First Notes - 27 November 2015

First Notes - 27 November 2015

The CBDT requests for comments on the issues/challenges for proper implementation of the ICDS

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On 31 March 2015, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) issued 10 Income Computation and Disclosure Standards (ICDS), operationalising a new framework for the computation of taxable income. All assesses are required to adopt these standards for the purposes of computation of taxable income under the heads ‘Profits and gains of business or profession’ or ‘Income from Other Sources’. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) notified these standards under Section 145(2) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) vide ‘Notification No. 33/2015 dated 31 March 2015. The following is the list of the ICDS notified by the CBDT:

  • ICDS I relating to accounting policies
  • ICDS II relating to valuation of inventories
  • ICS III relating to construction contracts
  • ICDS IV relating to revenue recognition
  • ICDS V relating to tangible fixed assets
  • ICDS VI relating to the effects of changes in foreign exchange rates
  • ICDS VII relating to government grants
  • ICDS VIII relating to securities
  • ICDS IX relating to borrowing costs
  • ICDS X relating to provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets.

These standards are applicable for the previous year commencing from 1 April 2015, i.e. Assessment Year 2016-17 onwards.
New developments
Post the notification of the ICDS, it has been brought to the notice of the CBDT by many stakeholders that further clarifications and guidance is required on certain provisions for its proper implementation. Therefore, the CBDT has raised these issues to an expert group committee comprising departmental officers and professionals. The committee is currently examining these issues.

Next steps
In order to issue a thorough guidance/clarification on the implementation issues, the CBDT has requested the stakeholders as well as the general public to share the issues and challenges they face while implementing the ICDS. The period for inviting these suggestions/comments ends on 15 December 2015.
Our comments
This is a welcome step by the CBDT as the adoption of ICDS has raised many implementation challenges for companies.
The adoption of ICDS brings with it a significant change and is expected to alter the way companies compute their taxable income, as many of the concepts from the existing Indian GAAP/Ind AS have been modified.
All stakeholders should consider providing their inputs to the CBDT, so that the required changes and clarifications are incorporated in an efficient and timely manner.
To access the text of the CBDT Press Release, please click here.

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