CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATES 9TH JUNE 2018

Image result for corporate and professionalDirect Tax:

  • Mumbai ITAT holds that Executive Search Services fees (‘ESF’) received by assessee (a Dutch company) not taxable as FTS under Article 12 of India-Netherlands DTAA for AY 2011-12; Rejects Revenue’s stand that ESF, which was received pursuant to Service Agreement (SA) with Indian group entity (SSIPL), was to be treated as ancillary and subsidiary to license fee (taxed as royalty) received from SSIPL under another agreement viz. License Agreement (LA) which was towards use of trade name, trademark, logo and the rights to use software;[TS-288-ITAT-2018(Mum)]
  • Delhi ITAT Special Bench (majority view) rules in favour of Nokia Networks OY (assessee, a Finnish company), holds Nokia India Pvt. Ltd. (NIPL, Indian subsidiary) does not constitute assessee’s PE in India for AYs 1997-98 and 1998-99; [TS-289-ITAT-2018(DEL)]
  • Penalty paid to Stock Exchange is a regular Business Expenditure: ITAT allows Deduction
  • CBDT dedicates Fortnight for Disposal of Pending Appeals.
  • Central Govt has decided to make PAN mandatory for remitting money abroad as the RBI has decided to stringent norms for Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS) as per which, anyone who is utilizing the scheme will now have to share PAN details – something that was not applicable earlier with regards to CA transactions up to $25,000.
  • Kolkata ITAT allows Sec. 10AA benefit to assessee in respect of international trading, warehousing and consultancy income for AY 2009-10; ITAT acknowledges that trading activity is not expressly covered u/s 10AA, but observes that as per the Special Economic Zone Act, 2005 (SEZ Act) and its Rules, 2006, definition of ‘service’ included trading activity; [TS-292-ITAT-2018(Kol)]
  • Mumbai ITAT confirms CIT(A)’s Rs. 50cr relief to industrialist Anil Ambani, allows Sec. 37(1) deduction for ‘consent’ fees /”settlement charges” paid by Mr. Ambani w.r.t charges of alleged violation of SEBI Act/Regulations; AO disallowed the said amount, reasoning that the payment was for ‘violation’ of provisions of SEBI Act and hence made for an ‘offence’ and therefore liable to be disallowed by invoking Explanation to Sec. 37(1); [TS-291-ITAT-2018(Mum)]

INDIRECT TAX

  • LAST DATE FOR SUBMITTING GSTR 1 FOR registered persons filing monthly returns for the month of May 2018 is 10th June 2018.

FAQ on E-WAY BILLS:

  • Query:If the vehicle, in which goods are being transported, having e-way bill is changed, then what is required to be done?
  • Answer:The e-way bill for transportation of goods should always have the vehicle number that is actually carrying the goods. There may be requirement to change the vehicle number after generating the e-way bill or after commencement of movement of goods, due to trans-shipment or due to breakdown of vehicle. In such cases, the transporter or generator of the e-way bill can update the new vehicle number in Part B of the EWB.
  • Query: How the transporter is identified or assigned the e-way bill by the taxpayer for transportation?
  • Answer:While generating e-way bill the taxpayer has a provision to enter the transporter id in the transportation details section. If he enters 15 digits transporter id provided by his transporter, the e-way bill will be assigned to that transporter. Subsequently, the transporter can log in and update further transportation details in Part B of eway bill.

MCA UPDATES     

  • MCA has sought details from some auditor companies, which resigned their assignment after the companies concerned had reportedly refused to give them adequate information. Officials said explanations had been sought from auditors in 15-odd cases.
  • The President of India gave assent to promulgate the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 which will give relief to Home Buyers and SMSE.

RBI UPDATES

  • RBI extended loan repayments deadline to 180 days from the due date without being classified as a non-performing asset. This latest announcement comes after the regulator’s April diktat which had allowed GST registered MSME borrowers with a turnover of up to Rs. 25 crore to delay loan repayments by 180 days.
  • RBI voted unanimously to hike repo rate by 25 basis points, in a first interest rate hike in a four-and-a-half year, citing a major upside risk to the baseline inflation on the back of high crude oil price. The central bank said that there was a 12% increase in the price of Indian crude basket, which was “sharper, earlier than expected and seems to be durable”

SEBI UPDATES

  • Sebi extended the date for submission of Aadhaar details by those investing in capital markets till a final judgment by the Supreme Court on proposed mandatory linking of 12-digit unique ID for all financial dealings.

