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MCA, CBDT join hands to monitor shell companies

MCA, CBDT join hands to monitor shell companies The ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) have teamed up to share data and information on companies to keep a check on activities of shell companies and curb money laundering.

They have signed an agreement to share information such as tax returns, permanent account number (PAN) and financial statements of companies on an automatic and regular basis. According to the agreement, information related to both Indian and foreign companies operating in India will be shared, as will any information available in the respective databases, if required, for the purpose of scrutiny, inspection, investigation and prosecution.

Financial statements filed by corporate entities with the Registrar of Companies, returns of allotment of shares and statement of financial transactions received from banks will also be shared.

The ministry and CBDT had earlier collaborated for near real-time allotment of PAN and TAN (tax d…

Tax officials may go for searches, surveys to widen base under GST

Tax officials may go for searches, surveys to widen base under GST In its attempt to bring more companies under the goods and services tax (GST) umbrella, the tax department is planning to conduct searches and surveys across the country, a senior tax official told ET.

The searches could start as early as next week and would focus on checking if any company was deliberately avoiding to come under GST umbrella or if there is a genuine problem, said the official. Tax officers would conduct physical verification of premises in several areas and check the GST certificates in cases where they have been issued.

The move comes about a week after a meeting of senior tax officials with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi.

"As you know that the government is working towards increasing the tax base," the official said. "So we recently received directions that new registrations under GST have to be increased. In that regard we will conduct survey…

Uniform Petro Tax may Not Remain a Pipe Dream

Uniform Petro Tax may Not Remain a Pipe Dream States agree to cap VAT on natural gas at 5%, lower it on other petro goods for industry

States have agreed to cap value-added tax (VAT) on natural gas at 5% and lower it on other petroleum products such as petrol and diesel used by the manufacturing sector as an input. That could mark a significant breakthrough toward uniform nationwide prices of petroleum goods. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will take up the scheme once it is formulated by the states.

“The council will take a final call on the proposal,” a senior government official told ET. “There have been discussions between the Centre and states at the officials’ level.” The council had previously discussed the issue and it was decided to ask the states to work out a scheme. Another government official said the ball was in the states’ court. Petroleum products aren’t covered under GST.

The Centre had been keen to bring petroleum products under ambit of GST, which was implemen…

Ministerial panel on GSTN to meet on Saturday to iron out glitches

Ministerial panel on GSTN to meet on Saturday to iron out glitches Aim to fix operational and technical issues of new tax regime's IT infra, subject of diverse complaints
With a slew of reported glitches in the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN, the ministerial panel on the subject will meet on Saturday in Bengaluru to examine the information technology (IT) challenges plaguing the uniform tax regime.

The committee, chaired by Sushil Modi, deputy chief minister and finance minister of Bihar, was constituted earlier this week. It was a sequel to the GST Council's decision last week at Hyderabad, to oversee technical and operational issues pertaining to the IT infrastructure.

GSTN will give a presentation to the ministers of the work done, challenges and the strategy. The meeting will be attended by its officials and those of IT major Infosys.

"We will try to understand the IT infra issue from a 360-degree perspective. We will review the issues faced by traders and the chal…

Budget likely on Feb 1

Budget likely on Feb 1 The finance ministry on Wednesday issued an official circular to begin the process of drafting the Union Budget for 2018-19.

While no date was given as to when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would table the Budget in Parliament, the document stated the final estimates for schemes and other expenditures should be decided by January 15, 2018.

The Budget is likely to be presented on February 1, 2018, officials confirmed to Business Standard.

According to the circular, work begins on September 30, with the preparation of tentative Budget Estimates based on the mediumterm expenditure framework, (MTEF) which gives estimates three years out. The MTEF for the current financial year provides spending estimates for 2018-19 and 2019-20. These numbers will be the basis, or the starting point rather, for 2018-19 Budget Estimates, an official said.

There will be meetings with various central government ministries and departments, as well as industry bodies and civil society intere…

Jurisdiction-free I-T assessment of taxpayers on the anvil

Jurisdiction-free I-T assessment of taxpayers on the anvil The Income Tax Department is working on a new system of jurisdiction-free assessment, where a taxpayer would be assessed by a taxman based in any part of the country as part of measures to reduce instances of corruption and harassment.

Officials said the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the tax department, has constituted a special team of officers to prepare modalities for this path- breaking initiative and abolish the age-old prevalent system of a taxpayer being assessed in a specific circle of the city or town where he or she is based.

"This first-of-its-kind initiative will totally change the relationship and dealing between an assessee and his Assessing Officer (AO). The income tax returns, scrutiny cases and all other I-T related correspondence of a taxpayer will go to a officer chosen randomly by the database system who is working in any I-T office of the country," a senior official p…