Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Government of India announced the Union Budget for 2019-20, in Parliament on July 05, 2019. The budget aimed at boosting infrastructure and foreign investment, the first since the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned for a second term in power. The main focus of this budget is reducing red tape, making best use of technology, building social infrastructure, digital India, pollution free India, make in India, job creation in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and investing heavily in infrastructure making India, a US$ 3 trillion economy … Read more
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) means investment through capital instruments (equity shares, debentures, preference shares and share warrants) by a person resident outside India in an unlisted Indian company or in 10% or more of the post issue paid-up capital on a fully diluted basis of a listed Indian company.
FDI under various sectors is permitted either by an Automatic route or Government route. Under Automatic route, the non-resident or Indian company does not require any approval from Government of India. Whereas, under the Government route the approval from the Government is required prior to investment. Proposals are considered by the … Read more
India has always encouraged capital inflows as a part of the development policy. Deficient domestic capital and reduction in the current account compelled the government historically to go after foreign capital. Foreign capital is money obtained from foreign countries to make investment domestically. The major category is foreign investment including FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and FPI (Foreign Portfolio Investment). Likewise, there are other types of foreign capital like trade credit, NRI Deposits and the most important one for India – the External Commercial Borrowings (ECB).
ECB is a loan which is being availed by an Indian entity from a non- … Read more
For any organization, one of the most crucial tasks is payroll processing with complications paving way as tax regulations as well as compliances. Also, incorrect computation of worker benefits can wreck the timing and accuracy of one’s payroll system. Payroll is a list of particulars of employees of the company including the amount they are to be paid. Human resource, for any organization, is the paramount resource and paying them for the work performed by them is not a choice but an obligation for the organization.
Nonetheless, it is paradoxical not to encounter any challenges when an in-house payroll system … Read more
In this contemporary world, initiation of globalization has lubricated great technological advancement. All this has facilitated easy access as well as real-time communication among various countries notwithstanding the physical distance. Currently, the world is a ‘global hub’ where no destination is secluded. Subsequently, corporates around the world have become global in their operations and have been expanding their businesses beyond the boundaries of their countries into new markets in their quest to achieve growth and economies of scale.
Over time, two type of cross border transactions have emerged
- Conducting business activities with a country – Residents of a country transacting
The ever-changing environment demands frequent adjustments to be made in the laws of land for efficient and effective management of both business as well as non-business activities. Government has just introduced the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 thereby, bringing relevant alterations in Companies Act, 2013 (”Act”). This action has provided an affirmative action that any violation in complying with the set standards will lead to stringent repercussions for both the company and its management.
With the objective of promoting ease of doing business and improving corporate compliances, President has disseminated the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 which came into effect in November … Read more
Foreign direct investments are investments made in Indian organizations for improved returns by foreigner nationals. Any Indian person or organization can invest funds in foreign countries via direct means. These are however, subject to Indian Taxation laws.
These ODI opportunities are great avenues for Indian entities to diversify and grow their companies in foreign countries. They can take the form of joint ventures (JV), wholly owned subsidiaries (WOS), share acquisitions, etc. Portfolio investments however, do not fall under the ODI umbrella.
Rules regarding ODI
The complete set of guidelines for ODI is provided by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and … Read more
- Individual taxpayers with annual income up to INR 5 lakhs to get full tax rebate.
- Individuals with gross income up to INR 6.5 lakhs will not need to pay any tax if they make investments in provident funds and prescribed equities.
- Benefit of rollover of capital tax gains to be increased from investment in one residential house to that in two residential houses, for a taxpayer having capital gains up to 2 crores; can be exercised once in a lifetime.
- Benefits under section 80(i)BA being extended for one more year for all housing projects approved till the end of 2019-20.
Financial statements of a company are necessarily required to be filed with Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) annually. The form for filing such financial statements with MCA is AOC – 4. All the companies fall under this category and are compulsorily required to file form AOC – 4. However, few Companies are covered under Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) and are required to upload the financial statements on MCA portal in XBRL format as per the Companies (Filing of documents & Forms in Extensible Business Reporting Language) Rules, 2015. In this case the requirement of signing under hand is not … Read more
Developed by XBRL International Inc. (XII), XBRL is defined in Rule 2 of Companies (Filing of documents and forms in XBRL) Rules, 2015 as a standardized language for communication in electronic form to express, report or file financial information by the companies under the Act. It is a language for communicating electronically, financial and business data for business reporting. It has facilitated the process of creating, transmitting, using or analyzing such information.
