Taxation > Wealth tax rules :
An Indian Citizen who stays abroad for employment/ carrying on
business or vacation outside India or stays abroad under circumstances
indicating an intention for an uncertain duration of stay abroad is a
Liability to pay tax in India does not depend on the nationality or
domicile of the Tax payer but on his residential status. Residential
Status is determined on the basis of physical presence i.e. the number
of days of stay in India in any year.
Wealth tax came into existence on 1st April 1957. Wealth tax is derived from the property owned by the proprietor. The proprietor needs to pay tax every year on property owned by them. The residential property that does not yield any income to its owner is also subjected to wealth
tax. Wealth tax is termed as most significant direct tax.
As per the wealth tax act, wealth tax is applicable to the following:
The chargeability of a wealth tax in India for its residence or foreign citizens are different. Any person who is resident of India has to pay wealth tax under his/her name. If owner of property is deceased, heir of the property is bound to pay the wealth tax of the property.
- An individual person
- A group of people who own a property
- A company or organization
- A Hindu undivided family (HUF)
- Person belongs to 1-by -6 categories
- A representative or heir of a dead person
- Non corporative tax payer
If a person owns a citizenship of a foreign country and he/she acquires a property in India as well as in foreign country. Under those circumstances the property owned by the owner in India is taxable where as property located outside India is exempted from the list. All assets and debts outside India are out of the scope of Wealth Tax Act.