CBDT examines possibility of LTCG tax for share buybacks

Seeks clarity on exclusion of such transactions from capital gains tax

by Arjit Singh Bhambra

The CBDT is examining the possibility of bringing share buyback transactions under the ambit of long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax, as per a report in Hindu BusinessLine. While the IT Act provides for exemption of long-term capital gains tax to equity investors where securities transaction tax (STT) is already paid, tax authorities are of the view that capital gains exemptions enjoyed for general share market transactions does not include buyback offers. Furthermore, the tax authority believes that any profit arising out of shares tendered in a buyback offer shall be deemed to be capital gains arising to such shareholder. Tax experts are of the opinion that the recent surge in buyback offers of India Inc has prompted the tax department for such a review.

References
1. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/markets/move-to-tax-buybacks-as-longterm-capital-gains/article9854491.ece
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