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Updates of the day...

Updates Of the Day
1.MCA has granted relaxation of additional fees and extension of last data of filing of E-Forms AOC-4, AOC-4 XBRL and MGT-7 under the Companies Act, 2013 upto 30th November, 2015.
2.Extension to 16th November 2015 of last date to file DVAT-16, DVAT-17 and DVAT- 48 for Quarter-2 of 2015-16, circular number 27 of 2015-16.
3.The packaged, ready-made, off the shelf software are pure goods liable only to VAT. [High Court of Karnataka, Fin department of Karnataka vs IBM India Private Limited.]
4.Allegation against counsel of revenue prima facie constitutes criminal contempt of court. [Delhi High Court: CIT vs. M/s Escorts Ltd.]
5.Revenue not authorized to rewrite terms of agreement and adjudge commercial expediency. [Supreme Court: Mangalore Ganesh Beedi Works vs. CIT.]
6.A liaison office of a foreign company identifying suppliers and material is not a permanent establishment under Article 5 of India-USA DTAA. [Columbia Sportswear Company vs. DIT] (Karnataka High Court.)

Clarity on tax treatment of offshore Rs.bonds

Offshore rupee- denominated bonds will attract a withholding tax of five per cent, and gains arising in case of appreciation of rupee against the foreign currency in which the investment is made would be exempted from capital gains tax, the finance ministry clarified on Thursday. The clarification comes in the wake of companies such as NTPC, IIFCL, and IRFC planning to issue rupeedenominated bonds in markets abroad, and after foreign portfolio investors had sought clarification on the tax treatment of the instruments, dubbed masala bonds, in a meeting with finance ministry officials last week. In the statement, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said the matter of taxation of income from such bonds under Income Tax Act, 1961 had been considered by the government. “As far as taxation of interest income from off- shore bonds in the case of non- resident investors is concerned, it is clarified that withholding tax at the rate of five per cent, which is in the nature of final tax, woul…

Vendors highlight chinks in Sebi’s surveillance system

Technology vendors met with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) recently to highlight the chinks in the regulator’s surveillance system. “Vendors have suggested that surveillance at Sebi be made more real time instead of the T+ 1 mechanism that exists today. At present, the regulator checks on the trades that have happened and not the order book, which could give a better clue on any possible manipulation,” said a person familiar with the matter, on condition of anonymity. At present, there is no way to detect if an entity is manipulating the share prices without actually carrying out any trades, added the person. “ It’s like an auction where an entity can drive up prices, forcing others to bid at higher prices,” he said. This is a problem worldwide including developed markets such as the US and the UK, which also track data on T+ 1 basis, say experts. The US SEC has recently invested in a new technology called MIDAS to better track real- time data. The aim of M…

Regulator File 5-sheet public offer documents

The stock markets regulator has said companies need to file a five- sheet prospectus for Initial Public Offerings. IPO is the act of selling shares in a company for the first time. A prospectus is a document that gives information about a companys shares before they are offered for sale. The new norms will come into effect from December 1. Currently, the prospectuses that companies file for public offerings, including IPOs, run into 400 to 500 pages. Investors find them difficult. Sebi said " information as is material and appropriate to enable the investors to make an informed decision shall be disclosed in the abridged prospectus". Business Standard, New Delhi, 30th Oct. 2015

National Pension System opened up for NRIs

To enable Indians living abroad to access old age income security, the Reserve Bank of India on Thursday allowed non- resident Indians ( NRIs) to subscribe to the National Pension System ( NPS). “It has now been decided, in consultation with the government, to enable National Pension System ( NPS) as an investment option for NRIs under FEMA, 1999,” RBI said in a notification here on Thursday. NRIs may subscribe to the NPS governed and administered by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority ( PFRDA), provided such subscriptions are made through normal banking channels and the person is eligible to invest according to the provisions of the PFRDA Act, it said. The subscription amounts shall be paid by the NRIs either by inward remittance through normal banking channels or out of funds held in their NRE/ FCNR/ NRO account. RBI, however, said there would be no restriction on repatriation of the annuity/ accumulated savings. NPS was launched on January, 1 2004, with the objective o…

Employers urge govt to apply amended bonus lawfrom next FY

The largest employers’ organisation in the country urged the government on Thursday to consider applying amendments to the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, from financial year 2016- 17 and not retrospectively from April 1, 2015, as passed by the Cabinet earlier. The All India Organisation of Employers ( AIOE), an allied body to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( Ficci), argued that applying the amended Act from the start of the current financial year would prove a serious operational challenge to businesses. The main reason for this is that the enhanced amount has not been provided for in the balancesheet of companies in financial year 2014- 15, it said. The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, is applicable to all industrial units and other establishments, where 20 or more persons are employed on any given day during an accounting year. The labour ministry had last month proposed an amendment to the Act, whereby all employees earning up to Rs.21,000 a month be eligible for b…