Corporate and Professional Updates on 12th July 2019

RBI Updates:

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  • The Reserve Bank (RBI) slashed by half its US dollar purchases in May from the month before to just about dollar 2.5 billion as the inflows slowed amid uncertainty over US interest rates and elections The central bank bought dollar 5.1 billion and sold dollar 2.6 billion in May, taking net spot dollar purchases to dollar 2.5 billion, according to the latest figures released by the RBI. This is almost half the level of net dollar purchases in April this year, when the central bank bought net of dollar 4.9 billion from the spot market. The central bank was a net seller in May 2018, during which it sold  dollar 5.8 billion.
  • The central bank has remained a very passive participant in the forward markets as well. It bought dollar 224 million in the forward markets in May, RBI data showed. Foreign portfolio investors were cautious during the month bringing in a little less than dollar 1 billion during the month. Also, foreign direct investments slowed during the month. The rupee weakened by about 0.1% during the month to end at dollar 69.65 by end May. But after the general elections, there has been an improvement in foreign portfolio investments. The rupee has also gained against the dollar indicating strong inflows through a variety of sources.
  • After the union budget, there has been some slowdown in portfolio flows in the secondary markets. But the proposal to raise dollar funds by the government to part-finance its expenses is expected to increase dollar flows, which would require the central bank to purchase these dollars to release rupee funds. The government is working on a sovereign benchmark for external borrowing that will be finalised in September this year, after which there could be some pickup in dollar flows.

SEBI Updates:

  • The government has sought information from the Securities and Exchange Board of India about the origins of those foreign portfolio investors that use the trust structure and the assets that they manage, said a person familiar with the development. It also asked for data on the tax liability of each of the structures employed by FPIs — trusts, companies and limited liability partnerships.
  • A large number of FPIs in India will be impacted as they are structured either as trusts or AoPs. In the meantime, the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, an FPI lobby group, met senior Sebi officials to share their concerns on the budget proposal to increase the tax surcharge on the super-rich. As per data provided to the government, 40% of the FPIs use the trust structure, while 60% of them prefer to use the corporate structure.

Key Due Dates:

  • 07-07-2019 – Deposit of TDS/TCS for the month of June 2019.
  • 07-07-2019 -Equalisation levy deposit which is withheld at the time of payment by the service  recipient where the annual payment made to one service provider exceeds Rs.1,00,000 in one  financial year for the specified and notified services.
  • 10-07-2019 – GSTR 8 for E-Commerce Companies for the m/o June 2019.
  • 10-07-2019 – Filing GSTR-7 (for assessee who is required to deduct TDS under GST) for the m/o June 2019.
  • 10-07-2019 – Issue of TDS Certificate for salary for the financial year 2018-19.
  • 11-07-2019 – GSTR-1 for the month of June 2019 for taxpayers with Annual Aggregate turnover more than 1.50 Crore.
  •  13-07-2019 – GSTR-6 for Input Service Distributor.
  • 14-07-2019 – Issue of TDS Certificate for tax deducted under section 194-IA/194-IB in m/o           May’19.
  • 15-07- 2019 – Quarterly statement of TCS for the quarter ending 30 June, 2019.
  • 15-07-2019- ESI/PF Payment for m/o June 2019.
  • 15-07-2019- FLA Report it is required to be submitted directly by all Indian Companies which have received  FDI or made FDI abroad for m/o June 2019.
  • 18-07-2019- GSTR-4 Quarterly return for taxpayers opting for composition scheme.
  • 20-07-2019 – GSTR-3B for the m/o June 2019.
  • 20-07-2019 – GSTR-5 for the m/o June 2019.
  • 20-07-2019 – GSTR-5A for the m/o June 2019.
  • 25-07-2019-  EPF return filing for the month of June 2019.
  • 30 -07-2019 -Quarterly TCS certificate in respect of tax collected by any person for the quarter ending June 30, 2019.
  • 30-07-2019 – Furnishing challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IA/194IB in     month of June’19.
  • 31-07-19 – GSTR-1 for June Quarter applicable for taxpayers with Annual Aggregate turnover upto Rs. 1.50/- Crore.
  • 31-07- 2019 – Quarterly statement of TDS for the quarter ending 30 June, 2019.
  • 31-07- 2019 – Income Tax return for the F.Y 2018-19 (A.Y 2019-20) for all assessee other than (a) corporate-assessee or (b) non-corporate assessee (whose books of account are required to be audited) or (c) working partner of a firm whose accounts are required to be audited or (d) an assessee who is required to furnish a report u/s 92E.
  • 31-07-2019- Payment of Professional Tax and Shop and Establishments taxes.
  • 31-07-2019- Form 67 Due date for claimimg Foreign Tax Credit,upload statement of Foreign income offered for tax for previous year 2018-19 and of Foreign tax deducted or paid on such incomes.

Disclaimer:

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; Before making any decision do consult your professional /tax advisor for their misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. The author is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Gardener & Founder Director of Rajput Jain & Associate, a leading Tax & Investment planning Advisor Service provider. His Blog can be found at http://carajput.com for any query you can write toinfo@carajput.com. Hope the information will assist you in your professional endeavors. For query or help contact: info@carajput.com  or call at 09811322785/4- 9555555480.

