Executive Summary

Income Tax

CBDT extends the Time Limit for processing validly filed income tax returns with refund claims up to assessment year 2017-18 until January 31, 2024.
➢ Guidelines Prescribed by CBDT for withholding Tax u/s 194-O.
➢ CBDT has notified ITR-1 and ITR-4 for Assessment Year 2024-25
➢ Central Government notifies Godavari River Management Board of Hyderabad for exemption in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (46) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
➢ Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2023-24 (Series III) will be opened for subscription during the period December 18-22, 2023.
➢ PowerGrid Infrastructure Investment Trust to be recognized as a mode for continuity of tax exemption for Charitable Trust and Institution
➢ The CBDT vide Notification No. 106/2023 dated December 27, 2023, notified an exemption to Ravenna Investments Holding B.V for pension funds under section 10(23FE) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
➢ The government has revised the rate of Interest for the Small Savings Scheme with the approval of the competent authority.
➢ CBDT has notified the Income-tax (Twenty-Ninth Amendment) Rules, 2023, to amend Rules 10TA and 10TD for revising the definition of intra-group loans and circumstances in which they are treated as Safe Harbour.

Goods And Service Tax (GST)

➢ Extension of due date of GSTR 3B for the month of November 2023.
➢ Government issued time limit for issuing order under sec 73.
➢ GSTN issues advisory for pilot project of biometric-based Aadhaar authentication and document verification
➢ Advisory related to amnesty for taxpayer who missed to file appeal for the order passed on or before 31st march 2023.
➢ GSTN has given advisory on Two factor authentication (2FA).

Companies Act 2013/ Other Laws

➢ Mandatory Pre-Requisite For E-filing Matters in NCLT
➢ Foreign Exchange Management (Manner of Receipt and Payment) Regulations, 2023
➢ RBI modifies MSME lending norms
➢ RBI issues revised instructions for inoperative accounts/unclaimed deposits in Banks
➢ Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Amendment Rules, 2023
➢ Filing of Announcements Related to Loss of Share Certificate, Issue of Duplicate Share, Certificate Closure of Trading Window and CIRP- NSE
➢ SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) (Seventh Amendment) Regulations, 2023
➢ SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2023

INCOME TAX

➢ CBDT extends the Time Limit for Processing Validly Filed Income Tax Returns with Refund Claims up to Assessment Year 2017-18 until January 31, 2024

Central Board of Direct Taxes (Board) vide its order under section 119 of the Income-tax Act,1961 dated July 05, 2021 and September 30, 2021 on the captioned subject relaxed the timeframe prescribed in second proviso to subsection (1) of Section 143 of the Act. It was directed that all validly filed returns up to Assessment Year 2017-18 with refund claims, which could not be processed under section 143(1) of the Act and which had become time barred, should be processed by November 30, 2021, subject to the conditions exceptions specified therein.
The matter has been re-considered by Board in view of pending taxpayer grievances related to issue of refund. To mitigate the genuine hardship being faced by the taxpayers on this issue, Board, by virtue of its power under section 119 of the Act and in partial modification of its earlier order under section 119 of the Act dated July 05, 2021 and September 30, 2021, supra, hereby further extends the time frame mentioned in the para no. 2 of the order dated September 30, 2021 till January 31, 2024 in respect of returns of income validly filed electronically. All other contents of the said order u/s 119 of the Act dated July 05, 2021 will remain unchanged.

Above relaxation shall not be applicable to the following returns:
(i) returns selected in scrutiny
(ii) returns remain unprocessed, where either demand is shown as payable in the return or is likely to arise after processing it
(iii) returns remain unprocessed for any reason attributable to the assessee.

➢ Guidelines Prescribed by CBDT for withholding Tax u/s 194-O.

The guidelines contemplate following situations and explains in detail how section 194- O would operate in such cases, including illustrations.
• In case of a platform or network ( e.g., the open network for digital commerce) wherein multiple ECOs are participating in a single transaction of sale of goods / services through the platform / network. For example, there could be a buyer side ECO involved in buyer side functions and a seller side ECO involved in seller side functions.
Example 1 – Where the seller-side ECO is not the actual seller of goods / services. In this situation, withholding of tax u/s 194-O is required to be done by the seller side ECO who finally makes the payment to the seller. The seller-side ECO would file the requisite withholding tax return in Form 26Q and issue certificate to the seller in Form 16A.
Example 2 – Where the seller-side ECO is the actual seller of goods / services. In this situation, withholding of tax u/s 194-O is required to be done by the ECO which finally makes the payment to the seller for goods / services sold, which in the case mentioned below is ECO-2. The ECO 2 would file the requisite withholding tax return in Form 26Q and issue certificate to the seller in Form 16.
• ECOs may be levying convenience fees or charging commission for each transaction and seller might levy logistics and delivery fees for the transaction. Payments may also be made to the platform or network provider for facilitating the transaction. Whether these would form part of ‘gross amount’ for the purpose of withholding tax u/s 194-O of the Act?
• How will GST, various state levies and taxes other than GST (such as Value Added Tax / Sales tax / Excise duty / Central Sales Tax) be treated when calculating ‘gross amount’ of sale for the purpose of section 194-O?
• How will adjustment for purchase -returns take place?
• How will discounts given by seller as an E -Commerce Participant or by any of the multiple ECOs be treated while calculating ‘gross amount’ for the purpose of section 194-O?

➢ CBDT has notified ITR-1 and ITR-4 for Assessment Year 2024-25
CBDT has notified ITR1 SAHAJ and ITR4 SUGAM for Assessment Year 2024-25 for filing return for Financial Year 2023-24.

➢ Central Government notifies Godavari River Management Board of Hyderabad for exemption in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (46) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
Central Government in pursuance of section 85 of the Andhra Pradesh Re-Organization Act, 2014, in respect of the following specified income arising to the said Authority, as follows:
(a) Grants/Subsidies received from CG and from the SG of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and
(b) Interest from bank deposits, including savings account.

Above notification shall be effective subject to the conditions that Godavari River Management Board, Hyderabad-
(a) shall not engage in any commercial activity;
(b) activities and the nature of the specified income shall remain unchanged throughout the financial years; and
(c) shall file return of income in accordance with the provision of clause (g) of sub- section (4C) of section 139 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
This notification shall be deemed to have been applied for assessment years 2020-21 to 2023-2024.

➢ Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2023-24 (Series III) will be opened for subscription during the period December 18-22, 2023.
The Gold Bonds issued under this Scheme may be held by a Trust, HUFs, Charitable Institution, University or by a person resident in India, being an individual, in his capacity as such individual, or on behalf of minor child, or jointly with any other individual.

The issue price of the Bond during the subscription period shall be ₹6,199 per gram . The Government of India in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India has decided to allow discount of ₹50 per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode. For such investors the issue price of Gold Bond will be ₹6,149 per gram of gold.

Interest on the Gold Bonds shall commence from the date of issue and shall be paid at a
fixed rate of 2.50 percent per annum on the nominal value of the bond and the interest shall be payable in half-yearly rests and the last interest shall be payable along with the principal on maturity and these Gold Bonds shall be repayable on the expiration of eight years from the date of the issue of the Bonds.

➢ PowerGrid Infrastructure Investment Trust to be recognized as a mode for continuity of tax exemption for Charitable Trust and Institution

Charitable Trusts / Institutions enjoying Income-tax exemption u/s 11(5) of the Income- tax Act are required to invest their surplus funds in prescribed modes, such as savings certificates, post office savings, deposit in an account with a scheduled bank or co- operative society, units of Unit Trust of India, deposit in any public sector company of India, etc. the CBDT has added investment in units of PowerGrid Infrastructure Investment Trust as one of the recognised modes for continuity of tax exemption for such trusts / institutions.

➢ The CBDT vide Notification No. 106/2023 dated December 27, 2023, notified an exemption to Ravenna Investments Holding B.V for pension funds under section 10(23FE) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

The notified funds are eligible to claim an exemption for eligible investments made in India on or before March 31, 2024, subject to following conditions.

i. The assessee shall file a return of income, for all the relevant previous years falling within the period beginning from the date in which the said investment has been made and ending on the date on which such investment is liquidated.

ii. the assessee shall furnish along with such return a certificate in Form No. 10BBC in respect of compliance with the provisions of clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act.

iii. the assessee shall intimate the details in respect of each investment made by it in India during the quarter within a period of one month from the end of the quarter in Form No. 10BBB.

iv. the assessee shall maintain a segmented account of income and expenditure in respect of such investment which qualifies for exemption under clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act;

v. the assessee shall continue to be regulated under the laws of the Government of the Netherlands;

vi. the assessee shall not have any loans or borrowings directly or indirectly, for the purposes of making investment in India and

vii. the assessee shall not participate in the day-to-day operations of investee but the monitoring mechanism to protect the investment with the investee shall not be considered as participation in the day-to-day operations of the investee and

viii. any other conditions as may be prescribed.
Violation of any of the conditions as stipulated in clause (23FE) of section 10 of the Act and this notification shall render the assessee ineligible for the tax exemption.

➢ Government has revised the rate of Interest for Small Savings Scheme with the approval of competent authority.
The rates of interest on various Small Savings Schemes for the fourth quarter of financial year 2023-24 starting from 1 st January, 2024 and ending on 31 st March, 2024 have been revised as detailed below:

 

➢ CBDT has notified the Income-tax (Twenty-Ninth Amendment) Rules, 2023, to amend Rules 10TA and 10TD for revising the definition of intra-group loans and circumstances in which they are treated as Safe Harbour.

Intra-group loan definition has been revised to include loans extended to “Associate Enterprise” rather than wholly owned subsidiaries and the condition for the loans to be advanced must be sourced in Indian Rupees has been omitted. The updated definition of intra-group loan is now stated as follows:

Intra-group loan means a loan advanced to an associated enterprise being a non-resident, where the loan

(i) is not advanced by an enterprise, being a financial company including a bank or a financial institution or an enterprise engaged in lending or borrowing in the normal course of business, and

(ii) does not include a credit line or any other loan facility which has no fixed term for repayment;
Rule 10TD has been amended to replace the conditions for safe harbor in the event of the advancement of intra-group loans denominated in a foreign currency. The reference to “CRISIL” credit rating has been omitted from Rule 10TD. Thus, the credit rating of any other entities can be used while determining Safe Harbour.

➢ As per Notification No. 56/2023 Dated 28 th December, 2023 – The Government, on the recommendations of the Council, hereby, extends the time limit specified under sub- section (10) of section 73 for issuance of order under sub-section (9) of section 73 of the said Act, for recovery of tax not paid or short paid or of input tax credit wrongly availed or utilized, relating to the period as specified below, namely: –

• For the financial year 2018-19, up to the 30th day of April, 2024;
• For the financial year 2019-20, up to the 31st day of August, 2024

➢ As per Notification NO. 55/2023 Dated 20 th December, 2023
The Commissioner, on the recommendations of the Council, hereby extends the due date for furnishing the return in FORM GSTR-3B for the month of November, 2023 till the twenty-seventh day of December, 2023, for the registered persons whose principal place of business is in the districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram in the state of Tamil Nadu

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➢ The GSTN on has issued an advisory 1 st December 2023 for applicants of GST registration in the state of Andhra Pradesh, for pilot project of biometric-based Aadhaar authentication and document verification.
The functionality now also provides for the document verification and appointment booking process Once the applicant has applied to Form GST REG- 01, it will receive an email either of the following:

• A link for OTP based Aadhaar authentication, or
• A link for booking an appointment with GST Suvidha Kendra (GSK) for authentication/verification
If the applicant receives the link for OTP-based Aadhaar authentication as per above,

He/she can proceed with the application as per the existing process. however, If the applicant receives the link for booking appointment with GSK, he / she will be required to book the appointment to visit the designated GSK, using the link provided in the e-mail. Once the applicant gets the confirmation of appointment through e-mail, he / she will be able to visit the designated GSK as per the chosen schedule.

At the time of the visit of GSK, the applicant is required to carry the following details.
• Copy of confirmation e -mail (for booking of appointment)
• Details of jurisdiction as mentioned in the e -mail
• Aadhaar number
• Original documents that were uploaded with the application. The biometric authentication and document verification will be done at the GSK, for the individuals as per the GST application Form REG-01.

➢ The GSTN has issued the following advisory on 28 November 2023 the GST Council, in its 52nd meeting held in October 2023, recommended granting amnesty to taxpayers who could not file an appeal (u/s 107 of the CGST Act, 2017), against the demand order (u/s 73 or 74 of the CGST Act, 2017) passed on or before March 31, 2023, or whose appeal against the said order was rejected due to not being filed within the specified time limit.

• In compliance with this recommendation the government has issued notification No. 53/2023 on November 2, 2023.

• Considering the pre-requisite to deposit the admitted amount of tax, interest and penalty, it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to select the appropriate ledgers and make the payment correctly (the GST portal allows taxpayers to choose the correct mode of payment – electronic credit / cash ledger). An appeal filed without proper payment of tax, interest or penalty, may be rejected or dealt with as per the legal provisions

• In case taxpayer has already filed an appeal and wants it to be covered by the benefit of amnesty scheme, it would be required to make the differential payment to comply with Notification no. 53/2023. The payment should be made against the demand order using the ‘Payment towards demand’ facility available on the GST portal. The navigation step for making this payment is: Login >> Services >> Ledgers >> Payment towards Demand.

• Taxpayers who have previously filed an appeal, but it was rejected as time barred in APL-02 by the appellate authority, are entitled to refile the appeal. In case taxpayer faces any issue in re-filing of appeal, a ticket shall be raised on the grievance redressal portal (https://selfservice.gstsystem.in). The taxpayer shall select the category ‘Amnesty Scheme’ and the sub-category ‘Amnesty scheme- Issue in appeal filing’ while raising a ticket.

• If the appellate authority has issued a rejection order in APL-04 due to the application for appeal being time-barred, the taxpayer has to approach the respective appellate authority office well in advance to comply with the dates in the said notification. The appellate authority after checking the eligibility of the taxpayer for the amnesty scheme will forward the case to GSTN through the state nodal officer.

• For the APL 04 issued cases, no direct representations will be entertained by GSTN or through the grievance redressal portal. APL 04-issued cases have to be compulsorily forwarded through the state nodal officer.

• Post receiving the case from the state nodal officer, GSTN will enable the taxpayer to file an appeal against the concerned order.

➢ GSTN has issued an advisory on 1 December 2023 for implementation of 2FA on the GST portal nationwide starting 1 December 2023 onwards.
The 2FA helps in strengthening the login security in the GST portal. The initial rollout of 2FA has been successfully conducted in Haryana. In the 1st phase, 2FA will be implemented in Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Delhi. The 2nd phase will include the remaining states across India. Taxpayers would need to provide a one-time password (OTP) post entering user ID and password. The OTP will be delivered to the primary authorized signatory’s mobile phone number and email address. Accordingly, taxpayers have been advised to keep their email addresses and mobile numbers of authorized signatories updated on the GST portal for receiving the OTP communication.

