Dividend Distribution Tax – DDT

What is a Dividend Distribution Tax?

Dividend Distribution Tax is the tax paid on dividends distributed by a company to its shareholders. A Domestic Company must pay DDT as per the provisions of Section 115O of the Income Tax Act. Since the Company pays DDT, the dividend income is exempt in the hands of the shareholder under Section 10(38). Under Budget 2020, the Finance Minister abolished DDT. As a result, the dividend income is now a taxable income in the hands of the shareholder. DDT would not be applicable to any dividend paid on or after 1st April 2020.

  • A Domestic Company was liable to pay DDT Tax as per Section 115O.
  • The company should pay DDT within 14 days from the date of declaring, distributing or paying the dividend whichever is the earliest.
  • If the Company does not pay dividends within 14 days, interest at a rate of 1% is payable by the Company from the date on which DDT was payable up to the date of payment of DDT to the government.

Union Budget 2021 Update

After the abolishment of DDT under Budget 2020, dividend which was earlier exempt now became a taxable income. Under Budget 2020, TDS under Section 194 and Section 194K was introduced for deduction of TDS on dividend paid on equity shares and equity mutual funds. Under Budget 2021, dividend paid to REIT / InvIT is now exempt from TDS.

Advance Tax liability would arise on dividend income only once the dividend is declared or paid since it is difficult for the shareholders to estimate the dividend income accurately.


DDT – (Dividend Distribution Tax) Rate

A Domestic Company distributing or declaring dividends should pay DDT at 15% on the gross dividend as per Section 115O. Since the DDT is calculated on Gross Dividend, the effective rate comes to 17.65%.

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Example

A Domestic Company declares a dividend of INR 5,00,000 on 10th April 2019. Calculate DDT that Company should pay.

  1. Calculate Gross Dividend

    Gross Dividend (100%) = Net Dividend (85%) + DDT (15%)
    Gross Dividend = INR 5,00,000 * 100/85 = INR 5,88,235.29

  2. Calculate DDT on Gross Dividend

    DDT = Gross Dividend * 15%
    DDT = INR 5,88,235 * 15% = INR 88,235

Note: Thus, the effective DDT rate is 17.65%. Further, the above rate does not include cess and surcharge. After calculating cess and surcharge, the effective rate is 20.56%.

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Abolishment of Dividend Distribution Tax

Under Budget 2020, the Finance Minister abolished Dividend Distribution Tax i.e. DDT. A Company is no longer liable to pay DDT. As a result, the dividend income which was earlier exempt up to INR 10 lacs, now became taxable for the investors. Such dividend income would be taxable at slab rates. Since the dividend income is taxable, TDS becomes applicable on such Income. The Finance Minister also introduced a new TDS section for TDS on dividendSection 194K (TDS on Dividend from Equity Mutual Funds) and amended the existing Section 194 (TDS on Dividend from Equity Shares).

FAQs

What is the tax treatment of dividend income from Foreign Company?

Dividend income from a foreign company is a taxable income. The investor should report it under the head Income from Other Sources. The income tax on dividend income is as per slab rates. The provisions of DDT or TDS are applicable to a Domestic Company only.

Why was the Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) abolished under Budget 2020?

Upto FY 2019-20, a Domestic Company was liable to pay DDT at 15% on the Gross Dividend. On the other hand, Dividend was an exempt income for the shareholders.
To provide relief to the Domestic Companies and boost foreign investments, DDT was abolished under Budget 2020. Since the tax on distribution of dividend was removed, the dividend income became taxable for the shareholders. Thus, for any dividend declared or paid on or after 1st April 2020, it is taxable in the hands of the shareholder. The Company is also liable to deduct TDS as per Sec 194 or Sec 194K.

