Schemes Of Mutual Funds

Schemes Of Mutual Funds

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Tax neutrality on merger of similar schemes of Mutual Funds

Tax neutrality on merger of similar schemes of Mutual Funds

 Securities and Exchange Board of India has been encouraging mutual funds to consolidate different schemes having similar features so as to have simple and fewer numbers of schemes. However, such mergers/consolidations are treated as transfer and capital gains are imposed on unitholders under the Income-tax Act.

In order to facilitate consolidation of such schemes of mutual funds in the interest of the investors, it is proposed to provide
tax neutrality to unit holders upon consolidation or merger of mutual fund schemes provided that the consolidation is of two or
more schemes of an equity oriented fund or two or more schemes of a fund other than equity oriented fund. It is further proposed that the cost of acquisition of the units of consolidated scheme shall be the cost of units in the consolidating scheme and period of holding of the units of the consolidated scheme shall include the period for which the units in consolidating schemes were held by the assessee. It is also proposed to define consolidating scheme as the scheme of a mutual fund which merges under the process of consolidation of the schemes of mutual fund in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 and consolidated scheme as the scheme with which the consolidating scheme merges or whichis formed as a result of such merger.
These amendments will take effect from 1st  April, 2016 and will accordingly apply, in relation to the assessment year 2016-17 and subsequent assessment years.
[Clauses 13 & 14]


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