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Bankruptcy Code to improve ease of doing biz: IBBI chief M S Sahoo

NEW DELHI: Providing the first possible avenue to resolve insolvency in a market-determined and time-bound manner, the Insolvency and 
Bankruptcy Code will help improve ease of doing business as well as develop the debt market, says IBBI Chairperson M S Sahoo.

Less than four months old, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has started its work in a mission mode and well over 900 
insolvency professionals have already registered with it.

IBBI has been set up under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, which was cleared by Parliament last year. The Code seeks to consolidate 
and amend laws relating to reorganisation and insolvency resolution of corporate persons, partnership firms and individuals in a time-
bound manner.


"We needed a mechanism to resolve the insolvency wherever there was a default at the first possible opportunity and release idle resources 
for efficient use. The Bankruptcy Code provides these in a market-determined and time-bound manner.

"This will impro…

Budget may skip big-bangroute

The Budget 2017 18 isexpected to focus on recasting and reorienting existing flagship programmes of the Narendra Modi government, with added funds
to ensure their completion before the next general elections and alsoensure benefits of such schemes reachthe last mile.

Officials said the rural developmentsector,inparticular, couldseeajumpinallocations in all its major schemes and programmes,followedbyschemes
related to poverty alleviationand the socialsector. The possibility of as lew of big schemes and mega announcements looks remote, with the exception
of revising
income tax slabs to mollifythe middle classes and areferenceto the basic income transfer scheme.

The budgetary outlay could see significant increase in infrastructure,social sector schemes,micro, small and medium enterprises, rural sector and
job creation.

Officials say that aslong as the government can ensure last-mile delivery and better targeting of beneficiaries, the existing programmes are
sufficient to reach
out to millions who…

Demonetisation will widen tax base, lower interest rate: FinMin to PAC

It is easier to track cash which has returned to banking channels, Revenue Department said

Demonetisation will lead to a wider tax base and lower interest rates, thus paving the way for "sustainable faster economic growth",
the Finance Ministry has said.

In a written response to the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Revenue Department said that due to the withdrawal of
old high-value notes, the idle or hidden cash has come into the formal system which will be utilised for productive purposes.

"Targeted verification of suspect substantial deposits is likely to widen and deepen the tax base," it said.

It is easier to track the cash which has returned to banking channels, thus making tax evasion "more difficult", it added.

Further, increased availability of funds with banks and "lowering of interest rates" are expected to enhance credit disbursal, promoting
investments in productive economic activities and giving a boost to growth.

The R…

Flip-flop on taxing indirect transfers

NSUNDARESHA SUBRAMANIAN & SUDIPTO DEY

offshore vehicles, including foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), were subject to indirect transfer provisions. The move set alarm bells ringing in fund houses
from Hong Kong to London and New York.

Effectively, the indirect transfer provisions imposes taxes on offshore transactions if the value of Indian assets represent 50 per cent or more of the value of
 all assets owned by the FPIs.

The circular contained responses to queries on the indirect transfer provisions in a number of different contexts, such as redemptions by offshore funds registered
 as FPIs, master-feeder structures, and corporate reorganisations. “While the expectation was that the circular would examine the practical problems being faced 
by stakeholders and propose rectifications to the indirect transfer provisions or, at least, relax the rigours arising from a mechanical application of the existing
 provisions, the circular instead confined itself to an excessively literal interpre…

Protector not mandatory for trusts

Protectors can help ring-fence the working of the trustees and ensure the rules do not become rigid

PRIYANAIR

Can someone entrusted to protect the well-being of your family unwittingly act against them, based on your instructions? Private trusts that are 
set up for the distribution of wealth to the next generation could face this situation if the structure is not carefully formed. Recently, there 
was a case where a trustee was accused of acting against the interests of the beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries in this case were a mother and child. They accused the trust of paying as monthly maintenance a lesser amount than what was decided
by the settler, the father who is no more. The trust said it acted on the instructions of the protector, also appointed by the settler. The court has
asked all the parties involved to settle the matter among themselves.

In India, the concept of a corporate trustee is slowly catching on as high net worth individuals (HNIs) prefer such a structure to pass on the…

Demonetisation will widen tax base, lower interest rate: FinMin to PAC

It is easier to track cash which has returned to banking channels, Revenue Department said

Demonetisation will lead to a wider tax base and lower interest rates, thus paving the way for "sustainable faster economic growth",
the Finance Ministry has said.

In a written response to the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Revenue Department said that due to the withdrawal of
old high-value notes, the idle or hidden cash has come into the formal system which will be utilised for productive purposes.

"Targeted verification of suspect substantial deposits is likely to widen and deepen the tax base," it said.

It is easier to track the cash which has returned to banking channels, thus making tax evasion "more difficult", it added.

Further, increased availability of funds with banks and "lowering of interest rates" are expected to enhance credit disbursal, promoting
investments in productive economic activities and giving a boost to growth.

The R…