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Showing posts from September 28, 2016

FinMin pitching for Jan 31 Budget

The final decision on the Budget date will be a political one and will be taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs

The finance ministry is said to be pitching for the Union Budget 2017-18 to be presented on January 31, an event which would give Parliament exactly three months to  approve the Finance Bill before April 1.

The final decision on the Budget date will be a political one and will be taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said last week that while the government was in favour of advancing the Budget to enable the passage of the Finance Bill before the start of the next financial year, a final call on the matter will be taken after studying the state election schedule.

Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are slated to go to the polls early next calendar year.

The Budget planners and policymakers in North Block are pushing for a January 31 Budget. It will be a Tuesday, which also raises the likelihood…

Sebi tightens warehousing norms for commexes

Restrictions on Algo, colocations, PMS continued

Tuesday issued several circulars, replacing those of the erstwhile commodity market regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC). Last year, FMC ceased to exist after being merged with Sebi. While warehousing norms have been tightened significantly, other circulars include algo trading and co-location facilities for commodity exchanges. According to one of the circulars, portfolio management services would not be permissible in the commodity derivative market.

Under the norms, warehouse service providers (WSP) will be corporate bodies with subscribed share capital of Rs 10 crore. An accredited WSP would have a minimum net worth of Rs 25 crore for multi-commodities and Rs 10 crore for a single commodity. The commodity exchange would have to ensure that the WSP, its promoters and key management personnel are “fit and proper” to carry out the business. All WSPs should also be approved by the Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority and…

Sebi, FinMin draw road map for commodities market

U K Sinha said immediate priority is to bring the commodities derivatives market at par with securities market

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) chairman U K Sinha on Tuesday with met finance ministry officials and discussed the major reforms required to strengthen the commodity market, said sources in the know.

Sebi chief told the ministry that its immediate priority is to bring the commodities derivatives market at par with the securities market. The regulator intends to introduce new products and categories, including options trading, to ensure better liquidity and fair price discovery.

WHAT NEXT? To bring commodities derivatives market at par with securities marketTo bring new products and new categories of participants in the spaceOptions trading in commodity futuresAllowing banks, mutual funds, AIFs, foreign hedgers in the spaceSingle licence for commodity and equity brokers
The commodity derivatives has come under Sebi's purview since September 28, 2015 following th…

MCX raises transaction charges for agri and non-agri commodities

The new charges will be effective from October 1

Multi commodities exchange has increased transaction charges for agri and non agri commodities effective 1 October this year. The charges for non agri commodities were last revised in February 2014. For non agri commodities for daily average turnover upto Rs 350 crore charges have been raised from Rs 2.10 per Rs. One lakh of turn over to Rs 2.60 and for incremental turnover above Rs 350 crore it has been revised from Rs 1.40 to Rs.1.75.

According to circular issued today by the exchange, for non agri commodities, transaction charges have been made equal and only one slab of Rs 1.75 has been fixed. Earlier for turnover upto Rs 20 crore charges were Rs 0.75 and on incremental turnover above Rs 20 core charges were Rs 0.50.

In another circular MCX has removed various charges and fees that is being levied to the Members of the Exchange. This is also coming in force from October 1.

Business Standard, New Delhi, 28 September 2016

Monthly returns to be mandatory under GST

CBEC draft rules say returns must have details of profit and loss account

Businesses have to file at least three monthly returns and one annual return for each state, if draft rules proposed by the indirect tax department are introduced under the goods and services tax (GST) regime.

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) on Tuesday came out with one more set of draft rules and their formats on GST returns and refunds, after it released one set on Monday. The indirect tax regime is expected to be rolled out from April 1, 2017.

Monthly returns are for output supply, input supply and summary accounts and would cover state GST, integrated GST (IGST) and central GST (CGST).

Currently, businesses have to file valued added tax returns but these are quarterly. Service tax returns must be filed but only twice in a year and not state-wise, explained Pratik Jain, leader-indirect tax, PwC India.

The GST returns has to contain details of profit, according to the profit and loss account, incorpo…