Tuesday, May 21

Tag: Tax

No Decision Yet on Apple’s Demand For Concessions: DIPP
INDIA

No Decision Yet on Apple’s Demand For Concessions: DIPP

The government has not taken a final decision yet on the concessions being sought by US iPhone maker Apple for setting up a manufacturing unit in India, a top official said today. Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Ramesh Abhishek said that Apple has submitted certain demands for the government's consideration. "We had a meeting of all the concerned ministries and departments (on those demands) and we have asked them to look at those issues and take a view. No ministry has yet taken a final decision on any of those. But we are in touch with them," Abhishek told reporters here. He said the government supports all manufacturing, including value manufacturing, in the country by companies. "So we would definitely like to promote this. So we are coord...
Indian Software Company Launched Toll Free Helpline For GST Related Queries
INDIA

Indian Software Company Launched Toll Free Helpline For GST Related Queries

Software development company KDK Softwares has launched a national toll-free helpline service for resolving GST-related queries. The toll-free helpline number (1800 103 9271) will be available in six languages like English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada and Malayalam. The helpline service was inaugurated by Rajeev Swarup, Principal Secretary, Small Industries, government of Rajasthan. "As the GST will be rolled out soon, small industries will be looking for helping hands on transition from multiple taxes and filing of returns with separate departments (VAT) to one tax (GST). Unlike the existing return processes, GST requires to be filed every month by businessmen which will make it easier once the 'hands on' processes are set," Swarup said at the launch. "The helpline is a ...
Finance Ministry Will Challenge Delhi High Court Order to Refund The Service Tax of Travel Portals MakeMyTrip, Ibibo and Ebiz
INDIA, News

Finance Ministry Will Challenge Delhi High Court Order to Refund The Service Tax of Travel Portals MakeMyTrip, Ibibo and Ebiz

A recent High Court verdict directing the central revenue authorities to refund service tax collected from three travel portals including MakeMyTrip may be challenged in Supreme Court by the government. Officials sources today said legal experts are going through the High Court order and an appeal challenging the verdict is likely to be filed in Supreme Court. Delhi High Court had on Thursday ordered Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), an intelligence arm under the Finance Ministry to refund the service tax collected from travel portals-- MakeMyTrip, Ibibo and Ebiz, saying the payment made by them "was not voluntary but under coercion and duress". The court had also pulled up the DGCEI for "unwarranted" arrest of a senior official each from MakeMyTrip and Ebi...
Indian E-commerce Companies Demand Exemption From GST
INDIA, News

Indian E-commerce Companies Demand Exemption From GST

The rapidly expanding e-commerce companies today made a strong case for keeping them out of the proposed GST net but the state finance ministers appeared in no mood to oblige. At the first meeting of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers held after the Parliament approved the GST Bill, online retailers said they only provide a platform to vendors and customers and do not make money out of sales made. According to representation made at the meeting, companies like Flipkart, Amazon India and Snapdeal are only service providers to the vendors and as such are liable to pay GST only on service income. When panel chairman and West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra questioned the billion dollar valuations some of the so-called online platforms command, the e-retailers s...
Cleartax Raises 80 Cr From SAIF Partners
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Cleartax Raises 80 Cr From SAIF Partners

ClearTax , an online tax returns filing platform has raised another $12 million (Rs 80 crore) from SAIF Partners. The new round of funding will use to launch a slew of consumer-focused tax-saving products, including mutual funds and other equity-linked saving schemes. Also as part of the deal , managing partner at SAIF, has joined the board of ClearTax's "A typical agent is very bias. To solve for this, our products will be data driven, and completely transparent, to the extent that we will publish our commissions on the site itself," co-founder and CEO Archit Gupta said. "We are very excited to partner with Archit and team as they translate their market leadership in tax filing space to become one of the largest fintech platforms in India.", Ravi Adusumalli said. ClearTax which opera...
Extend Tax Holiday For Startups From 3 yrs to 7 yrs: Nirmala Sitharaman to FinMin
INDIA

Extend Tax Holiday For Startups From 3 yrs to 7 yrs: Nirmala Sitharaman to FinMin

The Finance Ministry should consider raising tax holiday for startups to 7 years from the current 3 years to encourage budding entrepreneurs, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said. Nirmala Sitharaman said lots of inputs from startups have been received and "recommendations have gone to the Finance Ministry for extending the 3-year tax holiday to 7 years". "We shall pursue it and there shall now be lots more interactions with them," she told reporters while briefing them on the initiatives taken by her ministry during the last two years. The minister said she would visit different co-work spaces of these new age companies to see the ground picture and infuse fresh energy. Several startups have pitched for increasing the tax holiday period from the ...
Vodafone Has Not Paid a Single Naya Paisa of Demand: Rajan
INDIA

