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Lower stamp duty for affordable homes: Centre

The government has written to states, asking them to reduce stamp duty on registration of houses for poor, in a bid to push affordable housing projects across the country. “I have just written to all the chief ministers with regard to the need to reduce stamp duty. The stamp duty was collected to maintain the registers, now it has become a source of revenue. Charging this on affordable housing people will be a burden,” urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu said. Hindustan Times New Delhi,21th July 2016

E- book must for debt issues of over Rs. 500 cr in a year

Markets regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) on Wednesday said the electronic book ( ebook) mechanism will be mandatory for companies raising debt via private placements, aggregating to Rs.500 crore or more in a single financial year. The move will help streamline procedures for issuance of debt securities on private placement basis, boosting efficiency, transparency of the price discovery mechanism, and improving liquidity in the secondary market. The e- book mechanism is mandatory for all private placement issues on debt basis for more than Rs. 500 crore from July 1. "Further, in case, the issuer comes with multiple issues in afinancial year which are individually less than Rs.500 crore, but the aggregate issue size in the same year crosses Rs.500 crore, in such a scenario, issuer shall use the e- book mechanism for any incremental private placement," Sebi said. The regulator said the mechanism is voluntary for those issues of debt securities which have a s…

Govt optimistic on GST passage

Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal expressed hope that the Rajya Sabha would clear the Constitutional amendment for a proposed national goods and services tax (GST), with support from regional parties.  On the sidelines of an Assocham event, he said the Congress party's demand for capping the GST rate in the Constitution was "not practical" and the government was trying for a consensus. “There are many chief ministers — of UP, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar — who all want GST to come fast...We hope the Rajya Sabha will be able to pass the Bill in the third week of the session," he said. The current session of Parliament began on Monday and ends on August 12. The Congress, which originally mooted GST in the Budget for 2006-07, to replace all indirect taxes, has been demanding the overall rate be capped at 18 per cent and an additional one per cent tax designed to compensate manufacturing states that fear loss of revenue be scrapped. Recently, it indicated it w…

Govt against raising FDI cap in newspapers

The Centre has decided not to raise the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit on newspapers and periodicals to 49 per cent from 26 per cent. Currently, the FDI policy permits 26 per cent FDI in the publishing of newspapers and periodicals dealing with news and current affairs via the approval route. The issue of relaxing FDI norms in the print media has been pending for long. The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) had recently asked the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion ( DIPP) to have a look at the proposal. In a communication to DEA, the DIPP said a “considered view” was taken against increasing the FDI cap in print media sector, sources said. The issue of relaxing the FDI cap in print media came up for discussions last November as well as during the recent liberalisation of the norms in June and both times it was decided not to tweak the caps, they added. Recently, the government relaxed FDI norms in about eight sectors, including civil aviation, defence, private securit…

ITR Notices to MNCs Render PAN Relaxation Ineffective

BACK TO SQUARE ONE A fortnight ago, CBDT had eased the norm for MNCs to have mandatory PAN no. for availing sops under tax treaties but it's still a must for filing returns
Two weeks after the Central Board of Direct Taxes relaxed the norm of having mandatory PAN cards so that they can pay lowest domestic tax rates, many have now started to receive notices from the income tax for filing tax returns. It is a Catch-22 situation for the companies; to file returns they need to submit a PAN number, so the relaxation means zilch. While the total number of notices could not be ascertained, a person close to the development said the government is likely to send out 100 notices including those that have already been dispatched. Any multinational not filing for tax returns under any pretext would have to face further penalties from the Income Tax department. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), about a fortnight back, had given relaxation to multinationals (non-resident companies) from pro… News.. News...
1. The recommendation of the Supreme Court-constituted special investigation team (SIT) to ban cash transactions above Rs.3 lakh and capping cash holdings of companies and individuals at Rs.15 lakh will be detrimental for India’s traditional economy, according to a leading traders body.
2. Private school audit can be done by CA and the report will be submitted to the Delhi Government in the second week of August. This proposal and verification is based on the direction of the Delhi high court.
3. Use latest version of e-Forms INC-23, MR-1 and MR-2, which are likely to be revised on MCA Portal by 21.07.2016.
4. MCA issues The Companies (Share Capital and Debentures) Third Amendment Rules, 2016. MCA notification dated 19th July, 2016.
5. Today (21.07.16) is last date for e-payment of DVAT & CST pertaining to month/quarter ending in June 2016.