Corporate and Professional Updates on 1st June 2019

Direct Tax Updates:

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  • Delhi High Court restrained the Income Tax Department from taking any action against VVIP chopper deal scam accused Gautam Khaitan against whom a black money case has been lodged. Court said Khaitan, an advocate by profession, has made out a “good prima facie” case for grant of interim relief and grave prejudice would be caused to him if the authorities are not restrained at this stage from proceeding further. 
  • CBDT do not want to let go the Revenue Dues owed by Shell Companies that have been deregistered by the MCA. But the task is easier said than done, as it would mean the restoration of over 4,000 companies identified by the CBDT. The CBDT has been holding talks with the MCA over this.

Indirect Tax Updates:

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  • The new option has been introduced wherein the consignment of one e-way bill has to be moved in multiple vehicles, after moving to transshipment place.
  • Different high courts in the country have given stay orders on several fiats of the National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) for the GST, casting doubts on the legal tenability of the way the nearly one-and-half-a-year-old set-up operates and passes orders on alleged cases of profiteering by businesses.A review by FE revealed that at least five firms have got reliefs from the high courts, in what allowed them to defer coughing up an aggregate amount of Rs 430 crore. 

RBI Updates:

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  • Government is open to providing more powers to the RBI to direct lenders to take action on stressed assets. There is a growing view in the government that there has to be some regulatory supervision over debt resolution by the RBI.
  • RBI has asked NBFCs with asset size of more than Rs.5,000 crore to appoint a chief risk officer (CRO) with clearly specified role and responsibilities, in view of the increasing role in direct credit intermediation of these companies. The RBI directive comes in the backdrop of the IL&FS imbroglio and its ripple impact on NBFCs.
  • RBI wants NBFCs with assets of more than 5,000 Crore must appoint a Chief Risk Officer (CRO). It said that with the increasing role of NBFCs in direct credit intermediation, there is a need for NBFCs to Augment Risk Management Practices.
  • RBI Appointed Committee headed by Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekani submits its suggestions on Promoting Digital Payments to RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. The 5-member team was formed in January this year to consult with various stakeholders of the payments ecosystem and deliberate on solutions to further strengthen the industry

Other Updates:

  • MCA sees Rs 2.8 lakh cr recovery from IBC-led RP.
  • IOC to examine US sanction’s impact on CPCL plans
  • India may witness slowdown as oil imports decline
  • DoT to soon settle merger/transfer of licences in M&As
  • BoB looks to rationalise 800-900 branches
  • Pre-monsoon rainfall deficit drops to 22 per cent
  • Reliance Capital protests ratings downgrade
  • India reports trade deficit with 11 RCEP members in FY 2018-19
  • OPEC members meet to assess oil market after US sanctions on Iran
  • NMDC plans to acquire 100 per cent stake in Australia’s Legacy Iron-Ore Ltd
  • Debt-ridden Essar Steel reports Rs 4,229 cr EBITDA during insolvency period
  • ICICI-Videocon loan case: Kochhar contests bonus clawback, ESOP termination
  • NBFC crisis to top agenda of new govt.
  • Jet employee group offers to invest $700 million
  • AgMA Energy plans to launch India-specific agri products
  • No interest in taking control of IndiGo: Rakesh Gangwal
  • Dredging Corporation of India wins annual contracts from Cochin and Paradip port trusts
  • ONGC, GIP, Tripura govt eye to buy out IL&FS’s 26% stake in OTPC
  • TCS eyes double-digit growth in FY20, says COO Subramaniam
  • Dr Reddy’s Laboratories serves a bitter medicine in March quarter
  • RBI’s vision document on payment systems to spur digital economy: Fintech firms
  • Life insurance industry to focus on millennials, digital-human interface
  • IMFA posts loss of Rs 74 cr in January-March qtr
  • Power producers seek removal of double taxation on imported coal
  • RBI to boost card payments with 34% increase in PoS terminals by end of 2021
  • Japan’s Orix to acquire wind assets of IL&FS
  • GST Council may consider national bench of AAAR next month
  • FPIs withdraw Rs 6,399 crore in May so far
  • AstraZeneca moves US court against Aurobindo
  • RBI releases ‘Vision 2021’ for payment systems for ‘cash-lite’ society

Key Due Dates:

  • The Due Date of GSTR-1  For the Month Of May is 10th June 2019.
  • The Due Date of GSTR-3b For the Month Of May is 20th June 2019.
  • The Due Dates for the Deposit of TDS/TCS for the Purchase of Property 30th June 2019.\
  • Annual Return For Registered Tax Payers is 30th June 2019.

Disclaimer:

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; Before making any decision do consult your professional /tax advisor for their misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. The author is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Gardener & Founder Director of Rajput Jain & Associate, a leading Tax & Investment planning Advisor Service provider. His Blog can be found at http://carajput.com for any query you can write toinfo@carajput.com. Hope the information will assist you in your professional endeavors. For query or help contact: info@carajput.com  or call at 09811322785/4- 9555555480.

Corporate and Professional Updates on 3rd May 2019

Direct Tax Updates:

  • Income Tax Return for FY 17-18 cannot be revised now as the deadline for it was March 31, 2019. You can consider payment of tax and informing the tax department so that in the event of any enquiry by the tax department, you will be able to prove that you have fulfilled your onus of reporting the income and payment of consequent tax.

