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What's app updates for last week...

What's app updates for Week ended 11-09-2016 S.No.Message1EXTENSION to 17-10-16 of Due date for filing ITRs in cases where due of ITR  is 30.9.16 due to clash with Income Declaration Scheme 2016. CBDT Order of 9-9-16.2GSTGyan 1016. Mandatory audit of books of account of all registered persons by Chartered/ Cost Accountant, if turnover  in FY exceeds specified limit. WebeCreator 3GSTGyan 1017. Dept. to nominate Chartered/ Cost Accountant for Special Audit if in scrutiny etc it seems value not correctly declared or excess credit availed.4GSTGyan 1018. Registration required in each state from where supplies to be made. File 3 Returns pm for EACH Registration & 1 Annual Return. (Min 37 per regn)5GSTGyan 1019. Proposed GST Council to resolve GST Rates, Dual control over Assessment/ Scrutiny of Assessees & Geographical/Area Based Exemptions. Rgds, WebeCreator 6GSTGyan 1020.  For GST roll out wef 1.4.2017, Parliament will have to approve CGST & IGST Bills & State Assemblie…

Redevelopment compensation isn't taxed

Members of cooperative housing societies, going in for redevelopment, can stop worrying about the tax on the compensation developers pay them. A recent judgment of the Mumbai Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) clarifies how the different components of compensation should be taxed. Property redevelopment is widespread in Mumbai. Developers are increasingly eyeing old housing societies in other big cities such as Delhi and Pune. Experts say the judgment can be used as a reference by house owners to plan their taxes. "The judgment favours home owners and reinforces that compensation should not be taxed. The observations made in this landmark judgment also balance the expectations of home owners and the income tax (I-T) department," says Arvind Rao, founder of Arvind Rao & Associates. Housing societies: Hemal Mehta, partner at Deloitte Haskins & Sells, explains that when a society goes for redevelopment, a developer typically pays its members a fixed rent that takes care…

Muted response to blank money disclosure window

The government’s effort to get people to voluntarily disclose their black money, under the Income Declaration Scheme ( IDS), has had a tepid response, with only about ? 4,000 crore reported till mid- August. The four- month window for disclosing black money deposits will close at the end of this month. The informal target for the scheme was tax collection of Rs. 40,000- 50,000 crore. To collect that amount, the disclosure would have have to be about Rs. 1 lakh crore. Those availing of this scheme would have to pay 45 per cent of their disclosed amount as tax, penalty and cess. Sources said the government expected to see an upsurge in the rate of disclosures in the last two weeks. “The scheme has been slow to pick up, with only about Rs. 4,000 crore black money disclosure till mid- August. But, we expect higher volumes as the deadline approaches,” said a government official. He added: “ This was the trend we had seen in the foreign black money scheme last year.” Another official said, “ Wh…

Cabinet Note on Budget Recast Soon

FinMin proposal involves merging rail & general budgets and advancing its presentation in Parliament to January from February end The finance ministry will shortly move a cabinet note on a multidimensional recast of the budget that's set to mark a break with the past.The proposal involves merging the rail budget with the general budget and advancings its presentation in Parliament to January from February end. If cabinet endorses the plan, a January budget will also see no distinction between plan and non-plan expenditure. And, if finance minister Arun Jaitley does succeed in getting the goods and services tax (GST) rolled out on April 1, revenues will take on a vastly different look, with the budget process being tweaked accordingly. An internal government panel has backed the idea of doing away with a separate railway budget, a 92-year-old practice that dates back to the colonial era. The panel will suggest how this can be achieved. “The proposal will be moved short ly,“ a senio…

Foreign Investors Begin to Feel GAAR Tremors

END OF ZERO-TAX REGIME FOR FDI VIA MAURITIUS ROUTE Tax department questions benefit claims of investors' nominees Foreign investors using Mauritius to bet on Indian stocks are already beginning to feel the end of a zero-tax regime. The tax office has started questioning the claims of their nominees -special purpose vehicles and entities floated in the tax haven -for tax benefit. In the course of recent arguments before the authority of advance ruling (AAR), the counsels of the tax department have challenged the Mauritius structures of at least four foreign private equity and strategic investors. What has surprised these investors and their legal advisers is the aggressive stance of the Income Tax department even though the General AntiAvoidance Rule (GAAR) comes into effect next April, three persons familiar with the development told ET. Now, here are the new rules and the provisions of the changed treaty between India and Mauritius: capital gains on equity shares bought after April …