/- only ).

Any cash is deposited directly into your bank accounts by others (including customers) of Rs.2 lakhs or more in a day or with respect to a single transaction or event or occasion would also amount to violation.

Sr. No. Questions Answers
1 From which date this section is applicable? This section applies from 01/04/2017 (F.Y.2017- 18 onwards) 
2 What are the provisions of Section 269ST? Finance Bill 2017 proposed to insert section 269ST in the Income Tax Act to provide that no person shall receive an amount of Two lakh rupees or more,(a) in aggregate from a person in a day;

(b) in respect of a single transaction; or

(c) in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person, other-wise than by an account payee cheque or account payee bank draft or use of electronic  clearing system through a bank account.

 

3 EXAMPLES OF TRANSACTIONS COVERED IN (a), (b) & (c ) above
(a) in aggregate from a person in a day E.g. if a person receives Rs.2.25 lakhs in cash for 2 different bills of Rs.1 lakh and 1.25 lakh, then also penalty is levied 
(b) in respect of single transaction E.g. if there is single bill of Rs.3.10 Lakh and cash is received on different days of Rs.1.6 lakh and Rs.1.5 lakh, then also penalty is levied. 
(c) in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person E.g. if marriage is one occasion and a person receives amount of Rs.3,00,000/-. Thus penalty is levied of 100% of amount received. 
(d) withdrawal of amount from own bank account E.g. if a person withdraws in a day amount of Rs.2 lakhs or above, then penalty is levied. 
4 To whom does Section 269 ST applies? To any person receiving cash above Rs.2 lakh. 
5 For which transactions is Section 269ST not applicable? Restriction on cash receipt of Rs.2 Lakh or more w.e.f 01.04.2017 shall not apply to·       Government, any banking company, post office savings    bank or co-operative bank.

·       Transactions of the nature referred to in section 269SS

·       Such other persons or class of persons or receipts, as may be specified by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette.

 

6 Whether penalty is applicable for regular receipts only?  Any type of amount of Rs.2 Lakh or above received in cash whether capital or revenue in nature
7 Whether exempt income is covered under Section 269ST? Both taxable and exempt incomes are covered in Section 269ST. 
8 If the amount is received for personal purpose, whether 269ST is applicable? Irrespective of purpose of accepting amount i.e., whether business purpose or personal purpose or as a trustee, custodian etc. section 269ST is applicable. 
9 What is the Penalty for Contravention of Section 269ST? 100% penalty on receiver of amount.
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