Companies Act, 2013/LLP Act, 2008

➢ Mandatory Pre-Requisite For E-filing Matters in NCLT

The National Company Law Tribunal has informed that all Litigants/Advocates/parties have to follow the pre-requisite outline on formatting, proper book marking Petition/Applications/Pleadings/Documents, electronic signature using e-sign, retention of originals, etc. at the time of e-filing in NCLT portal with effect from January 01, 2024.

RBI

➢ Foreign Exchange Management (Manner of Receipt and Payment) Regulations, 2023

The Reserve Bank of India has introduced Foreign Exchange Management (Manner of Receipt and Payment) Regulations, 2023 in supersession of Notification No. FEMA 14(R)/2016-RB dated May 02, 2016.
The core of the regulations addresses how residents in India can make or receive payments from individuals outside the country. It emphasizes the role of Authorised Banks and Authorised Persons. The provision allows residents to seek the Reserve Bank’s permission for specific transactions under the Act.

➢ RBI modifies MSME lending norms

The RBI has notified amendment in Paragraph 2.2 of the Master Direction- Lending to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Sector. Now, it has been directed that for Priority Sector Lending (PSL) purposes, banks shall be guided by the classification recorded in the Udyam Registration Certificate (URC). All the MSMEs are required to register online on the Udyam Registration portal and obtain a ‘Udyam Registration Certificate’.

➢ RBI issues revised instructions for inoperative accounts/unclaimed deposits in Banks

The RBI issued revised guidelines w.r.t. inoperative accounts /unclaimed deposits in banks. The central banks called for steps to trace the customers of inoperative accounts or unclaimed deposits including their nominees or legal heirs for re-activation of accounts, settlement of claims, or closure. RBI also stressed a periodic review and measures to prevent fraud in such accounts. No charges must be levied for the activation of inoperative accounts.

LABOUR LAW

➢ Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Amendment Rules, 2023

The Ministry of Labour of Employment has issued a notification to further amend Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Rules, 1950 wherein, in Rule 29(2) Proviso, for the words “rupees five crores”, the words “rupees twenty–five crores” shall be substituted.

SEBI
➢ Filing of Announcements Related to Loss of Share Certificate, Issue of Duplicate Share, Certificate Closure of Trading Window, and CIRP- NSE

The National Stock Exchange of India has advised the listed entity to file the disclosures intimating the following announcements under SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 (‘SEBI LODR’) will be made available in XBRL format. with from December 09, 2023:

1. Loss of Share Certificate/Issue of Duplicate Share Certificate
2. Closure of Trading Window
3. Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process.

➢ SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) (Seventh Amendment) Regulations, 2023

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has amended the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.

➢ SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2023

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has amended the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2018.

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Executive Summary

Income Tax

  • Section 115BAA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 allows the option to follow-concessional tax regime for domestic companies – Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) condones delay in filing of Form 10-IC for Assessment Year (AY) 2021-22, till 31 January 2024.
  •  Direct Tax collections up to 9th October 2023 show gross collections are at. 11.07 lakh crore is 17.95% higher than the gross collections for the comparable period of last year.
  • Angel tax under section 56(2) (vii) of the Act shall not apply to Startup companies that have been recognized by the DPIIT.
  • CBDT amended 11UA rules for the valuation of equity shares and compulsory convertible preference shares (CCPS)
  • An audit report in the case of a fund or trust or institution or any university or other educational institution or any hospital or other medical institution, under clause (b)of the tenth proviso to clause (23C) of section 10, is required to be furnished inForm No. 10B / Form No. 10BB.
  • CBDT relaxed the timeframe prescribed in the second proviso to sub-section (1) of Section 143 of the Income Tax Act 1962.
  • Amendment in Income-tax Rules relating to obtaining & quoting PermanentAccount Number (PAN).
  • New reporting requirement (quarterly) in Form 15CD prescribed for outbound remittances to be made by the Unit of an International Financial Services Centre.
  • CBDT prescribes Form 10-IFA be submitted by taxpayers before the due date of filing Income-tax Return (ITR) u/s 115BAE by New Domestic manufacturing companies.
Goods & Services Tax (GST) & Customs
  • Addition of Supplies under section 15 of CGST Act,2017.
  • Special procedure for registration of Online Money Gaming Providers under GST.
  • Special drive against malpractices of claiming fake ITC.
  • Addition of services included in Exempt Services.
  • Restriction on refund of Unutilized ITC.
  • Changes in the definition of E-Commerce Operators.
  • Revision in prescribed GST rates.
Companies Act 2013/ Other Laws
  • Every Co. must designate a person to furnish information to ROC w.r.t beneficial interest in shares of the company.
  • MCA mandates Private Cos. except Small Cos. to issue securities only in De-platform within 18 months from Mar 31, 2023.
  • MCA amends LLP norms; mandates declaration of beneficial interest and keeping of register for partners.
  • Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Second Amendment Rules,2023.
  • Ministry of Corporate Affairs notifies Companies (Incorporation) Third Amendment Rules, 2023.
  • Integration of MCA with National Single Window System.
  • RBI mandates private banks to have 2 whole-time directors, including MD & CEO, on their Boards.
  • RBI issues Master Direction on Interest Rate on Deposits.
  • SEBI extends the suspension of derivatives trade in 7 agro commodities by one more year i.e. till Dec 20, 2024.
  • IBBI issues a discussion paper on Strengthening the liquidation process.
  • Delhi Minimum Wages Notification (October 2023)

Income Tax

  • Section 115BAA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 allows the option to follow the concessional tax regime for domestic companies – Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) condones delay in filing of Form 10- IC for Assessment Year (AY) 2021-22, till 31 January 2024

On consideration of the matter, to avoid genuine hardship for the domestic companies in exercising the option u/s 115BAA of the Act, CBDT in exercise of the powers conferred under section 119(2)(b) of the Act, hereby directs that:-

The delay in filing Form No. 10-IC as per Rule 21AE of the Rules for the previous year relevant to A.Y. 2021-22 is condoned in cases where the following conditions are satisfied:

(I) The return of income for the relevant assessment year has been filed on or before the due date specified under section 139(1) of the Act;

(ii) The assessee company has opted for taxation u/s 115BAA of the Act in item (e) of “Filing Status” in “Part A-GEN” of the Form of Return of Income ITR-6; and

(iii) Form No. 10-IC is filed electronically on or before 31.01.2024 or 3 months from the end of the month in which this Circular is issued, whichever is later.

  • Direct Tax collections up to 9th October 2023 show that gross collections are at Rs. 11.07 lakh crore which is 17.95% higher than the gross collections for the comparable period of last year.

Direct Tax collection, net of refunds, stands at Rs. 9.57 lakh crore which is 21.82% higher than the net collections for the comparable period of last year. This collection is 52.50% of the total Budget Estimates of Direct Taxes for FY 2023-24.

  • Angel tax under section 56(2) (vii) of the Act shall not apply to Startup Companies that have been recognized by the DPIIT and fulfill some mentioned conditions

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a notification notifying that the provisions of clause (vii) of sub-section (2) of section 56 of the Act shall not apply to consideration received by a company for the issue of shares that exceed the face value of such shares, if the said consideration has been received from a person, being a resident, by a company which fulfills the following conditions

(i) Where The case of such a Startup Company is selected under scrutiny on the single issue of applicability of section 56 (2) (vii) of the Act, with no verification on such issues shall be done by the Assessing Officers during the proceedings u/s 143(2) or u/s 147/143(2) of the Act and contention of such recognized Startup Companies on the issue will be summarily accepted.

(ii) Where The case of such a Startup Company is selected under scrutiny with multiple issues including the issue u/s 56 (2) (vii) of the Act, the issue of applicability of section 56(2) (vii) of the Act shall not be pursued during the assessment proceedings of such a Startup Company. Due procedure be followed about other issues for which the case has been selected.

  • CBDT amended 11UA rules for the valuation of equity shares and compulsory Convertible preference shares (CCPS)

CBDT has notified the new Rule 11UA with the following significant changes viz-a-viz the draft amendment issued in May 2023 for public comments:

Bringing parity between the valuation of unlisted equity shares and CCPS (except for the NAV method which applies only to unlisted equity shares).

Clarifying the ambiguity on the window period of 90 days for the price matching facility There is no change in the safe harbor tolerance limit of 10% proposed in May 2023.

The new Rule 11UA is applicable from 25 September 2023 onwards. Applicability of the new Rule on shares issued between 1 April 2023 to 24 September 2023 may be disputed. Further, the new Rule may be disputed on some other grounds as well, such as why the 5 new methods of valuation are restricted to investment by non-residents only. This may create practical challenges and discrimination for resident investors even if the issue price is the same for both categories of investors.

  • Audit report in the case of a fund or trust or institution or any university or other educational institution or any hospital or other medical institution,  under clause (b) of the tenth proviso to clause (23C) of section 10, is required to be furnished in Form No. 10B / Form No. 10BB.

Representations have been received regarding difficulties in filling details of persons who have made a ‘substantial contribution to the trust or institution’ by examining this matter it is hereby stated that for the purposes of providing details in (i) Form No. 10B in the Annexure, in row 41; and (ii) Form No. 10BB in the Annexure, in row 28, for the assessment year 2023-24:

(i) The aforesaid details (that is, of persons making substantial contributions) may be given for those persons whose total contribution during the previous year exceeds fifty thousand rupees;

(ii) details of relatives of such person, as referred to in (a) above may be provided, if available.

(iii) details of concerns in which such person, as referred to in (a) above, has substantial interest may be provided, if available.

  • CBDT relaxed the timeframe prescribed in the second proviso to sub-section (1) of Section 143 of the Income Tax Act 1962

Central Board of Direct Taxes (Board) vide its order under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 directed that all validly filed returns up to Assessment Year 2017-18 with refund claims, which could not be processed under sub-section (1) of the Section 143 of the Act and which had become time-barred, should be processed by 30-11-2021. The matter has been re-considered by the Board in view of pending taxpayer grievances related to issue of refund. To mitigate the genuine hardship being faced by the taxpayers on this issue,  Board, by virtue of its power under section 119 of the Act and in partial modification of its earlier order under section 119 of the Act hereby further extends the time frame dated 30-9-2021 till 31-1-2024 in respect of returns of income validly filed electronically.

  • Amendment in Income-tax Rules relating to obtaining & quoting Permanent Account Number (PAN)

The following amendment have been made in Prescribed rules -:

(i) Rule 114B of Income tax Rules, 1962 -:

(a) A company or partnership firm (including limited liability partnership) is not required to submit Form 60

(b) A foreign company who, does not have any income chargeable to tax in India; and does not have a permanent account number, and enters into any transaction referred to at Sl. No. 2 or 12 of the Table, in an IFSC banking unit, shall make a declaration in Form No. 60

(ii) In the principal rules, in rule 114BA, the rule lists following additional situations in which a person is not required to obtain PAN:

(a) where the person, making the deposit or withdrawal of an amount otherwise than by way of cash,

(b) Opening a current account not being a cash credit account as per clause of this rule, is a non-resident (not being a company) or a foreign company;

(c) the transaction is entered into with an IFSC banking unit; and

(d) such non-resident (not being a company) or the foreign company does not have any income chargeable to tax in India.

(iii) In the principal rules, in rule 114BB, after the proviso, the following shall be inserted, namely: – “Provided further that the provisions of this sub-rule shall not apply in a case

(a) where the person, making the deposit or withdrawal of an amount otherwise than by way of cash or opening a current account not being a cash credit account, is a non-resident (not being a company) or a foreign company;

(b) the transaction is entered into with an IFSC banking unit, and such non-resident (not being a company) or the foreign company does not have any income chargeable to tax in India.

  • New reporting requirement (quarterly) in Form 15CD prescribed for outbound remittances to be made by Unit of an International Financial Services Centre

With effect from 1 January 2024 onwards Unit in an IFSC is;

(a) Exempted from the requirement to submit Form 15CA (Part D) if the payment is not taxable in India.

(b) Required to submit information in new Form 15CD online every quarter in respect of outbound remittances to non-residents.

(c) Form 15CD has been duly prescribed by CBDT and contains details such as PAN, Tax Deduction Account No. (TAN), status of the Unit, contact details, details of the remittance, etc.

  • CBDT prescribes Form 10-IFA to be submitted by taxpayer before due date of filing Income-tax Return (ITR) u/s 115BAE by New Domestic Manufacturing Companies.

CBDT has prescribed Form 10-IFA being the application form required to be submitted by a co-operative society electronically, in order to be entitled for the lower tax rate prescribed u/s 115BAE.

Goods & Services Tax

As per Notification No.11/2023 Dated  29/09/2023  CG on the recommendation of the council hereby makes the further amendment in Notification No. 1/2017, Dated 28/06/2023

  • In Schedule IV, S.No.227A defines “Specified Actionable claims “in section 2(102A) of the CGST Act, 2017 means the actionable claim involved in or by way of—

(i) betting;

(ii) casinos;

(iii) gambling;

(iv) horse racing;

(v) lottery; or

(vi) online money gaming;

  • S.no. 228 and 229 and entries related to them shall be omitted.
  1. This notification shall come into force on the 1st day of October, 2023.

As per Notification No. 49/2023 Dated 29-09-2023

The Central Government, on the recommendations of the Council, notifies the

following supplies under section 15(5) of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act,

2017namely: —

  • supply of online money gaming;
  • supply of online gaming, other than online money gaming; and
  • supply of actionable claims in casinos.

This notification shall come into force on the 1st day of October, 2023.

Goods & Services Tax`

As per Notification No. 50/2023 Dated 29-09-2023

The Central Government, on the recommendations of the Council makes the following amendment in Notification no. 66/2017 -Central Tax, Dated 15/11/2017 –

In the section 148 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, with effect from the 1st October, 2023, after the words and figures “composition levy under section 10 of the said Act”, the words and figures “, other than the registered person making supply of specified actionable claims as defined in clause (102A) of section 2 of the said Act,” shall be inserted.

As per Notification No. 51/2023 Dated 29-09-2023

The following amendments have been made in prescribed rules under CGST rules 2017-

  • Every registered person either providing online money gaming from a place outside India to a person in India, shall file return in FORM GSTR-5A on or before the twentieth day of the month succeeding the calendar month or part thereof.
  • Form GST REG-10, shall be filled by “Application for registration of person supplying online money gaming from a place outside India to a person in India or for registration of person supplying online information and database access or retrieval services from a place outside India to a non-taxable online recipient in India.”
  • . The registration shall be granted in Form GST REG-06, subject to prescribed conditions and restrictions—
  • The value of supply includes-Supply of online money gaming and supply of online information and database access or retrieval services, or both.
  • In online money gaming, the tax invoice issued by the registered person to an unregistered person shall contain name of the State which shall be considered as the address on record of the recipient.
  • A person supplying online money gaming from a place outside India to a person in India may make the deposit in electronic cash ledger through international money transfer through Society for Worldwide Inter-bank

Financial Telecommunication payment network.`

As per Circular No. 24/2023 Dated 30-09-2023

It has been notified that all goods or services may be exported on payment of integrated tax on which the supplier of such goods or services may claim the refund of tax so paid. To implement above restrictions imposed on export of goods or services on payment of IGST, DG Systems CBIC has developed a backend functionality to restrict IGST refund route for the goods, changes have been made in the system of filing of shipping bills and during amendment, with respect to the commodities mentioned in the said notification. Since IGST refund is paid at shipping bills level, the checks have been enabled at shipping bill level.

