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To be published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Subsection

[To be published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Subsection (i)]

Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue Central Board of Excise and Customs Notification No. 38/2017 – Central Tax (Rate) New Delhi, the 13th October, 2017 G.S.R. (E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 11 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017), the Central Government, on being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following amendment in the notification of the Government of India, in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No.8/2017- Central Tax (Rate), dated the 28th June, 2017, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), vide number G.S.R. 680(E), dated the 28th June, 2017, namely:- In the said notification, the proviso under Paragraph 1 shall be omitted. 2. The exemption contained i…

3 months into GST exports rise over 25%

3 months into GST exports rise over 25% Exports grew at a six month high rate of 25.7 per cent in September year on year, maintaining the momentum of 13 months of interrupted rise and despite the problems of getting refunds under the goods and services tax (GST) regime.This was the second month of exports expanding in double digits after outbound shipments were up 10.29 per cent in August. The pace of export growth comes after they contracted for more thanayear. The country exported goods worth Rs 28.61 billion in September against  Rs 22.76 billion in the same month last year.In the third month into the GST, export growth picked up mainly owing to rising global crude prices, which pushed up processed petroleum exports by nearly 40 per cent, apart from a broad based improvement in exports of major foreign exchange earners such as engineering goods and gems and jewellery. This may give credence to the observations of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EACPM) that green s…

Aadhaar helped Indian govt check fraud save Rs 9 bn Nilekani

Aadhaar helped Indian govt check fraud save Rs 9 bn Nilekani The Indian government's Aadhaar card scheme, which has enrolled more than 1 billion people, has helped the exchequer save about Rs 9 billion by eliminating fraud in beneficiary lists, its architect Nandan Nilekani has said here.The system, launched by the previous UPA government, has been "enthusiastically" supported by the current government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, said the 62-year-old non-executive chairman of Infosys- India's second largest software services firm. It has really been a bipartisan thing, Nilekani said while participating in a World Bank panel discussion on Digital Economy for Development yesterday.He said that it is easier for the developing countries to leapfrog by building a right digital infrastructure.Aadhaar now has more than a billion people registered on its system, he said. "It has also saved the government about Rs 9 billion in fra…

Leased vehicles: Govt provides clarity on tax rate

Leased vehicles: Govt provides clarity on tax rate Leasing of vehicles purchased priorto July 1 will attract a tax equivalent to 65 percent of the current applicable GST (goods and services tax) rate for a period of thre eyears, the government said on Thursday.The GST Council, comprising Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and state finance ministers, in its last meeting on October 6 had  decided to levy concessional rate for leased vehicles. Also, such vehicles when sold will attract a GST of 65 percent of the  applicable GST rate, including compensation cess. Sale of vehicles by a registered person who had procured the vehicle priorto July1,2017 and has not availed any input tax credits of central excise duty, VAT (value added tax) or any other taxes paid on such motor vehicles, will also be subject to 65 percent of applicable GST rate. These rates would apply for three years with effect fromJuly1,2017. The Business Standard, New Delhi, 13th October 2017

RBI proposes forex platform for retail customers

RBI proposes forex platform for retail customers The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday proposed retail customers  access to the currency trading platform, and that prices should be in line with the inter-bank market through an in built mechanism on the platform.In a discussion paper on its website, the central bank said the existing FXCLEAR platform should be extended to the retail customers through an internet based application.

However, the retail market will be separate from the interbank market.While banks can access both the institutional and retail markets, retail customers would be limited to the retail market segment of the platform.Both the markets will have the same timings, 9 am to 5 pm, where orders can be placed anonymously.The minimum order size would Rs 1,000 and there after in multiples of Rs 500. The maximum order size would be Rs 500,000 for retail customers.

“The system will have a functionality to aggregate customer orders at the same rate up to the minimum lot …

HC Notice to Govt over Disqualification of Shell Cos' Directors

HC Notice to Govt over Disqualification of Shell Cos' Directors The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Registrar of Companies (RoC) on a petition challenging the disqualification of more than one lakh directors of shell companies.The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, last month, identified 1,06,578 directors of shell companies for disqualification.While issuing notices to the ministry, the HC also stayed the disqualification of three such directors.

Advocate Manish Jain, counsel for the petitioners, challenged the vires, Latin for powers, of Section 164 (2) of Companies Act, 2013 which was notified in the year 2014.Jain said that the section was wholly ambiguous, as it is unclear as to whether it is applicable only to existing directors or extends to all those who no longer are directors of the disputed shell companies.

“The vires of the section in question has been challenged,“ Jain told ET. He argued that the ministry had violated the principle…

GST Council to take up real estate in November meeting

GST Council to take up real estate in November meeting Aadahaar could be made manadatory for buying internationl air tickets,car Realestate, a sector prone to tax evasion, might soon come under the goods and servicestax(GST) net.The GST Council would consider this at its next meeting on November10in Guwahati, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday— early Thursday morning in India— at Harvard University.
While delivering a lecture on tax reforms in the country, he called the taxation system in India one of the least efficient in the world, with a very small tax base. He also hinted at making Aadhaar mandatory for buying a car or international air tickets in the future, taking a cue from the recent Supreme Court judgement. The GST was rolled out on July 1, replacing a large number of indirect taxes with one unified tax of five rates.Petroleum, real estate, and alcohol were kept out of its ambit.“The one sector in India where maximum amount of tax evasion and cash generation takes p…