RBI Updates:

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  • Inflation forecasts by the central bank have gone awry only at time of low food inflation. In most other, forecasts have remained almost close to actual, and in line with the trend in the forecast of other central banks, according to an RBI study. “Episodes of large inflation forecasts errors for India were associated with large and unanticipated shocks emanating from prices of food items, especially perishables such as vegetables” according to sources.
  • The research indicated that a cross-country evidence of data analysed from select central banks suggests that there is a positive correlation of forecast errors with the share of food in the CPI basket. In other words, inflation forecast errors are linked to the share of food inflation in the consumer price basket and the divergence tends to be more with higher weightage of food.

Other Updates:

  • IT sector to create maximum jobs in 2019.
  • Slowdown in FY19 on demand, investment & export.
  • PNB ruined Gitanjali Gems to hide its misdeeds.
  • Jaypee homebuyers want NBCC bid to be reconsidered.
  • Tata Motors sales dip 20 pc to 42,577 units in April.
  • NCLAT allows banks to declare ILFS accounts as NPAs
  • India set to deal with end of US oil waivers: MEA
  • Indian pharma exports hit $19.14 bn, report double-digit growth after 3 yrs
  • India again postpones US tariffs on high-value goods with eye on GSP
  • India’s April unemployment rate increases to 7.6%, says CMIE
  • Rs 7 trillion of corporate papers downgraded since start of IL&FS fiasco
  • Tata Power Q4 net profit drops 92%; declares dividend of Rs 1.30 per share
  • Uncertainty makes Brexit worse than Y2K for customers, says Infosys
  • JSW group enters paints business with Rs 600-cr investment
  • PepsiCo withdraws IPR infringement case against Gujarat potato farmers
  • CIL plans 9% increase in coal allocation to power plants
  • Adani Group to invest Rs 57,594 crore to expand Mundra port
  • Ashok Leyland sales up seven per cent in April at 13,626 units
  • Hindustan Zinc’s profit down 24%
  • SBI to consider Jet staff’s billion-dollar bid after May 10
  • India has secured additional oil supplies to tide over Iran sanctions
  • SAT sets aside NSE’s 2017 order against OPG Securities in co-location case
  • TPG Growth-backed Asia Healthcare Holdings acquires Nova IVI Fertility
  • Standard Life to sell 1.78% stake in HDFC Life for ₹1,404 crore
  • Foreign investors in NSE urge bourse not to challenge big fine
  • Oil falls to lowest in month as US, Russia stanch supply risk
  • Chanda Kochhar misled RBI on $365 million loan to Essar group firm despite red flag: Report
  • India biggest recipient of funds from Asian Development Bank last year
  • TechM to deploy blockchain solution to curb spam calls
  • Dettol beats Band-Aid to become Australia’s most trusted brand
  • Sensex ends 50.12 pts lower at 38,981.43 amid mixed global cues
  • Gold falls Rs 250; silver plunges by Rs 825
  • PNB Housing Finance to mop up USD 1 bn from foreign markets
  • Bandhan Bank Q4 net rises 67 pc at Rs 650.87crore.

Key Due Dates:

  • Payment of TDS Deducted in April is 7th May 2019.
  • GSTR-1 Due Date for the month of April 2019 is 11th May 2019.
  • GSTR-3B for the month of April 2019 is 20th May 2019.

Disclaimer:

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; Before making any decision do consult your professional /tax advisor for their misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. The author is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Gardener & Founder Director of Rajput Jain & Associate, a leading Tax & Investment planning Advisor Service provider. His Blog can be found at http://carajput.com for any query you can write toinfo@carajput.com. Hope the information will assist you in your professional endeavors. For query or help contact: info@carajput.com  or call at 09811322785/4- 9555555480.

 

Corporate and Professional Updates on 27th April 2019

Indirect Tax Updates:

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  • GST department has allowed businesses whose GST registration has been cancelled due to non-filing of tax returns to apply for its revocation by July 22, provided they file their pending returns and pay due taxes for those entities for whom cancellation order has been passed up to March 31, 2019.
  • CBIC has now clarified that the IGST credit can be used in payment of CGST or SGST in any order or proportion. Businesses that have accumulated Integrated GST (IGST) credit in their books can settle it against central and state tax dues in any proportion, the revenue department has said.

RBI Updates:

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  • RBI is working on revising the framework for resolution of stressed assets, including providing additional 60 days to borrowers to repay dues, as part of efforts to mitigate hardships faced by genuine businesses. Against the backdrop of the Supreme Court quashing an RBI circular, issued on February 12, 2018, a revised set of rules is under works and would be released soon.
  • RBI committee may recommend that all government payments to citizens should be made digitally, one person aware of the matter said, requesting anonymity. The move seeks to ensure higher adoption of digital payments among the masses.

SEBI Updates:

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  • Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India is once again caught on the wrong foot, and this time for one of its recent circulars that made public names of over 2,000 entities, which have defaulted on its dues. Some of the companies named in the list have raised objections with the finance ministry, stating that the list was erroneous. The regulator had pulled out the circular dated 2 April within hours without any explanation.
  • The list featured some prominent names like SBI Capital, Axis Capital, GMR Holdings, United Breweries, Alpic Finance, Saradha Realty, United Bank of India and Trident India. “Putting our name on the defaulter list has sent a wrong message to our shareholders.