As Per Notification No. 12/2023 Dated 19-10-2023 The CG on the recommendation of council makes the following further amendments in No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate), Dated 28-06-2017,

  • In the said notification, — “Provided further that where the supplier of input service in the same line of business charges central tax at a rate higher than 2.5%, credit of input tax charged on the input service in the same line of business in excess of the tax paid or payable at the rate of 2.5%, shall not be taken. The words “totalisator or a license to”, the words “licensing a” shall be substituted;

This notification shall come into force with effect from the 20th day of October, 2023.

As per Notification No. 13/2023 Dated 19-10-2023 The CG on recommendation of the council makes the following further amendments in power to grant exemption from tax – CGST exempt services amendment in notification no. 12/2017-central tax, dated 28-6-2017, define–

  • Services provided to a Governmental Authority by way of —

(a) water supply;

(b) public health;

(c) sanitation conservancy;

(d) solid waste management; and

(e) slum improvement and upgradation.

  • against serial number 6,7,8,9 in column (3), after the words “Department of Posts”, the words and brackets “and the Ministry of Railways (Indian Railways)” shall be inserted;

This notification shall come into force with effect from the 20th day of October, 2023

As per Notification No. 14/2023 Dated 19-10-2023 The CG on recommendation of the council makes the further amendment in levy and collection of tax – reverse charge on certain specified supplies of services – amendment in notification no. 13/2017-central tax (rate), dated 28-6-2017,

  • In the said notification, “Department of Posts” – “and the Ministry of Railways (Indian Railways)” and the words “Services supplied by the Central Government”, “[excluding the Ministry of Railways (Indian Railways)]” shall be inserted.

This notification shall come into force with effect from the20th October, 2023.

As per Notification No. 15/2023 Dated 19-10-2023 The CG on the recommendation of the council makes the following amendments in Notification No. 15/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28-06-2017,

  • The refund of unutilized ITC now restricted to only those construction services of complex, building or a part thereof, which are intended for sale to a buyer and where the amount charged includes the value of land or undivided share in land.

This notification shall come into force with effect from the 20th day of October, 2023.

As per Notification No. 16/2023 Dated 19-10-2023 The Central Government, on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendments in the Notification No. 17/2017- Central Tax (Rate), dated 28-6-2017

  • In the said Notification- the words “omnibus or any other motor vehicle”, the words “or any other motor vehicle except omnibus” shall be substituted; and also inserted- services by way of transportation of passengers by an omnibus except where the person supplying such service through electronic commerce operator is a company.”;

This notification shall come into force with effect from the 20th day of October, 2023`

As per Notification No. 17/2023 Dated 19-10-2023 and Notification no.  18/2023, Dated 19-10-2023

  • GST on molasses reduced from 14% to 2.5%
  • GST on spirits for industrial use taxable @ 9%
  • GST on food preparation of millet flour in powder form containing at least
  • 70% millets by weight:
  • 2.5% pre-packaged and labelled form
  • 0% other than pre-packaged and labelled form

This notification shall come into force with effect from the 20th day of October, 2023.

As per Notification No. 19/2023 Dated 19-10-2023 The Central Government on recommendation of the council makes the following amendment in levy and collection of tax – reverse charge on certain specified supplies of goods – amendment in Notification No. 4/2017-central tax, dated 28-6-2017

The following entry shall be substituted “Central Government [excluding Ministry of Railways (Indian Railways)], State Government, Union territory or a local authority.”

This notification shall come into force with effect from the 20th day of October, 2023.

As per Notification No. 20/2023 Dated 19-10-2023 The Central Government on the recommendation of the council makes the further amendment in notification no. 5/2017-central tax (rate), dated 28-6-2017 refund of tax – notified supplies of goods in respect of which no refund of unutilized input tax credit shall be allowed where rate of tax on input is higher than rate of tax on output supplies. In case of supply of imitation Zari thread or yarn made out of metallized polyester film /plastic film, refund of unutilized ITC due to inverted duty structure shall not be available.

This notification shall come into force with effect from the 20th day of October, 2023.

Companies Act, 2013/LLP Act, 2008

Every Co. must designate a person for furnishing information to ROC w.r.t  beneficial interest in shares of company

The Govt. has notified the Companies (Management and Administration) Second Amendment Rules, 2023. As per the amended norms, every company must designate a person who shall be responsible for furnishing information, and extending cooperation in providing information to the Registrar or any other authorised officer regarding beneficial interest in shares of the company. Further, a company may designate a company secretary (CS), a KMP or every director, if there is no CS or KMP.

  • MCA mandates Private Cos. except Small Cos. to issue securities only in Demat form within 18 months from Mar 31, 2023

The Govt. has notified the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Second Amendment Rules, 2023. As per the amended norms, every private co. except small co. must issue the securities only in dematerialised form within 18 months from the closure of the FY i.e., march 31, 2023. Further, the company must facilitate the dematerialisation of all its securities in accordance with the provisions of the Depositories Act. These provisions shall not apply to Government Companies.

  • MCA amends LLP norms; mandates declaration of beneficial interest and keeping of register for partners

The Govt. has notified LLP (Third Amendment) Rules, 2023. As per the amended rules, a person whose name is entered in register of partners of LLP but doesn’t hold any beneficial interest in contribution must file a declaration to that effect in Form 4B within 30 days from the date on which his name is entered in the register. Further, every LLP must maintain a register of its partners in Form 4A from the date of its incorporation. The register must be kept at the registered office of LLP.

  • Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Second Amendment Rules, 2023

Public companies that issued share warrants before the Companies Act, 2013, and have not yet converted them into shares face new requirements. Within three months of the rules coming into force, these companies must inform the Registrar about the details of these share warrants using Form PAS-7. Within six months, they must ask the bearers of the share warrants to surrender them and have the shares dematerialized in their accounts. The company must notify the bearers via Form PAS-8 on their website and publish the same notice in a vernacular newspaper and an English newspaper. If a bearer fails to surrender the share warrants within the specified time, the company is obligated to convert them into dematerialized form and transfer them to the Investor Education and Protection Fund. This change encourages transparency and ensures that share warrants are brought in line with modern dematerialization practices.

  • Ministry of Corporate Affairs notifies Companies (Incorporation) Third  Amendment Rules, 2023

Ministry of Corporate Affairs notifies Companies (Incorporation) Third Amendment Rules, 2023 namely by:

  1. Omission of “and may include such order as to costs as it thinks proper” in sub rule (9) of Rule 30.
  2. Insertion of Proviso stating “Provided further that where the management of the company has been taken over by new management under a resolution plan approved under section 31 of the Insolvency Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (31 of 2016) and no appeal against the resolution plan is pending in any Court or Tribunal and no inquiry, inspection, investigation is pending or initiated after the approval of the said resolution plan, the shifting of the registered office may be allowed.” They shall come into force with effect from 21st October, 2023.`
  • Integration of MCA with National Single Window System

Ministry of Corporate Affairs informs stakeholders that Ministry of Corporate Affairs has integrated with National Single Window System (NSWS) for the Incorporation of Companies and LLPs. Incorporation services can also be availed through NSWS portal.

RBI

  • RBI mandates private banks to have 2 whole-time directors, including MD & CEO, on their Boards

Given the growing complexity of the banking sector, it becomes imperative to establish an effective senior management team in the banks to navigate ongoing and emerging challenges. To address the issues and challenges, banks are advised to ensure the presence of at least two Whole Time Directors (WTDs), including the MD&CEO, on their Boards. While ensuring compliance to the above instructions, careful consideration shall also be given to meet the requirements under other applicable statutory/regulatory provisions.

  • RBI issues Master Direction on Interest Rate on Deposits

RBI has issued Master Directions on ‘interest rate on deposits’ whereby it has been decided that (i) the minimum amount for offering non-callable TDs may be increased from Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 1 crore i.e., all domestic term deposits accepted from individuals for amount of Rs. 1crore and below shall have premature-withdrawal-facility and (ii) these instructions shall also be applicable for Non-Resident (External) Rupee (NRE) Deposit / Ordinary Non-Resident (NRO) Deposits.

SEBI

SEBI extends the suspension of derivatives trade in 7 agro commodities by one more year i.e. till Dec 20, 2024

Earlier, SEBI issued directions to stock exchanges having commodity derivatives segment in respect of suspension of trading in derivative contracts in 7 agro commodities for a period of one year. Thereafter, suspension was extended beyond December 20, 2022 i.e. till Dec 20, 2023. Now, SEBI has further extended the suspension of trading in these contracts for one more year i.e. till December 20, 2024.

Labour Laws

Delhi Minimum Wages Notification (October 2023)

The Labour Department of Delhi has issued an order with respect to revision of rates of minimum wages in the specified Scheduled Employments for the following category of workers with effect from October, 2023, namely:

  1. Un-skilled
  2. Semi-skilled
  3. Skilled
  4. Clerical and Supervisory Staff

IBBI

IBBI issues a discussion paper on Strengthening the liquidation process

To further strengthen the regulatory framework of the liquidation process in terms of accountability of the liquidator towards stakeholders, the IBBI has issued a discussion paper on “Strengthening the Liquidation Process”. The key proposals include the mandatory holding of a meeting of the Stakeholders Constitution Committee (SCC), mandating the liquidator to place a reason for liquidation costs exceeding estimates of liquidation cost before SCC etc.

Disclaimer: Information in this note is intended to provide only a general update of the subjects covered. It is not intended to be a substitute for detailed research or the exercise of professional judgment. KNM  acceptsno responsibility for loss arising from any action taken or not taken by anyone using this publication. Updates are till the period 26 October 2023.

 

Executive Summary

Income Tax

  • No Tds under Section 194-I shall be made on payment of lease rent or supplemental lease rent to a unit of an International Financial Services Centre
  • The CBDT has inserted new Rule 11UACA for the purpose of section 56 of the Income Tax Act, 1961
  • The CBDT has inserted new Rule 6ABBB and form 3AF for the purpose of section 35D of the Income-tax Act,
  • CBDT has made rules for the rate of exchange for the purpose of deduction of tax at source on income payable in foreign
  • CBDT has amended rules for the value of accommodation provided by the employer, for the purpose of sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of sub-section (2) of section 17 of the Income Tax Act, 1961
  • The Government has amended the National Saving Time Deposit Scheme, 2023
  • The Central Government has specified the zero-coupon bond for the purposes of the said clause (48) of section 2 of the said Act
Goods & Services Tax (GST) & Customs
  • CBIC Issue clarification regarding the applicability of GST on certain
  • Recommendation regarding the supply of goods through
  • Clarification regarding GST rates and clarification of certain
  • Recommendations of the Council regarding special procedure against the order passed under sections 73 and 74
  • A person exempt from filling Annual
Companies Act 2013/ Other Laws
  • Condonation of delay in filing various LLP forms- Recent relaxation by MCA
  • Companies (Incorporation) Second Amendment Rules, 2023
  • SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2023
  • Securities and Exchange Board of India (Facilitation of Grievance Redressal Mechanism) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023
  • Securities and Exchange Board of India (Real Estate Investment Trusts) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2023
  • Securities and Exchange Board of India (Foreign Portfolio Investors) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2023
  • RBI Guidelines on Switching/Reset of Floating Interest Rate Loan
  • Mandating Additional Disclosures by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs)

Income Tax

Insertion of Rule 11UACA (16th Amendment)

For the purpose of clause (xiii) of sub-section (2) of section 56, where any person receives at any time during any previous year any sum under a life insurance policy, then, the income chargeable to tax under the said clause during the previous year in which such sum is received shall be computed as per new Rule “11UACA”. Computation of income chargeable to tax under clause (xiii) of sub-section (2) of section 56-:

  • where the sum is received for the first time under the life insurance policy during the previous year (hereinafter referred to as first previous year), the income chargeable to tax in the first previous year shall be computed in accordance with the formula, A-B where – A = the sum or aggregate of the sum received under the life insurance policy during the first previous year; and B = the aggregate of the premium paid during the term of the life insurance policy till the date of receipt of the sum in the first previous year that has not been claimed as a deduction under any other provision of the Act;
  • where the sum is received under the life insurance policy during the previous year subsequent to the first previous year (hereinafter referred to as subsequent previous year), the income chargeable to tax in the subsequent previous year shall be computed in accordance with the formula C-D where – C = the sum or aggregate of the sum received under the life insurance policy during the subsequent previous year; and D = the aggregate of the premium paid during the term of the life insurance policy till the date of receipt of the sum in the subsequent previous year not being premium which – (a) has been claimed as deduction under any other provision of the Act, or (b) is included in amount ‘B’ or amount ‘D’ of this rule in any of the previous year or years.
Insertion of rule 6ABBB and Form No. 3AF; Substitution of Form No. 3AE.

In the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereinafter referred to as the principal rules), after rule 6ABBA, the following rule shall be inserted -:

  • Rule 6ABBB – Form of statement to be furnished regarding preliminary expenses incurred under section — (1) The statement containing particulars of expenditure required to be furnished under proviso to clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 35D by the assessee shall be in Form No. 3AF for each previous year
  • Form No. 3AF shall be furnished to the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or the Director General of Income-tax (Systems), as the case may be, or any person authorized by the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or Director General of Income-tax (Systems)
  • Form 3AF shall be furnished electronically
  • under digital signature, if the return of income is required to be furnished under digital signature
  • through electronic verification code in a case not covered under clause (i)
CBDT has made rules for the rate of exchange for the purpose of deduction of tax at source on income payable in foreign currency.

For the purpose of deduction of tax at source on any income payable in foreign currency, the rate of exchange for the calculation of the value in rupees of such income payable –

  • to an assessee outside India
  • to a Unit located in an International Financial Services Centre
  • by a Unit located in an International Financial Services Centre to an assesses in India, shall be the telegraphic transfer buying rate of such currency as on the date on which the tax is required to be deducted at source under the provisions of Chapter XVIIB by the person responsible for paying such income

 

CBDT has amended rules for the value of accommodation provided by the employer, for the purpose of sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of sub-section (2) of section 17 of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  • In the Income-tax Rules, 1962, in rule 3, (i) for sub-rule (1), the following shall be substituted namely: The value of residential accommodation provided by the employer, for the purpose of sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of sub-section (2) of section 17, during the previous year shall be determined on the basis provided in the table given below:
S.No Circumstance Where accommodation is unfurnished Where accommodation is furnished
(1) (2) (3) (4)
(1) Where the accommodation is provided by the Central Government or any State Government to the employees either holding office or post in connection with the affairs of the Union or of such State. The license fee determined by the Central Government or any State Government in respect of accommodation in accordance with the rules framed by such Government is reduced by the rent actually paid by the employee.  

 

 

 

The value of perquisite as determined under column (3) and increased by 10% per annum of the cost of furniture (including television sets, radio sets, refrigerators, other household appliances, air- air-conditioning plant or equipment) or if such furniture is hired from a third party, the actual hire charges payable for the same as reduced by any charges paid or payable for the same by the

employee during the previous year.