Vodafone Has Not Paid a Single Naya Paisa of Demand: Rajan

Wading into the Vodafone tax dispute debate, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan today said the British telecom giant has not paid "a single naya paisa" as yet on the demands made on it, but this case always comes in when India talks about creating a predictable tax regime. In an interaction here at Chicago Booth School, Rajan said India is making serious efforts to become "a more friendly place to do business" and putting in place a predictable tax regime is part of those efforts. "One of the things that we have been working hard on is creating a predictable tax structure. But every time we talk about taxes, we get Vodafone sort of sort of flung back at us. "Remember Vodafone has yet to pay a single naya paisa on the demands that were levied on it. Thats going on. We have a structu...
ClearTax India’s Leading Income Tax Returns e-filing Website Has Launched 2G App
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ClearTax India’s Leading Income Tax Returns e-filing Website Has Launched 2G App

In a world that is increasingly going mobile, ClearTax India's leading Income Tax Returns e-filing website has launched another dimension to the convenience quotient of the Indian consumer by announcing the launch of its mobile app. The newly launched app will carry all the functionalities of the ClearTax web platform, where users can upload their Form 16s and the app automatically prepares their tax returns. The best part about the app is you can file your taxes even in your commute. The app comes with offline sync feature which allows you to enter your tax details even when there is no internet. The details are uploaded to the server as soon as there is internet connectivity. This solves a very primitive problem in India - where internet connection is often not reliable. Speaking ...
6 Percent Levy Tax Will Hurt Indian Tech Startups: Report
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6 Percent Levy Tax Will Hurt Indian Tech Startups: Report

The proposed 6 percent levy on online advertisement revenue of foreign companies will "severely raise the cost of doing business" for Indian tech startups, industry body IAMAI said today. "Tech startups are already paying 14.5 per cent service tax to use these ad platforms, which amounts to an estimated Rs 906 crore of taxes to government. With GST implementation, the tax rate is likely to move to 18 per cent bringing more taxes to the government from this segment," Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said in a statement. Considering that the incidence of 6 per cent levy will be passed on to the advertisers by the ad platforms, the total burden to SMEs and tech startups on account of equalisation levy would be an additional burden of Rs 429 crore, a massive hike of nearly 50...
Biz2Credit Partners With TaxSpanner,to Boost Financing Success
BUSINESS

Biz2Credit Partners With TaxSpanner,to Boost Financing Success

Biz2Credit, a leading online resource in personal and small business finance, today announced a marketing partnership with TaxSpanner, one of Indias largest and most trusted company that offers online preparation and filing of Income Tax Returns (ITR) for individuals and businesses. "Our agreement will ultimately enable individuals and entrepreneurs to access personal and business finance more efficiently," suggests Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora. "Were always seeking opportunities to enhance the experience of our clients and we are pleased to be able to provide them with a valuable resource on our platform." Through this partnership, Biz2Credit and TaxSpanner will leverage their client channels to offer customized services that will holistically grow their companies. Individuals who are see...
Now, This Indian State to Impose Tax on E-commerce Shipments
INDIA

Now, This Indian State to Impose Tax on E-commerce Shipments

Himachal Pradesh has become the latest state to impose tax on e-commerce shipments with the state Assembly today passing a bill providing for levying tax on all online purchases to check revenue loss caused by online trading. Major states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have already announced imposing tax on online purchases to protect local traders. The HP Assembly passed the Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods (Amendment) Bill 2016, that provides for levying tax on all online purchases to check revenue losses caused by online trading. The bill was passed without any discussion as the BJP members were protesting on some other issue when the bill came up for discussion. As per Excise and Taxation Minister Parkash Chauhdary, the Bill includes provisions to...
Govt to announce friendly tax regime for start-ups in Budget: Arun Jaitely
INDIA

Govt to announce friendly tax regime for start-ups in Budget: Arun Jaitely

“ Government in the Budget next month will announce a friendly tax regime that will encourage setting up of startups in the country ” Government in the Budget next month will announce a friendly tax regime that will encourage setting up of startups in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. "We have already worked upon an entrepreneur-friendly taxation regime. There are some steps, which can be taken up by notifications, which would be taken forthwith. Others require legislative provisions, which can only come as part of the Finance Bill when Budget is presented in order to create a friendly taxation regime for startups," he said at the Start Up India conference here. Recognising the need to encourage startups, a fund was suggested in the Budget last year, he...