Income Tax Act, 1967.

Summoning and examination of witnesses.

426.—(1) The Special Commissioners may summon any person whom they think able to give evidence respecting an assessment made on another person to appear before them to be examined, and may examine such person on oath. The clerk, agent, servant or other person confidentially employed in the affairs of a person chargeable shall however be examined in the same manner, and subject to the same restrictions, as in the case of a person chargeable who tenders himself to be examined orally.

(2) The oath shall be that the evidence to be given, touching the matter in question, by the person sworn shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and the said oath shall be subscribed by the person by whom it is made.

(3) A person who after being duly summoned—

(a) neglects or refuses to appear before the Commissioners at the time and place appointed for that purpose; or

(b) appears, but refuses to be sworn or to subscribe the oath; or

(c) refuses to answer any lawful question touching the matters under consideration,

shall forfeit a sum not exceeding £20:

Provided that the penalty imposed in respect of any offence under paragraph (b) or (c) shall not apply to any clerk, agent, servant or other person as aforesaid.