(2)  

 

 

Where the accommodation is provided by any other employer and –

 

(a) where the accommodation is owned by the employer, or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(i) 10% of salary in cities having a population exceeding 40 lakhs as per 2011 census

 

 

 

 

 

The value of perquisite as determined under column (3) and increased by 10% per annum of the cost of furniture (including television sets, radio sets, refrigerators, other household appliances, air- air-conditioning plant or equipment or other similar appliances or gadgets) or if such furniture is hired from a third party, by the actual hire charges payable for the same as reduced by any charges paid or payable for the same by the employee during the previous year

(ii) 7.5% of salary in cities having a population exceeding 15 lakhs but not exceeding

40 lakhs as per 2011 census;

(iii) 5% of salary in other areas, in respect of the period during which the said

The accommodation was occupied by the employee during the previous year as reduced by the rent, if any, actually paid by the employee.

 

 

(b)where the accommodation is taken on lease or rent by the employer.

 

 

Actual amount of lease rental paid or payable by the employer or 10% of salary, whichever is lower, as reduced by the rent, if any, actually paid by the employee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The value of perquisite as determined under column (3) and increased by 10% per annum of the cost of furniture (including television sets, radio sets, refrigerators, other household appliances, air- air-conditioning plant or equipment, or other similar appliances or gadgets) or if such furniture is hired from a third party, by the actual hire charges payable for the same as reduced by any charges paid or payable for the same by the employee during the previous year.

(3) Where the accommodation is provided by the employer specified in the serial number (1) or (2) in a hotel (except where the employee is provided such accommodation for a period not exceeding in aggregate fifteen days on his transfer from one place to another). Not applicable 24% of salary paid or payable for the previous year or the actual charges paid or payable to such hotel, which is lower, for the period during which such accommodation is provided as reduced by the rent, if any, actually paid or payable by the employee

 

  • Provided that nothing contained in this sub-rule shall apply to any accommodation temporarily provided to an employee working at a mining site an on-shore oil exploration site a project execution site, a dam site a power generation site, or an off-shore site –
    • which, having a plinth area not exceeding 1000 square feet, is located not less than eight kilometers away from the local limits of any municipality or a cantonment board; or
    • which is located in a remote area:
  • Provided further that where on account of his transfer from one place to another, the employee is provided with accommodation at the new place of posting while retaining the accommodation at the other place, the value of perquisite shall be determined with reference to only one such accommodation which has the lower value with reference to the Table above for a period not exceeding ninety days and thereafter the value of perquisite shall be charged for both such accommodations in accordance with the Table:
  • Provided also that where the accommodation is owned by the employer and the same accommodation is continued to be provided to the same employee for more than one previous year, the amount calculated in accordance with No. 2(a) or 2(b) shall not exceed the amount so calculated for the first previous year, as multiplied by the amount which is a ratio of the Cost Inflation Index for the previous year for which the amount is calculated and the Cost Inflation Index for the previous year in which the accommodation was initially provided to the employee.
No Tds under Section 194-I shall be made on payment of lease rent or supplemental lease rent to a unit of an International Financial Services Centre.

 In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1F) of section 197A, read with clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 80LA, of the Income-tax Act, 1961 the Central Government hereby specifies that no deduction of tax shall be made under section 194-I of the Income-tax Act on payment in the nature of lease rent or supplemental lease rent, as the case may be, made by a person (hereinafter referred as ‘lessee’) to a person being a Unit of an International Financial Services Centre (hereinafter referred as ‘lessor’) for the lease of a ship subject to the following-

  • The lessor shall,-
    1. furnish a statement-cum-declaration in Form No.1 to the lessee giving details of previous years relevant to the ten consecutive assessment years for which the lessor opts for claiming deduction under sub-sections (1A) and (2) of section 80LA of the Income-tax Act; and
    2. such statement-cum-declaration shall be furnished and verified in the manner specified in Form 1, for each previous year relevant to the ten consecutive assessment years for which the lessor opts for claiming deduction under sub-sections (1A) and (2) of section 80LA of the Income-tax Act.
  • The lessee shall,-
    1. not deduct tax on payment made or credited to lessor after the date of receipt of copy of statement- cum- declaration in Form No. 1 from the lessor; and
    2. also furnish the particulars of all the payments made to lessor on which tax has not been deducted in view of this notification in the statement of deduction of tax referred to in subsection (3) of section 200 of the Income-tax Act, read with rule 31A of the Income-tax Rules,
  • The above relaxation shall be available to the lessor only during the said previous years relevant to the ten consecutive assessment years as declared by the lessor in Form 1 for which deduction under section 80LA is being opted. The lessee shall be liable to deduct tax on payment of lease rent for any other year.
  • The Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or the Director General of Income-tax (Systems), as the case may be, shall lay down procedures, formats, and standards for ensuring secure capture and transmission of data and uploading of documents and the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or the Director General of Income-tax (Systems) shall also be responsible for evolving and implementing appropriate security, archival and retrieval policies.
  • This notification shall come into force from the 1st day of September,
The Government has amended the National Saving Time Deposit Scheme, 2023

The Central Government hereby makes the following Scheme further to amend the National Savings Time Deposit Scheme, 2019, namely: —

    • In paragraph 7, (a) in sub-paragraph 1(D), for the words and figures, “on or after the 1st day of April 2023”, the words, figures, and brackets “between 1st April 2023 and 30th June 2023 (both days inclusive)” shall be substituted;
    • It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of July,
    • *1 (E)The rate of interest as specified in the Table below shall be applicable to the deposit made on or after 1st day of July 2023 under the Scheme
S.No Category Rate of Interest (p.a.)
1 One-year 6.9
2 Two-years 7.0
3 Three-years 7.0
4 Five-years 7.5*

 

The Central Government hereby specifies the bond as a zero coupon bond for the purposes of the said clause (48) of section 2 of the said Act, namely:-
S.No Particulars Details
(a) Name of the bond Ten-Year Zero-Coupon Bond of REC Ltd.
(b) Period of life of bond Ten years one month

 

(c) The time schedule of the issue To be issued on or before the 31st day of March of bond 2025;
(d) The amount to be paid on maturity or redemption of the bond 1 lakh rupees for each bond
(e) The discount Rs. 2517.85 crores
(f) The number of bonds to be issued Five lakh

 

Goods & Services Tax

  • As per Notification No.29/2023 Dated 31/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby notifies the special procedure followed by a registered person or officer who intends to file an appeal against the order passed by the proper officer under section 73 or 74. Appeal against the order made in duplicate in the Form appended to this notification at ANNEXURE-1 and shall be presented manually within the time specified in sub-section (1) of section 107 and such time shall be computed from the date of issuance of this notification or the date of the said order, whichever is later: The appellant shall not be required to deposit any amount. An appeal filed under this notification shall be accompanied by relevant documents including a self-certified copy of the order and such appeal and relevant documents shall be signed by the person. Upon receipt of the appeal which fulfills all the requirements as provided in this notification, an acknowledgment, indicating the appeal number, shall be issued manually in FORM GST APL-02 by the Appellate Authority or an officer authorized by him on this behalf and the appeal shall be treated as filed only when the aforesaid acknowledgment is issued. The Appellate Authority shall, along with its order, issue a summary of the order in the Form appended to this notification as ANNEXURE-2.
  • As per Notification No.31/2023 Dated 31/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in the notification for Registration – Procedure For – Specified States or Union Territories Wherein Provisions of Sub-Rule (4b) Of Rule 8 Shall Not Apply – Amendment in Notification 27/2022. In the said notification, after the words, “State of Gujarat”, the words “and the State of Puducherry” shall be inserted.
  • As per Notification 32/2023 Dated 31/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby exempts the registered person whose aggregate turnover in the financial year 2022-23 is up to two crore rupees, from filing annual return for the said financial year.
  • As per Notification 33/2023 Dated 31/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby notifies “Account Aggregator” as the systems with which information may be shared by the common portal based on consent under section 158A of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017. Account Aggregator means a NBFC which undertakes the business of an Account Aggregator in accordance with the policy directions issued by the Reserve Bank of India under section 45JA of the Reserve Bank of India Act This notification shall come into force with effect from the 1st day of October 2023.
  • As per Notification 34/2023 Dated 31/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby specifies the persons making supplies of goods through an electronic commerce operator and having an aggregate turnover not exceeding the amount which is liable for registration as per sec 22 of the said Act, such person is exempted subject to following conditions:
    • A person not making inter-state supply.
    • The person did not supply goods through ECOs in more than one
    • The person is required to have a PAN as per income tax
    • The person is required to declare on the portal their PAN and address of the business in which such person seeks to supply which shall be subjected to validation on the common portal.
    • Such persons have been granted enrolment numbers on the common portal on successful validation of the PAN.
    • A person shall not be granted more than one enrolment number in a state
    • No supply of goods shall be made unless the person is granted an enrolment number on the common portal.
  • As per Notification 36/2023 Dated 04/08/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby notifies the ECOs who are required to collect tax as per sec 52 as the class of person who shall follow the following special procedure in respect of the supply of goods made through it by the person paying tax under sec 10.
    • Electronic commerce operator shall not allow any inter-state supply of goods through it
    • Electronic commerce operator shall collect TCS as per sec 52 of the said Act
    • Electronic commerce operator shall furnish the details of supplies of goods in GSTR-8 on the portal.
    • This notification shall come into force with effect from the 1st day of Oct
  • As per Notification 37/2023 Dated 04/08/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby notifies the ECO it is required to collect Tax as per sec 52 as the class of person who follows the special procedure in respect of supply of goods made through it by the persons exempted from obtaining registration.
    • Electronic commerce operator shall allow the supply of goods through it by the said person only if an enrolment number has been allotted on the common portal to the said
    • Electronic commerce operator shall not allow any inter-state supply of goods through it by the said person
    • Electronic commerce operator shall not collect TCS of sec 52 in respect of supply of goods made through it by the said person
    • Electronic commerce operator shall furnish the details of supplies of goods in FORM GSTR-8.
    • Where multiple ECOs are involved in a single supply of goods through the ECO platform the ECO operator shall mean the electronic commerce operator who finally releases the payment to the said person for the said supply made by the said person through him.
    • This notification shall come into force with effect from the 1st day of October 2023.
  • As per Notification 41/2023 Dated 25/08/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in No 83/2020- Central tax dated the 10th Nov 2020 for extension of time limit for furnishing detail of outward supplies in form GSTR-1.

In the said notification, in the fourth proviso: —

  • For the words, letter and figure “tax periods April 2023, May 2023 and June 2023”, the words, letter and figure “tax periods April 2023, May 2023, June 2023 and July 2023” shall be substituted;
  • For the words, letters and figure “thirty-first day of July, 2023”, the words, letter and figure “twenty-fifth day of August, 2023” shall be substituted.
  • This notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 31st day of July, 2023.

 

  • As per Notification 42/2023 Dated 25/08/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in No.12/2023– Central Tax Dated the 24th May 2023 for furnishing of returns – extension of due date in or furnishing return in form GSTR-3B for registered persons having principal place of business in specified state.

In the said notification, in the first paragraph, in the fifth proviso: —

  • For the words, letter, and figure “month of April 2023, May 2023 and June 2023″ the words, letter, and figure ” months of April 2023, May 2023, June 2023 and July 2023″ shall be substituted;
  • For the words, letters, and figure “thirty-first day of July, 2023”, the words, letter, and figure “twenty-fifth day of August 2023” shall be substituted.
  • This Notification is deemed to have come into force with effect from 31st July 2023.

 

  • As per Notification 44/2023 Dated 25/08/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in No -26/2019 – Central Tax Dated the 28th June 2019 for furnishing of returns – extension of due date for furnishing tax deducted at source in form GSTR-7 by registered persons having principal place of business in specified state.

In the said notification, in the first paragraph, in the fifth proviso: —

  • For the words, letter, and figure “month of April 2023, May 2023 and June 2023″ the words, letter, and figure ” Month of April 2023, May 2023, June 2023 and July 2023″ shall be substituted;
  • For the words, letters, and figure “thirty-first day of July 2023”, the words, letter, and figure “twenty-fifth day of August 2023” shall be substituted.
  • This Notification is deemed to have come into force with effect from 31st July 2023.

 

  • As per Circular No.200/12/2023 Dated 01/08/2023 CBIC Issue clarification regarding GST rates and clarification of certain goods based on the recommendation of the GST council
    • In the meeting, it was clarified that the snack pellets are manufactured through the process of extrusion which covers goods with the description ‘Extruded or expanded products, savory or salted’, and thereby attract GST at the rate of 18%.
    • Supply of uncooked/un-fried extruded snack pellets will attract a GST rate of 5%. Extruded snack pellets in the ready-to-eat form will continue to attract 18%
    • As per the recommendation of the GST Council, GST on fish-soluble paste has been reduced to 5%.
    • As per the recommendation of the GST Council, GST on fish-soluble paste has been reduced to 5%.
    • As per the recommendation of the GST Council, it is hereby clarified that supply of raw cotton, including kala cotton, from agriculturists to cooperatives is a taxable supply, and such supply of raw cotton by agriculturist to the cooperatives (being a registered person) attracts 5% GST on reverse charge
    • GST on imitation zari thread or yarn known by any name in trade parlance has been reduced from 12% to 5%.
    • GST on embroidery or zari articles would attract a GST rate of 12%.
    • GST rate on all goods falling under heading 9021 would attract a GST rate of 5%.

However, it is clarified that no refund will be granted where GST has already been paid in any of the above cases.

  • As per Circular 201/13/2023 Dated 01/08/2023 CBIC Issues clarification regarding the applicability of GST on certain services
    • Services supplied by the director of a company in his personal capacity such as renting of immovable property to the company or body corporate are subject to Reverse Charge Those services supplied by the director of the company or body corporate, which are supplied by him as or in the capacity of director of that company or body corporate shall be taxable under RCM in the hands of the company or body corporate.
    • Supply of food or beverages in the cinema hall is taxable as restaurant service. The cinema operator may run these refreshments or eating stalls/ kiosks/ counters or restaurant themselves or they may give it on contract to a third The customer may like to avail the services supplied by these refreshment/snack counters or choose not to avail these services. Further, the cinema operator can also install vending machines, or supply any other recreational service such as through coin-operated machines, etc. which a customer may or may not avail of. It is further clarified that where the sale of cinema tickets and supply of food and beverages are clubbed together, and such bundled supply satisfies the test of composite supply, the entire supply will attract GST at the rate applicable to the service of exhibition of cinema, the principal supply.

Companies Act, 2013

Condonation of delay in filing various LLP forms- Recent relaxation by MCA

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs in order to promote ease of doing business, through General Circular No. 08/2023 dated August 23 2023, has decided to grant a one-time relaxation in additional fees to the LLPs who could not file their forms within the due date and provide them an opportunity to update their filings and get their compliances done. Forms included in this scheme :

  • Form-3: Information pertaining to the LLP Agreement and any changes to it.
  • Form-4: Information pertaining to partners/designated partners including appointments, cessations, and other changes.
  • Form-11: The Annual Return of the
Companies (Incorporation) Second Amendment Rules, 2023

 The Ministry of Corporate Affairs vide notification dated 2nd August 2023 has issued the Companies (Incorporation) Second Amendment Rules, 2023. The Rules has revised Form No. RD-1 to be used by companies for filing applications to Central Government (Regional Director) for approval of Compromises, Arrangements, Amalgamations, and conversions.

