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CBDT issues draft proposing to amend Rule 44E, Form 34C, 34D and 34DA to improve transparency in relation to tax rulings

F.No.370142/34/2016-TPL (Part)

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

(Central Board of Direct Taxes)

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New Delhi, April 10, 2018

Sub: Draft notification proposing an amendment to rule 44E, Form 34C, 34D and 34DA as per BEPS action item 5, for improving transparency in relation to tax rulings– comments and suggestions-reg.

Under Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action 5, exchange of Permanent Establishment (PE) rulings (by Authority for Advance Rulings) are required to be done not only with the countries of residence of all related parties with whom taxpayer enters into transaction but also with the country of residence of the immediate parent company and the ultimate parent company. Therefore, in order to implement the recommendations made under Action 5 of BEPS Action Plan to bring greater transparency in cross national transactions, Form 34C and 34D (Forms for advance rulings) are required to be modified so that details such as name, address and country of the residence of non-resident’s immediate parent company or ultimate parent company are captured at application stage itself.

2. Further, vide Finance Act, 2017; the definition of the term “applicant” for the purpose of Advance Rulings has been amended by substituting the clause (b) of section 245N of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act). Therefore, consequential amendment is necessitated in Rule 44E and respective Forms to bring them in harmony with the amendment to the Act.

3. In view of the above and in exercise of the powers conferred by section 295 read with sub-section (1) of section 245Q of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), an amendment of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (the Rules) is proposed so as to bring an amendment in the rule 44E and Form 34C, Form 34D and Form 34DA. The draft proposal is as under:-

“1. In the Income-tax Rules, 1962,―

(I) in Rule 44E, in sub-rule (1),―

(i) in clause (c), for the words, brackets and letters “sub-clause (iia) of clause (b)”, the words, brackets and letters “item (III) of sub-clause (A) of clause (b)” shall be substituted;

(ii) in clause (d), for the words, brackets and letter “sub-clause (iii) of clause (b)”, the words, brackets and letters “item (IV) of sub-clause (A) of clause (b)” shall be substituted;

(iii) in clause (e), for the words, brackets and letters “sub-clause (iiia) of clause (b)”, the words, brackets and letters “item (V) of sub-clause (A) of clause (b)” shall be substituted;

(II) in the Appendix II, in Form 34C,―

(a) in the title, for the words “Form of application” the words “Form of application by a non-resident applicant” shall be substituted;

(b) after item 13, the following items may be inserted, namely:― “14. Taxpayer Registration Number/ Taxpayer Identification Number/ Functional equivalent/ Any unique number used for identification by the Government of that country/specified territory of which applicant claims to be a resident.

“14. Taxpayer Registration Number/ Taxpayer Identification Number/ Functional equivalent/ Any unique number used for identification by the Government of that country/specified territory of which applicant claims to be a resident.

Refer Table here: Particulars of the Parent Company(-ies) of the applicant:

(III) in Appendix II, in Form 34D, for item 5, the following item may be substituted, namely:―

Refer Table here: Particular(s) of the non-resident with whom the transaction is undertaken or proposed to be undertaken

(IV) in Appendix II, in Form 34DA, in the title, for the word, figures, brackets and letters “section 245N(b)(iia)”, the words, figures, brackets and letters “section 245N(b)(A)(III)” shall be substituted.”

4. The comments and suggestions of stakeholders and general public on the above draft notification are invited. The comments and suggestions may be sent electronically by 25th April, 2018 at the email address, ts.mapwal@nic.in

(Dr. T.S.Mapwal)

Under Secretary (TPL-IV)

Tel: 011-23095471

Email: ts.mapwal@nic.in

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