What is Wealth Tax ?
Wealth tax is a direct tax, which is charged on the net wealth of the assessee. It is a tax on the benefits derived from ownership of property. The tax is to be paid year after year on the same property on its market value, whether or not such property yields any income. Wealth tax, in India, is levied under Wealth-tax Act, 1957. The Income tax department under the Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance administers the Wealth Tax Act, 1957 as well as the Wealth Tax Rules framed there under.
Under the Act, the tax is charged in respect of the wealth held during the assessment year by the following persons :-
- Hindu Undivided Family(HUF)
Changeability to tax also depends upon the residential status of the assessee same as the residential status for the purpose of the Income Tax Act.