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Making company law tribunal more effective

The formation of the National Company Law Tribunal ( NCLT) on June 1, 2016, marked a decade- long attempt to overhaul company law litigation in India. NCLT President M M Kumar struck an optimistic note while speaking at a recent public function, highlighting the new approach of the tribunal. However, considering the large increase in workload, infrastructure and manpower constraints continue to remain the tribunal’s Achilles’ heel. Kumar said the crux of the changed approach lay in Section 422 of the Companies Act, 2013, which mandates three months for the completion of proceedings, extendable by 90 days. There was no such guidance for the functioning of the erstwhile Company Law Board ( CLB). The CLB had gained notoriety in the past for its laggard approach towards proceedings, leading to long- drawn disputes. Even after constitution of the NCLT, many were sceptical of its eventual efficacy. The lack of underlying rules of procedure led cynics to believe the tribunal was just a change i…

Income fund investors need to tread carefully

With an average annualised return of 10 per cent, income fund investors have had a couple of good years. However, considering that Consumer Price Index- based inflation is currently closer to the upper end of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) target and the new governor is likely to continue to keep a focus on inflation, we might not see an interest rate cut any time soon. It may be recalled that after Raghuram Rajan’s decision to quit RBI, the bond market witnessed a smart rally on expectations that the new governor might cut rates faster. However, as became evident after the announcement of Urjit Patel’s appointment that there might not be a significant change in RBI’s monetary policy stance, the bond market witnessed some selloff. Leaving investors with the dilemma of whether the current scenario warrants a realigning their debt fund portfolio. Although the current scenario doesn’t appear favourable to the short- term prospects of income funds, investors will do well not to panic an…

Govt might advance Parliament session to get GST laws approved

Eager to meet the April 1 target to rollout the landmark Goods and Services Tax( GST), the government might advance the winter session of Parliament by a fortnight to get supporting legislations passed,giving sufficient time for implementation of the new indirect tax regime.The winter session is normally convened in the third or four th week of November. The government is looking at starting the month- longsessionimmediately after the festive season. Business Standard New Delhi,29th August 2016

New a/c rules to hit FMCG firms' revenues

Ind-AS, the new accounting standards that came into effect from April 1, might squeeze the revenues of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies by up to eight per cent in 2016-17. The key cause is deduction of sales promotion expenditure from the revenue figure, hitherto part of the profit & loss (P&L) statement under the earlier IGAAP accounting norms.
In the just-concluded June quarter, for instance, the top line of the country's largest consumer goods company, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), was affected by 2.6 per cent or Rs 214 crore under Ind-AS. Godrej Consumer Products’ revenue was squeezed 10.4 per cent. Sunil Duggal, chief executive, Dabur India, said six to seven per cent of its FY17  revenue would be hit. “Some part of promotional expenditure, mainly below-line expenses, will be deducted from revenue,  expected to be around Rs 600 crore,” he said. Vivek Karve, chief financial officer, Marico, said: “On an annualised basis, sales will get restated downwards by approxim…

Opening doors to foreign auditors

Aturf battle is brewing between Indian audit companies and those owned by global audit and accounting networks, as the government pushes for opening up of accounting services. Small and midsize chartered accountancy ( CA) entities feel the most threatened by this move. Questions are being raised on issues around reciprocity, visa restrictions and non- recognition of Indian audit certificates in other jurisdictions. CAs working with international audit agencies say the move will improve India’s bargaining position in global markets on export of services. It started with a note sent earlier this month by the Union ministry of corporate affairs to The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ( ICAI), regulatory body for auditing professionals. The ministry sought the institute’s views on allowing foreign auditors to practice directly in the country, and to use their own brand name while attesting financial statements. Currently, global audit companies operate in the country through a netw… News... News...
1. SEBI relaxes restrictions on more than 200 entities, which were barred from the securities market in three different cases including permission, to deal in government securities and invest in ETF.
2. No cancellation of trust’s registration just because its main income was from interest and miscellaneous receipt.
3. New Automation Process for Filing of MVAT and CST Returns has been issued under circular no. 22T of 2016.
4. Under GST; TDS @ 1% will be applicable on notified supplies for contracts exceeding Rs. 10 lacs in value. TDS deposit by 10th of next month.
5. No tax on income from offshore supplies as supplier had no agency PE in India.