Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Now private company can  accept unsecured loans even from a relatives 

MCA Update on Deposit From Relative By Private Limited Company:

Deposits rules are quickly getting aligned with old 58A exempted rules to private limited company.

Without any upper limit of amount, now a private company can  accept unsecured loans apart from director even from a relative (as per definition) of a director of the company with simple declaration saying the relative has not borrowed same from others. The relative need not be a shareholder of the company.


Monday, 14 September 2015

Smart way to deal With Income Tax Notices

If you are the who has received notice from Income tax department then first you must understand few basics of notice. This article will surely help you on how to deal with Income Tax notices. Usually communication from the Income Tax department causes increase in heart beat for most of us. But you shall note that majority of letter or notices are of routine type and need fever attention. 

What to do when you receive an Income Tax notice?

1. Don’t Ignore: Handle the situation carefully and sincerely. Inform your consultant by email about the notice. if possible send a scan copy. Don't use WhatsApp to inform your Chartered Accountant so that you can always refer when did you inform Chartered Accountant about the notice.   

2. Back to basics: Check the whether the notice is really meant for you by checking basic things like PAN, Name, Assessment year  it related to issuing officer, signature, address with details of ward and circle number. Verify these details to avoid being cheated. To see details go to E filling website see know your AO

3. Preserve  the envelope: If the notice comes by  postal mail, preserve the envelope and staple it on the back of the notice. It serves as proof of the dates on which it was posted and received. I also suggest my clients to write the date time and receivers name on the back of the notice.

4. DIN: If the notice is delivered online, then check the Document Identification Number. In case of online notices also carefully check the authority to whom you should respond 

5. Identify the reason behind the notice: By normal reading one can easily indentifies the reason behind notice. Reasons could be a simple mismatch in TDS or inconsistency in your returns, or some serious concerns like income concealment. It can also be a survey or scrutiny of accounts.

6. Validity: Check the validity of the notice and the timely issuance. Also check the section under which the notice has been issued. For example: A notice under Section 143(3) for scrutiny assessment has to be served within six months of the end of the financial year in which the return was filed. If served later than this period, it will be considered invalid.

7. Gather the documents: Start collecting the documents that the department has requested via the notice. Documents needed can vary depending on the gravity of the notice, usually scrutiny notice may ask for several documents, including bank statements, pay-slips, rent receipts and brokerage statements. While it may not be possible to put all this together in the short time.

8. Letter: Prepare a covering letter along with the set of documents. Also mention list of all the documents enclosed. Many time it is observed that Documents and information produced for verification purpose in original are not mentioned in submission letter.

9. Acknowledgement: Prepare two set of all the documents required, along with a copy of the covering letter. Get your copy stamped to maintain personal records, and as a proof of submission of the documents thereby complying with the notice. In case the officer is absent on the date of submission make sure that your visit is recorded  and acknowledged. 

10. Reply in time: Always respond to the notice on time even if you are unable to collect the required documents. You can even ask for some time to gather all the documents. Timely response will help establish that you are honest, and cooperating with the law.

11. CA help:- If the notice is simply about a factual matter, such as an arithmetical error, TDS mismatch or deduction amount, a taxpayer may respond on his own, Only when it is a serious issue, such as a notice for scrutiny or reassessment under Section 148, should one get a professional to respond. But A chartered accountant will be better equipped to deal with the situation and provide responses.

Friday, 11 September 2015

GST update

GST Update 📢📣
Companies with an annual turnover up to Rs 25 lakh might be exempted from the proposed national goods and services tax (GST). The Centre and states are likely to settle for this threshold as they finalise the GST laws.

According to finance ministry officials, the draft of these laws is expected to be ready by the end of this month. The Centre and states are working on a mechanism to avoid dual scrutiny of companies by them. "The thinking now is that all legal entities with an annual turnover of up to Rs 25 lakh will be completely exempt. This will be applicable to one TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number)," said a ministry official.

The government is looking to reconvene Parliament's monsoon session to get the Constitutional amendment Bill on GST passed in the Rajya Sabha. Three Bills - on the Centre's GST (CGST), states' GST and Integrated GST -would come up after the Constitutional Bill is cleared. Work on the drafts is on.

States wanted a threshold of Rs 10 lakh to protect their revenue, while the Centre has assured them full compensation for five years. Besides, firms with an annual turnover between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 75 lakh will have an option to pay a flat rate of one per cent or GST rate. If they decide to opt for one per cent rate, firms will not get input credits because of which many, particularly dealers, may choose the GST rate.

The exemption limit from value added tax and service tax across states - except the North-East - is close to Rs 10 lakh turnover. "There will be an impact on revenue but it will depend on how many under the Rs 25 lakh to Rs 75 lakh annual turnover bracket opt for the one per cent rate. If 60-70 per cent opt for it, there will be loss of revenue for states but they will also get compensated by the Centre," said Bipin Sapra, tax partner, EY. From the manufacturing point of view, it was important to keep the exemption limit higher, he added.

While these are likely to be part of the GST laws, a final decision on this is to be taken by the yet-unformed GST Council. This is to be constituted within two months of enacting the Constitution amendment. It would comprise the Union and state finance ministers and will be empowered to take key decisions on GST.

The idea is that entities with a turnover of up to Rs 75 lakh will not attract any checks or audits from either the state or the Centre. The Centre will give states a free run on compliance checks for companies with annual turnover above Rs 75 lakh and up to Rs 1.5 crore. "Here, the Centre will only do online scrutiny. And, if states detect non-compliance with respect to CGST, only the Centre will issue a notice. States cannot issue a notice on our behalf," said an official. However, in case of companies with annual turnover of more than Rs 1.5 crore, there will be concurrent audits by both the state government and the Centre.

"The government is still discussing a mechanism of a risk-based selection so that the checks by Centre and states do not overlap," said the official.

The government on Sunday made a renewed appeal to Opposition parties to help pass the Constitutional amendment through an extended monsoon session. It is vital that this be cleared at the earliest for the government to stick to the GST implementation timeline of April 1, 2016. The three draft legislations will lay down the fine print of the uniform indirect tax regime.

With regards
CA Anand Mutha


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