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Arm's Length Price-AY 2016-17

CBDT Notification on Determination of Arm's Length Price for AY 2016-17 u/s 92C (Transfer Pricing) The CBDT has notified that where variation between ALP determined u/s 92C does not exceed 1% of the wholesale price (3% otherwise) of international or specified domestic transactions, then actual transaction price shall be taken as ALP for AY 2016-17, i.e. tolerance limits of price variation for transfer pricing purposes, as under: CBDT Notification No. 57/2016 dt. 14 July 2016 In exercise of the powers conferred by the third proviso to sub-section (2) of section 92C of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), read with proviso to sub-rule (7) of rule 10CA of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the Central Government hereby notifies that where the variation between the arm's length price determined under section 92C and the price at which the international transaction or specified domestic transaction has actually been undertaken does not exceed one percent of the l…

IT NOTICES

Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue Central Board of Direct Taxes New Delhi, 21st July, 2016. Press Release Sub : Income Tax Department to issue 7 lakh letters seeking Information in respect of High Value Transactions Under the Annual Information Returns (AIR), various types of high-value transactions were being reported to the Income Tax Department. These include reporting of cash deposits of Rs.10,00,000 or more in a saving bank account, sale/purchase of immovable property valued at Rs. 30,00,000 or more, etc. Many of these transactions do not have PAN linked to it. The Department has details of about 90 lakh such transactions for the period 2009-10 to 2016-17. The Income Tax Department has with the help of in-house computer techniques, grouped such non-PAN transactions and identified 7 lakh high-risk clusters having around 14 lakh non-PAN transactions which are being scrutinized by the Income Tax Department closely. The Department will be issuing l…

Payment of Service Tax by Cheque

Clarification issued regarding payment of Service Tax through non electronic modesby CA Bimal Jain

The CBEC vide Instruction F.No 137/08/2013-Service Tax dated July 22, 2016, issued direction that the discretion vested in the jurisdictional Deputy/Assistant Commissioner, to allow the assessee to deposit Service tax by any other mode, under rule 6(2) of the Service Tax Rules, 1994, should be exercised judiciously and rationally. The supervisory officers should, from time to time, check such exercises of discretion so that there are no unwarranted refusals. Presently, every assessee is required to pay Service tax electronically through internet banking, however, the jurisdictional Deputy/Assistant Commissioner, may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, allow the assessee to deposit service tax by any other mode e.g cheque

Payment of Service Tax by Cheque

Clarification issued regarding payment of Service Tax through non electronic modesby CA Bimal Jain
The CBEC vide Instruction F.No 137/08/2013-Service Tax dated July 22, 2016, issued direction that the discretion vested in the jurisdictional Deputy/Assistant Commissioner, to allow the assessee to deposit Service tax by any other mode, under rule 6(2) of the Service Tax Rules, 1994, should be exercised judiciously and rationally. The supervisory officers should, from time to time, check such exercises of discretion so that there are no unwarranted refusals. Presently, every assessee is required to pay Service tax electronically through internet banking, however, the jurisdictional Deputy/Assistant Commissioner, may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, allow the assessee to deposit service tax by any other mode e.g cheque.

Stipend exempt?

If the Stipend granted is for furthering education or gaining knowledge , same can be claimed exempt u/s 10[16] of the I T act . In this regard the decision of the KarnatakaHigh Courtin A. Ratnakarv. Addl. CIT [1981] 128 ITR527can be applied.This was also followedby Tribunal in case of Income-tax Officer v. Dr. G.N. Ramachandran[1 ITD902]

CBDT Notification on Determination of Arm’s Length Price

CBDT Notification on Determination of Arm’s Length Price for AY 2016-17 u/s 92C (Transfer Pricing)The CBDT has notified that where variation between ALP determined u/s 92C does not exceed 1% of the wholesale price (3% otherwise) of international or specified domestic transactions, then actual transaction price shall be taken as ALP for AY 2016-17, i.e. tolerance limits of price variation for transfer pricing purposes, as under:CBDT Notification No. 57/2016 dt. 14 July 2016In exercise of the powers conferred by the third proviso to sub-section (2) of section 92C of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), read with proviso to sub-rule (7) of rule 10CA of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the Central Government hereby notifies that where the variation between the arm’s length price determined under section 92C and the price at which the international transaction or specified domestic transaction has actually been undertaken does not exceed one percent of the later in respect of wholesale tradin…

