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Tax dept asks financial institutions to get accounts self-certified by 30 April

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-04-2017 PTI

New Delhi: The income tax department on Tuesday asked financial institutions (FIs) to get self-certification from account holders by 30 April to comply with FATCA provision and avoid blocking of accounts.

“The account holders may be informed that, in case self-certifications are not provided till 30 April 2017, the accounts would be blocked, which would mean that the financial institution would prohibit the account holder from effecting any transaction with respect to such accounts,” the CBDT said in a statement.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) also advised all financial institutions that all efforts should be made by them to obtain self-certification.

India had entered into an agreement with the United States for implementation of the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with effect from 31 August 2015. Under the Income Tax Rules, the financial institutions had to obtain self-certification from account holders by 31 August 2016, in respect of all individual and entity accounts opened from 1 July 2014- 31 August 2015.

In view of the difficulties faced by stakeholders, the tax department had on 31 August 2016, indefinitely extended the deadline for complying with self-certification norms.

In today’s statement, the CBDT said queries were received from the financial institutions regarding the revised time lines for completion of due diligence. It said if the account is blocked due to lack of self-certification, then the transactions by the account holder in such blocked accounts will be permitted once the self-certification is obtained and due diligence is completed.

Under the FATCA provisions, financial institutions are required to obtain self-certification and documentation or else they were required to close the accounts and report the same if found to be a “reportable account” as per the prescribed due diligence procedure for a pre-existing account.

FATCA allows automatic exchange of financial information between India and the US.

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