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The government’s Plan B for GST

Options include raising both excise and service tax rates in FY16 The Centre is confident of rolling out a combined goods and services tax ( GST) at the national level in time to meet the April 2016 deadline, even before states get their legal structures in order. “Nothing in the law stops the Centre from doing so in this financial year ( FY16),” said an officer in the know of the developments. The plan is afallback option, to be resorted to only if the government is unable to make the first of the three Constitution amendment Bills sail through in the current session of Parliament. One of the options is to raise both excise and service tax rates in FY16, as these are way below any expected GST rates. Sources say the government is very serious about meeting the April deadline. Doing so will restore confidence among investors, domestic and foreign, about the government’s ability to make reforms happen, especially when it involves Parliament. The prime minister has already announced to inv…

Debt paper Rule change likely forMF investment

Sebi perusing Amfi panel report on this, likely to set investment cap The Securities and Exchange Board of India ( Sebi) will soon introduce new norms governing investment by mutual funds ( MFs) in rated debt instruments. The regulator might change the investment limit in asingle issuer to less than 15 per cent, depending on the rating associated with the paper. For example, in the case of an AAA- rated paper, the investment cap could be left unchanged at 15 per cent, for AA- rated paper at 12 per cent and so on. At present, Sebi restricts investment in rated investment- grade debt instruments issued by a single issuer to 15 per cent of the net assets of the scheme. “The lower the rating, the lower should be the exposure to the paper,” said a member of the valuation committee set up Association of Mutual Funds in India ( Amfi), on condition of anonymity. The markets regulator is likely to come out with new investment norms in debt papers soon, based on the recommendations of this committ…

Modi's tea diplomacy stirs hopes on GST

Meets Sonia, Manmohan to end stalemate; both sides to meet again, says Jaitley Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hosted Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over tea at his official residence at 7 Race Course Road to find middle ground on the government’s key tax reform, the goods and services tax ( GST) Constitution amendment Bill. It was the first time in his 18- month tenure that the PM reached out to the Congress leaders in the manner he did on Friday. Sources in the Congress said the only other occasion when the PM had spoken to the Congress president was over the Naga peace accord earlier this year. Sources in the government and the Congress party termed the 45- minute long meeting an ‘ icebreaker’. While both the Congress and the government viewed it as an ‘ introductory meeting’, there was hope in the government camp that this could pave the way for passage of the GST Bill in the ongoing winter session of Parliament. The Bill is pending in…

Updates of the day...

Updates Of the Day
1.Transfer of capital assets not completes if Terms and Conditions of agreement not performed by both parties. ITAT Jaipur held in the case of ITO vs. Alok Mukherjee.
2.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Thursday it would allow foreign portfolio investors
  (FPIs) to invest in bonds that are in default, partly or fully.
3.The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is set to unveil rules on monitoring the end use of green bonds, and might propose incentives for companies.
4.Excise Duty exemption to EOUs on raw materials/parts consumed in manufacture of certain specified ships/vessels and cleared to DTA.
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