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Now, Apple INC,s iPhone Plans in India Hit GST Hurdle

Until it is clear whether, and how, the domestic tax incentives will be accommodated in the forthcoming goods and services tax (GST) regime, the government won’t take a call on US tech giant Apple’s wish-list in the context of its plan to set up an iPhone/iPad manufacturing unit in India, reports fe Bureau in New Delhi.
Ministry of electronics and IT secretary Aruna Sundarajan on Friday said a decision on incentives to Apple can be taken only after tax rates under GST are finalised.
“GST is still evolving. See, what they (Apple) are asking for is, make it profitable for us to manufacture here and therefore give us a favourable duty regime. Exactly how favourable it should be is something that needs to be ironed out. But the first thing is what will be the manner in which this would be reflected in the new GST regime, (firmed up by) the GST Council,” Sundarajan said.
Sundarajan added: “So only once the council decides how the existing trade regime is going to get translated into the new one and how domestic manufacturing incentives are going to get reflected in GST can a decision on Apple’s demands can be taken.”
Most existing indirect taxes including excise duty, state value-added tax, service tax and countervailing duties on imports will be subsumed in GST.
Most tax exemptions are set to be abolished in the GST regime in tax consultant in India.

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Input Tax Credit On ATF: Aviation Ministry Suggest Ways To Compensate Airlines

Civil aviation ministry has written to the finance ministry suggesting ways to compensate airlines that will not be able to take input tax credit on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) under the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Since petroleum products including ATF are outside the GST regime for the time being, airlines will not be able utilise credit on taxes paid on ATF – a key input which comprises over 40 per cent Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said his ministry has suggested various alternatives to the finance ministry to help compensate airlines that cannot take tax consultancy firms in delhi ncr credit on ATF under the GST regime.
“GST is becoming a reality but India is a federal structure. So generally, GST means, they (corporates) would get set-offs for their inputs.Now here in this federal structure, state governments wants petroleum products to be kept out of it. That generates one type of problem because petroleum and intoxicants, state governments want that out (of GST). Ok, keep that out but then how do they get the set-off, that becomes a double whammy,” Raju said.
“The issue has to be identified, flagged and the ministry has flagged it with the finance ministry in indirect taxation in India. They have to take a call on it, what to do, how to go about it. Anywhere between 40-45per cent of the operating costs are fuel. If fuel is high taxed and that too with no set offs, they will be in trouble,” the minister said.

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GST To Ease Loan Access For Millions of Firms Using Digitalised Data.

The implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) should drive nearly seven million small businesses to the formal digital economy and help them get easy access to loans, said Nandan Nilekani, the technology entrepreneur and co-founder of Infosys who was tapped by the government to run an ambitious identity-recognition programme, on Friday.
The new unified indirect taxation in India system, which is scheduled to be implemented later this year, will bring in millions of unorganized businesses on one platform. This would effectively, Nilekani believes, help them get loans
Nilekani pointed out, though the country has over 60 million businesses, fewer than one million are incorporated and only a few thousand are listed. A digital trail through GST would help these firms get access to formal credit at a much lower cost, which would help more small enterprises get into the formal economy.
Nilekani headed the empowered group on information technology infrastructure on GST in chartered accountant firms in mumbai.
“Digitisation is the basis for credit and credit becomes the attractive reason for businesses to enter the formal economy,” he said, adding that ‘India’s formal economy is small and only 7per cent of the India’s employment is in the formal sector.

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Key Highlights of Budget 2017

This is the first time in Indian history that Union Budget has been announced one month in advance. This decision is made to complete the legislative process for approval of annual spending plans and tax proposals in chartered accountant firms in mumbai before beginning of the new financial year on April 1.

 

-Govt. proposes levy of surcharge of 10% for income between Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs. 1 crores
-FM proposed no change in Exemption limit but reduces tax rate to 5% for income between 2.5 lac to 5 lacs
-Threshold limit for audit of entities opting for presumptive indirect taxation in India under Section 44AD is increased to 2 crores
-One page ITR form to be introduced for taxpayers with taxable income of up to 5 lakhs except business income: FM
-FM proposes to reduce basic customs duty on LNG from 5% to 2.5% in 2017-18
-Govt. proposes carry forward of MAT Credit for a period of 15 years instead of 10 years
-Capital Gains: Holding period for immovable property is reduced to 2 years
-More than 90% of FDI are proposed under automatic route

 

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Budget 2017 – Push or Pull To Digital Economy

Government is trying its every best to make India “A digital Economy”. It seems as India is on the edge of a massive digital revolution. Promotion of a digital economy is an integral part of Government’s strategy to clean the system and weed out corruption and black money.
There are not many changes in current indirect taxation in India regime as GST is proposed to be rollout on 1stJuly, 2017. Hon’ble Finance Minister in today’s speech, said that IT system is on schedule for GST implementation and several teams of tax officers are also working tirelessly to give finishing touch to the Model GST law and rules and other details.
To promote cashless transactions, post offices, fair price shops and banking correspondents will be used. Hon’ble finance minister retreated a target of over 2,500 crore digital transactions for 2017-18 through UPI, USSD, Aadhaar Pay, IMPS and debit cards. These increased digital transactions will enable small and micro enterprises to access formal credit.Government will also encourage SIDBI to refinance credit institutions which provide unsecured loans, at reasonable interest rates, to borrowers based on their transaction history.
This budget has been welcomed by the whole industry. The Sensex jumped immediately after the speech was over. Digital economy budget will be a right move for the future growth of the economy. With more & more digitalization, India would have new taxpayers & better transparency in system. Every stakeholder from a small shop to a big corporate is pushed towards the digital economy. Government has pushed the digital theme in every area of the budget which is a nice effort.
Therefore, this Budget of 2017 is not a pull, but a push to Digital economy. Our government is determined to lay a beautiful foundation of digital economy in chartered accountant firms in Mumbai.

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