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GST rollout CBEC looks to curb tax evasion

Central Board of Excise and Customs pitches for an information exchange system between tax agencies With the roll-out of goods and services tax (GST) in the works, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) is pitching for an information exchange system between different tax agencies to curb evasion. GST is expected to create a trail of different transactions as at every level traders will have to register their invoices to claim input tax credits. In addition, the entire process will be online with the help of the information technology infrastructure. The integration of state and central indirect taxes will provide a comprehensive picture of a taxpayer. This will make it easier to check evasion of any tax—both direct and indirect—by a trader if the different agencies share information among themselves. For instance, it can detect cases where a company pays a certain amount of tax deducted at source (TDS) but does not pay the excise duty at all or pays a lower amount of excise duty t…

Sebi to enhance supervision of brokers to check misuse of funds

Brokerages will be told to strengthen audit systems; bourses to get larger role in monitoring health of such firms India’s capital market regulator is planning to step up supervision of stock brokers in a bid to check misuse or diversion of client funds and improve safety of the market. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) will ask brokerage firms to beef up their audit mechanism and also draw up a larger role for stock exchanges in monitoring the financial health of such firms. These are a few of the suggestions that are part of a Sebi report titled Enhanced supervision of stock brokers. Feedback on it has been sought from the Bombay Stock Exchange Brokers Forum and Association of National Exchanges Members of India (Anmi), after which the proposals will be placed before the Sebi board. Mint has reviewed a copy of the report. If approved, the recommendations will come into effect from April 2016. The report is part of Sebi’s effort to move towards a risk-based model of super…

Sebi notifies revised regulations ahead of FMC merger

The Securities and Exchange Board of India ( Sebi) on Tuesday amended its regulations that would allow the functioning of the commodities derivatives market and its brokers under the ambit of the capital market regulator. The move comes ahead of the merger of the commodities’ market regulator, the Forward Markets Commission, with Sebi, which would be effective September 28. The amended regulations included those relating to stock exchanges and clearing corporations. These norms would also come into force on September 28. Among others, aregional commodity derivatives exchange should pay Sebi an annual regulatory fee of Rs.50,000 within 30 days of the conclusion of the relevant financial year, said the amended norms. In the case of the national commodity derivatives exchanges, the net worth for a self- clearing member should be Rs.1 crore and for a clearing member it should be Rs.3 crore. The deposit amount in the case of a national commodity derivative exchange would be Rs.50 lakh for bo…

Trai notifies tariff amendments

Broadcasting sector regulator Trai on Tuesday notified two tariff amendment orders as per which it has allowed broadcasters to enter into tripartite agreements with distribution platform operators and " commercial" subscribers for supply of signals of TV channels. It has also made distinction between ordinary and commercial subscribers in these tariff amendment orders — one applicable for TV services being provided through analog cable TV systems and the other applicable for TV services being provided through digital addressable cable TV systems. Business Standard, New Delhi, 9th Sept. 2015

Taxman to compulsorily file court case if illegal foreign assets detected

Taking tough stance against black money, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has directed the Income Tax department to mandatorily launch court cases against people found to be holding stash funds and tainted assets abroad and consider compounding of such offences only at a later stage. The apex policy-making body of the tax department has recently issued a directive in this regard to all I-T offices in the country after the later raised doubts over the applicability of the provisions of the compounding of offences under the Income Tax Act, 1961 in these cases. Business Standard, New Delhi, 9th Sept. 2015

EPFO mulls further reduction in admin fee charged from firms

In a move that could substantially reduce the financial burden of around 800,000 employers, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation ( EPFO) is considering afurther cut in the administrative fee it charges companies. The industry has called for a reduction in the administrative fees as this is a part of the employers’ contribution towards the EPFO. The EPFO is planning to reduce the administrative fee from 0.85 per cent to 0.65 per cent of the monthly basic salary. The Union labour ministry had already reduced the administrative charges from 1.10 per cent to 0.85 per cent with effect from January this year. “As the services of EPFO improve with changing technology, acase is made out to reduce the administrative fee. We are in discussion to reduce it to 0.65 per cent of the monthly salary,” said Central Provident Fund Commissioner K K Jalan. However, the move will need the approval of EPFO’s apex decision- making body, the Central Board of Trustees ( CBT). The CBT is scheduled to meet …