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SC stays Madras HC order on TDS of income of Catholic priests and nuns

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today stayed the Madras HC judgment which had ruled that salaries received by missionaries and nuns of Catholic Church are liable to be subjected to Tax Deduction at Source(TDS) under Section 192 of the Income Tax Act.

The SC bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph ordered to maintain “status quo as on today” while issuing notice in the petition filed by Institute of Fransiscan Missionaries of Mary against the March 20 judgment of the High Court.

The Central Government sought four weeks time to respond to the petition.

The Apex Court listed the matter for final disposal on August 7.

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