In his very first full Budget plan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced strategiesintend on Saturday for a hard new law to tackle black cash with jail time approximately One Decade and 300 % fine on tax for concealing earnings and possessions abroad.

This is the highlight of the Spending plan and was possibly affected by public pressure and the BJPs possess political narrative ahead of the Lok Sabha election last year.

The difficult measures recommended under this law consist of prison up to 10 years for concealment of income and possessions and evasion of tax in relation to foreign assets, and fine at the rate of 300 % of tax. And not submitting returns or improperly disclosing foreign possessions in those returns might result in 7 years extensive imprisonment. Jaitley desires to make these offences non-compoundable, with transgressors not being permitted to approach the Settlement Commission.

Exactly what is remarkable is the degree of harshness that the Narendra Modi government prepares to impose as part of its attack on black cash. Concealed foreign savings account or overseas properties might cause instantaneous arrest as these reported possessions would lead to penalty under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The tax authorities would likewise be empowered to connect local homes and checking account, equivalent to the value of unreported foreign possessions.

Finding and restoring the wealth which legitimately comes from the country is our abiding dedication, Jaitley said.

His tough talk is seen as aimed at blunting criticism that the government has been dragging its feet on the concern of black cash.

However the brand-new law has actually likewise raised worries that it would put unbridled powers in the hands of enforcement agencies.

While the intent is right, we hope the government does not enforce a police raj. It restores memories of FERA days, Dilip Lakhani, a senior Mumbai-based chartered accounting professional, told the Economic Times.

The black cash law is severe with jail time even for small transgressions, and it will certainly give harassment. It will likewise end up being inadequate in the absence of sophisticated information gathering systems, said Mohandas Pai, previous finance head of Infosys.

Manish Tewari, senior Congress leader and Supreme Court lawyer who deals in tax matters, said, Its merely the re-introduction of FERA. It is, in fact, far more heavy-handed than FERA. It is going to put a huge amount of power in the hands of the Enforcement Directorate, which is truly not understood for its exceptional probity. However the fundamental concern is: If you are genuine in your objective to uncover black cash, why this distinction between black money stashed abroad and in India?

The government prepares to generate a separate expense to handle domestic black cash, mainly through lsquo; benami transactions in real estate. It will permit for confiscation of lsquo; benami homes signed up in the name of another party and supply for prosecution. The Finance Costs likewise prepares to restrict payment or receipt of money advances of Rs 20,000 or more for the purchase of immovable property.

These measures may be aimedfocuseded on minimizing cash transactions in realrealty, but might end up only scratching the surface. Cash changes hands in all genuineproperty deals, not simply in lsquo; benami homes. The government might be successful in targeting lsquo; benami properties, but this is not most likely to stop the black money swirling around the genuine estate market. Nor is it most likely to make any dent in the huge amount of black cash in the economy estimated at Rs. 14,958 crore ($2.3 billion).

Targeting black money tucked away overseas is a great start, however the drastic measures proposed may only encourage additional corruption. And to succeed in its drive versus black cash, the government requires to stamp it out locally initially in the realproperty sector in addition to in the small money transactions that take locationhappen every day that little traders fail to report.

That is a much bigger problem believe hundreds of thousands of crores than simply sending out a few companymagnate to jail for stashing their crores abroad.

– Karan Singh

To Find outFor more information:

Budget plan 2015: Black cash abroad? Be all set for 10 years of extensive jail time, big fines (by Sugata Ghosh, Economic Times)

Spending plan 2015: Modi govt unleashes war on black money like never ever prior to (by N Madhavan, Firstpost)

Budget: Black cash laws provide unchecked power to agencies, Oppn wary (Hindustan Times)

Budget plan 2015: One-time possibility on black cash or 10 yrs in prison (by Sidhartha Gupta and Surojit Gupta, Times of India)

Illegal Cash Inside India is 3 Times that Stashed in Swiss Accounts (by Karan Singh, AllGov India)