SIT report (third) on black money points towards black money in donation

Posted Sunday July 26, 2015 by CSLRA India

Abolish tax-exemptions on contributions

Special Investigating Team (SIT) set up by Supreme Court on aspect of black money in its third report has rightly pointed out towards irregularities detected in name of ‘donations’, ‘charity’ and other such contributions. Already several Non-Government-Organizations (NGOs) have been under scanner for converting black money and hawala-operations. Schools are charging heavy amounts for admission in name of ‘donations’. Charitable trusts are formed with tax-exemption certificates for whitening black money. There is heavy loss to exchequer because of double-edged tax-exemption to political parties which are not complying with full-bench CIC-verdict for being accountable to public through RTI Act.

Best is to abolish altogether provisions under various sections of Income Tax Act for any type of contribution made to anybody. It will effectively check all tactics to whiten black money. Otherwise also huge revenue so earned will be available for public welfare and national development which in no way is less important than contributions, donations, charity and other aspects presently wrongly exempted under Income Tax Act.

 

It is time to bring an altogether new Income Tax Act to replace more than half-a-century old Act of 1961 which since has too many patch-works in form of amendments.

 

SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL

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