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Rules for Valuation of Foreign Assets Notified
Jul 08, 2015

The Government notified norms for calculating overseas income and assets under the stringent foreign black money law that came into force on July 1.

  • The value of the overseas assets, including immovable property, jewellery and precious stones, archaeological collections and paintings, shares and securities and shares in unlisted firms abroad, would be calculated at fair market value.

  • The value of an overseas bank account would be the sum of all deposits made in the account since its opening.

  • The Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, provides for a total of tax and penalty of 120 per cent on the income or assets held abroad after the expiry of a one-time 90-day compliance window provided for persons to come clean.

  • The rules provide for the way foreign income and assets would be valued for calculation of tax and penalty, both for the compliance period and beyond its expiry.

  • The fair market value of an immovable property will be higher from the acquisition cost or the price that the property shall fetch in the open market on the date of valuation.

  • The same principle would also be applicable for valuing bullion, jewellery or precious stone as well as archaeological collections, drawings, paintings and sculptures or works of art.


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