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Gift - Tax Act, 1958


17A. Penalty for failure to answer questions, sign statements, etc.

  1. If a person,-

  1. being legally bound to state the truth of any matter touching the subject of his assessment, refuses to answer any question demanded of him by a Gift-tax Officer or an Appellate Assistant Commissioner or an Inspecting Assistant Commissioner 6[or a Commissioner (Appeals)] or a Commissioner in the exercise of his powers under this Act, or

  2. refuses to sign any statement made by him in the course of any proceeding under this Act which a Gift-tax Officer or an Appellate Assistant Commissioner or an Inspecting Assistant Commissioner 6[or a Commissioner (Appeals)] or a Commissioner may legally require him to sign, he shall pay, by way of penalty, a sum which may extend to one thousand rupees.

  1. If a person, without reasonable cause or excuse, fails to furnish within the time specified any statement or information which such person is bound to furnish to the Gift-tax Officer under section
    37, he shall pay, by way of penalty, a sum which may extend to ten rupees for every day during which the failure continues.

  2. No order shall be made under this section except by an Appellate Assistant Commissioner or an Inspecting Assistant Commissioner or 6[or a commissioner (Appeals)] or a Commissioner , and where a contravention, failure or default for which any penalty is impossible under this section occurs in the course of any proceeding before a Gift-tax Officer, the Gift-tax Officer shall refer the case to the Inspecting Assistant Commissioner for passing such orders as he deems fit.

  3. No order under this section shall be passed by any officer, referred to in sub-section (3) unless the person on whom the penalty is proposed to be imposed is given an opportunity of being heard in the matter by such officer.]



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