"12 February 2010" Archive

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) elects new office bearers

Shri Amarjit Chopra, a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ( ICAI ), has been elected as the President of ICAI for the year 2010-11 by the Twenty First Council here today. Shri G. Ramaswamy was elected as the Vice-President of the Institute....

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Meeting of Steering Group of Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

The Ministry of Finance hosted a key meeting of the Steering Group of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes at New Delhi on 11th – 12th February 2010. The G-20 had asked the Global Forum to complete their peer review processes and to assess adherence to international standards....

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Classification of artware / handicraft items and composite goods in the Drawback Schedule

Circular No. 03/2010-Custom Duty (12/02/2010)

It has been brought to notice of the Board that difficulties are being faced by exporters in classification of articles declared as handicraft/artware items. It has also been brought to notice that divergent practices are being followed in classifying the goods made of different constituent materials in the Drawback Schedule and applying ...

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Home Loan will cost more as teaser rates are coming to end

Home and auto loan customers will have to shell out more with several public sector banks including the State Bank, Punjab National Bank and Bank of India (BoI) deciding to end the concessional or limited period loan regime, popularly called teaser rates....

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Treatment of Entry Tax under PVAT Act levied in Punjab

The Government of Punjab has recently imposed Entry Tax on 12 new items under section 3A of Punjab Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas Act, 2000 (Punjab Act No.9 of 2000). The List of which has already been provided in the articles published earlier....

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Risk weights and exposure norms in respect of bank exposure to NBFCs categorised as ‘Infrastructure Finance Companies’

RBI/2009-10/317 DBOD. No. BP. BC. 74/21.04.172/ 2009-10 (12/02/2010)

Please refer to paragraph 160 of the Second Quarter Review of the Monetary Policy for the year 2009-10 (copy of extract enclosed) wherein it was proposed to link the risk weights of banks’ exposure to NBFCs categorised as Infrastructure Finance Companies (IFCs) to the credit rating assigned to these NBFCs by external credit assessment i...

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Infrastructure Finance Companies

RBI/2009-10/316 DNBS.PD. CC No. 168 / 03.02.089 /2009-10 (12/02/2010)

Please refer to paragraph 178 of the captioned policy. NBFCs-ND-SI engaged predominantly in infrastructure financing have represented to the Reserve Bank that there should be a separate category of infrastructure financing NBFCs in view of the critical role played by them in providing credit to the infrastructure sector. Currently, the Re...

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Punjab VAT notification levying additional tax Punjab Entry Tax notifications levying entry tax on certain goods Contacts

Punjab VAT notification levying additional tax ; Effective February 5, 2010, dealers are required to charge an additional tax calculated at 10% of the amount of tax payable. The additional tax in respect of liquor shall be effective April 1, 2010., Punjab Entry Tax notifications levying entry tax on certain goods...

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RBI asked banks to extend lower interest benefit to old home loan borrowers

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to enable existing home loan borrowers to benefit from lower rates along with new customers, a senior official of the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) told Reuters. In a letter to the IBA, the central bank has asked banks to reconsider their decision after lenders told the Reserve Bank of Ind...

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Income tax return of brokers who claimed rebate u/e 88E will be scrutinised

The Income Tax Department has decided to scrutinise all returns filed by brokers and market players who seek rebate after paying the securities transaction tax (STT).The department, in its tax returns for 2008-09 that is assessed in the current financial year, found that most of brokers or market entities paying STT calculated total incom...

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Deloitte to double workforce in India

Global business consultancy firm, Deloitte, plans to almost double its India workforce to 24,500 over the next 30 months, a top company official said. "We will hire around 12,000 people in every sector, including IT, CAs, financial services. The process has started and 40 per cent of the total hires will be freshers," Deloitte India's Man...

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New Companies Bill may be passed in the monsoon session to replace Companies Act, 1956

The new Companies Bill, which seeks to replace the legislation enacted way back in 1952, is likely to be approved by Parliament in the monsoon session, corporate secretary R Bandyopadhay said on Thursday. "With the speed at which the parliamentary standing committee is proceeding with the discussions, I am hopeful that the Bill would be ...

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Perks & Jerks for Employees!

With virtually no reprieve from the tax burden on their pay packages and continuing anomalies and inequities, the new rules for valuation of perquisites announced by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on December 18, 2009 have hugely disappointed millions of salaried employees....

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FDI inflows during December 2009 stood at US $ 1.542 billion

(12/02/2010)

Shri Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, has stated that the FDI inflows for the month of December, 2009 have been of the order of US $ 1.542 billion. Addressing a press conference here today he informed that this is an increase of 13%, in US $ terms, over inflows in the month of December, 2008 (previous year), which were...

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Board of Approval of the SEZs grants three formal and six in-principle approvals

Addressing the Board of Approval members, the Chairman informed that so far 571 formal approvals have been granted for setting up of SEZs out of which 348 have been notified. He further informed that over Rs. 1,28,385 crore have been invested in the Special Economic Zones during this short span of time and direct employment of the order...

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Shri Salman Khurshid launched Electronic File Tracking System (FTS) in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Corporate Affairs, launched the electronic File Tracking System (FTS) in his Ministry here today. He electronically generated the first File No. under this system, which has been developed and maintained by National Informatics Centre (NIC). ...

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Income tax officers taking VRS to join private sector

Over the past two months, at least a dozen senior officers of the Income-Tax department, belonging to the elite Indian Revenue Service (IRS), have opted for voluntary retirement, a government scheme that allows them to quit before the statutory retirement age. These officers are likely to end up in the private sector, most likely as consu...

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DTC not expected to be presented in upcoming budget

The Direct Taxes Code 2009 is now on the back burner. The Union finance ministry has veered round to the view that its bold move to reform direct taxes should be subjected to further scrutiny. Contrary to earlier expectations, therefore, the Direct Taxes Code 2009 will not be presented to Parliament as a Bill along with the Union Budget f...

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FIPB allowed to clear FDI proposals of up to Rs 1,200 crore

(12/02/2010)

The government has allowed the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), under the commerce ministry, to clear foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals of up to Rs 1,200 crore. At present, all project proposals that involve investment of above Rs 600 crore are put up before the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) for approval....

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MoU between ICAI and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University

The Memorandum of Understanding between ICAI and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik has been signed by the President, ICAI and the Vice-Chancellor of the University on 10th February, 2010 at New Delhi. The MoU envisages members of the ICAI and the Students will be eligible for admission to MBA, M.Com, BBA and B.Com cou...

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2% increase in excise duty may make Indian companies pay additional 21K crore

Corporate India will have to shell out an additional Rs 21,000 crore if the 2010-11 Budget increases the excise duty by 2 per cent. A study by the Business Standard Research Bureau shows that 1,278 manufacturing companies (excluding oil and gas) accounted for 8.13 per cent, or Rs 86,314 crore of the gross revenue for the year 2008-09. So,...

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Review of cases requiring prior approval of FIPB

This article summarizes the latest Press Release issued by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on proposals requiring prior approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and thereafter CCEA approval. As per the existing policy, the recommendations of FIPB for any proposal falling under approval route and involving...

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Interest on surplus funds is “other income” and not eligible for deduction U/s. 80P of Income Tax Act, 1961

M/s. The Totgars' Cooperative Sale Society Limited Vs ITO (Supreme Court of India)

The assessee, a co-op credit society, was engaged in providing credit facilities to its members and also marketing the agricultural produce of its members. The assessee had surplus funds which it invested in short-term deposits with banks and govt securities. The question arose whether the said interest earned on the said deposits was “...

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