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Foreign portfolio investors raise red flag on KYC rules over privacy

Currently, FPIs are subject to a KYC review as and when there is any change in material information or disclosure Custodians of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) as well as industry lobby groups have written to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), raising privacy concerns arising out of the regulator’s April 10 circular mandating disclosure of additional information to identify the beneficial owners (BOs). As part of Sebi’s know-your-client (KYC) requirement, FPIs have to disclose BOs’ details such as address, date of birth, tax residency number, social security number and passport number, and they have six months to comply with the directive. “India’s new KYC norms may clash with global data privacy laws. Investment firms globally, too, are not comfortable with sharing personal information of their employees,” said a source. “Data security is another area of concern. No one is quite sure if India has the right infrastructure in place to ensure adequate security.” Globall…

Over 200,000 'non-filers' filed ITR in FY18, paid Rs 64-bn tax: Govt

I-T department issued notices to 3,04,000 persons who had deposited cash of more than Rs 1 mn post demonetisation but had not filed their return of income till the due date As many as 209,000 'non-filers' filed income tax returns in last fiscal and paid taxes worth Rs 64.16 billion, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said on Tuesday. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, he said the I-T department issued notices to 3,04,000 persons who had deposited cash of more than Rs 1 million post demonetisation but had not filed their return of income till the due date. "As a result, returns were filed by 2,09,000 of such identified non-filers who have paid self assessment tax of Rs 64.16 billion," Shukla said. He said sustained non-intrusive campaign last fiscal led to 18 per cent jump in direct tax collection to Rs 10.03 trillion. Also, collection of personal advance tax and personal self-assessment tax grew 23.4 per cent and 29.9 per cent respectiv…

'Aadhaar disclosure doesn't increase vulnerability'

Outgoing Trai chairman R S Sharma- whose open dare to Twitterati on Aadhaar misuse had caused a social media furore- asserted on Tuesday that mere knowledge of Aadhaar number cannot increase one's "digital vulnerabilities". Sharma added the intention behind disclosure of his 12-digit number was never to abet others to publish or disclose their Aadhaar numbers. Breaking his silence, Sharma said he has always maintained disclosure, knowledge or sharing of the biometric ID number does not increase " digital vulnerabilities". Sharma, who retires on August9, was speaking on the sidelines of a conference where telecom regulator Trai announced that two of its mobile apps- do not disturb app that reports pesky calls and MyCall app that measures call quality- will be available on UMANG platform. The Business Standard, 08th August 2018

Expect Swiss bank accounts details of Indians in 10 days, Goyal tells RS

Union finance minister Piyush Goyal said Tuesday that India expected to receive data on HSBC accounts of its citizens from authorities in Switzerland in the next 10 days following its apex court’s directions on data sharing with India. Replying to a supplementary in Rajya Sabha on a question on black money deposited in foreign banks, Goyal told the House that though there were no official estimates, a tax demand of Rs.5,447 crore has been made in HSBC and an undisclosed income of Rs.8,448 crore has been brought to tax. Also, a penalty of Rs.1,290 crore has been levied in 164 cases. So far, 199 prosecution complaints have been filed in 84 cases, he said. “The Supreme Court of Switzerland has ordered the government to share with us that data in about a week or ten days ...We are going to get that,” Goyal said. He added that the HSBC list was released in 2010-11. “And from 2011-12 till 2014, the government kept trying to make an effort but was stalled by the Swiss government... on the gro…

Modi govt introduces four Bills in the Lok Sabha to simplify GST returns

The Bills are primarily aimed at helping the MSME sector and small traders, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said while introducing these in the Lok Sabha The government on Tuesday introduced four Bills in the Lok Sabha to amend the goods and services tax (GST) laws, to provide for simplified returns and raise a threshold for the composition scheme under the indirect tax system. A draft framework for the simplified return was put in the public domain recently. Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that have annual turnaround of up to Rs 50 million will be able to file quarterly returns once the Bills are passed. The Central GST (Amendment) Bill, the Integrated GST (Amendment) Bill, the GST (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, and the Union Territory GST (Amendment) Bill are likely to be passed in the current session of Parliament. Also, those with annual turnover of up to Rs 15 million will be allowed to opt for the composition scheme. Now, the threshold is Rs 10 million. The sc…

Modi govt raises import duties on 328 textile products by up to 20%

The latest move is expected to reduce the surge in imports of textile products, which grew by 16% in 2017-18 The government on Tuesday raised import duties on 328 textile products by up to 20 per cent in the fourth such instance of higher tariffs being placed on inbound goods in 2018. India had raised basic Customs duties on 43 broad categories of goods, including electronics, in this year's Budget. Last month, apart from announcing higher safeguard duties on solar cells imported from China and Malaysia, it had also raised import tariffs on 76 textile products, including jackets, suits, and carpets, to 20 per cent. The government has also acknowledged an official panel under the Cabinet Secretary, which will aim at reducing India’s dependence on imported televisions, refrigerators and washing machines by placing further import duties on the sector. The import bill for these items amounted to nearly USD 2 billion in 2017-18. Tuesday's duty hike for products across the textile val…