Other Updates:

  • RBI to attract more foreign capital for nation-building.
  • India’s crude oil production drops 4 per cent in FY19.
  • Jet Airways stake sale process may hit SOEC hurdle.
  • Tata Steel reports Q4 profit of Rs 2,431 crore.
  • NBCC sweetens bid for Jaypee Infra, offers land parcels.
  • Bank credit grows by 14.19%, deposits 10.60%: RBI data.
  • Tata Steel board approves merger of Bamnipal Steel & Tata Steel BSL.
  • RBI deputy governor B P Kanungo bats for capital account liberalization.
  • Maruti signals tough road, gives weakest growth forecast in the past 5 yrs.
  • Major lapses in Deloitte audit of IL&FS Financial Services, says SFIO.
  • Insolvency process: NCLT asks bank officials to appear in Sterling SEZ.
  • Ruchi Soya case: Lenders to meet on Friday to consider Patanjali’s offer.
  • US official insists on zero oil imports from Iran.
  • ‘High fuel prices may have led to a slowdown in auto sales’.
  • India sets a record foodgrains target of 291 million tonnes.
  • Office space worth $35 bn can be listed under REIT: JLL India
  • RBI too joins global peers in raising gold bullion reserves
  • Non-filers of GST returns to be barred from generating e way bills from June 21
  • Rupee falls by 24 paise on strong dollar demand
  • Sensex rallies 490 points; Nifty reclaims 11,700-mark
  • Self-assessed GST return permitted.

Key Due Dates:

  • 30-04-2019 – GSTR-1 for the quarter ending March 2019 for taxpayers with Annual Aggregate turnover upto than 1.50 Crore.
  • 30-04-2019 – Deposit of TDS/TCS for m/o March 2019.
  • 30-04-2019 – Furnishing challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IA/194IB in month of March’19
  • 30-04-2019 – Due date for uploading declarations received from recipients in Form. 15G/15H during the quarter ending March, 2019.

Disclaimer:

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; Before making any decision do consult your professional /tax advisor for their misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. The author is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Gardener & Founder Director of Rajput Jain & Associate, a leading Tax & Investment planning Advisor Service provider. His Blog can be found at http://carajput.com for any query you can write toinfo@carajput.com. Hope the information will assist you in your professional endeavors. For query or help contact: info@carajput.com  or call at 09811322785/4- 9555555480.

Corporate and Professional Updates on 25th April 2019

Indirect Tax Updates:

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  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has added flexibility into the way a company can utilize the available input tax credit. Any company would now be eligible to use credit available against paid integrated GST (IGST) to set off tax liabilities of state GST (SGST) and central GST (CGST) in any proportion and in any order, the GST Council said in a circular sent to field formations on Tuesday. Previously, the order of using the IGST credit was kept flexible — it was the company’s choice to set off CGST or SGST first — in a notification dated March 29. However, it was not clear whether a company would be able to use IGST credit to set off SGST liability and CGST liability partially at the same time. It was construed that if a company chooses to set off SGST liability first, it would have to exhaust the entire SGST liability before using the IGST credit to set off CGST liability.
  • In a circular issued on April 23, the GST Council clarified that the IGST credit can be used in a flexible manner. The mandatory requirement to set off IGST liability remains as it is. Industry and observers have welcomed the move.
  • A company has output tax liability of Rs 1,000, Rs 500, and Rs 500 towards IGST, SGST, and CGST, respectively. Let us assume a case where IGST credit of Rs 1,500 is available in the electronic credit ledger for the company at the time of tax payment. According to the GST law, it has to use the IGST credit to pay off the IGST liability first, before using it to discharge SGST or CGST liabilities. This will erase the IGST liability, and reduce the available IGST credit to Rs 500.
  • The company can now use this credit to pay off SGST liability completely, or the CGST liability completely, or both CGST and SGST in any proportion it deems proper. It can use half of the available IGST credit to set off SGST liability and the remaining half to set off CGST liability, or it can use Rs 100 to set of SGST liability, and Rs 400 to set off CGST liability, or any other combination.

RBI Updates:

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  • RBI asks Banks & Financial Institutions to disclose their exposure to the Bankrupt Infra Lender “IL&FS” in their forthcoming earnings announcements and provisions in Q4 accounts. IL&FS and its 348 group companies owe over Rs 94,000 crore, of which over Rs 54,000 crore are owed to banks.
  • RBI is likely to lower the Approval Threshold in its revised circular for Resolving Stressed Assets to 66% of lenders by value from the current level of 100%. RBI is also likely to detail the mechanism for the buyout of exposure from banks that is not in compliance with the majority of the lenders on the Resolution Plan, Third-Party Security and Additional Funding.
  • RBI sells Entire Stake in NHB & NABARD to Govt. for ₹ 1,470 cr. in total. With this, the Government now holds 100% stake in both these Financial Institutions. The transactions were completed on February 26 and March 19.
  • RBI Committee may recommend that all Government Payments & Public Payments to citizens should be made digitally. The move seeks to ensure higher adoption of digital payments among the masses. The RBI panel on digitization is also likely to press for encouraging citizens to pay income tax and challans digitally.

