Wealth Tax Return is to be Filed Manually, there is no online submission facility for the same.
The Wealth Tax Act requires tax to be paid on the wealth held by an individual. Wealth is defined as unproductive assets, such as cash over Rs 50,000, land, motor cars, gold, silver, utensils or bullion and ornaments, luxury cars. Tax at the rate of 1% has to be paid on wealth over Rs 30 lakh, which is calculated according to the provisions of the Act, and a Wealth Tax return for Individuals, Hindu Undivided Families and Companies is to be filed in Form BA (Download: doc or xls). Value of an asset for an assessment year is to be declared as on the relevant Valuation Date i.e. 31st March of each year. Thus, for the assessment year 2012-13, the valuation date will be 31.3.2012, while for the A.Y. 2013-14, the valuation date will be 31.3.2013.
Due date of Filing Wealth Tax Return
The due date for filing wealth tax return is the same as the one applicable to an assessee for filing the income tax return. For individuals and HUFs, the due date is 31 July of the following financial year for which the return is being filed.
Value of an asset, other than cash, is to be determined on the basis of the rules of Schedule III. The details of calculation of the value of each asset under the relevant rule of this schedule should be attached with the return. Also, wherever any rule of this schedule prescribes that a particular document in support of the valuation is to be attached with the return, the same must be so attached.
The assessee must sign all attached documents.
- Furnish in the given columns the details of all immovable properties held by the assessee, including agricultural land whether located in or outside India and whether assessable or exempt.
- Details of similar assets belonging to any other person but includible in net wealth of the assessee should be given.
- Value of immovable property should be declared as per rule 3 to 8, 20 and 21 of Schedule III. Where the assets are held as assets of business for which accounts are maintained regularly, the valuation should be done as per rule 14 of this Schedule.
- Furnish in the given columns the details of all movable property held by the assessee, including those mentioned in, Section 2(e) which are not assets for purposes of the Wealth tax Act, whether located in India or outside India, whether assessable or exempt under section 5.
- Details of similar assets belonging to any other person but includible in the net wealth of the assessee under section 4.
- Value of movable property should be declared as per rules 1, 2 and 17 to 21 of Schedule III. Where the assets are held as assets of business for which accounts are maintained regularly, the valuation should be done as per rule 14 of Schedule III.
Held As Assets Other Than In Business Or Profession
- Indicate amount of cash in hand.
- Indicate the form of gold, silver, platinum or other precious metal, its gross and net weight in grams and its value as per rule 20 of Schedule III. Valuation of jewelry is to be done as per rules 18 and 19 of Schedule III. In support of the valuation of jewelry; the prescribed form to be attached with the return is:-
- Where the value of the jewelry on the valuation date is upto Rs. 5 lakhs, a statement in Form No. 0-8A (Download) as prescribed by rule 13 (c), signed by the assessee, or
- Where the value of the jewelry on the valuation date exceeds Rs. 5 lakhs, a report of Registered Valuer in Form 0-8 (Download), as prescribed by rule 8D.
Held As Assets Of Business Or Profession
- Indicate in the given column details of movable properties held as assets of business or profession carried on by the assessee as proprietor.
- Indicate here the value of each asset as calculated on the basis of the provisions of the relevant rule of Schedule III.
- A copy of the balance sheet or trial balance as on the valuation date and a copy of the auditor’s report if any, must be attached.
- Where the assets are held as assets of business for which accounts are maintained regularly, rule 14 of Schedule III will apply for purposes of valuation. Give the description of movable property and also of claimed exemptions.
After showing such assets, if any as the case may be, these should be claimed as exempt.
The amount of tax, penalty or interest payable in consequence of any order passed under certain Direct Taxes Acts, which is outstanding on the valuation date, and If the amount is disputed in appeal, revision or other proceedings, or Though not disputed as above, if the amount is outstanding for more than 12 months on the valuation date, it should be clearly indicated.
Indicate the net amount of debt, which is deductible in the computation of net wealth. Indicate in the given columns details, in respect of the following debts:-
- Those which are secured or incurred in relation to assets other then assets of business of profession carried on by the assessee, and
- Those which are not related to any asset, e.g. a loan taken for purposes of marriage or education of children or any other personal loans.
Other general points to be remembered are:
- There should be no corrections or overwriting and it should be properly signed and verified by the person who is authorized to do so under the provisions of I.T. Act.
- The permanent Account Number (PAN) given to the taxpayer and under the Income-tax Act, 1961 and Ward/Circle/Range are to be quoted here.
- All parts and Columns must be filled in. If any part or column does not apply, please mention NA (Not Applicable) and do not put any other mark or symbol.
- In case space provided under any item of the Return Form is found insufficient, then give computation in respect of such item on separate sheet (s) using the columns indicated for that purpose under the said item in the return Form and attach that to the return. The sum totals of such computation done should be indicated in the columns provided under the relevant item in the Return Form.
- Similarly, any other information asked for in the, Form, which cannot be completely furnished on account of paucity of space, maybe furnished on a separate, sheet.
Statement Of Taxes
Wealth-tax payable on the net wealth arrived at is to be indicated. The tax should be calculated according to the rates specified in Part I of Schedule I. Indicate interest chargeable for late filing of return. The net tax/interest payable or refund due, as the case may be, is to be indicated.
List Of Documents/Statements Attached
Please give complete particulars of documents attached to the return of Wealth.
Why has integration of the returns of income and wealth in a single form not been considered?
The question of integrating in a single Form, was duly considered but found not feasible for the following reasons:-
- The number of Income tax assessees is far larger than the number of Wealth Tax assessees. Therefore, an integrated Form will mean unnecessary and redundant space in the return, resulting in wastage of stationery and storage space, besides causing inconvenience to majority of taxpayers who may be liable to Income Tax only;
- Major amendment would be needed in IT & WT Act and
- The purpose of better enforcement through simultaneous scrutiny of Returns of income and wealth was achieved by making it mandatory for taxpayers who are liable to both Income & Wealth Taxes, to file their Returns of income and wealth together.
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