Wealth Tax Act, 1957

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The Wealth Tax Act, 1957
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An Act to provide for the levy of wealth-tax
CitationAct No. 27 of 1957
Enacted byParliament of India
Date commenced1 April 1957
Status: Repealed

The Wealth Tax Act, 1957 was an Act of the Parliament of India that provides for the levying of wealth tax on an individual, Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) or company. The wealth tax was levied on the net wealth owned by a person on a valuation date, i.e., 31 March of every year. The Act applies to the whole of India, including the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territories. The application of the Act has been discontinued since 1 April 2016.[1]

The wealth tax was abolished in the Union Budget (2016 - 2017) presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 28 February 2015. The wealth tax was replaced with an additional surcharge of 2 per cent on the super rich with a taxable income of over 1 crore annually.[2]


The Wealth Tax Act, 1957 governed the taxation process associated with the net wealth that an individual, a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), or a company possesses on the valuation date.[3]

The valuation date was an important component in the calculation of the Wealth Tax. The net wealth that an assessee possessed on the valuation date determined the amount of tax. The valuation date was the day of 31 March immediately preceding the Assessment Year.[4]

Wealth tax is calculated at the rate of 0.25 percent (1.0 percent w.e.f April 2010) of the amount of net wealth that exceeds Rs. 50 lakh(Rs. 30 Lakh w.e.f April 2010) on the valuation date. The net wealth of an assessee includes the value of specified unproductive assets on the valuation date after subtracting the debt the assessee owes on the said assets. Wealth tax does not attract any Education Cess[clarification needed] or surcharge.[5]

Wealth Tax is not applicable to[6]

  • Trusts
  • Artificial Judicial Persons
  • Partnership firms
  • Association of persons (AOPs)
  • A company registered under Section 25 of The Companies Act,1956 (Section 8 of The Companies Act,2013)
  • Co-operative Societies
  • Social clubs
  • Political parties
  • Mutual funds specified under Section 10 Clause (23D) of the Income Tax Act


  1. ^ "Finance Act, 2015" (PDF). Gazette of India. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Finance Act, 2015" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Other Direct Tax Acts > WEALTH-TAX ACT". Income Tax Government India. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  4. ^ "THE WEALTH-TAX ACT, 1957". Legal India. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  5. ^ "Filing wealth tax return: Things to know". The Economic Times. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  6. ^ "LESSON – 17 WEALTH TAX-I" (PDF). University of Delhi. Retrieved 2013-03-05.