Budget 2020 : Highlights

The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman had presented the budget 2020 on the 1st of February 2020. The record-breaking 2 hours and the 30-minute speech by the Finance Minister had many major announcements. The major highlights of the budget 2020 that have been covered under this article are as follows:

New Tax Regime v/s Current Tax Regime

Income Tax Slab Rates

According to the Finance Minister, the taxpayers now have the option to either continue with the current tax regime or join the new tax regime in the upcoming Assessment Year. The major difference between both of these tax regimes is the exemptions and deductions. The given below tables shows the slab rates under both the tax regimes:

Income Range Current Income Tax Rates New Income Tax Rates
Up to INR 2,50,000 NIL NIL
INR 2,50,001 to INR 5,00,000 5% 5%
INR 5,00,001 to INR 7,50,000 20% 10%
INR 7,50,001 to INR 10,00,000 20% 15%
INR 10,00,001 to INR 12,50,000 30% 20%
INR 12,50,001 to INR 15,00,000 30% 25%
Above INR 15,00,000 30% 30%

The Finance Minister announced that under the new tax regime, the basic tax exemption limit will remain the same for all assessees including the senior citizens. Therefore, in case you opt for the new regime, there will be no higher tax exemption for the senior and super senior citizens.

Changes in Deductions and Exemptions

According to the announcement made in the budget 2020, there have been major removals of tax exemptions and deductions. This has made compliance tax less tedious. Here is the list of what deductions have stayed and what deductions have been removed:

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Changes under Income from House Property

Changes in Deductions on Home Loan interest- Section 24(b)

No claim of home loan Interest on Self Occupied House Property: Individuals who have taken a home loan on their self-occupied property and are paying interest on it, can not claim that interest deduction under Section 24(b).

A claim of home loan Interest on Rental House Property: Under the new income tax regime, individuals can claim interest on home loans for let out property only up to the amount of their rental income.

The setting off losses from house property

As per the new income tax regime, losses from house property can only be set off against other income from house property. Moreover, losses from income from house property cannot be carried forward in the new income tax regime.

Deduction for first-time Homebuyers

Deduction u/s 80EE & Section 80EEA gives relief on interest paid on home loans for first time home buyers. This deduction is no longer available for taxpayers following the new income tax regime.

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Other Important Highlights of the Budget 2020

Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT)

Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) has been abolished for the companies. However, the dividend is now taxable for the shareholders at the rate of 15%.

Corporate Tax

Tax on co-operative societies has been reduced from 25% to 22% without exemptions. Additionally, manufacturing startups will have to pay a 15% tax if they have registered after 1 October 2019, as long as they commence operations by 31 March 2023.

Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI)

Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) is an investment by non-residents in Indian securities including shares, government bonds, corporate bonds, convertible securities, infrastructure securities etc. Post budget 2020, the limit in corporate bonds has been raised from 9% to 15%.

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Residential Status

Residential status conditions have been amended in Budget 2020. 180 days in the previous financial year has been reduced to 120 days.

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FAQs

How to calculate self-occupied house property income?

​A Self Occupied House Property is the one that you use as your own residence. This property may also be used by your children, spouse and/or parents. Since there is no Income from such House Property, the gross annual value of this property is NIL (zero).

​Since the gross annual value in the case of Self Occupied House Property is zero, claiming a deduction for Home Loan interest will result in a Loss from House Property. This loss can be adjusted against income from other heads.

What are the conditions to claim deduction u/s 80EEA?

Deduction u/s 80EEA is available subject to given below conditions:

1. The stamp duty value of residential houses shall be up to Rs. 45 lakh.
2. The deduction can be claimed only by individual taxpayers.
3. The loan is taken from a financial institution.
4. The loan has been sanctioned between 01-04-2019 to 31-03-2020.
5. Assessee is not claiming any deduction under section 80EE.
6. The assessee owns no residential house property on the date of sanction of loan.

Is TDS deducted on dividend paid to a non-resident shareholder?

Yes. Domestic Company distributing dividends to a shareholder not resident in India should deduct TDS at the prescribed rates as per Section 195 of the Income Tax Act. In the case of a resident shareholder, TDS should be deducted at the rate of Sec 194 or Sec 194K.

What are the general documents needed to file ITR?

Following are the documents required to file ITR:

1. Aadhaar
2. PAN
3. Bank account details
4. TDS Certificate (Form 16, 16A, 26AS)
5. Tax payment challan (Self-assessed or Advance tax)
6. Original notice (In case of refiling the ITR)