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GST Council may lower rates for farm gear, EVs

GST Council may lower rates for farm gear, EVs The GST Council may take up rationalisation of the goods and services tax (GST) rates for a handful of items at its meeting next week These items include biodiesel buses, electric vehicles and irrigation equipment.The GST Council meeting will be its last one before the presentation of the Union Budget on February 1. The relatively small list for rate reduction was finalised by the fitment committee earlier this week and may be taken up by the GST Council, which is headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprises state finance ministers. “The items qualifying for rate reduction in the upcoming meeting have been picked with an objective of giving a push to agriculture and clean energy.Other items in the 28 per cent tax slab will not be taken up this time with revenues yet to stabilise,” said an official The rate for irrigation equipment may be reduced from 18 per cent to 12per cent, while that for biodiesel vehicles and electric vehicles fr…

Budget bonanza: Dividend distribution tax may go

Budget bonanza: Dividend distribution tax may go The finance ministry is likely to do away with the dividend distribution tax (DDT) in the upcoming Union Budget.Sources in the know have said there have been considerable discussions on the topic among various stakeholders. At present, if a company gives dividend to its shareholders, it has to pay DDT of 20.36 per cent (15 percent plus surcharge and cess).Two stakeholders, who met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia separately for preBudget consultations, told Business Standard that the issue of DDT came up in the meetings that took place between industry representatives and Adhia. This move, experts say, would help the government in more ways than one —it would boost India Inc´s ease of doing business, encourage firms to give more dividends, and improve returns for retail investors in the lower income tax bracket “It is expected that Budget 2018 may propose a withdrawal of DDT and return to the classic system …

MCA to review SEBI´s PW order

MCA to review SEBI´s PW order The corporate affairs ministry (MCA) will examine markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India´s (Sebi´s) order against audit major Price Waterhouse in the Satyam Computer Services case, Union MinisterPPChaudhary said on Thursday. On Wednesday, Sebi barred Price Waterhouse´s network entities from issuing audit certificates to any listed firm in India for two years after finding the audit major guilty in the multicrore Satyam scam. Besides, the regulator has directed disgorgement of over Rs 130 million wrongful gains by the audit major and its two erstwhile partners who worked on the IT major´s accounts. When asked about Sebi´s order against Price Waterhouse and whether the ministry would be looking at having stricter norms for auditors in the wake of that order, Chaudhary said, “We will examine it.” “There are already stringent norms and the only question is about execution,” he said in response to a query on whether there are plans to have strict…

Officials back Dholakia´s objection to RBI´s growth assessment

Officials back Dholakia´s objection to RBI´s growth assessment As Advance Estimates by the statistics office for growth in gross value added (GV) came much below the Reserve Bank of India´s (RBI) projections for 201718, officials in the Central Statistics Office (CSO) point to an assessment by a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) member who said the central bank had overestimated the numbers, ahead of the December policy review. Another official in the finance ministry said the assessment by the member,RDholakia, was correct so far as the issue of cut in the policy rate was concerned.According to minutes of the MPC meeting in December, Dholakia said RBI overestimated growth. While the CSO puts GVA growth at 6.1 per cent, RBI had projected 6.7 per cent.Dholakia,a professor of economics at IIMAhmedabad, had pitched for a 25 basis points (bps) rate reduction in the December meeting. He had also predicted the fiscal deficit might exceed the target of 3.2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product this y…

Sebi extends deadline for stockbrokers to set up records of client orders

Sebi extends deadline for stockbrokers to set up records of client orders Sebi has extended till 1 April deadline for stockbrokers to comply with the requirement of keeping evidence of every instruction given by clients for equity and equity derivative trades The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Thursday extended the deadline for stockbrokers to comply with the requirement of keeping evidence of every instruction given by clients for equity and equity derivative trades. This rule will now be applicable from 1 April, instead of the earlier specified date of 1 January On 26 September, the markets regulator had directed all brokerages to compulsorily record every phone call of their clients or keep evidence of all trade-related instructions in writing, email or text message formats in a bid to prevent any risk arising from unauthorized trading. The market watchdog had also directed brokerages to keep a record of the logs of internet transactions by their clients and all other…