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Less taxes on wheels: High-end car buyers to benefit from GST

If you’re looking to buy a luxury or a premium car, you may like to wait until the goods and services tax is implemented. The potential benefit: Taxes will be about four to 12 percentage points lower. That’s because indirect taxes such as excise duty, value added tax, state level taxes such as Octroi, local body tax and cesses get subsumed into the goods and services tax (GST), and cess on luxury cars get capped. Yet, a cheaper car is not a given, since firms may raise prices and states could impose a new cess, tax experts at consulting firms said. Cars longer than four metres and an engine size above 1,500cc are classified as luxury cars. Such models currently attract a basic excise duty of 27%. It’s not only locally assembled models of luxury carmakers, including Mercedes Benz India Pvt Ltd, Audi India Pvt Ltd and BMW India Pvt Ltd, that are set to get a boost under the new tax regime, but premium models will also benefit from the new tax structure. For small cars, the GST is going to…

When the Finance Bill goes beyond Budget making

The passage of the Finance Bill, 2017, by the Lok Sabha on March 22 has rekindled the widespread debate over using a Money Bill to amend other pieces of legislation in the financial and general sphere. First introduced on February 1, the Bill has come under the scanner with critics voicing opinions on its all-pervasive nature and attempts by the BJP-led government to muscle changes into the legal framework without the nod of the upper house. Finance Bills are annual features of Indian parliamentary democracy, used to adjust rates of taxation and bring changes in the fiscal structure. However, what makes the Finance Bill, 2017, unique is the sheer extent of the legislative changes proposed. The amendment of around 40 central statutes, many of which would have a tough time being classified as Money Bills if introduced separately, has taken this year’s exercise into highly uncharted territory. Modifications making the Aadhaar mandatory for filing tax returns, capping cash transactions at ~…

Racing Towards GST, I-T to Hold Industry's Hand

10 groups set up under senior taxmen to examine issues and report by April 10 As India gets ready for its biggest tax reform in decades, industries such as ecommerce, banking and insurance, logistics and others will get another chance to resolve any niggles they have with the goods and services tax (GST), which the government wants to put in place by July 1. Ahead of the introduction of GST-related legislation in Parliament this week, the government has set up 10 groups to iron out sectoral issues faced by trade and industry to ensure a smooth transition to the new regime with just a little over three months to go. The President gave his assent to the four GST laws last week, paving the way for their introduction in Parliament. The groups have been set up under senior tax officials to examine the concerns of industry and submit reports by April 10. A senior government official told ET that most issues have been addressed through feedback but it was felt some sectors having special peculia…

Aadhaar gets more teeth

The Aadhaar debate is into its final stages. While the Supreme Court is yet to make it mandatory, the government is flexing its muscles by linking various services to it and forcing citizens to fall in line. The government’s latest salvo comes in the recently-passed Finance Bill -- Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)-backed Aadhaar cards will now be mandatory for filing income tax returns. And if a person does not link his Permanent Account Number or PAN card with Aadhaar, his PAN will be rendered invalid after July 1, 2017. Following this, the Department of Telecom has also made it mandatory to link mobile numbers to Aadhaar. It issued a note saying that all telecom operators will have to ensure that their subscribers link mobile numbers to Aadhaar within a year. If you do not have an Aadhaar number, you will have to submit the enrolment number of your application for Aadhaar. “In case of failure to intimate the Aadhaar number, the PAN allotted to the person shall be deemed…

CBDT to waive interest if tax demand paid in retro cases

The tax department will waive interest liability if the principal demand of capital gains tax is paid by companies like Cairn India and Vodafone plc. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on March 24 issued a circular for waiver of interest in disputed tax demand in different scenarios. In cases where tax liability arose because of retrospective amendment to the law or a court ruling, the interest payable on the demand will be waived, it said.
"However, no reduction or waiver of such interest shall be ordered unless the principal demand... stands fully paid or satisfactory arrangements for payment of the principal demand have been made," CBDT guidelines to Chief Commissioner of Income Tax and Director General of Income Tax said. The guidelines came seven weeks after the Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme, announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28 last year, closed. The scheme, which closed on January 31, provided for waiver of interest and penalty if the prin…

Single-page form for income up to Rs 50 lakh

To encourage more individuals to file returns and widen the tax net, the government is set to introduce a single-page income tax (I-T) return form from April 1. This will be for those with annual salaried income up to Rs 50 lakh, much higher than Rs 5-lakh limit proposed in the Union Budget, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia told Business Standard. He added this would only be for those with salaried and one house rent income. There are 290 million PAN card holders (the I-T dept identification) but only 60 mn return filers. Currently, the I-T form is three pages. It was simplified two years ago, when a controversial provision for mandatory disclosure of foreign trips and dormant bank accounts was removed. “To expand the tax net, I also plan to have a simple one-page form to be filed as I-T Return for the category of individuals having taxable income up to Rs 5 lakh, other than business income,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced in the 2017-18 Budget. Of the 7.6 million individual ass…