The answers to the each question is as under:
I ) Can the new account be opened under the same old name of the proprietory concern ?
No, it will be opened as "The Executor to The Estate of Late..............." signed by the Legal Representative.
II ) Wouldn't the legal heir be required to submit the court order for prooving his legal status although there is no dispute in the family ?
If all the members sign to declare a particular member of family as Legal Representative; then there is no other formalities are required.
III) Can the funds of the old account be transfered to this new account instead of been transfered to the nominee ?
After transferring the funds to the nominee; these can be transferred to the new account. This will be the easiest procedure.
IV) It is understood that under the Income Tax Laws, the return of income can still be filed for n number of years till the final settlement takes place. Under the circumstances, can the business operations be continued ?
No; but if interest, dividend or rent is received; then these can be received upto "n" number of years and accordinly return can be filed.
V ) Can the accumulated losses be transfered to the legal heir ?
No, there are no such provisions in the Income Tax Act.
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