New tax norms target shell firms

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The guidelines have a few safeguards that were not present in draft norms issued in 2015 such as a collegium of officers to vet whether companies are to be taxed on the basis of their place of effective management (PoEM) and test of active business. However, experts warned even then there could be subjectivity in establishing PoEM.business and majority ofboard meeting in India will be considered a tax resident. The rules will not apply to companies with a turnover or gross receipts of ~50 crore or less in a financial year. “The intent is to target shell companies and accounting outsourcing companies in India created for retaining income outside India although real control and management of affairs is located in India,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a release. The rules will come into effect from assessment year 2017-18, which essentially means the current financial year. Tax consultancy firms in Delhi pitched for a deferment raising compliance concerns because the rules were issued in the tenth month of the financial year.

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Input tax Credit on ATF: Aviation Ministry Suggest Ways to Compensate Airlines

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GST regime for the time being, airlines will not be able utilise credit on taxes paid on ATF – a key input which comprises over 40 per cent Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said his ministry has suggested various alternatives to the finance ministry to help compensate airlines that cannot take tax consultancy firms in delhi ncr credit on ATF under the GST regime.

“The issue has to be identified, flagged and the ministry has flagged it with the finance ministry in indirect taxation in India. They have to take a call on it, what to do, how to go about it. Anywhere between 40-45per cent of the operating costs are fuel. If fuel is high taxed and that too with no set offs, they will be in trouble,” the minister said.

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Key Highlights of Budget 2017?

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This is the first time in Indian history that Union Budget has been announced one month in advance. This decision is made to complete the legislative process for approval of annual spending plans and tax proposals in chartered accountant firms in mumbai before beginning of the new financial year on April 1.

Govt. proposes levy of surcharge of 10% for income between Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs. 1 crores

FM proposed no change in Exemption limit but reduces tax rate to 5% for income between 2.5 lac to 5 lacs

Threshold limit for audit of entities opting for presumptive indirect taxation in India under Section 44AD is increased to 2 crores.

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Key Highlights of Budget 2017?

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This is the first time in Indian history that Union Budget has been announced one month in advance. This decision is made to complete the legislative process for approval of annual spending plans and tax proposals in chartered accountant firms in mumbai before beginning of the new financial year on April 1.

Govt. proposes levy of surcharge of 10% for income between Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs. 1 crores

FM proposed no change in Exemption limit but reduces tax rate to 5% for income between 2.5 lac to 5 lacs

Threshold limit for audit of entities opting for presumptive indirect taxation in India under Section 44AD is increased to 2 crores

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Threshold Limit on ESI Increases To Rs. 21,000

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As per notification issued by Ministry of Labour and Employment dt. 22nd December, 2016, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 95 of the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948, the Central Government, after consultation with the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950, namely:- 1. (1) These rules may be called the Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Third Amendment Rules, 2016. (2) They shall come into force from 1st day of January, 2017. 2. In the Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950, in rule 50, for the words “fifteen thousand rupees” occurring at both the places, the words ‘twenty one thousand rupees” shall be substituted in chartered accountant firms in mumbai.

In simple words, lower rate of contributions (3% instead of 4.75% for employers and 1% instead of 1.75% for employees) will apply in areas where the Act is implemented for the first time in Indirect taxation in India.

Two More Advance Pricing Agreements Signed by the CBDT

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The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has closed the year 2016 by entering into two more unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) today. The APA Scheme was introduced in the Income-tax Act in 2012 and the “Rollback” provisions were introduced in 2014. The scheme endeavours to provide certainty to taxpayers in the domain of transfer pricing by specifying the methods of pricing and setting the prices of international transactions in advance in chartered accountant firms in mumbai. Since its inception, the APA scheme has evinced a lot of interest from taxpayers and that has resulted in more than 700 applications (both unilateral and bilateral) being filed in just four years. The two APAs signed today pertain to the Information Technology and Automobile sectors of the economy. The international transactions covered in these agreements include Software Development Services, IT enabled Services, Manufacturing and Business Support Services. With this, the total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT has reached 117. This includes 7 bilateral APAs and 110 Unilateral APAs. In the current financial year, a total of 53 APAs (4 bilateral APAs and 49 unilateral APAs) have already been entered into. The CBDT expects more APAs to be concluded and signed in the near future tax consultant firms in delhi.

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Ordinance Likely To Amend Payment Of Wages Act.

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A mid currency crunch, the government is mulling over bringing in an ordinance to amend the payment of wages Act for allowing business and industrial establishments to pay salaries through Cheques or by electronic modes.
“The government may bring an ordinance to amend Payment of Wage Act, 1936, to nudge employers of certain industries to make payment through electronic modes and cheques,” a source said Direct foreign investment in India.
The source further said, “The bill for the purpose was tabled in the Lok Sabha on December 15, 2016. It can be pushed for passage in the Budget session next year. Thus, instead of waiting for two more months, the government can issue the ordinance and later it will be passed in Parliament.” Standard practice is, government brings ordinance to amend laws for immediate implementation of new rules. An ordinance is valid for six months only. Government is required to get it passed in Parliament within that period in accounting outsourcing companies in India.
The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2016, seeks to amend Section 6 of the principal Act to enable employers pay wages to their employees through cheques or by crediting it to their bank accounts electronically. The Bill was introduced by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya amid din over demonetisation issue.

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