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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has clarified if cash gift is received from relatives including grandparents, parents, spouse, brother, sister, son or a daughter but the same has not been received through cross-cheque or banking channel, the amount of gift will still be added to income chargeable to tax under the head "Income from other sources."
According to the income tax circular issued by the FBR, data analysis of Income Tax Returns filed in previous years shows that huge amount of non- recurring receipts from unrelated persons are transferred in the garb of gifts to avoid incidence of taxation.
In order to discourage this practice of undisclosed receipts, section 39 has been amended through the Finance Act, 2019 to include any amount or fair market value of any property received without consideration or received as a gift in income under the head "Income from other sources." However, gift received from grandparents, parents, spouse, brother, sister, son or a daughter shall not be included in such income.
The new provision is subject to sub-section (3) of section 39 which states that an amount received by a person otherwise than by a cross-cheque drawn on a bank or through a banking channel from a person holding a National Tax Number shall be treated as income chargeable to tax under the head "Income from other sources". This means that gift received by a person is chargeable to tax if gift is not received from grandparents, parents, spouse, brother, sister, son or a daughter of the recipient. However, even if cash gift is received from the relations mentioned above but the same has not been received through cross-cheque or banking channel, as the case may be, the amount of gift will still be added in income chargeable to tax under the head "Income from other sources," the FBR added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2015

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