 

RBI

RBI Guidelines on Switching/Reset of Floating Interest Rate Loan EMIs

 RBI has issued comprehensive lending guidelines from time to time with the intention of creating clarity, choice, and fairness in lending practices. These circulars and Master Directions pertain to Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs), Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). EMI loans form the cornerstone of these rules which aim to inform, empower, and provide viable loan repayment solutions throughout borrowers’ loan duration. Recently, RBI has issued guidelines to allow flexibility in interest rate offerings for borrowers paying EMIs under a floating rate.

SEBI

SEBI     (Listing     Obligations    and     Disclosure     Requirements)     (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2023

 Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced the Third Amendment to its Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements Regulations, 2023. The provisions are broadly applicable to all entities that wish to voluntarily delist non-convertible debt securities or redeemable preference shares. The latest regulations are aimed at Addressing the voluntary delisting process of non-convertible debt securities or non-convertible redeemable preference shares. Setting clear parameters on which entities can or cannot opt for voluntary delisting. Ensuring transparency, clarity, and protection for investors.

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Facilitation of Grievance Redressal Mechanism) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023

 The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), in its continuous effort to bolster investor protection and ensure fair market practices, released a significant notification on 16th August 2023. This notification revolves around the “Securities and Exchange Board of India (Facilitation of Grievance Redressal Mechanism) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023.” The aim is to streamline and expedite the process of resolving investor grievances across various domains falling under SEBI’s purview.

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Real Estate Investment Trusts) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2023

 The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has recently issued a notification on August 16, 2023, amending the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Real Estate Investment Trusts) Regulations, 2014. The amendments, known as the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Real Estate Investment Trusts) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2023, bring notable changes to various aspects of real estate investment trusts. These changes aim to refine the regulatory framework, enhance investor protection, and facilitate smoother functioning of real estate investment trusts.

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Foreign Portfolio Investors) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2023

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has released the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Foreign Portfolio Investors) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2023. This amendment focuses on altering ownership and control criteria for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), aiming to enhance transparency and regulatory compliance

 

OTHER LAWS

  • No Relaxation of IBBI Regulatory Fee in cases where the approved resolution plan
  • Mandating Additional Disclosures by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs)

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has mandated additional disclosures by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) that require obtaining granular information of persons having any ownership, economic interest, or control in some objectively identified FPIs under the PML Act.

Disclaimer: Information in this note is intended to provide only a general update of the subjects covered. It is not intended to be a substitute for detailed research or the exercise of professional judgment. KNM accepts no responsibility for loss arising from any action taken or not taken by anyone using the publication. Updated are till the period 26 August 2023.

Executive Summary

Income Tax

  • No TDS Under Section 194 on dividend Income paid by a Unit of IFSC Engaged in Aircraft Leasing Business to a unit of IFSC engaged in the same
  • The Central Government has notified, “Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority” under clause (46) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act,
  • CBDT has revised the maximum investment limit of the National Saving Certificate (NSC) from 4.5 lakhs to 9 lakhs for single accounts and Rs. 9 lakhs to 15 lakhs for Joint
  • The Government has specified SOP for making applications for re-computation of the total Income of a Co-operative Society engage in the business of manufacturing sugar in sub-section (19) of section 155 of the Income tax act,
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued guidance to provide clarifications in respect of information to be reported by Reporting Financial Institutions (RFIs) in respect of reportable accounts.
  • The Government has amended Government Savings Promotion General Rules, 2018, rules to promote savings among depositors subject to certain

Companies Act 2013/ Other Laws

  • The MCA department has shared the general circular no.07/2023 for the deactivation of the old user IDs in the V-2
  • includes ‘Goods and Services Tax Network’ under PMLA to enable sharing of data with ED.
  • SEBI directs MIIs to make joint efforts to develop a common ‘Online Dispute Resolution
  • SEBI prescribes a detailed framework for newly notified AIF “Corporate Debt Market Development ”
  • SEBI mandates all non-individual FPIs to provide Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) details to designated DPs.
  • No Relaxation of IBBI Regulatory Fee in cases where the approved resolution plan in respect of a Real Estate Project is from an Association or Group of Allottees.

Goods & Services Tax (GST) & Customs

  • Clarification regarding taxability of service provided by an office of an organization in one state to the office of that organization in another state, both being distinct person
  • Clarification on E-invoice when supply made to
  • Clarification on availability of ITC in respect of warranty replacement of parts and repair
  • Clarification on TCS liability in case of multiple
  • Clarification on the taxability of shares held in a subsidiary by holding co.

TDS Under Section 194 on dividend Income paid by a Unit of IFSC Engaged in Aircraft Leasing Business to a unit of IFSC engaged in the same business.

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1F) of section 197A, read with clause (34B) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961) (hereinafter the Income-tax Act), the Central Government hereby specifies that no deduction of income tax shall be made under section 194 of the Income-tax Act from any income in the nature of dividends paid by any unit of an International Financial Services Centre, primarily engaged in the business of leasing an aircraft (hereinafter referred to as the payer) to a company, being a Unit of an International Financial Services Centre primarily engaged in the business of leasing of an aircraft (hereinafter referred as the payee) subject to the following-

The payee shall, —

  • furnish a statement-cum-declaration in Form No. 1 to the payer giving details of the previous year relevant to the assessment year in which the dividend income eligible for exemption under clause (34B) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act is payable.
  • such statement-cum-declaration shall be furnished and verified in the manner prescribed in Form 1 for the previous year relevant to the assessment year in which the dividend income eligible for exemption under clause (34B) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act is payable.

The payer shall, —

  • not deduct tax on payment made or credited to the recipient of such dividend (payee) after the date of receipt of copy of statement-cum-declaration in Form 1 from payee; and
  • furnish the particulars of all the payments made to the recipient of such dividend on which tax has not been deducted in view of this Notification in the statement of deduction of tax referred to in sub-section (3) of section 200 of the Income-tax Act, read with the rule 31A of the Income-tax Rules, 1962. immovable;
  • The Central Government has notified, “Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority” under clause (46) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

Central Government has notified ‘Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority’, (PAN AAALT0341D), an authority constituted by the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, in respect of the following specified income arising to that Authority, namely: —

  • Grants received from the State Government;
  • Moneys received from the disposal of land, building and other properties, movable and
  • Moneys received by the way of rent & fees or any other charges from the disposal of land, building and other properties, movable and immovable;
  • The amount of interest earned on the funds deposited in the banks; and
  • The amount of interest/penalties received on the deferred payment received from the Allottees of various movable or immovable
  1. This notification shall be effective subject to the conditions that Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, —
    • shall not engage in any commercial activity;
    • activities and the nature of the specified income shall remain unchanged throughout the financial years; and
    • shall file return of income in accordance with the provision of clause (g) of sub- section (4C) of section 139 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

 

  1. This notification shall be deemed to have been applied for the financial year 2018-19 to financial year 2022-23.

 

CBDT has revised maximum limit of National Saving Certificate (NSC) from 4.5 lakhs to 9 lakhs for single account and Rs. 9 lakhs to 15 lakhs for Joint account.

National Savings (Monthly Income Account) Scheme, 2019 has been amended through National Savings (Monthly Income Account) (Amendment) Scheme, 2023 and the maximum investment limit has been raised from ₹ four lakh fifty thousand to ₹ nine lakh for a single account and from ₹ nine lakh to ₹ 15 lakh for a joint account with effect from 1st April 2023. Likewise, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, 2019 has been amended through Senior Citizens Savings (Amendment) Scheme, 2023 and the maximum investment limit has been raised from ₹ 15 lakh to ₹ 30 lakh.

 

The Government has specified SOP for making application for recomputation of total Income of Co-operative Society engage in business of manufacture of sugar in sub- section (19) of section 155 of Income tax act, 1961

To encourage co-operative movement in sugar sector, a new clause (xvii) was inserted to amend sub-section (1) of section 36 of the Income-tax Act to provide that the amount paid for purchase of sugarcane by the co-operative societies engaged in the manufacture of sugar at a price which is equal to or less than the price fixed by or fixed with the approval of the Government shall be allowed as deduction for computing business income of the sugar co-operative factories.

To extend the benefit of the abovementioned relief to all the applicable years, section 155 of the Act has been amended to insert a new subsection (19) vide Finance Act, 2023, w.e.f. 1st April 2023. It provides that in the case of a sugar mill cooperative, where any deduction in respect of any expenditure incurred for the purchase of sugarcane has been claimed by an assessee and such deduction has been disallowed wholly or partly in any previous year commencing on or before the 1st day of April, 2014, the Assessing Officer shall, on the basis of an application made by such assessee in this regard, recompute the total income of such assessee for such previous year.

In order to standardize the manner of filing application to the Jurisdictional Assessing Officer under sub-section (19) of section 155 of the Act and its disposal by the Jurisdictional Assessing Officer under the said section, following SOP has been outlined;

  • The applicant must be a “co-operative society”, as defined in sub-section (19) of section 2 of the Income-tax Act, engaged in the business of manufacturing of sugar. The co- operative society (referred to as “such co-operative society” hereinafter) seeking relief under sub-section (19) of section 155 of the Act should file an application to the Jurisdictional Assessing
  • The application by such co-operative society can be filed for A Y 2015-16 or any earlier assessment year (AY).
  • The Jurisdictional Assessing Officer may seek the following documents for the purpose of re-computation under sub-section (19) of section 155 of the Act:
    1. Computation of tax, audit report u/s. 44AB of the Act, audited Profit & Loss Account and Balance Sheet.
    2. Assessment Order/Appellate Order(s) of various appellate fora, as applicable, with respect to the disallowance made on account of excess price paid for purchase of sugarcane above the Statutory Minimum Price (SMP).
  • Notice of Demand issued under section 156 of the
  1. Challan of taxes paid, if
  2. Copy of Order(s)/Other legal instrument(s) regarding price fixation by Government based on which excess price was paid for purchase of sugarcane over and above Statutory Minimum Price (SMP).
  3. Documentary evidence regarding registration of co-operative society under State/Central Act.
  • Any other document as considered necessary by the Jurisdictional Assessing Officer for the purposes of re-computation of total income under sub-section (19) of section 155 of the Act.
  • The Jurisdictional Assessing Officer shall recompute the total income of such co- operative society under the provisions of sub-section (19) of section 155 read with section 154 of the Further, the rectification under sub-section (19) of section 155 r.w.s. 154 of the Act can only be made till 31.03.2027.
  • The Jurisdictional Assessing Officer shall pass an order under s. 155(19) r.w.s. 154 of the Act within a period of six months from the end of the month in which the application is received by

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued guidance to provide clarifications in respect of information to be reported by Reporting Financial Institutions (RFIs) in respect of reportable accounts.

 

The CBDT, in exercise of its powers under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, hereby issues the following clarification with respect to reporting of accounts other than U.S. reportable accounts.

 

  • Treaty Qualified Retirement Fund: –

A Treaty Qualified Retirement Fund is a non-reporting financial institution under sub-clause

(b) of clause (5) of Rule 114F of the Rules. However, under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) which involves exchange of information in respect of reportable accounts other than U.S reportable accounts, a Treaty Qualified Retirement Fund is not treated as a Non-Reporting Financial Institution. It is clarified that a Treaty Qualified Retirement Fund shall not be treated as a non-reporting financial institution for the purposes of maintaining and reporting information in respect of any reportable account other than a U.S. reportable account defined in clause (11) of Rule 114F of the Rules.

  • Non-public fund of the armed forces: –

Under the CRS, a non-public fund of the armed forces is in the nature of an active non- financial entity (NFE). In view of this, it is hereby clarified that a non-public fund of the armed forces shall not be treated as a financial institution in case of any reportable account other than a U.S. reportable account defined under clause (11) of Rule 114F of the Rules.

  • Gratuity Fund: –

A gratuity fund is a non-reporting financial institution under sub-clause (c) of clause (5) of Rule 114F of the Rules, provided that it is also a financial institution under Rule 114F of the Rules. Gratuity funds which are only managed by either individual(s) and/or entity(ies)

 

that is not a financial institution, are not capable of being classified as a managed Investment Entity Rules. Hence, such gratuity funds will qualify as a passive non-financial entity as per clause (D) (i) of Explanation to clause 6 of Rule 114F of the Rules.

Generally, accounts held in gratuity funds will be treated as excluded accounts if they qualify as retirement or pension accounts as per clause h(i) of Explanation to clause 1 of the Rule 114F, subject to satisfaction of all the conditions laid out in that clause including, inter alia, the monetary limits in respect of contributions to the said funds.

However, accounts held in gratuity funds may also involve withdrawals conditioned on meeting specific criteria in circumstances beyond death, disability or retirement (e.g., gratuity funds that permit withdrawals upon resignation after a certain period of continuous service). Such accounts can be treated as excluded accounts under clause h(ii) of Explanation to clause 1 of the Rule 114F subject to satisfaction of all the conditions laid out in that clause including, inter alia, annual monetary limits in respect to contributions to the said funds.

In view of the above, in the event that a gratuity fund is a reporting financial institution, relevant accounts held with such a gratuity fund fulfilling the conditions specified in clause (h)(i) or h(ii) of the Explanation to clause 1 of Rule 114F of the Rules, will be treated as excluded accounts.

 

  • The Government has amended Government Savings Promotion General Rules, 2018, rules to promote savings among depositors subject to certain conditions.

In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 15 of the Government Savings Promotion Act, 1873, the Central government t hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Government Savings Promotion General Rules, 2018, namely: —

  • In the principal rules, in rule 14, after sub-rule (8), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely: — “(9) Non-resident Indians shall be eligible to be nominated as nominee subject to the condition that payment to such nominee/s shall be on non- repatriation
  • Sub-rule (6)- If a depositor dies and there is no nomination in force at the time of his death, and the probate of his will or letters of administration of estate or a succession certificate is not produced within six months from the date of death of the depositor to the Authorised Officer of the Accounts, then
  1. if the eligible amount in the account does not exceed Rupees five lakh, the Authorised Officer, for reasons to be recorded in writing, may pay the same to any person appearing to him as the rightful claimant and to his satisfaction to be entitled to receive the amount or to administer the estate of the on an application in Form-11 accompanied by the following documents; namely: —
    • Death certificate of the account holder;
    • Passbook or deposit receipt or statement of account in original;
    • Affidavit in Form-13;
    • Letter of disclaimer in Form-14;
    • Bond of Indemnity in Form-15; and
    • Identity proof of the legal heir;
  2. if the eligible amount in a deceased account is above Rupees five lakh, he amount shall be paid by the Accounts office to the claimant on submission of the probate of his will or letters of administration of estate or a succession certificate issued by the Court, or legal heir certificate issued by the revenue authority not below the rank of Tahsildar having jurisdiction along with the following documents; namely: —
    • Claim form;
    • Passbook or deposit receipt or statement of account in original;
    • Death certificate of the account holder; and
    • Identity proof of the legal heir;
  • As per Notification No.18/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in No 83/2020-Central tax dated the 10th Nov 2020 for extension of time limit for furnishing detail of outward supplies in form GSTR-1

In the said notification, in the fourth proviso: — for the words, letter and figure “tax periods April 2023 and May 2023”, the words, letter and figure “tax periods April 2023, May 2023 and June 2023” shall be substituted; for the words, letters and figure “thirtieth day of June, 2023”, the words, letter and figure “thirty-first day of July, 2023” shall be substituted.

This notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 30th day of June, 2023.

  • As per Notification No.20/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in the notification for furnishing of returns – extension of due date for furnishing return in form GSTR-3B for registered persons having principal place of business in Manipur for the quarter ending June, 2023 till the thirty- first day of July, 2023.
  • As per Notification No.21/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in No -26/2019 – Central Tax Dated the 28thJune 2019 for furnishing of returns – extension of due date for furnishing tax deducted at source in form GSTR-7 by registered persons having principal place of business in specified state. In the said notification, in the first paragraph, in the fifth proviso-: For the words, letter and figure “month of April, 2023 and May 2023” the words, letter and figure “

 

Month of April 2023, May 2023 and June 2023″ shall be substituted; For the words, letters and figure ” thirtieth day of June, 2023″, the words, letter and figure ” thirty-first day of July,2023″ shall be substituted. This Notification deemed to have come into force with effect from 30th June 2023.

  • As per Notification No.19/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in 12/2023– Central Tax Dated the 24thMay 2023 for furnishing of returns – extension of due date in or furnishing return in form GSTR-3B for registered persons having principal place of business in specified state. In the said notification, in the first paragraph, in the fifth proviso: —

For the words, letter and figure “month of April, 2023 and May 2023″ the words, letter and figure ” months of April 2023, May 2023 and June 2023 ” shall be substituted;

For the words, letters and figure “thirty-first day of May, 2023”, the words, letter and figure “thirty first day of July, 2023” shall be substituted. This Notification deemed to have come into force with effect from 30 June 2023.

 

  • As per Notification No.22/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in No–73/ 2017 Central tax Dated the 29th December 2017 for levy of late fees -waiver of late fees payable for all registered person who failed to furnish GSTR-4 by due date. In the said notification, in the seventh proviso, for the words, letter and figure “30th day of June, 2023” the words, letter and figure “31st day of August, 2023” shall be substituted.

This notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 30th day of June, 2023.

  • As per Notification No.23/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment 3/2023 -Central Tax dated the 31st March 2023. for cancellation or suspension of registration – Specified procedure for revocation of cancellation of registration, In the said notification, for the words, letter and figure “30th day of June, 2023” the words, letter and figure “31st day of August, 2023” shall be substituted.

 

This notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 30th day of June, 2023.

  • As per Notification No.24/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in No. 6/2023- Central Tax dated 31st March 2023 for non-filler of return – Assessment of – Deeming Withdrawal of best Judgement Assessment order in respect of specified registered person who follow special procedure to furnish return along with interest and late fees before 31/08/2023 amendment In the said notification, for the words, letter and figure “30th day of June, 2023” the words, letter and figure “31st day of August, 2023” shall be substituted.

This notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 30th day of June, 2023.

  • As per Notification No.25/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in 7/2023 dated the 31st March 2023 for levy of late fees- waiver of late fees for furnishing annual return for FY 2022-23 onwards in respect of specified classes of registered person who fails to furnish said return by due date amendment. In the said notification, in the proviso, for the words, letter and figure “30th day of June, 2023” the words, letter and figure “31st day of August, 2023” shall be substituted.

This notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 30th day of June, 2023.

  • As per Notification No.26/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in No. 8/2023 -Central Tax dated 31st March 2023 for levy of late fees -waiver of late fees in excess of five hundred for failure to furnish final return in form GSTR-10 by due date but furnish same between 30.06.2023 and 08.2023.

In the said notification, for the words, letter and figure “30th day of June, 2023” the words, letter and figure “31st day of August, 2023” shall be substituted.

This notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 30th day of June, 2023.

  • As per Circular No.192/04/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CBIC Issue clarification on charging of interest under sec 50(3) of the CGST Act 2017 in case of wrong availment of IGST Credit and reversal thereof In case of wrong availment of IGST credit availed by registered person and reversal thereof for the calculation of interest under rule 88B CGST Rules, It is the total tax credit available in all three heads considered together to calculate interest and for determining the as to whether the balance below the amount of wrongly availed ITC of There will be no interest if during the time of availment and reversal the balance in credit ledger together is not fallen below the amount wrongly availed ITC even if IGST balance fallen below itself from the amount of wrongly availed ITC. But if amount of all three ledger in credit ledger fallen below the amount of wrongly availed ITC than it will attract interest as per section 50 of CGST Act.

Credit of compensation cess available in electronic credit ledger cannot be taken into account while considering the balance of electronic credit ledger for the purpose of calculation of interest.

  • As per Circular 194/06/2023 dated on 17/07/2023 Clarification on TCS liability under Section 52 of the CGST Act 2017 in case of multiple E-commerce operator in one transaction. In the current platform Eco collect the consideration from the buyer, deduct the TCS under section 52 of the CGST Act 2017.In a situation where multiple ECOs are involved in a single transaction of supply of goods and service or both and where the Supplier side Eco himself not a supplier of the said goods and services in this case the compliances under section 52 of CGST Act, including collection of TCS, is to be done by the supplier-side ECO who finally releases the payment to the supplier for a particular supply made by the said supplier through him.

In a situation where multiple ECOs are involved in a single transaction of supply of goods or services or both through ECO platform and the Supplier-side ECO is himself the supplier of the said supply, TCS is to be collected by the Buyer-side ECO while making payment to the supplier for the particular supply being made through it.

 

  • As per Circular 195/07/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CBIC Issue clarification on availability of ITC in respect of warranty replacement of parts and repair services during warranty period.
  • Where the original equipment manufacturer offer warranty for the goods supplied and provide replacement of parts and repair services to customer without charging any consideration at the time of such replacement and repair than no further GST is chargeable but if any consideration is charged than GST will be payable on such supply. There is not any requirement for reversal of ITC in respect of such replacement of parts or supply of repair services.
  • In case replacement of parts and repair service is provided by distributor on behalf of manufacturer without any consideration than also no GST would be payable by distributor, If any consideration is charged by distributor than GST would be payable on such
  • In case distributor provide services to customer on behalf of manufacturer by using his stock or purchase from third party and issuance of Tax invoice to manufacturer than GST would be payable by distributor and manufacturer would also be eligible for ITC.
  • In case distributor provide services to customer on behalf of manufacturer by sending requisition to manufacturer for parts to be replaced and manufacturer provide such parts without any consideration than no GST would be charged for such supply.
  • There may be cases where the distributor replaces the part(s) to the customer under warranty out of the supply already received by him from the manufacturer and the manufacturer issues a credit note in respect of the parts so replaced, accordingly, the tax liability may be adjusted by the manufacturer, subject to the condition that the said distributor has reversed the ITC availed against the parts so replaced.
  • In case distributor provide services to customer on behalf of manufacturer without any consideration but charges from manufacturer for providing such supply by issuing tax invoice or debit note than such would be chargeable under GST and distributer eligible for ITC of the same.
  • Companies offer extended warranty to the customer which can be availed at the time of

 

supply or before the expiry of the standard warranty period in this case if manufacturer enter in agreement at the time of original supply than no GST would be chargeable separately as it already charged at the time of original supply however in case of customer enter after the original supply than it is separate contract and GST would be charged on it.

  • As per Circular 196/08/2023 Dated on 17/07/2023 CBIC Issue clarification on taxability of shares held in a subsidiaries co. by holding co. Securities are considered neither good nor services in terms of definition of goods under clause (52) of section 2 of CGST Act. This implies that the securities held by the holding company in the subsidiary company are neither good nor services. Further, purchase or sale of shares or securities, in itself is neither a supply of goods nor a supply of services. Therefore, the activity of holding of shares of subsidiary company by the holding company per se cannot be treated as a supply of services by a holding company to the said subsidiary company and cannot be taxed under GST.
  • As per Circular 198/10/2023 Dated on 17/07/2023 Clarification on issue pertaining to E-Invoice CBIC Clarifies that the registered person, whose turnover exceeds the prescribed threshold for generation of e-invoicing, is required to issue e-invoices for the supplies made to such Government Departments or establishments/ Government agencies/ local authorities/ PSUs etc under rule 48(4) of CGST Rules.
  • As per Circular No.199/11/2023 Dated 17/07/2023 CBIC Issue clarification regarding taxability of service provided by an office of an organization in one state to the office of that organization in another state, both being distinct person:
  • It is clarified that in respect of common input services procured by the HO from third party but attributable to both HO and BO, HO has an option either to follow ISD mechanism as per section 20 of CGST Act or issue Tax Invoice under section 31 of CGST Act to the concerned BO in respect of common input service procured of common input. In case HO distributes to BO through the ISD mechanism, HO is required to get itself registered mandatorily as an ISD. Similarly, HO can issue tax invoices to the BOs, only if the said services have actually been provided to the concerned Bos.
  • Computation of value in case of Full ITC available to BO There may be instances where HO may not be issuing invoice to the BOs with respect to such services, or the HO may not be including the cost of a particular component (such as salary cost of employees involved in providing said services) while issuing the invoice to BOs. Whether the HO is mandatorily required to issue invoice to BOs u/s 31 of CGST Act for such internally generated services, and / or whether the cost of all components (including salary cost of HO employees involved in providing said services) has to be included in the computation of value of services provided by HO to BOs when full ITC is available to the concerned
  • In respect of services supplied by HO to BOs, the value of services declared in the invoice by HO is deemed to be open market value of such services (for the purpose of calculation of GST), if the recipient BO is eligible for full The value so declared in the invoice shall be considered to be the open market value, irrespective of the fact whether cost of any particular component of such services, like employee cost, etc. has been included or not in the value of services in the invoice. Further, in such cases where full ITC is available to the recipient, if HO has not issued an invoice to the BO, the value of such services may be deemed to be declared as Nil by HO to BO, and may be deemed as open market value as per CGST Rules.
  • Full ITC is not available to BO Whether in such cases, the cost of salary of employees of HO involved in providing said services to the BOs, is mandatorily required to be included while computing the taxable value of the supply of services.
  • GSTN issue advisory for online compliance pertaining to liability / difference appearing in R1 and R3B (DRC-03) It is informed that GSTN has developed a functionality to enable the taxpayer to explain the difference in GSTR-1 & 3B return online as directed by the GST This feature is now live on the GST portal.

The functionality compares the liability declared in GSTR-1/IFF with the liability paid in GSTR-3B/3BQ for each return period. If the declared liability exceeds the paid liability by a predefined limit or the percentage difference exceeds the configurable threshold, taxpayer will receive an intimation in the form of DRC-01B.

Upon receiving an intimation, the taxpayer must file a response using Form DRC-01B Part

  1. The taxpayer has the option to either provide details of the payment made to settle the difference using Form DRC-03, or provide an explanation for the difference, or even choose a combination of both options

To further help taxpayers with the functionality, a detailed manual containing the navigation details is available on the GST portal. It offers step-by-step instructions and addresses various scenarios related to the functionality.

  • GSTN Issue advisory on E-invoice exemption declaration functionality now available on GSTN is pleased to inform you that the e-Invoice Exemption Declaration functionality is now live on the e-Invoice portal. This functionality is specifically designed for taxpayers who are by default enabled for e-invoicing but are exempted from implementing it under the CGST (Central Goods and Services Tax) Rules. The facility to report exemption declaration is purely for business facilitation purposes.
  • GSTN is pleased to inform that the functionality for geocoding the principal place of business address is now live for all States and Union territories. This feature, which converts an address or description of a location into geographic coordinates, has been introduced to ensure the accuracy of address details in GSTN records and streamline the address location and verification GSTN has successfully geocoded more than 1.8 crore addresses of principal places of business. Furthermore, all new addresses post- March 2022 are geocoded at the time of registration itself, ensuring the accuracy and standardization of address data from the outset.

The MCA department has shared the general circular no.07/2023 for the deactivation of the old user IDs in the V-2 portal.

It has come to the notice of this Ministry that many members of the three institutes viz. Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Cost Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India have created multiple user IDs while transacting on existing MCA21 V2 portal. For this, MCA has issued General Circular No. 07/2023 dated 12th July 2023 for Merger of Multiple User IDs in V-2 Portal with New User ID in V-3 and Deactivation of Old User ID in V-2 Portal.

Govt. includes ‘Goods and Services Tax Network’ under PMLA to enable sharing of data with ED

The Centre issued a notification to include the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) under the ambit of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). With this, the GSTN is among those entities that have been mandated to share information with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) under the PMLA Act. These changes have been made under Section 66 of the PMLA, which provides for disclosure of information.

SEBI directs MIIs to make joint efforts to develop a common ‘Online Dispute Resolution Portal.

SEBI has directed market infrastructure institutions (MIIs) to set up and operate a common Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) portal. The portal will harnesses online conciliation and online arbitration for resolution of disputes arising in the Indian securities markets. The MIIs

i.e. stock exchanges, depositories and CCs will have to make joint efforts to develop and operationalize the ODR Platform. Also, this circular supersedes the earlier circulars issued by the Board relating to this.

 

SEBI prescribes detailed framework for newly notified AIF “Corporate Debt Market Development Fund”

 

SEBI has prescribed a detailed framework for the Corporate Debt Market Development Fund (CDMDF). The CDMDF shall comply with the Guarantee Scheme for Corporate Debt (GSCD) as notified by MoF. The CDMDF shall deal only in low duration G-sec, Treasury bills, Tri-party Repo on G-sec, guaranteed corporate bond repo with maturity not exceeding 7 days.

 

SEBI mandates all non-individual FPIs to provide Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) details to designated DPs

 

SEBI has mandated the requirement of providing Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) details for all non-individual FPIs. Currently, FPIs are required to provide their LEI details in the Common Application Form (CAF), used for registration, KYC and account opening of FPIs on a voluntary basis. Further, all existing FPIs that haven’t provided their LEIs to their DDPs must do so within 180 days from the date of issuance of this circular.This circular shall be effective from 27th July,2023.

No Relaxation of IBBI Regulatory Fee in cases where the approved resolution plan in respect of a Real Estate Project is from an Association or Group of Allottees

The regulatory fee under the (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016, shall not be payable in cases where the approved resolution plan in respect of insolvency resolution of a real estate project is from an association or group of allottees in such real estate project.”

