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Consumers will Be Biggest Beneficiaries of GST PM Modi

Consumers will Be Biggest Beneficiaries of GST PM Modi The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is increasing competition among manufacturers, which will help bring down prices, making consumers the biggest beneficiaries of the new tax regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.“With GST, a new business culture is developing and in the long term, consumers will be the biggest beneficiaries. Increased competition due to the GST will lead to moderation in prices. It will directly benefit poor and middle class consumers,“ Modi said in his address at an international conference on consumer protection held in the city on Thursday . The PM also said the new consumer protection Act would give more teeth to the consumer, making issues like consumer awareness and grievance redressal simpler and less time consuming.“The proposed Act lays great emphasis on consumer empowerment. Rules are being simplified to ensure that consumer grievances are redressed in a time-bound manner and at least possible cost.Stri…

Govt working on new consumer protection law says PM

Govt working on new consumer protection law says PM Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday vowed to protect consumer interest, saying a new law is on the anvil that will crack down on misleading advertisements and provide time-bound redressal of their grievances. Listing consumer-friendly measures taken by the BJPled government in the past three-and-half years, he said a simplified goods and services tax (GST) has ended a plethora of state and central taxes and laid the ground for reduction in prices in the long run.Rigour for use of energyefficient LED bulbs has not just brought down their prices but also helped save  Rs 20,000 crore in electricity bills, Modi said Besides, he said, the government has brought down prices of life-saving heart stent implants as well as knee implants. He also said that paying consumers subsidy directly on cooking LPG has led to a saving of Rs 57,000 crore.Addressing a global conference on consumer affairs, Modi stressed that consumer interest has not jus…

SC offers relief to MNCs over India outsourcing biz tax

SC offers relief to MNCs over India outsourcing biz tax The Supreme Court in a recent judgment has ruled that the outsourcing of work to India by multinational companies (MNCs) per se would not give rise to any permanent establishment (PE) in the country and, hence, the global income of these MNCs attributable to this back-office work cannot be taxed in India.The judgment will have repercussions for taxing outsourcing businesses as well as subsidiaries of MNCs.

The apex court upheld the ruling of the Delhi High Court and rejected the contention of the revenue department in this regard.The case relates to taxation matters relating to two US-based companies e-Fund Corporation (e-Fund Corp) and e-Fund IT Solutions Group Inc (e-Fund Inc). These companies have paid taxes on their global income in the US.

e-Fund Corp is a holding company with almost a 100 per cent stake in IDLX Corporation, another company based in the US. IDLX Corporation holds almost a 100 per cent stake in IDLX Internationa…

Sebi revises block deal norms

Sebi revises block deal norms Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Thursday revised the framework for ´block deals´ by providing two separate trading windows of 15 minutes each and increasing the minimum order size to Rs 10 crore.The move is aimed at ensuring confidentiality of the large trades and stable prices for such transactions.

The block deal window is provided for buyers and sellers to execute trades foralarge number of shares.Such deals are usually negotiated before their execution.Under the new rules, Sebi would provide two block deal windows —morning and afternoon —of 15 minutes´ duration each.

Besides, the regulator has increased the minimum order size for execution of trades in the block deal window to Rs 10 crore.Currently, block deals for shares worth Rs 5 crore through a single transaction is allowed.The decision has been taken as Sebi received suggestions from market participants to review the block deal framework.

The final norms have been pu…

Govt extends date to claim GST transition credit

Govt extends date to claim GST transition credit The government on Thursday extended the deadline by a month till November 30 for businesses to claim credit of transitional stock in the goods and services tax (GST) regime.TRAN1 is to be filed by those businesses that are keen to claim credit for taxes paid before the launch of GST on July 1. The Business Standard, New Delhi, 27th October 2017

Centre proposes to extend Aadhaar linking deadline to those willing to enrol

Centre proposes to extend Aadhaar linking deadline to those willing to enrol The government proposed extending the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018, but only exclusively for those who are “willing to enrol for Aadhaar”. A one-page note, with writing on both sides of it, passed on to a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on October 25 contained the proposal. Offering the three-month leeway for the "Aadhaar-willing" citizens, the note however insisted that those already with Aadhaar will be “required” to sync their Aadhaar numbers with SIM cards, bank accounts, PAN and “other schemes where Section 7 (Aadhaar Act) notifications have been issued”. The government’s suggestion created such a furore in court that Justice Misra asked the government to re-think its proposal to make it voluntary for Aadhaar-holders also. The court asked Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal, for the Centre, whethe…

IGST relief likely for foreign banks MNCs

IGST relief likely for foreign banks  MNCs  The government may be looking to give some respite to foreign banks and multinationals which are saddled with the additional cost of paying 18% integrated goods and services tax (IGST) on the services provided to their international offices, said two people close to the development.  An advisory to this effect may be issued by the tax department in the coming weeks, one of the persons cited earlier said, requesting not to be named.  “The tax officials realise that this (tax on multinationals) is an unintended consequence, and this could get resolved in the coming weeks,” the other person said. Under the GST framework, a multinational — especially a foreign bank or infrastructure company — that has a branch or operation in India, has to pay IGST. Many foreign banks have already started paying 18% IGST to avoid any litigation. This tax liability has emerged under the GST framework as it considers services provided by one branch to another as inter…