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Sebi plans to open consent doors for serious violations

Sebi plans to open consent doors for serious violations The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is broadening the scope of the consent mechanism to reduce the number of cases it is handling. According to sources, the regulator is planning to allow serious offences such as insider trading, front running, or fraudulent and unfair practices to be settled under the mechanism. Sources privy to the development said Sebi would take a fresh look at the pricing formulae to decide the settlement amount under consent. Currently, the formulae prescribed by Sebi have too many variables, making the process ambiguousThe regulator is working on simple formulae to arrive at settlement fees, sources say, adding that the new consent framework will be introduced in less than two months During the last board meeting, the Sebi chief had acknowledged the need for tweaking the consent rules.“We are revisiting the settlement norms and have started rewriting certain regulations,” Ajay Tyagi, chairman, S…

Ministry Wants SEZ Tax Incentives to Continue

Ministry Wants SEZ Tax Incentives to Continue In the Budget 2016-17, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had stated that the income tax benefits to new SEZ units would be available to only those units which commence activity before March 31, 2020. The commerce ministry has pitched for continuation of tax incentives being enjoyed by units in special economic zones (SEZs) with a view to boost shipments and job creation, a government official said. In a letter to the finance ministry, the department of commerce has also asked for removal of minimum alternate tax on SEZs. In the Budget 2016-17, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had stated that the income tax benefits to new SEZ units would be available to only those units which commence activity before March 31, 2020.The commerce ministry wants removal of this sunset clause as it would negatively impact growth of these zones, the official added. According to industry experts, the clause that indicates the date in advance on which tax incentives will ce…

GST composition scheme may come under reverse charge mechanism to curb evasion

GST composition scheme may come under reverse charge mechanism to curb evasion Worried by apparent goods and services tax (GST) evasion, India is likely to bring the composition scheme under the reverse charge mechanism right away. The government will move an amendment to the GST law in the budget session to introduce an enabling provision to prescribe the mechanism where it deems necessary. The GST Council has already approved about 40 changes to the law. The law will be changed to introduce an enabling provision for you to bring in reverse charge mechanism wherever you want," said a person aware of deliberations in the GST Council. "The thinking is that at least in the case of composition scheme the reverse charge should be done." Under the reverse charge mechanism, a person receiving goods or services collects the GST levied and deposits the tax with the government. The provision, which is suspended for now, was only meant for an unregistered entity supplying goods or s…

Sebi online filing system stumps investors and intermediaries

Sebi online filing system stumps investors and intermediaries The registration process on an average according to market participants has doubled or become three times as against the earlier timeline of a mont The Securities and Exchange Board of India or Sebi’s online filing and registration system for intermediaries to usher in ease of business has had a mixed effect. The registration process on an average according to market participants has doubled or become three times as against the earlier timeline of a month. This is due to inefficiencies in the recently installed information technology systems which is also leading to double filings once online and then manually, said four people with direct knowledge of the matter including lawyers, consultants, advisors, fund managers on condition of anonymity. The market intermediaries and consultants are planning to write to Sebi on the issues they are facing during the registration processes.In an emailed response to Mint queries Sebi said t…

RBI, govt may give banks more time to switch to IndAS

RBI, govt may give banks more time to switch to IndAS With less than three months to go before the deadline, bankers believe implementing the IndAS accounting norms will be a challenge The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may postpone the implementation of new accounting standards for banks because of the legislative changes and additional capital requirements the process would entail, according to three senior officials familiar with the matter. Banks and non-banking financial companies are due to switch to Indian Accounting Standards (IndAS) from 1 April 2018. They currently follow Indian generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) standards. Other corporate entities started complying with IndAS with effect from 1 April 2016. “The implementation of IndAS for public sector banks requires an amendment to the Banking Regulation Act. The schedule in BR Act relating to financial statement disclosures needs to be changed to the IndAS format,” said one of the three officials …