Section 278C of Income Tax Act for AY 2023-24

Section 278C of Income Tax Act 1961 as amended by the Finance Act 2022 and Income-tax Rules, 1962. Offences by Hindu undivided families.

Amended and updated notes on section 278C 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 Offences by Hindu undivided families.

Chapter XXII (Sections 275A to 280D) of the Income Tax Act 1961 deals with the provisions related to offences and prosecutions. Section 278C of IT Act 1961 provides for Offences by Hindu undivided families.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 278B (Offences by companies) of IT Act 1961. Today, we learn the provisions of section 278C of Income-tax Act 1961. The amended provision of section 278C 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 278C 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-278C: Offences by Hindu undivided families

Section 278C(1) of Income Tax Act

Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a Hindu undivided family, the karta thereof shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:

Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render the karta liable to any punishment if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.

Section 278C(2) of Income Tax Act

Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act, has been committed by a Hindu undivided family and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any member of the Hindu undivided family, such member shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.


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