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Bond market doesnt expect surprises

The central government is likely to keep the gross borrowing number on the higher side,considering the heavy redemption pressure in the next financial year. However,net borrowing couldbeatparwith thatinthisfinancialyear,say economists and bond dealers. In 2017-18,aboutRs.2.28 lakh crore of bonds are set to mature.The government borrowing programme will have to account for it.To avoid paying
theentire amountat on ego,the government enters into arrangements with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI)or large institutions like insurance companiestoswapsomeofthe maturingbondswithdated papers,maturinginfiveto10 years.Thisiscalleda‘switch’. Theswitchdoesn’tdisturb themarket,asthegovernment buysthesefromthesecondary market and swaps it with longertenurebonds issuedtotheseinstitutions.Thistime,bond dealersexpectthegovernmenttoswitchat least~30,000-40,000 crore,tokeepredemption pressurelow.

The gross borrowing number for the current financial year turned out tobe Rs.5.82lakh crore,afterthegovernment cance…

Service tax blow for on line travel players

Domestic hotel and tour aggregatorssuchasOYO Rooms, EaseMyTrip and MakeMyTripwereexpectingtax reliefintheBudgettobepresented on February 1. But the mood has turned sombre, with the finance ministry deciding to imposeservicetaxonwhatthey receivefromcustomersandnotjust thecommissionearnedfromhotels andothers. Inaquietmove,the Central Board of Excise and Customs has amended the service taxrules to clarify this because there was ambiguity on the point.The changed rules came into effect on January 22. The aggregators said their associations had taken up the matter with the ministry because this step would make the muncompetitive vis-à-vis international tour and travelplayerssuchasTravelocity,,which donotpayservicetaxinIndia. The rates of service tax depend on whether aggregat or soffer tour packages,hotelrooms,hotelrooms withfood,etc. The current practice is that most customers pay the entire amount to aggregators because the latter give discounts invarious forms. Explai…

Withdrawal restrictions likely to goaway by Feb-end

With the cash crunch situation easing,the Reserve Bank of India(RBI)may do away with the weekly with drawal limits from banks as well as ATMs by the end of next month, bankers said.

The RBI had recently raised the ATM withdrawal limit to Rs.10,000 a day but maintained the weekly capat Rs.24,000 for saving account and Rs.1lakh for current accountholders.

"I think there strictions on withdrawal by RBI should be completely lifted by February end or by first half of March as cash situation is easing gradually," Bank of Maharashtra ExecutiveDirectorRKGuptasaid.

It is entirely RBIs decision and the central bank would decide after making holistic assessmentofthesituation,hesaid.

According to SBIs research report Ecow rap, "By the end of February,78-88 percent of the currencycould be back in the system under the best cases cenariointerms of anoptimalcurrencydistribution(moresmalldenomination notes),"thereportsaid,addingthat"itseems withinthenexttwomonthsthingswouldbe pret…

Sops for Job Creation Likely in Labour Intensive Sectors

Budget may have incentives for leather & gems sectors, setting up of coastal employment zones The government is considering a comprehensive employment generation package for millions of youth that enter the workforce every year. This could lead to big-ticket announcements in the upcoming Union Budget on February 1, including incentives for employment generation in labour intensive sectors and a plan for setting up coastal employment zones that would directly link tax incentives to job creation, officials said.
The proposals under consideration include incentives for creating jobs in sectors such as leather, electronics manufacturing, and gems and jewellery, on the lines of sops introduced for textiles last year.

“The government is under pressure to speed up the process of job creation in the country because despite several efforts not many employment opportunities are opening up across sectors,“ said a senior government official, who did not wish to be identified.

Several ministries…

PEs, VCs Get Tax Breather for Startups

Income from transfer of unlisted shares to be treated as capital gains & not as biz income even on transfer of control or mgmt Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds investing in startups have got a tax relief. Income from transfer of unlisted shares by them would now be treated as capital gains and not as business income even if there is transfer of control or a management change. A number of funds had received show cause notices from income-tax authorities on this issue, prompting a spate of representations from them as well as startups to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

The relief is available to Sebi-registered Alternate Investment Fund (AIF), both category I and II.

The board has now sent out a letter to the field saying this change in control or management should not be applied in case of such investments as AIFs typically invest in unlisted shares of ventures, many of which are startups, making some form of `control and management of underlying business…