The existing provisions of the aforesaid section provide that where the total income of an assessee, being an Indian company, for the previous year relevant to the assessment year beginning on the 1st day of April, 2012 or beginning on the 1st day of April, 2013 or beginning on the 1St day of April, 2014, includes any income by way of dividends declared, distributed or paid by a specified foreign company, the income- tax payable shall be the aggregate of the amount of income-tax calculated on the income by way of such dividends at the rate of fifteen per cent. and the amount of income-tax with which the assessee would have been chargeable had its total income been reduced by the amount of aforesaid income by way of dividends. It is further provided that no deductions in respect of any expenditure or allowance shall be allowed for computing its income by way of dividend. It is proposed to amend section 11 5BBD to provide that the provisions of taxation of foreign dividends shall continue to apply to foreign dividends received during the financial year 2014-15 and subsequent years.
This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2015 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2015-16 and subsequent years.