Other Updates:

  • Disclose exposure to IL&FS, RBI tells banks
  • Customer plaints against banks surge 25% in FY18
  • RBI sells entire stake in NHB, Nabard to govt
  • FinMin may raise cap on 59-minute loans to Rs 3-5 cr
  • CBI’s Look Out Circulars against Bhushan steel boss
  • ISB to set up repository to store all public data
  • Companies get more time to submit ACTIVE form
  • Ipca Labs inks pact to acquire Ramdev Chem for Rs 108.5 cr
  • RBI may allow 66% lenders’ approval for resolution of stressed assets
  • IndiGo, Tatas protest govt’s basis for allotting Jet Airways slots
  • Sebi bars cash-strapped Hotel Leelaventure from asset sale to Brookfield
  • SFIO quizzes Deloitte ex-CEO over alleged audit lapses in books of IL&FS
  • No change in Bharti Infratel’s Q4 net amid merger with Indus Towers
  • ONGC arm delays plan to invest in Iran gas field after US sanctions
  • Jalan panel on RBI’s capital size to submit report by June
  • Approach SBI, Jet tells UK entrepreneur who evinced interest in buying the airline
  • Data on jobs, GDP being analysed with a new set of proxies: CEA
  • Govt procures 55.17 lakh tons of wheat so far this year
  • Forensic auditors indicate IGIDR used data shared by MCX to develop an ‘algo-trading strategy’
  • VRS package may save Rs 1,080 cr in annual salary tab: MTNL chief
  • Voda Idea rights issue receives bids for 1109 crore shares: NSE data
  • Nasdaq hits record, S&P nears all-time high on upbeat earnings
  • Delhi HC allows Alembic, Natco to export Bayer drug for specific purposes
  • SBI gets board approval to raise up to $2.5 billion in bonds
  • After Lee Fixel exit, Tiger Global prowls for B2B startup deals in India
  • Jet Airways says will validate refund claims in 45 days
  • Ericsson moves Supreme Court against returning Rs 580 crore to Anil Ambani’s RCom
  • UltraTech Cement Q4 net profit at Rs 1,014 crore
  • US-based Avaya announces partnership with Standard Chartered bank
  • Cyberattacks to cost firms $5.2 trillion in next 5 years: Accenture
  • Customer complaints against banks surge 25% to 1.63 lakh in FY18
  • Office space worth $35 bn can be listed under REIT: JLL India
  • RBI too joins global peers in raising gold bullion reserves
  • Non-filers of GST returns to be barred from generating e way bills from June 21
  • Rupee falls by 24 paise on strong dollar demand
  • Sensex rallies 490 points; Nifty reclaims 11,700-mark
  • Self-assessed GST return permitted.

Key Due Dates:

  • 20-04-2019 – GSTR-3B for the m/o March 2019.
  • 30-04-2019 – GSTR-1 for the quarter ending March 2019 for taxpayers with Annual Aggregate turnover upto than 1.50 Crore.
  • 30-04-2019 – Deposit of TDS/TCS for m/o March 2019.
  • 30-04-2019 – Furnishing challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IA/194IB in month of March’19
  • 30-04-2019 – Due date for uploading declarations received from recipients in Form. 15G/15H during the quarter ending March, 2019.

Disclaimer:

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; Before making any decision do consult your professional /tax advisor for their misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. The author is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Gardener & Founder Director of Rajput Jain & Associate, a leading Tax & Investment planning Advisor Service provider. His Blog can be found at http://carajput.com for any query you can write toinfo@carajput.com. Hope the information will assist you in your professional endeavors. For query or help contact: info@carajput.com  or call at 09811322785/4- 9555555480.

Corporate and Professional Updates on 20th April 2019

Direct Tax Updates:

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  • CBDT has directed the Income-Tax Department to initiate penalty proceedings by June 30 against non-filers and ‘drop filers’ of tax returns. According to the non-filer monitoring system of the I-T department, data for 20.4 million non-filers has been obtained between 2013 and 2017, of which 2.5 million are those who are inconsistent — popularly known as ‘dropped filers’.
  • CBDT Committee on ‘Profit Attribution to Permanent Establishment (PE) in India’ said MNCs that are incurring global losses or a global profit margin of less than 2 per cent and have operations in India will be deemed to have made a profit of 2 per cent of Indian revenue or turnover and will be taxed accordingly.
  • The tax department has initiated action based on the NMS database, which has identified such non-filers and dropped filers
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has directed the Income-Tax Department to initiate penalty proceedings by June 30 against non-filers and ‘drop filers’ of tax returns. According to the non-filer monitoring system (NMS) of the I-T department, data for 20.4 million non-filers has been obtained between 2013 and 2017, of which 2.5 million are those who are inconsistent — popularly known as ‘dropped filers’.
  • “We are issuing notices in all the non-filer/dropped filer cases across the country, and proceedings shall be initiated accordingly in the relevant cases,” said an assessing officer. Typically, the penalty for non-filing is pursued under Section 271F of the Income Tax Act, and that for late filing under Section 234. If an assessee files returns after the due date of August 31 but before December 31, it will attract a penalty of Rs 5,000. For those who file returns after December 31, the penalty rises to Rs 10,000. However, there is an exemption for small taxpayers — if the total income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh per annum, the maximum penalty will be Rs 1,000.
  • The tax department has initiated action based on the NMS database, which has identified such non-filers and dropped filers. The said data has been shared with assessing officers. This information may be acted upon as efficiently as possible to widen the tax base, said the officer cited above. The NMS data shows a sharp increase in non-filers since 2013. In 2014, the number of non-filers was 1.22 million, which surged to 6.75 million in 2015. The number of dropped filers in FY18 stood at 2.52 million, down from 2.83 million in FY17.

Indirect Tax Updates:

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  • GST 20.4.2019 is Last date to file GSTR-3B of March 2019 & claim pending ITC of 2017-18, not claimed till now but shown by Suppliers in their GSTR-1.

