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Banks can Classify Priority Loans as Standard Debt: RBI

Banks can Classify Priority Loans as Standard Debt: RBI The Reserve Bank of India has assured banks that they can classify priority loans extended to defaulting companies in the bankruptcy process as standard debt in a move aimed at ensuring that entities which can be revived are able to raise resources, said people with knowledge of the matter. This will come as a relief to those companies that are struggling to recast loans within the strict deadline imposed by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

The central bank has however said this classification will be allowed only if repayments are made every month rather than later in the form of bullet payments or after a few months. RBI did not re spond to ET's queries. The banks had sought a clarification on the difference in treatment of such loans by banks and finance companies. Priority loans take precedence over other forms of debt and are repaid before other loans in the event of liquidation.

Finance companies without any existing e…

Businesses Stay Optimistic Amid GSTN's Tech Hiccups

Businesses Stay Optimistic Amid GSTN's Tech Hiccups ET speaks to stakeholders as portal tries to smoothen glitches related to filing of returns System seems to have encountered an error while processing your return...Please try after some time. GSTN portal is experiencing an abrupt surge in traffic, hence we're unable to service your request...' These are some of the responses from the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) portal when businesses attempted to file returns or upload invoices for July.

Filing returns has emerged as a sore point after GST rollout on July 1, pushing the portal's functioning to the centrestage at the last GST Council meeting on September 9. A group of ministers headed by Bihar finance minister Sushil Kumar Modi has already directed Infosys -the backend service provider -to fix the system.

Why did GSTN crash on September 4 and September 9? The portal is designed handle uploads of up to 50,000 invoices per second. Was it server capacity or lack …

Advance tax signals muted growth

Advance tax signals muted growth Cumulatively, tax collection from Mumbai zone grows just 11%

Top 100 firms from Mumbai show moderate rise in tax outgo at 8 per cent signalling slow growth

IN LINE with macro environment, the advance tax collections from the top100 corporates from the financial capital showed a muted growth for the September quarter, with the outgoes increasing by only up to 8 per cent, a senior official said on Monday.

“For the top-100 companies, the advance tax payments have increased by 7-8 per cent,” the official said.

Cumulatively for the first two quarters till now, the advance tax collections from the Mumbai zone, which contributes over a third of the income tax collections nationally, have grown 11 per cent, the official said.

Leading the pack in the financial capital was Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL), which paid Rs 1,670 crore as against the Rs 1,534 crore in the same period year ago, the official said.

Insurance giant Life Insurance Corporation of Ind…

Tweak GST rules or exports will suffer: Industry tells Adhia

Tweak GST rules or exports will suffer: Industry tells Adhia Trade & industry bodies have warned that slowdown in orders, liquidity crisis may lead to Rs 65,00 cr of exports getting stuck A severe slowdown in foreign orders, combined with a growing liquidity crisis, may get out of hand by the year-end if rules of export under the goods and services tax (GST) regime are not altered soon, industry bodies have warned.

At a meeting with Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia-led GST committee - set up to look into exporter concerns on Tuesday - trade and industry bodies pointed out that the deferment in mandatory filing of GST return forms as well as extreme difficulty in receiving tax returns was hurting exports, sources present said.

This may lead to a Rs 65,000-crore worth of exports being stuck by the end of the year, director-general of the Federation of Indian Exports Organisations (FIEO), Ajay Sahai said.

Two months after the roll-out of the GST regime in July, the order books of exporte…

Govt identifies over 1 lakh directors of shell companies for disqualification

Govt identifies over 1 lakh directors of shell companies for disqualification More than 1,00,000 directors in firms identified as defaulters stare at disqualification as the government continues its crackdown against shell companies.

The move follows the cancellation of registration of around 210,000 companies and restrictions on the operation of bank accounts by their directors.

The government is now investigating these companies for money laundering activities while also drawing up detailed profiles of their directors in collaboration with the enforcement agencies, an official statement said on Tuesday.

"We are identifying the defaulting directors of these shell companies," the statement quoted minister of state for corporate affairs PP Chaudhary as saying.

"This whole exercise shall go a long way in creating an atmosphere of confidence and faith in the system, paving the way for ease of doing business in India."

Under Section 164 of the Companies Act, 2013, a directo…

CBDT Draft Note Seeks Estimate of Income, Liabilities

CBDT Draft Note Seeks Estimate of Income, Liabilities Firms & taxpayers getting accounts audited may need to submit H1 financials by Nov 15 Companies and taxpayers getting their accounts audited will be required to submit income estimates and tax liabilities for six months of the financial year to the income tax department by November 15, in a move aimed at keeping a close check on flow of revenue, according to a draft notification issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

It has sought stakeholders' comment by September 29 on filing of Form 28AA by giving details of income and advance taxes paid. Also, businesses have to specify reasons for any reduction in advance tax payments compared with the preceding financial year.

This information will help the tax department get an idea about the entity's income trend on an almost real-time basis.

Where the total income has declined by ` . 5 lakh or 10%, whichever is higher, compared with the preceding fiscal year, the tax …

Businesses Stay Optimistic Amid GSTN's Tech Hiccups

Businesses Stay Optimistic Amid GSTN's Tech Hiccups ET speaks to stakeholders as portal tries to smoothen glitches related to filing of returns System seems to have encountered an error while processing your return...Please try after some time. GSTN portal is experiencing an abrupt surge in traffic, hence we're unable to service your request...' These are some of the responses from the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) portal when businesses attempted to file returns or upload invoices for July.

Filing returns has emerged as a sore point after GST rollout on July 1, pushing the portal's functioning to the centrestage at the last GST Council meeting on September 9. A group of ministers headed by Bihar finance minister Sushil Kumar Modi has already directed Infosys -the backend service provider -to fix the system.

Why did GSTN crash on September 4 and September 9? The portal is designed handle uploads of up to 50,000 invoices per second. Was it server capacity or lack …

Cut 3% IGST for bullion jewellery exporters: IBBA

Cut 3% IGST for bullion jewellery exporters: IBBA The India Bullion Bankers Association (IBBA) has appealed to the government to exempt gold and studded gold jewellery and articles' exporters from paying 3 per cent IGST on bullion at the time of imports. The move will help boost export growth by unblocking funds, which is a cost for the exporter.

IBBA comprises banks with bullion desks and includes the likes of Scotiabank, Kotak BankBSE -0.62 %, SBI, etc. IBBA recently wrote to the Sectoral Working Group, head for Banking, Financial & Insurance services under GST Council, DGFT and commerce ministry recommending removal of IGST at time of bullion import for exports of finish products.“To promote export growth, it will be pertinent to ease the process of exports as well as making it financially more competitive,“ said Shekhar Bhandari,business head (precious metals), Kotak Bank.

The Economics Times, New Delhi, 20th september 2017