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Corporate Travellers Must Give Employer Details for Tax Credit GST invoices to be shared with cos every month, which can be used to claim benefits. Airlines have written to its corporate travellers to register their companies’ or employers’ GST number to claim a tax credit.

Corporate travellers form a significant chunk of the air traffic in India. They comprise between 30% and 45% of passengers of a lowcost airline and up to 60% for a full service airline. GST of 5% has been levied on economy-class airline tickets and 12% is charged on business class.

“It is mandatory for guests travelling for business to add their company’s GST details at the time of booking. To ensure a seamless experience, we request that you inform your guests travelling for business to register on our portal and claim up to 12% back on flights," Jet Airways said in the letter to its registered passengers.

“After registering, simply add your guest’s GST number every time you make a booking, and all other GST rel…

GST: Directors face higher risks for tax default

The goods and services tax (GST), India’s new indirect tax regime, makes directors of private limited companies liable for recovery of unpaid taxes, interest or penalties pertaining to supply of goods or services. To complicate matters, the GST Acts do not provide a definition for the term ‘director’ or make any distinction between executive or non-executive directors. Further, the existing directors and officer’s liability insurance — that helps a company hedge against professional and functional risks emanating from managing and running a business – do not cover the additional risks under GST.

Section 89 of the Central GST Act refers to recovery of tax, interest and penalties in case of private companies. “In such cases all directors will be held liable unless they prove it is not due to their neglect or breach of duty," says Shriram Subramanian, founder and managing director, InGovern Research Services.

Legal experts say VAT Acts of some states put the onus on directors for suc…

Tax on property income depends on owner’s business

Be careful before categorising it as business income to claim deductions. Court judgements have clearly defined rules for such classification

Nowadays, many individuals are investing in real estate to create a regular income stream from rent. Apart from residential property, they are increasingly looking at spaces they can rent out to banks for ATMs, godowns, small shops and even commercial complexes. However, filing tax on the income received from such rent can be tricky—it can be classified business income, income from house property, or as other income depending on owner’s main line of business.

Claiming deduction Whether your income from real estate is treated as business income or as income from house property will have a significant impact on the tax deductions you can claim. For example, there are no specific restrictions on the deductions you can claim for business income. The tax payer is free to deduct all eligible expenses from his business income. However, the tax laws do p…

Glitch-free roll-out is expecting too much

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) is prepared for the transition to the goods and services tax (GST). Any issues that come forward will be resolved  within the best time possible, VANAJA SARNA, its chief, tells Dilasha Seth. Edited excerpts:

What will be on top of your agenda for the next 15 days?

With the legal framework put in place, the next and most important step is to hand-hold the taxpayers and other stakeholders, to ensure their smooth transition into this new regime. We will be focusing on helping them in their compliance requirements.

All our field offices have opened GST Sewa Kendras, from where taxpayers can get the help they need. Information on various aspects is also being disseminated through the media. Another important aspect will be clarifying any doubts that might arise while interpreting the laws and notifications.

How prepared is CBEC (to be soon renamed the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) for the implementation?
We are fully prepared. The n…

FinMin says no major problem reported on Day 2 of GST

As many as 223,000 new dealers have entered on the GST Network since June 25, when the registration was opened to them. Issuing a statement on the second day after the GST roll-out, the finance ministry said 63,000 of these dealers had submitted full details of which 32,000 had been granted fresh registrations. The GSTN gives preliminary IDs on the basis of basic information, and final registration after detailed information is submitted on the network. The ministry said the second day passed without any major problems being reported from the field. The revenue department has got encouraging reports from roadside dhabas and big restaurants as well as from kirana shops and departmental stores.

Business Standard New Delhi, 03rd July 2017

GST blues may turn markets volatile

The Indian stock market could continue to remain volatile with a downward bias as corporates and investors assess the impact of the landmark goods and services tax (GST) on their businesses, investments, and the economy.

Market pundits are still trying to get a grip on how the new tax regime will impact inflation, gross domestic product, and profit margins of firms after July 1 roll-out. They, however, are unanimous in their belief that the markets could remain under pressure as the transition to the GST is likely to be fraught with hiccups, which could disrupt economic activities.

Ahead of the GST — which subsumes most of the preGST indirect taxes levied by the Centre and states — implementation, the benchmark Nifty declined in six of the previous eight trading sessions, with automobile and banking stocks, in particular, underperforming the market.

“The GST may disrupt the system for a few days, maybe weeks or months, as people are not yet fully ready for the execution. The Street will…