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IMF maintains India's FY19 growth at 7.4%; cautions govt on fiscal deficit

 IMF maintains India's FY19 growth at 7.4%; cautions govt on fiscal deficit Projected to overtake China to be fastest-growing large economy again The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has maintained its forecast for India’s economic growth at 7.4% in 2018-19, which will again make the country the fastest-growing large economy after losing this tag to China by a close margin in 2017-18. For 2019-20, the IMF has projected India to grow at 7.8%. By comparison, the Chinese economy is expected to slow down to 6.4% in 2019, down from 6.6% in 2018. India is likely to have grown 6.7% in 2017-18, the IMF said. In fact, the IMF projection for 2017-18 is a tad higher than 6.6%, pegged by the second Advance Estimates by the Central Statistics Office. China grew 6.9% in 2017. Economic activity in India is likely to get a fillip from “strong private consumption as well as fading transitory effects of the currency exchange initiative and implementation of the national goods and services tax,” noted …

Provisional credit issue a hurdle to simplifying GST; Council to take call

Provisional credit issue a hurdle to simplifying GST; Council to take call Council to take a call now; six more states to roll out intra-state e-way bill A goods and services tax (GST) ministerial panel on Tuesday failed to arrive at a consensus on simplified GST returns due to divergent views on provisional input tax credit and the matter will now be discussed by the Council in its next meeting. However, there was a broader view that a “fusion” be created by taking “good” points from two models given to the panel. The group of ministers (GoM), led by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, had a day-long meeting with trade bodies, tax experts and tax officials on Tuesday. Differences surfaced over provisional credit to be given to tax payers. Stakeholders will now give their comments in a week to the GoM which will then be sent to the GST Council. “We discussed simplification of GST returns with various stakeholders today (Tuesday) and also had a meeting with indirect tax experts. The s…

ATMs running dry in many states: Govt, RBI step in to get cash flowing

ATMs running dry in many states: Govt, RBI step in to get cash flowing
PMO takes stock of situation; printing of Rs 500 notes to be increased five-fold; central bank to move currency to affected areas The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have swung into action to address currency shortages in half a dozen states, caused by an increased demand due to ongoing crop procurement and the marriage season, besides non-functioning automated teller machines (ATMs). The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Tuesday held a meeting with Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg and Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar to take stock of the situation. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley described the cash crunch as “temporary” due to “unusual” demand in various parts of the country and said there was adequate supply of cash in the economy. Opposition leaders attacked the government, saying the “terror of note ban” had gripped the country and dubbed the situation as a “financial emergency”. …

ITR-1 form for AY18-19 now available for e-filing: Income Tax dept

ITR-1 form for AY18-19 now available for e-filing: Income Tax dept All the seven ITR forms are to be filed electronically except for some category of taxpayers The latest ITR-1 form, largely used by the salaried class of taxpayers, has been activated on the official e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department, a senior official said on Tuesday.The single Income Tax Return (ITR) form, notified by the CBDT on April 5, has been put on its website, https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in, on Monday."Other ITRs wil be available shortly," he said. The new ITR forms for the assessment year 2018-19 mandate the salaried class assessees to provide their salary breakup, and businessmen their GST number and turnover. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the tax department, had said some fields have been "rationalised" in the latest forms and that there is no change in the manner of filing the ITRs as compared to the last year.All the seven ITR forms a…

Data storage norm splits digital payments industry

Data storage norm splits digital payments industry  India’s nascent digital payment industry could be thrown into disarray due to the demand by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that all user data be stored within the country, fears an industry grouping, which has termed the decision as “heavy-handed”, even as others, including the country’s largest digital payment provider Paytm, have hailed the move.  In a bid to narrow the growing schism, the industry is planning to send a formal representation to the regulator highlighting its concerns, a top official told ET. “We are trying to build a consensus on the issue," said the person adding that the representation to the central bank will be ready this week.  RBI on April 6, mandated all payment companies—global and local—to set up data storage facilities within India by October. The stringent six-month deadline has attracted the ire of several sections of the industry that fear it will lead to a disruption of well-established global netw…