RBI Updates:

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  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday released a draft ‘Enabling Framework for Regulatory Sandbox’ in order to support the country’s rapidly growing fintech space. The sandbox will begin the testing process with 10-12 selected entities focusing on financial inclusion, payments and lending, digital KYC, etc. The cohorts may run for varying time periods, but should ordinarily be completed within six months, said the RBI.
  • A regulatory sandbox usually refers to live testing of new products or services in a controlled/test regulatory environment for which regulators may permit certain regulatory relaxations for the limited purpose of the testing. The regulatory sandbox would be within a well-defined space and duration where the RBI will provide the requisite regulatory guidance, so as to increase efficiency, manage risks, and create new opportunities for consumers.
  • The draft guidelines highlight the clear principles and role of the proposed regulatory sandbox, its pros and cons, the reasons for setting up the regulatory sandbox and expectations of the RBI from the sandbox. The central bank has invited comments on the draft guidelines from stakeholders by May 8.

Key Due Dates:

  • 20-04-2019 – GSTR-3B for the m/o March 2019.
  • 30-04-2019 – GSTR-1 for the quarter ending March 2019 for taxpayers with Annual Aggregate turnover upto than 1.50 Crore.
  • 30-04-2019 – Deposit of TDS/TCS for m/o March 2019.
  • 30-04-2019 – Furnishing challan-cum-statement in respect of tax deducted u/s 194-IA/194IB in month of March’19
  • 30-04-2019 – Due date for uploading declarations received from recipients in Form. 15G/15H during the quarter ending March, 2019.

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Corporate and Professional Updates on 3rd April 2019

Indirect Tax Updates:

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  • The financial year 2018-19 ended on a happy note on the goods and services tax front. At Rs 1.06 trillion, the government has announced the highest monthly collection from GST in March since its roll-out 21 months ago. This is the fourth time in FY19 that the monthly GST collection has crossed the Rs 1-trillion mark, meeting the target. With this, the total GST collected during the year has touched Rs 11.77 trillion, still nearly Rs 75,000 crore short of the initial annual expectation.
  • Even so, the GST mop-up, together with the direct tax collection of Rs 11.5 trillion, may somewhat ease the government’s worry about a steep tax shortfall for now. Analysts said the latest numbers would help the government move closer to the fiscal deficit target of 3.4 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product set for FY19. “The monthly average of GST revenue during FY19 is Rs 98,114 crore, which is 9.2 per cent higher than 2017-18. These figures indicate that the revenue growth has been picking up in recent months, despite various rate rationalisation measures..
  • The total GST collections in March were up 16 per cent from the corresponding period last year. Of that, the central GST (CGST) stood at Rs 20,353 crore, while state GST (SGST), and integrated GST (IGST) were pegged at Rs 27,520 crore and Rs 50,418 crore, respectively. The collection from cess was Rs 8,286 crore. chart “The major reasons for the growth could be reconciliations by businesses of outward and inward supplies, intelligent data analytics, related tax leakage detections, and consequent GST payment by businesses.
  • The CGST for the financial year adds up to Rs 4.6 trillion, against the revised target of Rs 5.04 trillion, leading to a shortfall of nearly Rs 45,000 crore. However, the amount collected as GST compensation cess which is left unutilised and is yet to be distributed to states is likely to be adequate enough to meet the shortfall, finance ministry officials said. This amount, they said, has helped the central government meet its revised GST target. The compensation cess is distributed among the states every two months, beginning May. The unutilised cess stands at around Rs 40,000 crore for the fiscal.

RBI Updates: 

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  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made life a little easier for banks by tweaking the rule on bad-loan divergence disclosures. Banks’ disclosure of divergences, mandated by the RBI, aims at improving the transparency in asset classification and preventing under-reporting of bad loans. The central bank on Monday appears to have diluted the rule a bit without compromising the intent. “Some banks, on account of low or negative net profit, are required to disclose small divergences, which is contrary to the regulatory intent that only material divergences be disclosed.
  • It told banks to disclose divergences when the additional provisioning for bad loans assessed by the RBI exceeds 10% of the reported profit before  provisions and contingencies for the reference period, instead of the earlier rule of 15% of the published net profits after tax.
  • There was no change in the second condition: That additional gross NPAs identified by RBI exceed 15% of the published incremental gross NPAs for the reference period. “This is clearly in line with substance over form. Some of the state-run banks were needed to report even minor non-material differences, primarily because they were making losses or hardly making profit on account of large provisioning pressure. This could have led to conflicting signals to the market.

SEBI Updates:

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  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India has proposed a self-regulatory body for distributors and advisors of mutual funds products. The regulator said the distributors of mutual fund products and investment advisers are becoming important players in the market and growing in number.  There are about 1.24 lakh distributors of mutual fund products as on February 28, 2019 and 1,136 investment advisers registered with SEBI as on March 19, 2019. “Therefore, their direct supervision by SEBI would be challenging. Hence, some form of a first-level regulator is required to have an oversight on them.
  • SEBI has stated in a discussion paper on Monday seeking public comments by April 21, 2019. “Further, the same may be extended to such other intermediaries or other market participants as may be notified by SEBI from time to time.” The regulator has sought feedback on whether there should be single or different SROs for different classes of regulatees and on enhancing the net worth of SROs from the existing? 1 crore. At present, asset management companies are responsible for the conduct of the distributors empanelled by it. But, there are diverse practices in the industry regarding the relationships between the asset management company and the distributor. Besides, a distributor is empanelled with multiple asset management companies

Other Updates:

