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File for bankruptcy to become debt-free

Imagine falling into a debt trap, exhausting all your sources of funding, and finding yourself at a dead end. In such situations, your only recourse may be filing for bankruptcy. Though Indian laws have the provision wherein individuals can file for bankruptcy, the process is not as streamlined as it is for corporate entities under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Though the IBC has rules for individual bankruptcy too, they have not been notified yet. We tell you how the current bankruptcy law works and how can it change to your advantage under IBC. If you live in Mumbai, Kolkata or Chennai, you will be governed by the Presidency Towns Insolvency Act, 1909; for all other places in India, you will be governed by the Provincial Insolvency Act, 1920. Both laws are similar and eventually are meant to be replaced by the IBC. Under the Provincial Insolvency Act, you can file for bankruptcy if you are unable to repay a debt greater than ?500. According to Aishwarya Satija, research f…

Resolve Angel Tax Issues Fast, CBDT Tells Its Officers

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has asked its officers across India to avoid taking “coercive measures” against companies that have received notices under the so-called angel tax, in what can be seen as softening of its stance on an issue that has roiled the startup ecosystem. In its written communication, the department also asked tax commissioners to resolve disputes with startups on a priority basis. The tax deals with premiums paid by investors while they invest in unlisted companies. The tax department’s latest step comes after the government issued a directive recently, giving a reprieve to startups on the treatment of such investments on a prospective basis. Tax officials had questioned increasing valuations of startups even when their revenue is falling or remaining stagnant. The revenue department deems the capital in excess of a fair market value as ‘other income’ that is taxable. Also, in cases where the investor is not Indian, the tax department has in the past iss…

RBI to Use Enhanced Tool to Boost Liquidity in the System

The Reserve Bank of India is using a new tool to enhance liquidity in the system through which it would buy as much as dollar 5 billion from the banks in a swap deal that could inject nearly Rs. 35,000 crores into the system. Banks would be required to park dollar funds with RBI with a deal to buy it back from the RBI after three years. The auction for this first of its kind US dollar buy/sell swap auction will take place on March 26. This is the first time the central bank is using a foreign exchange auction to augment banking liquidity after generally using bond purchases for the same all these years. RBI has infused more than Rs 2.36 lakh crore through such purchases so far this fiscal. “In order to meet the durable liquidity needs of the system, the Reserve Bank has decided to augment its liquidity management toolkit and inject Rupee liquidity for longer duration through longterm foreign exchange buy/sell swap in terms of its extant Liquidity Management Framework. The US dollar amou…