NCLT clarifies on functioning of Single Bench & Division Bench

NCLT clarifies on functioning of Single Bench & Division BenchNCLT clarifies that the NCLT, Division Bench is *entitled to function as a Bench and exercise powers of the Tribunals, irrespective of any class of cases* (except those specified by an Order of President); States that the Single Judicial Member posted at various benches of Tribunal are also authorized, in addition, to the Division Bench to function as Bench and exercise *powers of NCLT* in following cases: (i) _All *cases* that have been *transferred from CLB,*_ (ii) _All *new petitions* where company involved has *paid-up share capital of Rs. 50 lacs or less where Division Bench is available.* Clarifies that, where the Division Bench is not available, the pecuniary limit of Rs. 50 lacs shall not apply,_ (iii) _Any *other matter which the President may authorize* by passing a specific/general order:_ NCLT

SIT report on Black Money: 6 things you should know about it

SIT report on Black Money: 6 things you should know about itThe Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Justice MB Shah (retired), submitted its fifth report to Supreme Court on methods to curb black money in the economy.The SIT has made the following recommendations in the Fifth Report1 
Complete ban should be imposed on cash transactions above Rs 3,00,000. There should be specific provision in the Act that transactions in cash above threshold limit shall be deemed as illegal, invalid and punishable under the law.
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If there is cash withdrawal of more than Rs.3,00,000 from any bank, then bank should consider it as a suspicious activity and should report it to Financial Intelligence Unit ('FIU')and the concerned Income–tax Department.
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Maximum limit on cash holdings may be fixed between Rs.10 to 15 lacs. In any case, if any person or industry requires to hold more cash, it may obtain necessary permission from the Commissioner of Income–tax of the area.
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In addition, sta…

Unable to register your DSC on MCA portal

In case you are unable to register your DSC on MCA portal because your name in the PAN card is not as per the ICAI records, you may send fill up the form in the given link :-  
http://online.icai.org/app_forms/panupdate/index.htmlAnd kindly attach a scanned copy of your PAN card along with copy of any of the documents in which your name is as in your PAN cardPassport
Aadhar Card
Driving License
Bank passbook with a photo affixed and duly signed by the bank
Voters' Identity cardThis will enable us to carry out the necessary alignment to ICAI records to share the same to MCA for their further actions.

Independent Regulator for ICAI

Govt. ready to appoint independent regulators for ICAI, ICSI and MCIJuly 16, 2016 In order to improve standards of professions, the Central Government has planned to appoint regulators for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Medical Council of India (MCI) and other professional bodies. Key points of this development are as follows:   1. The Ministry of Commerce is working on this proposal with objective that having independent regulators, like SEBI, CCI, etc., for professional bodies would help to make India globallya potential services hub in the upcoming years.   2. At present, ICAI, ICSI and MCI have their own councils of elected or nominated members, which regulate their respective professions. ICAI Council has 40 members, ICSI has 15 and MCI has 100-odd members.   3. From the point of view of number of membership, ICAI is considered as second-largest professional accounting and finance body w…

IDS in instalments

CBDT Press Release dated 14-7-2016 on IDS

The Income Declaration Scheme 2016 - Relaxation of time schedule for making payments under the Scheme

During the course of meetings and seminars held in different parts of the country, various stakeholders have expressed concern that the time period available under the Scheme up to 30th November, 2016 for making payment of tax, surcharge and penalty is very short, especially where funds in liquid form are not readily available with the declarants. It has also been mentioned that for making payment by 30.11.2016, the declarants may have to opt for distress sale of the assets.

Taking into consideration the practical difficulties of the stakeholders, the Government has decided to revise the time schedule for making payments under the Scheme as under:

(i) a minimum amount of 25% of the tax, surcharge and penalty to be paid by 30.11.2016;
(ii) a further amount of 25% of the tax, surcharge and penalty to be paid by 31.3.2017; and

Income Tax manual /Compulsory scrutiny criteria F.Y. 2016-2017

Instruction No. 4/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue (CBDT)
North-Block, New Delhi Date: 13th of July, 2016 To All Pr. Chief-Commissioners of Income-tax/Chief-Commissioners of Income-tax All Pr. Directors-General of Income-tax/Directors-General of Income-tax Sir/Madam Subject: Compulsory manual selection of cases for scrutiny during the Financial Year 2016-2017- regd:- 1. In supersession of earlier Instructions on the above subject, the Board hereby lays down the following procedure and criteria for manual selection of returns/cases for compulsory scrutiny during the financial-year 2016-2017:- (i) Cases involving addition on a substantial and recurring question of law or fact in earlier assessment year(s), in excess of Rs. 25 lakhs in metro charges at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, while for other charges, quantum of such addition should exceed Rs. 10 lakhs (for transfer pricing cases, quantum of such addition shou…

