Income declaration scheme, 2016

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Income declaration scheme, 2016 was an amnesty scheme introduced by Narendra Modi led Government of India as a part of the 2016 Union budget to unearth black money and bring it back into the system. Lasting from 1 June to 30 September, the scheme provided an opportunity to income tax and wealth tax defaulters to avoid litigation and become compliant by declaring their assets, paying the tax on them and a penalty of 45% thereafter.[1][2]

The scheme guaranteed immunity from prosecution under the Income Tax Act, Wealth Tax Act, 1957, and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 and also ensured that declarations under it would not be subjected to any scrutinies or inquiries.[3]

Notable declarations[edit]

Under the Income declaration total of 138.6 billion (US$1.9 billion) was declared by a single individual Mahesh Shah of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Budget 2016: 'Step towards a black money free India'". The Financial Express. 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  2. ^ "Four-month window to declare black money opens on June 1: Finance Ministry". The Indian Express. 2016-05-14. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  3. ^ "Government to ensure that black money amnesty window is not misused by offenders under tax radar". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  4. ^ "Mahesh Shah, who declared Rs 13,860 cr under IDS, let off after questioning", Business Standard, 4 December 2016