 

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G.S.R. 438(E).––In  exercise  of  the  powers  conferred  by  clause  (iii)  of  Section  3  of  the  Government Securities Act, 2006 (38 of 2006), the Central Government hereby makes the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2023-24

Who can hold these bonds-

The Gold Bonds issued under this Scheme may be held by a Trust, HUFs, Charitable Institution, University or by a person resident in India, being an individual, in his capacity as such individual, or on behalf of minor child, or jointly with any other individual

Minimum and maximum holding-

 The bonds will be issued in denominations of one gram of gold or multiples thereof. Provided that the minimum limit of subscription for the Bonds issued shall be of one gram and maximum limit of subscription per fiscal year shall be of four kg for individuals, four kg for Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) and 20 kg for trusts and similar entities notified by the Government from time to time

Nominal value: –

 The  nominal  value  of  Gold  Bonds  shall  be  in  Indian  Rupees  fixed  on  the  basis  of  simple  average  of closing price of gold of 999 purity, published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Limited, for the last 3 working days of the week preceding the subscription period.
The issue price of the Gold Bonds will be less than the nominal value by ₹50 per gram to those investors applying online and making the payment against the application through digital mode.

Interest

(i) The interest on the Gold Bonds shall commence from the date of issue and shall be paid at a fixed rate of 2.50 percent per annum on the nominal value of the bond. (ii)  The interest is  payable half-yearly and the last interest shall be payable along with the principal on maturity.

Redemption- (i) The Gold Bonds shall be repayable on the expiration of eight years from the date of the issue of the Bonds: www.taxmann.com

 

Loan against Bonds

  • The Gold  Bonds issued under this Scheme may be used as collateral security for availing any loan. Such loans could be granted by marking a lien on Gold Bonds appropriately.
  • The Loan to Value  ratio as applicable  to any ordinary  gold loan  mandated by the  Reserve  Bank of India shall also apply to the Bonds issued under this Scheme

Tax Treatment

The  interest received on the  Gold  Bond shall be taxable as per the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961). The capital gains tax arising on redemption of these bonds to an individual is exempted.

Executive Summary

 

Income Tax

 

  • Expenses through International Credit card will comes into the specified limit of LRS and TCS is applicable on the same.
  • Changes proposed in Rule 11UA to calculate the FMV of shares and charged excess amount u/s 56(2)(viib).
  • Few investors/entities are excluded from the purview of Section 56(2)(viib).
  • Leave encashment limit increased to Rs.25,00,000 w.e.f. 01.04.2023.
  • CBDT releases the guidelines for Complete scrutiny for FY 2023-24.
  • India has signed DTAA with Chile.
Goods & Services Tax (GST) & Customs
  • GSTN added new facility to verify document reference number (RFN).
  • Extension time limit for filling GSTR-1 whose principal place of business in the State of Manipur.
  • GSTN issues advisory on Deferment of Implementation of Time Limit on Reporting Old e-Invoices
  • CBIC rolls out Automated Return Scrutiny Module for GST returns.
  • E-invoices limit is reduced to Rs.5Crore from Rs.10Crore w.e.f.01.08.2023.

Companies Act 2013/ Other Laws

  • Application for removal of Company’s name to be made to Registrar C-PACE.
  • MCA has notified Companies (Removal of Names of Companies from the Register of Companies) Second Amendment Rules, 2023
  • MCA streamlines approvals for mergers vide Companies (Compromises, Arrangements and Amalgamations) Amendment Rules, 2023.
  • RBI withdraws Rs. 2000 notes from circulation; will continue to remain a legal tender
  • RBI mandates banks to maintain daily data on Rs. 2000 banknotes’ deposits/exchange in a prescribed format
  • SEBI tweaks ICDR norms; underwriting agreement now a pre-requisite for IPO filings
  • Clearing Corps in Commodity Derivatives can now align Core Settlement Guarantee Fund as per SEBI circulars

 

CBDT vide Press Release dated 19.05.2023 has clarify that the use of international credit cards for meeting his/her expenses by a person when he is abroad will come under the purview of LRS, earlier only Debit card was covered. Further, to avoid any procedural ambiguity, it has been decided that any payments by an individual using their international Debit or Credit cards upto Rs. 7 lakhs per financial year will be excluded from the LRS limits and hence, will not attract any TCS.  Existing beneficial TCS treatment for education and health payments will also continue.

Instances have come to notice where the LRS payments are disproportionately high when compared to the disclosed incomes. Therefore, TCS rates are increased. Primary Impact only on investment in assets such as real estate, bonds, stocks outside India by HNI and tour travel packages or gifts to non-residents.

 

TCS rates with the changes brought about in Finance Act, 2023 are tabulated as under

 

  • CBDT vide Press Release dated 05.2023 has proposes changes to Rule 11UA in respect of ANGEL TAX and also proposes to notify Excluded Entities.

 

Proposed changes in Rule 11 UA :

  • Rule 11UA currently prescribes two valuation methods with respect to valuation of shares namely, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) and Net Asset Value (NAV) method for resident investors. It is proposed to include 5 more valuation methods, available for non-resident investors, in addition to the DCF and NAV methods of valuation.

Further, where any consideration is received by a company for issue of shares , from any non-resident entity notified by the Central Govt , the price of the equity shares corresponding to such consideration may  be taken as the FMV of the equity shares for resident and non-resident investors subject to the following:

  • To the extent the consideration from such FMV does not exceed the aggregate consideration that is received from the notified entity and
  • The consideration has been received by the company from the notified entity within a period of ninety days of the date of issue of shares which are the subject matter of valuation.
  • On similar lines, price matching for resident and non-resident investors would be available with reference to investment by Venture Capital Funds or Specified Funds.
  • It is proposed that the valuation report by the Merchant Banker for the purposes of this rule would be acceptable, if it is of a date not more than ninety days prior to the date of issue of shares which are subject matter of valuation.
  • Further, to account for forex fluctuations, bidding processes and variations in other economic indicators, etc. which may affect the valuation of the unquoted equity shares during multiple rounds of investment, it is proposed to provide a safe harbor of 10 % variation in value.

The draft Rules on the above lines will be shared for public comments for 10 days, after which these will be notified.

  • CBDT vide CIRCULAR NO. 5 OF 2023, DATED 22-05-2023 has issued guidelines for the purposes of removal of difficulties in view of the New Section 194BA inserted by Finance Act 2023. As per new section mmandates a person, who is responsible for paying to any person any income by way of winnings from any online game during the financial year to deduct income-tax on the net winnings in the person’s user account. Tax is required to be deducted at the time of withdrawal as well as at the end of the financial year. Net winning is required to be computed in the manner as may be prescribed. The manner of computation of net winning has now been prescribed in Rule 133 of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, videnotification no. 28/2023, dated 22nd May, 2023. There are multiple FAQs are issued in this circular. Net winnings for the purposes of calculating tax required to be deducted under section 194BA shall be calculated as under

Net winnings = A-(B+C), where

A = Amount withdrawn from the user account;

B = Aggregate amount of non-taxable deposit made in the user account by the owner of such account during the financial year, till the time of such withdrawal; and

C = Opening balance of the user account at the beginning of the financial year

  • CBDT vide NOTIFICATION F.NO.225/66/2023/IT A-II, DATED 24-05-2023 has release the guidelines for Compulsory selection of return for complete scrutiny during FY 2023-24.
  • CBDT vide NOTIFICATION 29&30/2023, DATED 24-05-2023 has exempt the certain class of Non-resident investor from the ambit of Section 56(2)(viib). Finance Act 2023 has amended the provisions of Section 56(2)(viib) and as per the amendments Non-resident also comes into purview of Angel Tax. CBDT gives the clarity that few entities and also start-ups which fulfilles the conditions are not covered by the provision.
  • CBDT vide NOTIFICATION 31/2023, DATED 24-05-2023 has increased the leave encashment limit to Rs.25,00,000 from Rs.3,00,000 u/s 10(10AA) w.e.f. 01.04.2023.

 

  • CBDT vide NOTIFICATION No. 24/2023, DATED 03-05-2023 has notifies the Agreement and Protocol between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Chile for the elimination of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion and avoidance with respect to taxes on income, was signed at Chile on the 9th day of March, 2020.

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  • As per Notification No.10/2023 Dated 10/05/2023 CG on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendment in the notification No.13/2020 In the notification first paragraph with effect from the 1st day of August, 2023, for the words “ten crore rupees”, the words “five crore rupees” shall be substituted.

As per Notification No.11/2023 Dated 24/05/2023 CG on the recommendation of council make following amendment in the Notification NO 83/2020 In the said notification, after the third proviso, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-―Provided also that the time limit for furnishing the details of outward supplies in FORM GSTR-1of the said rules for the tax period April, 2023, for the registered persons required to furnish return under sub-section (1) of section 39 of the said Act whose principal place of business is in the State of Manipur, shall be extended till the thirty-first day of May, 2023..This notification shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from the 11thday of May, 2023.

 

  • GSTN added new facility to verify document reference number (RFN) mentioned on offline communication issued by state GST authority on 28/04/2023Under this feature, the State Tax office can generate a RFN for the physically generated correspondence sent to the taxpayer, which can be validated by the taxpayer (both pre-login and post-login). The facility to verify RFN of System-generated documents, once deployed, shall also be available in a seamless manner using the same link.
  • CBIC rolls out Automated Return Scrutiny Module for GST returns in ACESGST backend application for Central GST officers. This module will enable the officers to carry out scrutiny of GST returns of Centre Administered Taxpayers selected on the basis of data analytics and risks identified by the system In the module, discrepancies on account of risks associated with a return are displayed to the GST officers. Implementation of this Automated Return Scrutiny Module has commenced with the scrutiny of GST returns for FY 2019-20, and the requisite data for the purpose has already been made available on the GST officers’ dashboard.

GSTN issues advisory on Deferment of Implementation of Time Limit on Reporting Old e-Invoices that it has been decided by the competent authority to defer the imposition of time limit of 7 days on reporting old e-invoices on the e-invoice IRP portals for taxpayers with aggregate turnover greater than or equal to 100 crores by three months.  The next date of implementation will be shared by them.

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  • Application for removal of Company’s name to be made to Registrar C-PACE.

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified the Companies (Removal of Names of Companies from the Register of Companies) Amendment Rules, 2023 to amend the Companies (Removal of Names of Companies from the Register of Companies) Rules, 2016. The provisions will come into force on 1-5-2023.

Key Points:

  1. Rule 4 (1) relating to Application for removal of name of company has been revised which says that an application for removal of name of company under Section 248 (2) will now be made to the Registrar, Centre for Processing Accelerated Corporate Exit in Form No. STK-2 with a fee amounting to Rs. 10,000.

 

 

2. Rule 4 (3-A) relating to Application for removal of name of company has been inserted. The Registrar, Centre for Processing Accelerated Corporate Exit will be established under Section 396 (1) and this Registrar of Companies has the power of exercising functional jurisdiction of processing and disposal of applications made in Form No. STK-2 and all matters related to Section 248 having territorial jurisdiction all over India.

  1. Form No. STK- 2 relating to “Application by company to ROC for removing its name from register of companies” has been revised.

4. Form No. STK- 6 (Public Notice) has been revised.

  1. Form No. STK- 7 relating to “Notice of Striking Off and Dissolution” has been revised.
  • MCA tightens norms for closure of firms vide Companies (Removal of Names of Companies from the Register of Companies) Second Amendment Rules, 2023

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified the Companies (Removal of Names of Companies from the Register of Companies) Second Amendment Rules, 2023 to amend the Companies (Removal of Names of Companies from the Register of Companies) Rules, 2016. The provisions came into force on 10-5-2023.

Key Points:

  1. Rule 4 relates to “Application for removal of name of company” which says that an application for removal of name of a company under Section 248(2) will be made to the Registrar, Centre for Processing Accelerated Corporate Exit in Form No. STK-2 along with fee of Rs. 10000.

 

  1. New Provisions have been inserted regarding the same:

 

  • The Company cannot file an application unless it has filed overdue financial statements and overdue annual returns up to the end of the financial year in which the company ceased to carry out its business operations.
  • Where the Registrar’s action has already been initiated against the Company, it can only file the application for removal of names, after filing pending financial statements and annual returns.
  • A Company will not be allowed to file an application for removal of names, once the Registrar has issued notice for publication.
  • MCA streamlines approvals for mergers vide Companies (Compromises, Arrangements and Amalgamations) Amendment Rules, 2023.

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified the Companies (Compromises, Arrangements and Amalgamations) Amendment Rules, 2023 to amend the Companies (Compromises, Arrangements and Amalgamations) Rules, 2016.

Key Points:

 

  1. Rule 25 has been modified in order to streamline approvals for mergers by way of deemed approvals. Rule 25 (5) now provides that if no objection/suggestion is received within a period of 30 days from the Registrar of Companies/ Official Liquidator, and if the Central Government (‘CG’) thinks that the scheme is in the public interest or in the interest of creditors, CG can issue a confirmation order of such scheme of merger or amalgamation in Form No. CAA.12 within a period of 15 days after the expiry of said 30 days. If the CG does not issue a confirmation order within 60 days, it will be deemed that there is no objection, and a confirmation order will be issued.

 

  1. Rule 25 (6) provides that if the objections/suggestions are received within 30 days, the CG can take following actions:
  • A confirmation order will be issued within 30 days, if the objections/ suggestions are deemed unsustainable, and the CG thinks that the scheme is in the public interest or the interest of creditors.
  • In case CG thinks that the scheme is not in the public interest or the interest of creditors, CG can file an application stating the objections/ opinion to consider scheme under 232 of Companies Act, 2013 before the Tribunal within 60 days. If the Central Government does not issue a confirmation order or file an application.

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  • RBI withdraws Rs. 2000 notes from circulation; will continue to remain a legal tender

 

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 19.05.2023 announced the withdrawal of the Rs 2,000 banknote from circulation with the public being “encouraged” to deposit or exchange the notes at bank branches until September 30, 2023. At the same time, the central bank maintained that these notes will enjoy legal tender status even beyond the September 30 deadline.

  • RBI mandates banks to maintain daily data on Rs. 2000 banknotes’ deposits/exchange in a prescribed format

In furtherance to the RBI’s direction on the withdrawal of Rs. 2,000 notes from circulation, the banks have been advised to provide appropriate infrastructure at the branches such as shaded waiting space, drinking water facilities, etc. considering the summer season.

Further, Banks shall have to maintain daily data on the deposit and exchange of Rs. 2000 banknotes in the prescribed format (specifying date, bank name, and amount deposited/exchanged) and submit the same as and when required.

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  • SEBI tweaks ICDR norms; underwriting agreement now a pre-requisite for IPO filings

 

The SEBI has notified amendment in SEBI (ICDR) Regulations, 2018. As per the amended norms, if the issuer making an IPO, desires to have the issue underwritten, it shall, prior to the filing of the prospectus, enter into an underwriting agreement with the merchant bankers or stock brokers, indicating the maximum number of specified securities they shall subscribe to, at a predetermined price which shall not be less than the issue price

  • Clearing Corps in Commodity Derivatives can now align Core Settlement Guarantee Fund as per SEBI circulars

Earlier, SEBI issued circulars prescribing norms relating to Core Settlement Guarantee Fund (SGF), Min. Reqd. Corpus of core SGF, etc. for Clearing Corporations (CCs) and Stock Exchanges. SEBI recently received representations to review the target corpus level & to harmonise the methodology for computation of core SGF corpus in Commodity Derivatives Segment. Now, after receiving representations, SEBI directed that the CCs can now align their core SGF in terms of earlier issued SEBI circulars.