CBDT: Debunks 31% IDS tax rate theory, fourth set of FAQs to follow

Jul 14,2016
CBDT sets at rest controversy over 31% effective tax rate under IDS; Addressing queries received from stakeholders on whether the payment under IDS can be made out of undisclosed income without including the same in the income declared, thereby whittling down the effective tax rate to 31%, CBDT clarifies that the scheme in "no way intends to modify or alter the rate of tax."http://www.taxsutra.com/news/15904/CBDT%3A_Debunks_31%25_IDS_tax_rate_theory%2C_fourth_set_of_FAQs_to_follow

Centralized Registration under Central Excise

New functionality of Single/ Centralised Registration in Central Excise for Jewellery and other specified Manufacturers is now available in ACESAssessees can now opt for centralized registration and capture additional premises through A1 form, as a new functionality is now available at ACES for single/centralised excise registration for certain specified manufacturers, including for new registration, amendments, etc.A. New Registration as well as amendment of registration to capture additional premises for the first time in ACES A new facility has been provided in Central Excise Registration form A1 for certain category of assessees to opt for Centralised registration/ Single registration and correspondingly, capture the list of premises covered under Centralised registration/Single registration.The following categories of assessees are covered under this implementation:1) Jewellery2) Mines3) Aluminium Roofing Panels4) Recorded Smart Cards5) Single registration for CNG…

Assessee cannot be asked to reverse input tax credit due to non-payment of taxes by the selling dealers

PATH BREAKING JUDGEMENTAssessee cannot be asked to reverse input tax credit due to non-payment of taxes by the selling dealersSri Lakshmi Textiles Vs. the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes and Others [2016 (1) TMI 329 – MADRAS HIGH COURT]Facts:Sri Lakshmi Textiles(“the Petitioner”) is a partnership firm engaged in the business of inner garments and textiles registered under Tamil Nadu Value Added Tax Act, 2006 (“TN Vat Act”). The Petitioner was regularly filing the VAT return and paying the VAT liability after adjusting the corresponding input tax credit. For the Assessment Year 2013-2014, the Petitioner had reported total turnover and taxable turnover of Rs. 2,02,88,151/- and Rs. 15,98,693/- respectively in his return.The Department alleged that because some of the selling dealer of the Petitioner had not paid the tax, the Petitioner is required to reverse the corresponding input tax credit and further sought to levy penalty under Section 27(3) of the TN VAT Act on the Petitioner.Held…

Feasibility of having a new financial year

Government of India
Ministry of Finance*Government today constituted a Committee headed by Dr. Shankar Acharya (former Chief Economic Adviser) to examine the desirability and feasibility of having ‘a new financial year’*; The Committee to submit its Report by 31st December, 2016.                     The Government of India today constituted a Committee to examine the desirability and feasibility of having ‘a new financial year’. The Committee headed by Dr. Shankar Acharya (former Chief Economic Adviser) has Shri K.M. Chandrasekhar (former Cabinet Secretary), Shri P.V. Rajaraman (former Finance Secretary, Tamil Nadu) and Dr. Rajiv Kumar (Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research) as other Members. The Committee will examine the merits and demerits of various dates for the commencement of the financial year including the existing date (April to March), taking into account the various relevant factors.                                        The details on the Composition and the Terms of…

CBEC on Construction Site

CBEC Clarification on Scope of 'Construction Site' for availing Excise Exemption as appearing in Notification No. 12/2012-Central Excise, dated 17.03.2012The CBEC has clarified the scope of word construction 'site' for availing of benefit of exemption applicable to goods manufactured at the site of construction for use in construction work at such site. The CBEC has advised to consider circumstances of each case instead of using restrictive approach for the purpose, specially for projects involving sites at long distances, as under: CBEC Circular No. 1036/24/2016-CX dt. 6th July. 2016 1. Representations have been received from the trade regarding difficulties being faced in availing of benefit of exemption applicable to goods manufactured at the site of construction for use in construction work at such site vide S. No. 186 of Notification No. 12/2012-Central Excise, dated 17.03.2012, as amended. The issue is, how should the expression "si…

