Corporate and Professional Updates on 21st August 2019

Direct Tax Updates:

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  • CBDT instructions No 3/2003 dated 20.05.2003 makes it mandatory for the AO to make a reference to the TPO. The failure to make reference to the TPO renders the Transfer Pricing Adjustments made therein are bad in law though the assessment order is good.  (Favour of Assessee) PCIT vs. S. G. Asia Holding (I) Pvt. Ltd (Supreme Court).
  • DTC panel recommended A substantial cut in personal income taxes to bring relief to India’s middle classes as also a lower corporation tax. The panel has also likely proposed that dividend distribution tax (DDT) be taxed only in the hands of recipient and not in the hands of companies.

Indirect Tax Updates:

  • Due date for GSTR-3B return for July 2019 has been extended to 22/08/2019.
  • Appellants are not liable to penalty on wrong availment of GTA services up to the customer’s premises because it was an interpretation issue and was settled by the Apex Court in the year 2018 in the case of Ultra tech and therefore no intention to evade service tax can be imputed on the appellant.

SEBI Updates:

  • Sebi is planning to ease its norms for buyback of shares by listed companies, especially those having subsidiaries in housing finance and NBFC sectors. the buyback offer cannot exceed 25 per cent of the aggregate paid-up capital and free reserves of the company, but shareholders’ approval is required through a special resolution in case of the size exceeding 10 per cent.

Other Updates:

  • Aluminium body cautions govt about China
  • WTO warns trade weakness to continue in Q2
  • Australian election results bode well for Adani
  • India adopts new standards for measuring units
  • Irdai proposes to increase 3rd-party insurance premium
  • MNC boardrooms open doors to Indian women leaders
  • Power sector’s outstanding regulatory assets at Rs76,963 cr
  • Full blow trade war will push world towards recession: Morgan Stanley
  • Auditor exits mount at listed SMEs as scrutiny increases after IL&FS crisis
  • Torrent Pharma reports Q4 net loss of Rs 152 crore, cites drug recall
  • Lakshmi Vilas rejects Religare Finance’s disclosure, threatens action
  • US seeks to join Japan-India consultations on IT product tariffs
  • Tata Motors profit dips 47 % in Q4
  • WTO quarterly trade growth indicator still at nine-year low
  • HPCL Q4 net profit jumps 70% on inventory gains
  • Gold imports rise 54% to $ 3.97 billion in April
  • Ford to cut about 10% of global salaried workforce
  • ICICI Bank to buy stake in BSE subsidiary INX for ₹31 crore
  • BPCL Q4 net profit rises 16% to ₹3,125 cr; revenue up 10% at ₹83,942 cr
  • JLR posts 1st profit in four quarters despite China woes
  • Adani Green Energy’s 8.75 crore shares to be offered for sale on Tuesday
  • Bitcoin roars back from ‘flash crash’ to breach $8,000 once more
  • Bank credit to infra sector grows 18.5% in FY19: RBI data
  • TRAI says up to government to take a call on Huawei issue
  • ArcelorMittal to pay Rs 42,000 crore for Essar Steel takeover: Company tells NCLAT
  • Dr Reddy’s to spend $300 million on R&D in FY 20
  • Rupee records biggest gain in 2 months after exit poll results
  • Gold loses sheen, falls Rs 150 on lacklustre demand

Key Due Dates:

  •  31 August: INCOME TAX RETURN EXTENDED- Filing income tax for individual and non-corporates [who are not subject to tax audit].
  • 31 August: GSTR-9 RETURN FILLING DUE DATE – Annual Return to be filed by Regular Taxpayers filing GSTR 1, GSTR 2, and GSTR 3. It needs to be filed electronically on the GST portal directly or through a facilitation center.
  • 31 August: GSTR-9A RETURN FILLING DUE DATE – Taxable Persons paying tax under Section 10 of CGST Act, the composition scheme, are required to submit their annual returns in Form GSTR 9A.
  • 31 August: GSTR-9B RETURN FILLING DUE DATE- Annual Return to be filed by e-commerce operators who have filed GSTR 8 during the financial year.
  • 31 August: GSTR-9C RETURN FILLING DUE DATE- Taxpayers whose annual turnover exceeds INR 2 crores in a Financial Year are required to get their accounts audited by a practicing Chartered Accountant or Cost Accountant before filing returns in Form GSTR 9C.


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