Section 115VX of Income Tax Act for AY 2023-24

Section 115VX of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Determination of tonnage.

Amended and updated notes on section 115VX of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to determination of tonnage.

Chapter XIIG (Sections 115V to 115VZC) of the Income Tax Act 1961 deals with the provisions related to special provisions relating to income of shipping companies. Section 115VX of IT Act 1961-2020 provides for determination of tonnage.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 115VW (maintenance and audit of accounts) of IT Act 1961. Today, we learn the provisions of section 115VX of Income-tax Act 1961. The amended provision of section 115VX is effective for financial year 2022-23 relevant to the assessment year 2023-24.

In this article, you will learn detail of the provisions of section 115VX of the Income Tax Act, 1961 Bare Act read with the Income-tax Rules, 1962, regulations, notifications, circulars, orders and Press Release by CBDT, Income Tax Department and the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.

Section-115VX: Determination of tonnage

Section 115VX(1) of Income Tax Act

For the purposes of this Chapter,—

(a) the tonnage of a ship shall be determined in accordance with the valid certificate indicating its tonnage;

(b) “valid certificate” means,—

(i) in case of ships registered in India—

  • (a) having a length of less than twenty-four metres, a certificate issued under the Merchant Shipping (Tonnage Measurement of Ship) Rules, 1987 made under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958);
  • (b) having a length of twenty-four metres or more, an international tonnage certificate issued under the provisions of the Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, as specified in the Merchant Shipping (Tonnage Measurement of Ship) Rules, 1987 made under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958);

(ii) in case of ships registered outside India, a licence issued by the Director-General of Shipping under section 406 or section 407 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958) specifying the net tonnage on the basis of Tonnage Certificate issued by the Flag State Administration where the ship is registered or any other evidence acceptable to the Director-General of Shipping produced by the ship owner while seeking permission for chartering in the ship.


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