CBEC on Construction Site

CBEC Clarification on Scope of 'Construction Site' for availing Excise Exemption as appearing in Notification No. 12/2012-Central Excise, dated 17.03.2012The CBEC has clarified the scope of word construction 'site' for availing of benefit of exemption applicable to goods manufactured at the site of construction for use in construction work at such site. The CBEC has advised to consider circumstances of each case instead of using restrictive approach for the purpose, specially for projects involving sites at long distances, as under: CBEC Circular No. 1036/24/2016-CX dt. 6th July. 2016 1. Representations have been received from the trade regarding difficulties being faced in availing of benefit of exemption applicable to goods manufactured at the site of construction for use in construction work at such site vide S. No. 186 of Notification No. 12/2012-Central Excise, dated 17.03.2012, as amended. The issue is, how should the expression "si…

Income Computation and Disclosure Standards (ICDS) notified under Section 145 (2) of the Income -tax Act, 1961 to be applicable from 1stApril, 2016

Vide Notification No. SO 892 (E) dated 31st March, 2015, the Central Government notified 10 Income Computation and Disclosure Standards (ICDS). These ICDS are applicable from 1.4.2015 i.e. previous year 2015-16 (Assessment Year 2016-17). Subsequent to notification of the ICDS, a number of representations were received which were examined by an Expert Committee. The Committee has recommended amendments to the notified ICDS and also issuance of clarification in respect of certain points raised by the stakeholders. 

The revision of ICDS/issue of clarifications as recommended by the Committee, is under consideration. The revision of the Tax Audit Report is also being made for ensuring the compliance with the provisions of ICDS and for capturing the disclosures mandated by the ICDS. 

Some of the tax payers might have filed their return of income and obtained Tax Audit Report without incorporating the compliance with the ICDS and related disclosures in the absence of the revised Tax Audit Re…

SC scanner over PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, E&Y, others over Bengaluru man’s complaint

SC scanner over PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, E&Y, others over Bengaluru man’s complaint
By: FE Bureau | New Delhi | Published: July 5, 2016 6:36 AM

According to the PIL filed by CPIL, PwC and its network firms indulged in activities in breach of various statutes and policies. (PTI)
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the regulatory body for chartered accountants in India, to file a status report as to what action it has taken against top foreign multinational accounting firms which, in the guise of providing management consultancy services, have expanded to other fields such as accounting, auditing, book-keeping and taxation. Such operations cannot be undertaken by non-Indian entities.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra also sought response from the Centre on an appeal filed by Bengaluru-based tax consultant S Sukumar, alleging violation by various accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, an…

CBEC Clarification on Recovery of Demands

CBEC Clarification reg. Recovery of Confirmed Demands during the pendency of Stay Application To bring uniformity in practice and to ensure that the assessee gets adequate opportunity to appeal before recovery proceedings are started in recovery of confirmed demands of indirect taxes, the CBEC has issued Clarification Circular No. 1035/23/2016-CX dt. 4th July, 2016, on the following lines: In cases where stay application is pending before Commissioner (Appeals) or CESTAT for periods prior to 06.08.2014, no recovery shall be made during the pendency of the stay application. It may be noted that the law on the issue was amended on 06.08.2014, where after filing of appeal requires payment of 7.5 or 10 per cent of tax demand, depending on stage of appeal, obviating the need for appellate authority to hear any stay application. However in the cases where demand is confirmed by Hon'ble CESTAT or Hon'ble High Court recovery proceeding may be initiated after a…

SEBI has issued a fresh guidelines comprising Revised Formats for Financial Results

SEBI has issued a fresh guidelines comprising Revised Formats for Financial Results, reporting timeline and other guidance for Implementation of Ind-AS by Listed Entities.

http://www.sebi.gov.in/cms/sebi_data/attachdocs/1467712561526.pdf

EXTRACT For the quarter ending June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016:

(i) The timeline for submitting the financial results in compliance with the provisions of this Circular is extended by one month. The results for the quarter ending June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016 may be submitted by September 14, 2016 and December 14, 2016 respectively.

(ii) For the quarter ending June 30, 2016, Ind-AS compliant financial results for the corresponding quarter ended June 30, 2015shall be provided. For the quarter ending September 30, 2016, Ind-AS compliant financial results for the corresponding year to date / quarter ended September 30, 2015 shall be provided. However, in such cases, limited review or audit of the same is not mandatory.

(iii) For the quarter ending…