  • Legal fraternity divided over SC order on NPA circular
  • ‘Precarious’ global rebound expected in late 2019: IMF
  • Jet grounds 15 more planes over non-payment of dues
  • Banks can now refer defaulters to NCLT: Bankers
  • BlackRock begins its biggest organisational overhaul in years
  • Britain to seek further delay to Brexit: Theresa May
  • SC order on RBI circular negative for banks, may defer debt resolution
  • Rel Jio transfers fibre and tower infrastructure to InvITs
  • Manufacturing growth slips to six-month low in March: PMI
  • RBI to introduce new seven-year and 20-yr bonds on April 5
  • S&P Global Ratings revises outlook on Tata Steel to positive from stable
  • Paytm Money receives Sebi approval to start stock broking services.
  • Infosys says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw sold 1,600 Shares without pre-clearance.
  • Naresh Goyal agrees to step down as Chairman of Jet Airways.
  • Iran buys Indian sugar to ease its oil-money headache.
  • LG India aims for 30% Growth in commercial ACs this year.
  • NIIF, CDC & Eversource Capital to invest $330 mn in Ayana.
  • Lupin launches chronic angina treatment drug in the US.
  • Future Group to bring 7-Eleven Stores to India.
  • Cabinet clears ₹10,000 Crore FAME II scheme.
  • RBI constitutes task force under Usha Thorat on offshore rupee markets.
  • REC Board approves borrowing limit hike,₹11 Per Share Interim Dividend.
  • J&J allowed resuming Baby Talc Production.
  • Fraud-hit PNB ranks highest in implementation of ‘Reforms Agenda’ in 2018.

Key Due dates:

  • ITC in respect of the invoices issued during 2017-18   may be availed till the due date of GSTR 3B for the month of March 2019.
  • The Due Date of GSTR-3B for the month of March 2019 is 20th April 2019.

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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; Before making any decision do consult your professional /tax advisor for their misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. The author is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Gardener & Founder Director of Rajput Jain & Associate, a leading Tax & Investment planning Advisor Service provider. His Blog can be found at http://carajput.com for any query you can write toinfo@carajput.com. Hope the information will assist you in your professional endeavors. For query or help contact: info@carajput.com  or call at 09811322785/4- 9555555480.

Corporate and Professional Updates on 1st April 2019

RBI Updates:

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  • RBI has now clarified that the approval of the RBI is not required for opening of Branch Office or a Liaison Office or a Project Office, in case the approval or license/permission by the concerned Ministry / Regulators as the case may be, if the principal business of the applicant falls in the four sectors namely Defence, Telecom, Private Security and Information and Broadcasting. Further, in the case of proposal for opening a PO relating to defence sector, no separate reference or approval of Government of India shall be required if the said non-resident applicant has been awarded a contract by / entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Defence or Service Headquarters or Defence Public Sector Undertakings.
  • The term “permission” used in the Notification does not include general permission, if any, available under Foreign Direct Investment in the automatic route, in respect of the above four sectors.

SEBI Updates:

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  • The Board decided that except in case of transmission or transposition of securities, requests for effecting transfer of securities shall not be processed unless the securities are held in dematerialized form with a depository. This measure shall come into effect from April 01, 2019. The SEBI has clarified that the this decision does not prohibit the investor from holding the shares in physical form; investor has the option of holding shares in physical form even after April 01, 2019 and shall only apply, if any, investor who is desirous of transferring shares after April 01, 2019 and can only be transferred is the shares are in dematerialized form. Further, the transfer deed(s) once lodged prior to deadline and returned due to deficiency in the document may be re-lodged for transfer even after the deadline of April 01, 2019. The above Board decision is not applicable for demat of shares, transmission.

MCA Updates:

  • MCA has inserted new Rule 38A and has mandated that the application for incorporation of a company shall be accompanied by a linked e-form AGILE (Application for registration of the Goods and Services Tax Identification Number, Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) registration PLUS Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation registration with effect from 31st March 2019. The application for incorporation of a company under Rule 38 shall be accompanied by e-form AGILE containing an application for registration of the GSTIN with effect from 31st March, 2019, EPFO with effect from 8th April, 2019 and ESIC with effect from 15th April, 2019.

Other Updates:

  • Core Sector Growth slows down to 1.8% in January.
  • Airtel gets Board Approval to raise Rs 32,000 Crore.
  • India to see Lower Productivity, Weak Demand.
  • Govt keen on Amalgamation of PSBs.
  • NCLAT orders resolution on Essar Steel bid by March 8.
  • SEBI wants govt rethink on RBI representation on its Board.
  • NSE to introduce Brent Crude Oil Futures Contract on Mar 1.
  • DBS to convert its India Operations into wholly-owned subsidiary from Mar 1.
  • 2018 best year for M&As as deal values rise 126% to $80 Bn.
  • International Finance Corp to invest $165 Mn in Bajaj Finance, Dodla Dairy.
  • Infosys says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw sold 1,600 Shares without pre-clearance.
  • Naresh Goyal agrees to step down as Chairman of Jet Airways.
  • Iran buys Indian sugar to ease its oil-money headache.
  • LG India aims for 30% Growth in commercial ACs this year.
  • NIIF, CDC & Eversource Capital to invest $330 mn in Ayana.
  • Lupin launches chronic angina treatment drug in the US.
  • Future Group to bring 7-Eleven Stores to India.
  • Cabinet clears ₹10,000 Crore FAME II scheme.
  • RBI constitutes task force under Usha Thorat on offshore rupee markets.
  • REC Board approves borrowing limit hike,₹11 Per Share Interim Dividend.
  • J&J allowed resuming Baby Talc Production.
  • Fraud-hit PNB ranks highest in implementation of ‘Reforms Agenda’ in 2018.

