SFT - STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTION 

As per Section 285BA of the Income Tax Act, 1961, specified entities (Filers) are required to furnish a statement of financial transaction or reportable account (hereinafter referred to as ‘statement’) in respect of specified financial transactions or any reportable account registered/recorded/maintained by them during the financial year to the income-tax authority or such other prescribed authority.

Persons required to file statement of financial transaction or reportable account

Following persons shall be required to furnish statement of financial transactions or reportable accounts registered or recorded or maintained by them during a financial year to the prescribed authority:

(a) an assessee;

(b) the prescribed person in the case of an office of Government;

(c) a local authority or other public body or association;

(d) the Registrar or Sub-Registrar appointed under section 6 of the Registration Act, 1908 (16 of 1908);

(e) the registering authority empowered to register motor vehicles under Chapter IV of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988);

(f) the Post Master General as referred to in clause (j) of section 2 of the Indian Post Office Act, 1898 (6 of 1898); (g) the Collector referred to in clause

(g) of section 3 of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (30 of 2013);

(h) the recognised stock exchange referred to in clause (f) of section 2 of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 (42 of 1956);

(i) an officer of the Reserve Bank of India, constituted under section 3 of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (2 of 1934);

(j) a depository referred to in clause (e) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Depositories Act, 1996 (22 of 1996); or

(k) a prescribed reporting financial institutions

(l) a person, other than those referred to in clause (a) to (k), as may be prescribed

Transactions that are required to be reported

The statement of financial transaction shall be furnished by every person mentioned in column (3) of the Table below in respect of all the transactions of the nature and value specified in the corresponding entry in column (2) of the said table, which are registered or recorded by him on or after the 1st day of April, 2016, namely:-

SL NO Nature & Value of Transaction Class of Persons(Reporting Persons)
1 2 3
1

(a) Payment made in cash for purchase of bank drafts or pay orders or banker's cheque of an amount aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh or more in a financial year.

(b) Payments made in cash aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh or more during the financial year for purchase of pre-paid instruments issued by Reserve Bank of India.

(c) Cash deposits or cash withdrawals (including through bearer's cheque) aggregating to Rs. 50 lakh or more in a financial year, in or from one or more current account of a person.

A banking company or a cooperative bank 
2 Cash deposits aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh or more in a financial year, in one or more accounts (other than a current account and time deposit) of a person. (i) A banking company or a cooperative bank (ii) Post Master General 
3
One or more time deposits (other than a timedeposit made through renewal of another time
deposit) of a person aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh ormore in a financial year of a person.
(i) A banking company or a cooperative
bank
(ii) Post Master General
(iii) Nidhi Company
(iv) Non-banking financial
company
4
Payments made by any person of an amountaggregating to—
(i) Rs. 1 lakh or more in cash; or
(ii) Rs. 10 lakh or more by any other mode,
against bills raised in respect of one or more credit
cards issued to that person, in a financial year.
A banking company or a cooperative
bank or any other company or institution issuing credit card
5
Receipt from any person of an amount aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh or more in a financial year for
acquiring bonds or debentures issued by the company or institution (other than the amount
received on account of renewal of the bond or debenture issued by that company).
A company or institution issuing
bonds or debentures
6
Receipt from any person of an amount aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh or more in a financial year for
acquiring shares (including share application money) issued by the company.
A company issuing shares
7
Buy back of shares from any person (other than the shares bought in the open market) for an amount or value aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh or more in a financial year.
A company listed on a recognised stock exchange purchasing its own securities under section 68 of the
Companies Act, 2013
8
Receipt from any person of an amount aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh or more in a financial year for acquiring units of one or more schemes of a Mutual Fund (other than the amount received on account of transfer from one scheme to another scheme of that Mutual Fund).
A trustee of a Mutual Fund or such
other person managing the affairs of
the Mutual Fund
9
Receipt from any person for sale of foreign currency including any credit of such currency to
foreign exchange card or expense in such currency through a debit or credit card or through issue of travelers cheque or draft or any other instrument of an amount aggregating to Rs. 10 lakh or more during a financial year.
Authorised person under Foreign
Exchange Management Act, 1999
10
Purchase or sale by any person of immovable property for an amount of Rs. 10 lakh or more or
valued by the stamp valuation authority referred to in section 50C of the Act at Rs. 30 lakh or more
Inspector-General or Registrar or Sub-Registrar appointed under the Registration Act, 1908
11
Receipt of cash payment exceeding Rs. 2 lakh for sale, by any person, of goods or services of any nature (other than those specified at Sl. Nos. 1 to 10 of this rule, if any.)
Any person who is liable for audit under section 44AB of the Act.
12
Cash deposits during the period 9thNovember, 2016 to 30thDecember, 2016 aggregating to—
(i) Rs. 12,50,000 or more, in one or more current account of a person; or
(ii) Rs. 2,50,000 or more, in one or more accounts (other than a current account) of a
person.
(i) A banking company or a cooperative bank to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 applies
(ii) Post Master General as referred to in clause (j) of section 2 of the Indian Post
Office Act, 1898
13
Cash deposits during the period 1stof April, 2016 to 9thNovember, 2016 in respect of accounts that are reportable under SI.No.12 because cash deposited in this account between 9th November, 2016 to 30th December, 2016 aggregating to—
(i) Rs. 12,50,000 or more, in one or more current account of a person; or
(ii) Rs. 2,50,000 or more, in one or more accounts (other than a current account) of a
person.
(i) A banking company or a cooperative
bank to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 applies
(ii) Post Master General as referred to in clause (j) of section 2 of the Indian Post
Office Act, 1898
 
Due date of furnishing statement of financial transaction 
The statement of financial transaction shall be furnished electronically (under digital signature) in Form No. 61A to the Director of Income-tax (Intelligence and Criminal Investigation) or the Joint Director of Income-tax (Intelligence and Criminal Investigation).
 
Further, the statement shall be furnished on or before 31st May immediately following the financial year in which the transaction is registered or recorded.
However, the statement of financial transaction in respect of the transactions listed at serial number (12) and serial number (13) in the Table given above, shall be furnished on or before the 31st day of January, 2017.
 
Section 285BA(5) empower the tax authorities to issue a notice to the person who had not filed the statement within due date. In such a case, the tax authorities may serve upon such person a notice requiring him to furnish the statement within a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of service of such notice and in such a case the person shall furnish the statement within the time as specified in the notice.
 
Reportable transactions for purpose of pre -filing return of income
The CBDT, vide Income-tax (4th Amendment) Rules, 2021, has enhanced the scope of nature of transactions to be reported under Statement of Financial Transaction (SFT) as per Rule 114E. Now, following ‘Specified Financial Transactions’ are also required to be reported for the purpose of pre-filling the return of income:
 
SL NO Nature of transaction Repoting Person