Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership

The Finance Act, 2022 has brought about certain amendments in the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 (the Ordinance, hereafter). Some significant amendments on Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership are explained hereunder: –

Previously companies and AOPs were not required to disclose the natural individuals who are ultimate beneficial owners.

Thus beneficial ownership could be hidden through intervening companies and trusts.

To bring transparency and to remove this obscurity, as per best international practices, companies and AOPs are now required to disclose details of their beneficial owners who are natural persons.

Definition of term ‘beneficial owner’ has been provided by inserting new clause (7A) in section 2 of the Ordinance. Corresponding new section 181E has been inserted in the Ordinance whereby every company and association of persons will furnish electronically, particulars of its beneficial owners and will be required to update these particulars as and when there is a change in particulars of beneficial owners.

Penalty of Rs. 1,000,000 has also been prescribed by incorporating entry No. 30 in the Table, in sub-section (1) of section 182 for each default of company or association of persons who contravenes the provisions of section 181E of the Ordinance.

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