Key Due dates:

  • ITC in respect of the invoices issued during 2017-18   may be availed till the due date of GSTR 3B for the month of March 2019.
  • The Due Date of GSTR-3B for the month of March 2019 is 20th April 2019.

Disclaimer:

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; Before making any decision do consult your professional /tax advisor for their misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. The author is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Gardener & Founder Director of Rajput Jain & Associate, a leading Tax & Investment planning Advisor Service provider. His Blog can be found at http://carajput.com for any query you can write toinfo@carajput.com. Hope the information will assist you in your professional endeavors. For query or help contact: info@carajput.com  or call at 09811322785/4- 9555555480.

Corporate and Professional Updates on 1st March 2019

Direct Tax Updates:

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  • Income tax department will issue only e-refunds and that too these will be credited only to bank accounts linked with PAN.
  • In addition to that, you are also required to pre-validate your bank account with the income tax department e-filing portal to receive tax refund.
  • The income tax refunds will be credited only to bank accounts which are linked to PAN from March 1, 2019. If your PAN is not yet linked with your bank account, you must provide the details of the same to your bank branch to get an income tax refund.
  • The finance ministry has asked the direct tax code (DTC) panel to revise the existing income-tax slabs, especially in the 20 per cent bracket. The panel has sought three months to incorporate the suggestions.
  • “The current tax rates are ambiguous in nature, especially the lower slabs. As suggested we will work towards harmonising the tax rates, currently prone to interpretation. We will seek more expert voices and weigh the circumstances to incorporate the changes in line with the suggestions we have received,” said the official cited above. Under the current I-T slabs, income up to Rs 2.5 lakh is exempt from tax, those earning up to Rs 5 lakh pay 5 per cent, and those earning up to Rs 10 lakh have to pay 20 per cent tax. Those with income above Rs 10 lakh have to pay 30 per cent tax.
  • Those with income up to Rs 5 lakh will not have to pay tax, as they have been given tax credits in the interim Budget passed by Parliament. If various investment schemes are also factored in, those with income up to Rs 10 lakh might also escape the tax net in the next financial year. Sources said with elections round the corner, the government does not want to bring in the long-pending report.

Indirect tax Updates:

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  • The government has detected GST evasion of Rs.20,000 crore so far this fiscal and will take more steps to check frauds and increase compliance, a senior tax officer said on Wednesday. Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Member John Joseph further said the department would soon call a meeting of the representatives of the real estate sector to understand transition issues faced by the sector post reduction in GST rates. The GST Council earlier this week decided to cut tax rates on under-construction apartments and affordable housing to 5% and 1%.
  • The builders will not be able to claim credit for the taxes paid on inputs, like steel, cement. The earlier GST rate on under-construction apartments and affordable housing was 12% and 8% with input tax credit (ITC), respectively. On demand for giving ITC relief to the builders of the under-construction flats which are already built but not yet sold to buyers.
  • The recent exemption offered from the goods & services tax levied on development rights, including transferable development rights, development rights certificates and joint development agreements. Realtors’ body, the National Real Estate Development Council, has written to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs seeking clarity.
  • The GST Council proposed that intermediate tax on development rights will be exempted only for such residential projects on which GST is payable. The government decided to more than halve the GST rates for under-construction projects to 5% from 12%. The GST Council removed the input tax credit, while GST on affordable housing was reduced to a marginal 1% along with expanding definition of such homes. Ready properties that have received occupancy certificate do not attract GST.

RBI Updates:

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  • The Reserve Bank of India Tuesday said it would shortly put into circulation new-series Rs 100 denomination bank notes bearing the signature of its Governor Shaktikanta Das.
  • The RBI will shortly issue Rs 100 denomination bank notes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series bearing the signature of Das, the central bank said in a release.
  • The design of these notes is similar in all respects to the Rs 100 bank notes in circulation currently.

SEBI Updates:

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  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India plans to tighten takeover norms applicable to companies undergoing proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Sources said the capital markets regulator would do away with the provision that allowed a ‘competent authority’ to exempt an acquirer from the requirement of an open offer. Only a court or a tribunal would be allowed to provide such exemptions, they added.
  • Experts said the move was aimed at reducing ambiguity and curbing the misuse of the regulations. While at present the rules allow a “competent authority” to provide an open offer exemption, the regulations have not defined who act as a “competent authority”, leaving it can open for interpretation. Typically, a competent authority can be a sector regulator or ministry.

Key Due Dates:

  • Challan-cun Statement in respect to tax Deducted under sec. 194IB for the month of Jan is 2nd March 2019.
  • Payment of TDS/TCS collected /deducted in the month of February is 7th February 2019.

Disclaimer:

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; Before making any decision do consult your professional /tax advisor for their misrepresentation or interpretation of act or rules author does not take any responsibility. Neither the author nor the firm accepts any liability for the loss or damage of any kind arising out of information in this document or for any action taken in reliance there on. The author is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Gardener & Founder Director of Rajput Jain & Associate, a leading Tax & Investment planning Advisor Service provider. His Blog can be found at http://carajput.com for any query you can write to info@carajput.com. Hope the information will assist you in your professional endeavors. For query or help contact: info@carajput.com  or call at 09811322785/4- 9555555480.