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CBDT Opens Checking A/c on Rs 3Lcr Deposits

CBDT Opens Checking A/c on Rs  3Lcr Deposits Apex body chief tells tax officers to target unexplained deposits after demonetisation It could be taxing times for tax officials as well as those they turn their glare on. They have been told by the chief of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex body, to target and impose tax on Rs 3 lakh crore deposits which is estimated to be the quantum of unexplained cash parked with banks after demonetisation was announced. CBDT chairman Sushil Chandra conveyed the message in a recent video conference to senior officials of I-T department, according to two persons who attended the meeting. Identifying a sizeable slice of deposits as unaccounted cash will not on the sizeable slice of deposits as unaccounted cash will shore up overall direct tax collection also give the government a chance to showcase the success of demonetisation ly shore up overall direct tax collection in a slowing economy, but also give the government a chance to showcase …

Sebi seeks update from bourses on clients Aadhaar nos

Sebi seeks update from bourses on clients Aadhaar nos Markets regulator Sebi has asked stock exchanges to submit a monthly progress report on collection of Aadhaar numbers by its members, according to a circular. This follows the governments amending in June the Prevention of Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules with regard to collection of Aadhaar number from clients. In a circular, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) has asked all its members to update +the Aadhaar number of their clients to comply with the amended prevention of money laundering (PML) rules. "Sebi has asked the exchange to submit a progress report on the collection of the Aadhaar number by the members on a monthly basis. "In view of the same, members are requested to update the Aadhaar number of their clients, wherever provided, in the UCC (Unique Client Code) database of exchange," said the circular, dated September 27. On the basis of updation by the members in the UCC database, NSE would sha…

Sebi mulls continuous listing norms for stricter oversight

Sebi mulls continuous listing norms for stricter oversight Sebi is looking to set up a working group to study the various aspects of creating a framework for continuous listing norms Working on ways to bolster its surveillance measures, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has plans to put in a framework for continuous listing norms for listed entities, according to a regulatory official.The move also comes at a time when multiple agencies and regulators are clamping down on suspected shell companies as part of larger efforts to curb the black money menace. Sebi already has strict norms for listed entities and are updated on a continuous basis. The person in the know said the regulator is looking to further strengthen the surveillance mechanism and weed out “paper- compliant companies”. In this regard, the proposal to float an agenda paper to introduce the “initial and continuous listing norms” was discussed during a recent meeting of the secondary market advisory committee …

Exporters seek e wallets & GST exemption

Exporters seek e wallets & GST exemption Exporters have suggested the idea of instituting an ewallet mechanism for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and complete exemption for merchant exporters, who have been hit by an unavailability of working capital in the goods and services tax (GST) regime. In a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday, the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said the system may be instituted sinceasignificant number of firms are still disproportionately affected byacapital crunch. "Government may consider introduction of e-wallet for exporters in which, based on the preceding year´s exports and an average GST rate, ecurrency is credited to exporters´ accounts. Like a running account, money may be debited from the e-wallet when dutypaid supplies have to be undertaken and the amount may be credited when the proof of export is made available from ICEGATE," FIEO said inastatement to finance ministry officials. Exporters were ea…

Govt wants early warning system on shell companies: How it will work

Govt wants early warning system on shell companies: How it will work The term is used to refer to a company without active business operations or much of assets. This by itself isn't illegitimate but they could be used as a manoeuvre for financial operations of a suspect or illegitimate nature. Currently, there is no way to check shell companies systemically, an official said. Chartered accountants (CAs) do come out with qualified accounts of such companies but these come in a random way on the ministry's MCA21 portal. Qualified accounts refer to bits of information about which CAs have doubts or disagreement with the audited entity's management. After the hoped-for early warning system comes, qualified accounts would be flagged on the ministry's portal, helping it and other regulators to check on such entities. "We are yet to work out the nitty gritty of this system but are on the job," another official said. He said this would do away with the current system of…

Deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for govt schemes, subsidies extended to Dec 31

Deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for govt schemes, subsidies extended to Dec 31 As many as 135 schemes including LPG to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted PDS and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension. The Centre on Wednesday extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for availing government schemes and subsidies by three months to December 31.

The extension is, however, only for those who are yet to apply of Aadhaar, an order issued by the ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said.

As many as 135 schemes (of 35 ministries) including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension.

The government had previously made quoting of Aadhaar necessary for availing government benefits and subsidies like those on cooking gas LPG. Those who did not have Aadhaar were asked to procure the unique identification number by September 30.

This deadline has now …

Sebi may tighten MFs’ risk monitoring practices

Sebi may tighten MFs’ risk monitoring practices AMCs could be asked to form independent committees overseen by trustees to mitigate risks

Increasing fears of debt default in Corporate India may prompt the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to nudge the trustees and sponsors of asset management companies (AMCs) to play a more active role in managing risks. The regulator is deliberating on making it mandatory for fund houses to form internal risk assessment committees comprising key AMC personnel and external consultants, according to two people familiar with the matter. The functioning of the committee will be monitored by the trustees.

The need for better risk monitoring was discussed in a recent meeting between the mutual fund advisory committee and the regulator. This follows rising concerns over the exposure taken by debt schemes to lower-rated debt papers, which run the risk of sudden downgrades or defaults.

“An independent committee will be better able to carry out an in-de…