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No Notice for AY14 to AY16 if Untaxed Amount Less Than Rs 50 lakh: CBDT's Instructions to Field Officials

In a relief for small taxpayers, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said no reassessment notices would be issued for assessment years (AY) 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 if the income escaping assessment and represented in the form of an asset was less than Rs50 lakh. 
The CBDT  has issued a detailed set of instructions to field officials in the light of the recent Supreme Court order. The apex court had invoked its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to uphold all reassessment notices issued after 31 March 2021, by the income-tax department reopening assessments going back six years. 
After the recent Supreme Court order, tax practitioners had raised questions about the implementation of the order, which has implications for tens of thousands of taxpayers. 
The CBDT has said for subsequent years, AY2016-17 and AY2017-18, where timeline to issue notices under Section 148, falls within a period of three years, tax officers will issue show cause notice and provide material/information to taxpayers for initiating reassessment proceedings within 30 days or by 2nd June. 
Taxpayers will get two weeks to respond to such show cause notices, and can also request to extend the timeline. The notification directed officials to consider a request for time extension by an assessee to respond on the merit of the case.
This is a much welcome circular by CBDT providing clarity to both taxpayers and tax officials.



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Changes in Our Business Model
25th Sept 2020
Greetings from Moneylife Advisory Services
Between financial years 2019-21, SEBI has come up with extensive changes to investor advisor regulations. On Sep 23, 2020, SEBI had issued new additional guidelines. This comes just two months after extensive changes announced in July 2020. Earlier, in December 2019 there was an ad hoc circular
As a result of these changes, IAs, cannot accept fees through credit cards, will have to sign a 26-clause investor agreement, have to maintain physical record written & signed by client, telephone recording, emails, SMS messages and any other legally verifiable record for five years. IAs were already asked to record the suitability and rationale for every piece of advice given, sign them and store them for five years.
While these extensive and frequent changes, designed to strengthen the conduct of IAs are well-meaning, these have sharply increased compliance efforts and cost. We, being online advisors, find many of changes harder to implement, compared to advisors working in the physical space. We will have to have an army of advisors, administrative and tech staff to be compliant. If we do this, we will have to divert money to these areas and the cost of our service will double. We want to remain the least-cost service in the market to benefit more and more people. In the circumstances, we are forced to change our business model from “advisory” to “research”. This will mean the following:
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What changes:
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Over the next few weeks our site and our communication to you will reflect these and other additional changes.
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