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Don't misuse I-T laws, pay taxes as rates are already low: CBDT to industry

Don't misuse I-T laws, pay taxes as rates are already low: CBDT to industry CBDT Chief Sushil Chandra on Monday asked the industry to refrain from misusing provisions of laws to evade taxes, saying the effective tax rate for big companies is already 26 per cent on account of various exemptions. He said the industry should act more responsibly than the salaried class in paying taxes and help build a tax compliant society. "I want to drive home that point very clearly before the industry that you should be more tax compliant, automatically rates will come down. We are ready to move with you for making the society tax compliant. Industry has got much more responsibility than salary earning person," Chandra said while addressing the CII post-Budget meet. The Business Standard, New Delhi, 06th February, 2018
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No Angel Tax on Startups with up to Rs. 10cr Funding

No Angel Tax on Startups with up to Rs. 10cr Funding Startups incorporated before 2016 that have got up to Rs. 10 crore in angel funding won’t face the so-called angel tax, once changes in the regime are finalised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), which will soon notify the amendment, a senior government official told ET. It will also set up a separate committee for the recognition of such startups so that they get the relief, he said. “We have finalised the conditions which will resolve the issue of pre-2016 startups,” the official said. This will ease the concerns of about 300 startups that received funding from the Angel Investors Network. ET reported on February 5 that DIPP was working to provide relief to startups incorporated before 2016. Startups incorporated after 2016 and recognised under the Startup India policy are spared this tax. “We will have adequate safeguards that would be taken into account when a startup is examined for recognition,” said t…

CV Sales May Stay in Top Gear for 2 years on GST, Infra Boost

CV Sales May Stay in Top Gear for 2 years on GST, Infra Boost Sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles are set to reach a new high this financial year and continue the growth momentum into next year, with the positive rub-off from the government’s infrastructure push and implementation of GST, as well as strict enforcement of rules against overloading driving demand. Sales of commercial vehicles in the 16-49-tonne category this fiscal year are set to top the record of 245,000 units achieved in 2011-12, industry executives estimate. In construction equipment, sales are expected to cross the 50,000-unit mark for the first time and be as much as 55,000 units, thanks primarily to the rapid pace at which the country is building highways and other infrastructure. Commercial vehicle sales, particularly of higher tonnage trucks, are seen as an indicator of economic activity. The strong showing by the sector and expectations among industry executives for the momentum to continue into the ne…

MF Industry welcomes Sebi move to abolish extra commission for distributors

MF Industry welcomes Sebi move to abolish extra commission for distributors The Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (Sebi’s) decision to abolish the extra commission for mutual fund distributors in 15 more cities and towns — from Guwahati in Assam to Raipur in Chhattisgarh — has been received well by India’s Rs 22-trillion mutual fund industry. According to sector officials, the move will help to bring 30 cities on a par and arrest the churn rate in these regions. Further, they added the 15 cities were not small ones and mutual fund distribution could grow on its own without additional incentives. Effective from April 1, 2018, mutual fund distributors (MFDs) in cities such as Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Patna, Coimbatore, Rajkot, Indore, Bhopal, and Varanasi will not be given an extra 30-basis-point (bps) commission. Sundeep Sikka, chief executive officer (CEO) of Reliance Nippon Life Mutual Fund, said, “The special incentives for B-15 cities had certain objectives to help penetrate mutual f…

Natural gas and real estate may come under GST net, says FM Arun Jaitley

Natural gas and real estate may come under GST net, says FM Arun Jaitley 
Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said natural gas and real estate, which are currently exempt from the goods and services tax (GST), could be brought under its purview first, followed by petrol and diesel and potable alcohol at a later date. Speaking at an event organised by industry body FICCI, Jaitley also said there would be some two-or three anti-evasion measures put in place with regard to the GST, to ensure better compliance.
“So far the mood of most of the states is not in favour of including petrol and diesel. But I’m sure as the GST experience moves on, natural gas and real estate (which includes land)… these are areas which are to be brought in and then probably at some stage we will try for petrol and diesel and potable alcohol,” Jaitley said.
These four items, along with electricity, are currently out of the ambit of GST, and both the Centre and states continue to levy duties on them since they ar…

Taxing times for IPOs: LTCG tax from April 1 promts issuers to expedite market launch but ongoing correction could play spoilsport

Taxing times for IPOs: LTCG tax from April 1 promts issuers to expedite market launch but ongoing correction could play spoilsport The reintroduction of the long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax has placed companies coming up with initial public offerings (IPOs) in a quandary. According to sources, about half-a-dozen companies are planning to launch their IPOs before the end of this fiscal year to avoid the tax. However, the downturn in the stock market provides little comfort to bankers and issuers over listing.
Besides the 10 per cent tax outgo, the eligibility for the grandfathering benefit for companies that list after April 1 is bothering promoters. Tax experts say it is unclear how the new regime will apply to companies that were unlisted on January 31, 2018, the cut-off date for grandfathering.
Over two dozen companies have filed IPO documents with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to raise a cumulative Rs 337 billion. More than half have already obtained approval from th…