OTHER UPDATES

  • last date for online claim of Unstructured CPE hours extended to 30th June – ICAI(Last date for submitting Self Declaration form for claiming CPE Hours under Unstructured Learning Activities for the Calendar Year 2017 – has been extended from 31st May, 2018 to 30th June, 2018)
  • Online Facility for members to update Email ID, Mobile & Address – ICAI has launched an Online Form for Members by which they can update their Mobile number and e-mail ids which are currently available in ICAI records.
KEY DATE:
  • QUARTERLY RETURN FOR REGISTERED PERSONS WITH AGGREGATE TURNOVER UP TO RS. 1.50 CRORES: GSTR-1 :-31. JULY 2018
  • TURNOVER EXCEEDING RS. 1.5 CRORES OR OPTED TO FILE MONTHLY RETURN: GSTR-1 (MAY2018):-10 JUNE 2018
  • DUE DATE FOR FILLING GST TRAN-2- 30.06.2018

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REVISED IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE REGULATIONS

Revised in Foreign Exchange Regulations

Untitled18AGovernment has recently modified the Foreign Exchange Management (Current Account Transactions) Rules, 2000 and the Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS) for resident individuals for further liberalizing the existing guidelines. Accordingly, all resident individuals, including minors, are allowed to freely remit upto USD 2,50,000 (USD 1,25,000 earlier) per financial year for any permissible current or capital account transaction or a combination of both. These include the purposes of education or for maintenance of close relatives. Further, authorized dealers may allow remittances exceeding USD 250,000 based on the estimate received from the educational institution abroad or a hospital abroad. For small value remittances (upto USD 25,000), the documentation requirement is simpler and even PAN card is not insisted upon.

Currently, as per the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961 read with Income-tax Rules, 1962, no certificate from a Chartered Accountant is required to be obtained for certain remittances including sending money to students i.e., for remittances made under RBI’s purpose Code “S0305-Travel for education (including fees, hostel expenses etc.)” and remittance towards personal gifts and donations i.e., for RBI’s Purpose Code “S1302”. The complete list of payments in which no certificate from a Chartered Accountant is required to be obtained is given in explanation (2) to Rule 37BB of the Income-tax Rules, 1962.

CBDT Signs Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) to Usher in Certainty in Taxation

As a part of a major initiative to usher in certainty in taxation, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) entered into two unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) on 3 August, 2015 with two Multi-National Companies (MNCs) which includes the first APA with a “Rollback” provision. With this, the CBDT has so far signed 14 APAs of which 13 are unilateral APAs and one is a bilateral APA. The 14 APAs signed relate to various sectors like telecommunication, oil exploration, pharmaceuticals, finance/banking, software development services and ITeS (BPOs).

Unilateral APAs are agreed between Indian taxpayers and the CBDT, without involvement of the tax authorities of the country where the associated enterprise is based. Bilateral APAs include agreements between the tax authorities of the two countries. An APA with the “Rollback” provision extends tax certainty for nine financial years as against five years in APAs without “Rollback”.

APAs settle transfer prices and the methods of setting prices of international transactions in advance. The Government is committed to conclude a large number of APAs to foster an environment of tax cooperation and certainty. Currently, a number of unilateral as well as bilateral APAs with Competent Authorities of UK and Japan etc are at advanced stage of negotiations.

A Framework Agreement was recently signed with United States under the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) provision of the India-US Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC). This is a major positive development. About 200 past transfer pricing disputes between the two countries in Information Technology (Software Development) Services [ITS] and Information Technology enabled Services [ITeS] segments are expected to be resolved under this Agreement during the current year. So far, 35 disputes have been resolved and another 100 are likely to be resolved in the next three months.

The Framework Agreement with the US opens the door for signing of bilateral APA with the US. The MAP programs with other countries like Japan and UK are also progressing very well with regular meetings and resolution of past disputes. These initiatives will go a long way in providing stable tax environment to foreign investors doing business in India.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances; Hope the information will assist you in your Professional endeavors. For query or help, contact: info@carajput.com or call at 9555555480

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