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Government made Changes in the Tax Treatment for Recognised Provident Fund

23 Jul,2018

The following clarifications are given in this matter:-

(i) The purpose of this reform of making the change in tax regime is to encourage more number of private sector employees to go for pension security after retirement instead of withdrawing the entire money from the Provident Fund Account.

(ii) Towards this objective, the Government has announced that Forty Percent(40%) of the total corpus withdrawn at the time of retirement will be tax exempt both under recognised Provident Fund and NPS.

(iii) It is expected that the employees of private companies will place the remaining 60% of the Corpus in Annuity, out of which they can get regular pension. When this 60% of the remaining Corpus is invested in Annuity, no tax is chargeable. So what it means is that the entire corpus will be tax free, if invested in annuity.

(iv) The Government in this Budget has also made another change which says that when the person investing in Annuity dies and when the original Corpus goes in the hands of his heirs, then again there will be no tax.

(v) The idea behind this mechanism is to encourage people to invest in pension products rather than withdraw and use the entire Corpus after retirement.

(vi) The main category of people for whom EPF scheme was created are the members of EPFO who are within the statutory wage limit of Rs.15,000 per month. Out of around 3.7 crores contributing members of EPFO as on today, around 3 crore subscribers are in this category. For this category of people, there is not going to be any change in the new dispensation.

(vii) However, in EPFO, there are about 60 lakh contributing members who have accepted EPF voluntarily and they are highly – paid employees of private sector companies. For this category of people, amount at present can be withdrawn without any tax liability. We are changing this. What we are saying is that such employee can withdraw without tax liability provided he contributes 60% in annuity product so that pension security can be created for him according to his earning level. However, if he chooses not to put any amount in Annuity product the tax would not be charged on 40%.

(viii) There is no change in the existing tax treatment of Public Provident Fund (PPF).

(ix) Currently there is no monetary ceilings on the employer contribution under EPF with only ceiling being that it would be 12% of the salary of the employee member. Similarly, there is no monetary ceiling on the employer contribution under NPS, except that it would be 10% of salary.

(x) Now the Finance Bill 2016 provides that there would be monetary ceiling of Rs1.5 lakh on employer contribution considered with the ceiling of the 12% rate of employer contribution, whichever is less.

(xi) We have received representations today from various sections suggesting that if the amount of 60% of corpus is not invested in the annuity products, the tax should be levied only on accumulated returns on the corpus and not on the contributed amount. We have also received representations asking for not having any monetary limit on the employer contribution under EPF, because such a limit is not there in NPS. The Finance Minister would be considering all these suggestions and taking a view on it in due course.

Customer Care Helpline Number of CPC Bangalore

23 Jul,2018

To assist taxpayers CPC has established Customer care helpline, a limited call center service at ITD-CPC, Bangalore for queries related to ITR-V Receipt Status, Refund /Refund re-issue, Rectification, Income tax /PAN/TAN, e-Filing of returns, e-Filing Login, Form 26AS and Form 16

Taxpayer queries at CPC, Bangalore will be answered  between 8:00 AM to 8 PM. The service will be available in English, Hindi and Kannada.

Taxpayer can also Call ASK for their queries on toll free number 1800 180 1961.

Other Customer Care Helpline Number of CPC based on Type of Queries are as follows :-

Queries

Customer Care

ITR-V Receipt Status,

1800-425- 2229

080-22546500

Refund /Refund re-issue
Rectification
Notification & Processing

1800 425 2229 FREE

Income tax /PAN/TAN
General Queries

1800 180 1961 FREE

e-Filing of returns
e-Filing Login

1800 4250 0025 /

 

+91 80 2650 0025

PAN / TAN
PAN / TAN updation

+91 20 2721 8080

Form 26AS
Form 16

1800 103 0344 FREE

Tax free distributions under section 408(d)(8) for charitable purposes

23 Jul,2018

Public Law 114-113, Division Q (The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015), section 112 extends tax-free distributions from individual retirement plans for charitable purposes beginning  after December 31, 2014.  There is no special reporting of these distributions on Form 1099-R.

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