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Introduction of Presumptive taxation scheme for persons having income from profession
The existing scheme of taxation provides for a simplified presumptive taxation scheme for certain eligible persons engaged in certain eligible business only and not for persons earning professional income. In order to rationalize the presumptive taxation scheme and to reduce the compliance burden of the small tax payers having income from profession and to facilitate the ease of doing business, it is proposed to provide for presumptive taxation regime for professionals.

New Section 44ADA
A new section 44ADA is proposed to be inserted in the Income Tax Act, 1961  to provide for estimating the income of an assessee who is engaged in any profession (including chartered accountants, company secretaries etc.  whose total gross receipts does not exceed fifty lakh rupees in a previous year.

The professions are defined in sub-section (1) of section 44AA which are ;
technical consultancy,
interior decoration. or
any other profession as is notified

This presumptive taxation shall presume the profits from the profession at fifty per cent of the total gross receipts or any sum higher than that.

The scheme will apply to such resident assessee who is an individual, Hindu undivided family or partnership firm but not Limited Liability partnership firm.

Under the scheme, the assessee will be deemed to have been allowed the deductions under section 30 to 38. Accordingly, the written down value of any asset used for the purpose of the profession of the assessee will be deemed to have been calculated as if the assessee had claimed and had actually been allowed the deduction in respect of depreciation for the relevant assessment years.

It is also proposed that the assessee will not be required to maintain books of account under sub-section (1) of section 44AA and get the accounts audited under section 44AB in respect of such income unless the assessee claims that the profits and gains from the aforesaid profession are lower than the profits and gains deemed to be his income under sub-section (1) of section 44ADA and his income exceeds the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income-tax.

These amendments will take effect from 1st April, 2017 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2017-18 and subsequent years.

Presumptive Taxation for Professionals from 01-04-2017 (FY 2016-17, AY 2017-18) New Section 44ADA | 29-02-2016 |

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