Tax Deducted At Source Only On Dividend Paid By Mutual Funds, Not On Redemption Of Units, Tax Department Clarifies
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Tax Deducted At Source Only On Dividend Paid By Mutual Funds, Not On Redemption Of Units, Tax Department Clarifies

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The tax department on Tuesday clarified that the budget proposal of 10 percent tax deducted at source will be applicable only on dividend payment by mutual funds and not on gain arising out of redemption of units.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had in Budget 2020-21 scrapped dividend distribution tax paid by companies and mutual funds on dividend paid to shareholders or unitholders. In place, it was proposed to levy tax deducted at source of 10 percent on dividend or income paid by a company or mutual fund to its shareholder or unitholder if the amount exceeds Rs 5,000 in a year.

Also read: Budget 2020: Government Proposes 10% TDS On Mutual Fund Income Above Rs 5,000

In a statement, the Central Board of Direct Taxes said queries have been raised if mutual fund would be required to deduct TDS also on the capital gains arising on redemption of units.

"It is hereby clarified that under the proposed section, a mutual fund shall be required to deduct TDS at 10 percent only on dividend payment and no tax shall be required to be deducted by the mutual fund on income which is in the nature of capital gains," it said. It went on to state that necessary clarification, if required, shall be proposed in the relevant provision of the law.

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