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GST to bring more peopleits under tax net: Adhia

Union Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia today said that more people and business units would come under tax net once GST was implemented from July 1. "One of the objective (of GST) is to widen the tax net and it will happen once GST comes into force from July," Adhia told reporters here. Post-GST, indirect tax collection would see a growth of 10 per cent as per government target, he said. Taking part in a discussion with business community of Assam, Adhia urged traders of to adopt the new system as not many of them migrated to GST mode. The Business Standard New Delhi, 14th April 2017

Stricter monitoring of IPO proceeds by small firms

To check any misuse of funds raised through initial public offerings (IPOs), Sebi plans to make it mandatory for all companies to appoint a monitoring agency to keep a tab on the use of the capital raised through share sale. Under the present norms, such a monitoring agency, which could beabank or public financial institution, is required to be appointed only by the companies raising more than Rs 500 crore in the public offer. Suspecting misuse of funds raised through smaller share sales of up to Rs 500 crore, the regulator is mulling making it mandatory for all companies to get the use of their IPO proceeds monitored, irrespective of the offer size, sources said. The Business Standard New Delhi, 14th April 2017

Govt to take firms´ feedback for states´ ease of biz ranking

The Union commerce ministry on Thursday said it will take feedback from businesses on implementation of reforms carried out by states while ranking them on ease of  doing business this year. The ministry said Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion will carry out business to government feedback exercise this year. As part of the exercise, "feedback will be taken from businesses on the quality of implementation of the reforms claimed by the states and Union Territories (UTs)," it  said. It added feedback scores will be used to generate a ranking of states/UTs in terms of reform implementation. "Such a ranking will be different from the last year´s ranking, which was a ranking of de jure reforms," the commerce and industry ministry said. De jure is used to  indicate that something is according to law. The Business Standard New Delhi, 14th April 2017

RBI tightens screws on banks to ease bad debt

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) new — revised after 15 years — prompt corrective action (PCA) plan on loans going bad at banks could restrict normal business activity for at least 15 of the stressed lenders. And, once such a PCA plan is put in place, a bank will have to do what the RBI wishes the lender to do, putting the central bank in the driver’s seat in bad debt  resolutions. Any bank with a net non-performing assets (NPA) ratio of six per cent or more, as of March 2017, will come under the scanner of the RBI. The central bank can then  direct the bank on how to go about its business. System-wide, stressed assets (gross bad debts plus restructured assets) were estimated to be at least Rs 9.5 lakh crore.  Since all existing bad debt resolution plans have largely failed, the government is devising its own grand resolution plan.  In the 2002 plan, the threshold was set at 10 per cent. Under the new norm, 17 banks have come under the RBI lens.  As of December 2016, they had a net NPA r…

SC Dismisses Plea on Income Disclosure Scheme

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed yet another petition filed by a UP resident seeking to pay undisclosed income along with tax and penalty in old notes under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana . Under the scheme, any citizen could deposit his old notes with a bank, provided he was willing to lock up 25%of the money in bonds for four years and pay his taxes and penalties. Besides this, the person would have to pay 30 % tax, 33 % surcharge and 10%penalty. The Uttar Pradesh resident claimed that though he had tried to deposit unaccounted amount of Rs 33 lakh, the bank had turned him away. Under the scheme any person could deposit his undisclosed income in old notes between December 17, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Those who deposit it later, would have to pay tax and surcharge and penalty up to 85%. Those who do not disclose but are caught holding undisclosed income would have to pay tax and penalty upwards of 200 %. Petitioner's lawyer told a bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and…

Aadhaar may be Made Compulsory Under Cos Act

The government plans to make Aadhaar compulsory for regulatory filings made by key managerial personnel and directors under the Companies Act so as to weed out bogus entities. There are more than nine lakh active companies in the country and the proposal comes at a time when authorities have stepped up efforts to curb money laundering activities through shell firms. Registered companies have to submit filings as mandated under the Companies Act in electronic format through the MCA21  portal. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs is “actively considering“ integration of Aadhaar for availing various MCA21 related services. The Economic Times New Delhi, 14th April 2017

DeMo, GST to Widen Tax Base & Help Meet Fiscal Targets: Das

Economic affairs secy says decision on report well before next Budget Demonetisation and implementation of GST will widen the tax base leading to improvement in the tax-to-GDP ratio, and together with higher growth over next two-three  years allow the government to maintain fiscal prudence while setting aside funds for public investments, economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das said. Commenting on the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) committee report, Das told ET in an interview that the panel has made the goals more focussed and  the government will take a call on the report well before the next Budget. The NK Singh-headed commit tee has suggested a new fiscal framework anchored on sustainable government debt pegged at 60% of GDP and prescribes appropriate fiscal  deficits to achieve the same by FY23. “In the recent years, compliance (to the fiscal deficit targets) is definitely strong. Now post demonetisation and post implementation of GST, tax base will widen and…