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Bank deposits frozen in 42 cases under Benami Act

Initiating stringent action against black money holders after note ban, the income-tax (I-T) department on Monday said it has issued 87 notices and frozen bank deposits worth crores in 42 cases nationwide under the newly enforced
benami (nameless)Act, which attracts a heavy penalty and rigorous jail term of a maximum seven years. After demonetisation order of the government on November 8 last year, the department had carried out public advertisements and had warned people against depositing their unaccounted old currency in someone elses bank account saying such an act would attract criminal charges under the Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988, applicable on both movable and immovable property, that has been enforced from November 1, 2016. The I-T department is the nodal department to enforce the Act in the country.

The taxman has issued numerous summons under the Act and is in the process of issuing more.

The decision, officials said, to slap the stringent provisions of the Act, was t…

ATM cash withdrawal limit eased further

Facing criticism from the Election Commission (EC) for not allowing candidates contesting the coming Assembly polls to withdraw cash up to their legal limit, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday removed withdrawal restrictions on current, cash credit and overdraft accounts with immediate effect. ATM withdrawal restrictions will also be eased from Wednesday, RBI said. A savings account holder may now withdraw up to Rs 24,000 at one go from ATMs. Earlier, the limit on such accounts was Rs 10,000 per day, with a weekly cap of Rs 24,000. The overall limit on savings accounts will, however, continue. The cap for savings account holders is Rs 24,000 per week.“The limits on saving bank accounts will continue for the present and are under consideration for withdrawal in the near future,” RBI added. RBI also said banks may, at their discretion, have their own operating limits as was the case before November 8, when note ban was imposed. The reason behind the move was the “pace of remonetisati…

Plan to Buy Gold? Keep Aadhaar, PAN Card Handy

Purchases from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh may require details from next FYThe next time you visit your neighbourhood gold or silver jewellery store you might have to quote your PAN or Aadhaar card number for purchases aboveRs. 50,000-1 lakh. Currently ` , only purchases above Rs. 2 lakh require know-your-customer-compliance in the gold market. Chartered accountant Bhargav Vaidya, who provides consultancy services to the gems and jewellery sector, and the secretary of one of the country's largest bullion association, expects the KYC requirements for bullion and jewellery to be revised lower from the present Rs.2 lakh in Budget FY18, to be presented on Wednesday .
“I think the KYC (compliance) will be cut to Rs. 50,000 from Rs.2 lakh at present in the Budget for FY18,“ said Vaidya, proprietor of BN Vaidya & Associates. Apart from the trade, financial regulators take feedback while drafting policy for gold trade from Vaidya.

Any such move would come amid the government's crackdown a…

Sebi cautions investors against unauthorised fundraising

Concerned over a large number of companies indulging in illegal money pooling activities, markets regulator Sebi today cautioned investors and general public against dealing with such entities -- 256 as per the latest update. Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has cautioned investors against unlisted firms issuing securities without complying with the market norms. It advised investors to ensure that the companies seeking to raise funds have filed offer documents or applications with stock exchanges for listing. Some unlisted companies are luring retail investors by issuing securities, including non-convertible and convertible debentures, non-convertible and convertible preference shares, equity shares in the garb of private placement without complying with requisite provisions of the law, Sebi said in a statement. It has taken several prohibitory actions against these 256 firms. Among such firms are Sunshine Agro Infra, Greater Kolkata Infracon, Megasys Healthcare, Zenith HiRi…

Staffing industry seeks resolution of tax woes in Budget

Wants TDS to be cut from 10% to 2%, and applied on commission earned, not on gross invoice value The staffing industry, representing companies such as Team Lease and Quess, wants finance minister Arun Jaitley to resolve the tax anomalies it faces, in the upcoming Budget. The Indian Staffing Federation says that its demand assumes significance since post-demonetisation it is the formal sector which will grow and the staffing industry will play a crucial role in that. The industry represents contract hiring in organised industry done through tri-partite agreements -- between the company that is hiring, the person hired and the staffing industry. The Federation said tax deducted at source (TDS) is imposed on the gross invoices received by its members from its client companies, whereas it should be on just the commission received by the staffing companies. While this amount is adjusted later, it takes about a year to happen, creating cash flow problems for staffing companies, says Suchita Dutt…