 

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Disclaimer: Information in this note is intended to provide only a general update of the subjects covered. It is not intended to be a substitute for detailed research or the exercise of professional judgment. KNM accepts no responsibility for loss arising from any action taken or not taken by anyone using this publication. Updates are for  the period from 26th Apr till 25th May. 2023.

 

 

Executive Summary

Income Tax
  • Annual Finance Bill 2023 has been approved in Lok Sabha with few amendments.
  • Govt. has released Mobile APP for quick verification/update for AIS information Income tax exemption has been granted to IBBI.
Good & Services Tax (GST) & Customs
  • GSTN Issues advisory on e-invoice registration with private IRPs.
  • GSTN Issues advisory for taxpayer wishing to register as OPC.
  • GSTN Issues advisory for GTAs on opting for payment of tax under the forward charges mechanism.
  • HSN Code reporting in e-invoice on IRPs portal.
Companies Act 2013/ Other Laws
  • Govt. establishes C-PACE, to fasten the voluntarily winding up process
  • RBI signs MoU with Central Bank of UAE to promote innovation in financial products and services
  • Govt. fixes April 10, 2023 as the date for closure of residual transactions of banks for March 2023
  • Use of e-wallets for investing in Mutual Funds are to be fully compliant with KYC norms prescribed by RBI
  • SEBI issues simplified norms/procedural requirements for processing investor’s service requests by RTAs

Income Tax

CBDT vide Press Release dated Dated 22.03.2023: has issued AIS Mobile app to make user easier to give feedback for transaction reflected in AIS/TIS. Govt has issued clarification also that if taxpayer is disagree with the AIS/TIS information, he needs to submit the feedback and accordingly action will be taken by the Income tax dept. If any mismatch is there with the information and filed ITR then dept will issue notice and taxpayer need to comply the same.

  • CBDT vide Notification No.09/2023 dated 01.03.2023 grant tax exemption to Insolvency & Bankcruptcy Board of India(IBBI) on the following income:
    • Grants-in-aid received from Central Government
    • Fees received under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016
    • Fines collected under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016,
  • Major Changes as introduced & approved in Lok Sabha w.r.t. Finance Bill 2023:
    • Marginal relief to a resident individual opting new tax scheme: The Finance Bill (Lok Sabha) has substituted said proviso to Section 87A to allow a marginal rebate if the total income marginally exceeds Rs. 7,00,000. The marginal rebate under Section 87A shall be computed in the following steps:
      • Step 1: Calculate tax payable on total income before rebate under Section 87A
      • Step 2: Calculate the difference between total income and Rs. 7,00,000.
      • Step 3: Calculate the difference between Step 1 and Step 2.
      • Step 4: If the figure in Step 3 is positive, the difference will be the rebate allowed under Section 87A. However, if the figure is negative, then no rebate shall be allowed under Section 87A.
    • Expansion in Section 50AA: Section 50AA as introduced in Finance Bill that will cover the STCG on transfer of Market linked Debenture irrespective of the period of holding will now also cover the specified mutual funds as well. The “specified mutual fund” means a mutual fund where not more than 35% of its total proceeds is invested in the equity shares of domestic companies.
    • Changes in the tax rate of Royalty, FTS & Dividend u/s 115A: Royalty & Fees for Technical services which was currently taxable @ 10%, now been proposed to taxable @20% u/s 115A.
    • No higher TDS on winning from online games if the deductee is a non-filer of return or didn’t furnish PAN
    • Exemption from capital gains on transferring the interest in a JV by a Public sector company in exchange for shares in a foreign company [Section 47(xx) and Section 49(2AI)]
  • Exemption to be available to a “Sikkimese woman marrying a non-sikkimese” and an “Individual domiciled in Sikkim” [Section 10(26AAA)]: As per the Finance Bill(Lok Sabha), now proviso that restrict to claim the exemption is substituted and changes made in Section 10(26AAA) as below:
    • The proviso to Section 10(26AAA) has been omitted; and
    • The definition of ‘Sikkimese’ has been amended to include the followings:
      • Any other individual whose name does not appear in the Register of Sikkim Subjects but it is established that such individual was domiciled in Sikkim on or before 26-04-1975;
      • Any other individual who was not domiciled in Sikkim on or before 26-04-1975, but it is established beyond doubt that such individual’s father or husband or paternal grand-father or brother from the same father was domiciled in Sikkim on or before 01-04-1975.
  • Changes Proposed for IFSC: With respect to IFSC, Finance bill(Lok Sabha) proposes the following amendments:
    • No surcharge and cess on income earned by GIFT Category III from securities under section 115A(1)(a)
    • Provision for tax neutral reallocation of any investment vehicle in which ADIA is sole direct or indirect shareholder/ unitholder to GIFT City introduced; power to notify any other funds for tax neutral reallocation to GIFT City added (section 47(viiad);
    • Dividend distributions from IFSC unit to be taxable at 10% (as against 20%)
    • Interest income on borrowing by foreign company from long-term bond or rupee denominated bond listed on IFSC stock exchange taxable @ 9%.
  • Changes proposed in TCS: Following changes has been proposed in Finance bill(Lok Sabha) with regards to Tax Collected at Source(TCS):
    • Earlier TCS will be applicable when funds are remit out of India. The Finance Bill (Lok Sabha) has amended Section 206C(1G)(a) to omit the words “out of India” to expand the scope of the provision to the remittance made under LRS, even within India. Thus, where the remittance is made under LRS to the GIFT city, the new rates of TCS shall
    • The Finance Bill (Lok Sabha) has inserted a proviso to Section 206CC(1) and Section 206CCA(1) to provide that the rate of TCS under Section 206C shall not exceed 20% even if the collectee does not furnish his PAN or is a non-filer. These provisos have been inserted with effect from 01-07-2023
  • The Finance Bill (Lok Sabha) has inserted a new proviso after clause (b) to Section 80LA(1) to increase the amount of deduction available to the eligible assessees under Section 80LA(1) for the subsequent 5 years from 50% to 100%. It should be noted that there is no change in the period for which deduction is available or the quantum of deduction, and the total deduction can be claimed for a maximum period of 10 years.

Goods & Services Tax

  • GSTN Issues advisory dated 4 mar 2023 for launches e-invoice registration services with private IRPs. Clear Tax, Cygnet, E&Y and IRIS Business Ltd were empaneled by GSTN for providing these e-invoice registration services to all GST taxpayers of the country The taxpayers can now register their e-invoices using more than one IRP. This significantly increases the capacity and redundancy of the previous single e-invoice registration portal.
  • GSTN issues advisory dated 21 mar 2023 for the taxpayer who wants to be register as “One Person Company”. If Taxpayer wants to be register as one person, then he needs to select an option Other in ‘Part B’ of GST Registration Form ‘REG-01’and also mentioned “one person company” in the text field.
  • It is mandatory to report minimum six digits HSN code for the outward supply having AATO more than 5 crores in Previous FY. Now in the process of implementing the same at IRPs portal in collaboration with our IRP partners including NIC.
  • GSTN issues advisory dated 25 Feb 2023 for GTA’s on opting for payment of tax under forward charge mechanism. For such option it requires to submit Annexure V Form on the portal every year before commencement of financial year. GTA’s can opt this option for the financial year 2023-24 till 15 march 2023.
  • Ministry of finance issued clarification dated 14 march 2023, CGST Act 2017 does not restrict GST registration of management consultants, architects and other professionals operating from residential premises, due to Covid19 pandemic or otherwise.
  • Major Changes as introduced & approved in Lok Sabha w.r.t. Finance Bill 2023:
    • Levy of IGST and GST Compensation Cess on removal of imported goods to warehouse for further manufacturing/processing: The Finance Bill (Lok Sabha) has proposed to insert a new Section 65A under the Customs Act, 1961 which imposes IGST and GST Compensation Cess on the goods, which are moved to the warehouse for the purpose of carrying on any manufacturing process or other operations in the warehouse, at the time of removal of goods to such warehouse, instead of imposing it at the time of clearance of home consumption from the warehouse. Notably, no amendment is proposed in the existing provisions for the levy of customs duty, which will continue to be paid by the importer when the goods are cleared for home consumption from the bonded warehouse.
  • Amendment relating to GST Appellate Tribunal: The GST Appellate Tribunal (‘GSTAT’) is the forum of second appeals in GST law for filing the appeals against the orders passed by the First Appellate Authority or Revisional Authority.
    • After the proposed amendment, the jurisdiction, authority and power of GSTAT shall be exercised by the Principal Bench located at New Delhi will be constituted by the Government via notification and it will consist of the President, a Judicial member and one Technical members from both Centre and State.
    • The appeals, where the amount of tax/input tax credit/fine/fees/penalty does not exceed Rs. 50 Lakhs and does not involve any question of law, can be heard by a single member with the approval of President and subject to such conditions.
    • In all the other cases, the appeal shall be heard by one Judicial member and one Technical member. The existing provisions under the GST law, though not effective yet, provides the monetary limit of Rs. 5 lakhs for the above purpose.
    • As per the GST law, an appeal before GSTAT can be filed within 3 months from the date on which the order sought to be appealed is communicated. However, since GSTAT has not been constituted, the appeal in many cases could not be filed within 3 months. In this regard, the Government by way of issuing the Removal of Difficulties Order, 2019 prescribed the time limit for filing the appeal before GSTAT once the same is constituted.
  • Removing the requirement of compulsory registration where exemption is granted by the Government through notification: In the Finance Bill 2023, amendment is made in Section 23 by inserting a non – obstante clause. As per the new amendment, if the person or class of persons falls under the category as specified under Section 23 (2), the person shall not be liable to get registered even if Turnover increases the threshold limit or falls under Section 24.
  • Extension of time limit to apply for revocation of cancellation of registration from 30 days to 60 days: The Finance Bill (Lok Sabha) has proposed to increase the time limit for filing of return from 30 days to 60 days for enabling deemed withdrawal of best judgment assessment orders. It has also been proposed that where the return is not filed by the taxpayer within 60 days, the same can be done in another 60 days by paying additional late fees of Rs. 200 per day (e.Rs. 100 CGST + Rs. 100 IGST) for delay after 60 days of the said assessment order. If the person furnishes a ‘valid return’ within extended days, the assessment order will be deemed to have been withdrawn, but the person will still be liable to pay interest under section 50(1) or a late fee under section 47.
  • Place of supply in case of services of transportation of goods where location of supplier/recipient is outside India: The Finance Bill (Lok Sabha) has been proposed to omit the provision regarding place of supply of transportation of goods where the location of the supplier or the recipient is outside India. The location of the service recipient would be considered as the place of supply of services of transportation of goods where either the location of the supplier or the recipient is located outside India.
  • The proposal relating to changes in the GST compensation cess is as below:
    S No. Description of  supply Maximum rate at which GST compensation cess may be collected
    Existing Proposed
    1. Pan Masala 135% ad valorem 51% of retail sale price per unit
    2. Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes, including tobacco  product Rs. 4170 per 1000 sticks or 290% ad valorem or a combination thereof, but not exceeding Rs. 4170 per 1000 sticks plus 290% ad valorem Rs. 4170 per 1000 sticks or 290% ad valorem or a  combination thereof, but not exceeding Rs. 4170    per 1000 sticks plus 290% ad valorem or 100% of retail sale price per unit
  • Changes in Customs Duty Rates relating to few items: The Finance Bill (Lok Sabha) provides some changes in the Customs duty rates, which are summarized below:
HSN Code Description of Goods Old Import      Duty New Import   Duty
90221410 X-ray generators and apparatus 10 % 15 %
90221420 Portable X-ray machine 10 % 15 %
90221490 Others 10 % 15 %
29335950 Bispyribac-sodium (ISO) 7.5 % 10 %

Companies Act, 2013

Govt. establishes C-PACE, to fasten the voluntarily winding up process

The Centre has taken the next big step towards accelerating the process for voluntary winding up of companies. The Corporate Affairs Ministry (MCA) has now established a dedicated unit — Centre for Processing Accelerated Corporate Exit (C-PACE) in IMT Manesar, Gurugram — as part of its overall efforts to speed up the voluntary winding up of companies from the currently required two years to less than 6 months. C-PACE will be located at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) in Manesar.

RBI

  • RBI signs MoU with Central Bank of UAE to promote innovation in financial products and services – Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation and jointly enable innovation in financial products and services. Under the MoU, which was signed on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, the two central banks will collaborate on various emerging areas of FinTech, especially Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and explore interoperability between the CBDCs of CBUAE and RBI.
  • Govt. fixes April 10, 2023 as the date for closure of residual transactions of banks for March 2023 – The Government of India has decided that the date of closure of residual transactions for the month of March 2023 be fixed as April 10, 2023. In view of the ensuing closing of Government accounts for the financial year 2022-23, receiving branches including those not situated locally, should adopt special arrangements such as courier service etc., for passing on challans/scrolls etc., to the Nodal/Focal Point branches so that all payments and collections made on behalf of Government towards the end of March are accounted for in the same financial year.

SEBI

  • Use of e-wallets for investing in Mutual Funds are to be fully compliant with KYC norms prescribed by RBI – E-wallets used for investing in mutual funds should be compliant with KYC norms prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In its circular, the regulator said that the provisions will be applicable with effect from May 1, 2023. The move was also part of the efforts to promote digital payments in the mutual fund industry and channelise household savings into the capital market.
  • SEBI issues simplified norms/procedural requirements for processing investor’s service requests by RTAs – As an on-going measure to enhance the ease of doing business for investors in the securities market, SEBI, vide Circular Nos. SEBI/HO/MIRSD/MIRSD_RTAMB/P/ CIR/2021/655 dated November 03, 2021 & SEBI/HO/MIRSD/MIRSD_RTAMB/P/ CIR/2021/687 dated December 14, 2021, had prescribed the common and simplified norms for processing investor’s service request by RTAs and norms for furnishing PAN, KYC details and Nomination. It shall be mandatory for all holders of physical securities in listed companies to furnish PAN, Nomination, Contact details, Bank A/c details and Specimen signature for their corresponding folio numbers.
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Requirement of having a Resident Director:
  • Section 149(3) of the Companies Act, 2013 provides that every Company shall have at least one director who has stayed in India for a total period of at least 182 days during the financial year.
  • In the case of a newly incorporated company, the requirement of Resident Director shall apply proportionately at the end of the financial year in which it is incorporated.

If you are Incorporating a new company or having an existing company that has all the Directors who are not Residents of India, you need to hire one Indian Resident Director.

Duties and Responsibilities of Resident Director in India
  • Resident Director will act as any other Director of the Company.
  • He will be fully responsible as any other Director of the Company,
  • Resident Director may not be involved in the operational control of the Company.
  • Resident Director is usually appointed to fulfill the statutory requirements.
  • Resident Director may participate in Board Meetings of the Company, wherever required.
  • The Resident Director like any other Director is required to attend at least one Board Meeting in a year.

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