Centre seeks stakeholders view on ICDS draft on real estate transactions

New Delhi,May 11: The Ministry of Finance, through the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), has sought the general public’s view on a draft version of the Income Computation and Disclosure Standards (ICDS) on real estate transactions.

Through a press release, it informed the general public that Section 145(2) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’) provides that the central government may notify Income Computation and Disclosure Standards (ICDS) for any class of assessees or for any class of income.

Accordingly, the central government notified 10 ICDS vide Notification No. S.O. 3079 (E) dated 29th September, 2016. These ICDS inter-alia contains provisions relating to valuation of inventory; construction contracts; effects in changes of foreign exchange rates, borrowing costs etc.

These ICDS are applicable from assessment year 2017-18 (previous year 2016-17) in respect of specified assessees for computation of income under the head “Profits and gains of business or profession” or “Income from other sources”.

The Finance Minister had constituted a committee comprising of experts from accounting field; departmental officers and representatives from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to suggest the areas in respect of which further ICDS may be notified under the Act.

The committee suggested notification of ICDS in respect of real estate transactions and submitted the draft of the same. The draft ICDS submitted by the committee is based on the guidance note issued on real estate transactions issued by ICAI.

For the purposes of providing uniformity and certainty and harmonising the same with provisions of the Act, the committee suggested certain changes in draft ICDS.

The draft ICDS on real estate transactions along with the significant changes suggested in ICDS vis-ŕ-vis the guidance note issued by ICAI are uploaded on the Income-tax website at http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in.
The stakeholders are requested to submit their comments on the draft ICDS on real estate transactions by May 26, 2017 to Director TPL-III by e-mail at dirtpl3@nic.in. (ANI)

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