Section 276C of Income Tax Act for AY 2023-24

Section 276C of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Wilful attempt to evade tax.

Amended and updated notes on section 276C 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 Wilful attempt to evade tax, etc.

Chapter XXII (Sections 275A to 280D) of the Income Tax Act 1961 deals with the provisions related to offences and prosecutions. Section 276C of IT Act 1961 provides for Wilful attempt to evade tax, etc.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 276BB (Failure to pay the tax collected at source) of IT Act 1961. Today, we learn the provisions of section 276C of Income-tax Act 1961. The amended provision of section 276C 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 276C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 Bare Act read with the Income-tax Rules, 1962 as provided by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.

Section-276C: Wilful attempt to evade tax

Section 276C(1) of Income Tax Act

If a person wilfully attempts in any manner whatsoever to evade any tax, penalty or interest chargeable or imposable, or under reports his income, under this Act, he shall, without prejudice to any penalty that may be imposable on him under any other provision of this Act, be punishable,—

  • (i) in a case where the amount sought to be evaded or tax on under-reported income exceeds twenty-five hundred thousand rupees, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to seven years and with fine;
  • (ii) in any other case, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three months but which may extend to two years and with fine.

Section 276C(2) of Income Tax Act

If a person wilfully attempts in any manner whatsoever to evade the payment of any tax, penalty or interest under this Act, he shall, without prejudice to any penalty that may be imposable on him under any other provision of this Act, be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three months but which may extend to two years and shall, in the discretion of the court, also be liable to fine.

Explanation: For the purposes of this section, a wilful attempt to evade any tax, penalty or interest chargeable or imposable under this Act or the payment thereof shall include a case where any person—

  • (i) has in his possession or control any books of account or other documents (being books of account or other documents relevant to any proceeding under this Act) containing a false entry or statement; or
  • (ii) makes or causes to be made any false entry or statement in such books of account or other documents; or
  • (iii) wilfully omits or causes to be omitted any relevant entry or statement in such books of account or other documents; or
  • (iv) causes any other circumstance to exist which will have the effect of enabling such person to evade any tax, penalty or interest chargeable or imposable under this Act or the payment thereof.


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