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Relief for FIIs as income-tax department clarifies rules on defective returns

In a reprieve to foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), the income-tax department has clarified the circumstances in which the returns filed by these institutions will not be treated as defective. A number of notices of defective returns were issued under section 139(9) of the I-T Act to these investors who had not filed their balance sheet and profit and loss statement. A return is classified as defective when it excludes key information. In a statement issued on Thursday, the central board of direct taxes (CBDT) clarified that these returns will not be treated as defective in cases where such institutions are registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) and have no permanent establishment or place of business in India and have made the necessary disclosures about their business income. This follows the government’s decision to accept the A.P. Shah panel’s report that had said that FPIs with no permanent establishment in India are not liable to pay minimum alternate tax…

RBI Cuts SLR by 100 bps in Credit Boost

The Reserve Bank of India has announced a one percentage point cut in the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) in four equal stages by January 2017, giving banks more room to step up lending as credit demand picks up amid the economic revival gathering pace. SLR refers to the government securities that banks have to mandatorily hold. As of now, banks need to invest 21.5% of their deposits in government securities. The following is the timetable for the SLR reduction:21.25% on April 2, 2016 21% on July 9, 2016 20.75% on October 1, 2016 20.50% on January 1, 2017.Most banks have SLR in excess of what's mandated. As per RBI data, the banking system had a collective SLR of 29.33% on October 30. The excess investment in government securities is primarily due to absence of credit demand. Also, most banks hold 2-3% excess SLR to meet any unexpected liquidity shortage. Banks can borrow from the RBI's repo window by pledging government securities. The Economic Times, New Delhi, 11th Dec. 2015

CBDT Simplifies Norms of Pre-filling TDS Data Online

The Central Board of Di rect Taxes, the apex direct taxes body, has announced simplification of the process of online rectification of incorrect details of tax deducted at source (TDS) filed in the income tax return (ITR). Earlier, taxpayers were required to fill in complete details of the entire TDS schedule while applying for rectification on the e-filing portal of the I-T Department. To avoid this, the CBDT has said a new facility has been provided for pre-filling of TDS schedule while submitting online rectification request on the e-filing portal to facilitate easy correction or up-dating of TDS details. “This is expected to considerably ease the burden of compliance on the taxpayers seeking rectification due to TDS mismatch,“ an official statement said. Errors due to incomplete TDS details in rectification applications were leading to delays in processing of such applications, thereby causing hardships to taxpayers, it added. The Economic Times, New Delhi, 11th Dec. 2015

Updates of the day....

Updates Of the Day
1.Cheque bounces cases to be filed at the Place of Presentation of Cheque and not the place of issue. Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill passed on 07.12.2015.
2.MCA has modified the versions of e-Form GNL-4; Form INC-28; Form CRA-2; Form INC-2; Form ADJ; Form FC-1; Form FC-4 and Form AOC-CFS w.e.f 09.12.2015.
3.Indirect tax collections rose 34.3 per cent in the first eight months of 2015- 2016, led by high excise collections, signaling a pick- up in economic activity.
4.Penalty u/s 86(19) under DVAT cannot be imposed without affording an opportunity to the dealer to produce documents before impounding the vehicle. [Appellate Tribunal, Value Added Tax, Delhi: M/s Hindustan Unilever Limited].
5.Levy of interest on late payment of duty by providing it in subordinate regulations would be deemed as ultra vires if the same not provided by provisions of act. [Supreme Court; Shree Bhagwati Steel Rolling Mills].
6.CBDT has simplified the process of online rectification…