Banks have to accept PMGKY taxes or face consequences, say government

Refusal to accept PMGKY taxes could lead to de-authorisation of bank branch, says finance ministry


The finance ministry, in a communication to heads of banks, asked them to issue directions to all branches for making changes in their software to accept the PMGKY tax. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
The finance ministry, in a communication to heads of banks, asked them to issue directions to all branches for making changes in their software to accept the PMGKY tax. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: The government has warned banks of “de-authorisation” of branches if they refuse to accept taxes under the amnesty scheme Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), which ends on 31 March.

The finance ministry, in a communication to heads of banks which are authorised to accept deposits under the PMGKY, asked them to issue directions to all branches for making necessary changes in their system/software to accept the tax.

“Non-compliance of this order may be viewed seriously and may lead to de-authorisation of that branch in case of refusal to accept taxes,” the ministry said.

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Post demonetisation, the government came out with PMGKY under which people holding unaccounted cash can deposit them in bank accounts till 31 March by paying 50% tax plus penalty. A quarter of the total sum will have to be parked in a non-interest bearing deposit for four years. The scheme opened on 1 December.

There have been complaints that many banks were not accepting payments of tax under PMGKY due to lack of awareness of prescribed challan and certain technical reasons. Accordingly, the matter was referred to principal chief controller of accounts, who issued an order directing banks to accept taxes under PMGKY or face action.

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