Companies filing financial statements in AOC-4
With reference to Companies (Filing of documents and forms in XBRL) Rules, 2015 following companies are required to file their financial statements … Read more
When a company procures its own outstanding shares i.e. quantum of stock in the open market along with shares held by institutional investors and restricted shares held by insiders and company officers, to reduce the number of shares available for General Public.
Reasons for buy back
Buy back of shares is undertaken for numerous reasons, like to strengthen the value of remaining shares available by cutting the supply or preventing other stakeholders from taking a controlling share. Few reasons for companies buying back their shares are discussed as follows:
- Preserving stock price: Company operates with the intention of
Non Resident Indians (“NRI”) are often faced with the situation of maintaining an Indian rupee account. Primarily, there can be two reasons for opening such account: NRI wants to repatriate overseas earned money and / or NRI wants to keep India based earnings in India such as rent, dividend income, etc. There are two options available with NRI interested in opening bank account in India – Non Resident Rupee Account (“NRE”) or Non Resident Ordinary Rupee account (“NRO”).
Similarities between NRE and NRO accounts:
Both accounts can be opened as savings, fixed or recurring deposit account, current accounts. One needs … Read more
What is value of currency for an economy?
An economy is often represented by the people who live there and the value its currency has, further the value of a currency depends on factors that affect the economy like imports and exports, performance of equity markets, foreign exchange reserves, macroeconomic policies, inflation, employment, interest rates, growth rate, trade deficit, foreign investment inflows, banking capital, commodity prices and geopolitical conditions. Currencies are often influenced by income levels through consumer splurge. When income increases, people tend to expend more. Demand for imported goods increases demand for foreign currencies, thus, weakening the local … Read more
The Central Government of India decided to conduct KYC drive to bring down the shell companies. Ministry would be conducting KYC of all the directors of the companies as a part of updating its registry.
MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs) has amended and inserted a new rule, Rule 12A (Directors KYC) vide the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Director) Rules, Fourth Amendment Rules, 2018 . The rule came into effect on July 10, 2018.
With an “Ease of doing business”, starting a business in India is way easy, but running it in this competitive world is complex. In such complex environment maintaining data, records and managing compliances is the biggest task that every company have to deal with.
What are Periodic and Routine Compliances?
Generally, compliance means keeping up with the set rules, policies, law or standard. Periodic means timely or on a regular interval, like monthly, quarterly and so on. Thus, periodic compliances mainly refers to recording, maintaining, filing or submitting the necessary documents and informative data timely or in … Read more
In the Constitution of India, as per Income Tax Act 1961, Central Government has the power to levy tax on any income other than agricultural income. The government imposes a tax on taxable income of all persons who are individuals, Hindu Undivided Families (HUF’s), companies, firms, LLP, association of persons, body of individuals, local authority and any other artificial juridical person. Levy of tax on a person depends upon his residential status.
For tax purposes under Indian income tax law, an Individual can be: Resident or Non-Resident. Further the Resident category is classified into two parts i.e. Ordinary Resident and … Read more
The Indian Banks Association (IBA) has requested the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to provide relief measures for telecom companies undergoing debt restructuring. This includes refunding payments related to airwaves surrendered by the telecom companies as well as cancellation of future deferred payments for this spectrum.
In the letter submitted to the DoT, IBA said “This money will be used for repaying the banks which in turn prevent loans from turning into NPA (non-performing asset)”. “We understand the government had allowed a similar facility to BSNL and MTNL in the past” it further added.
IBA has also requested speeding up of … Read more
The Cryptocurrency and the Blockchain
Bitcoin (“BTC”) is the beginning of something great: a currency without a government, something necessary and imperative.
What is a Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system called the first decentralized digital currency. It is a form of virtual currency which was invented by an unknown programmer or a group of programmers, under a mysterious name Satoshi Nakamoto and released as opensource software in January 2009.
It is a digital currency that is not backed by any country’s central bank or government. This means that it is decentralised and has no central … Read more
A payroll is a financial record of salaries paid to an employee as wages, bonus or deduction. It is given for the work done during a particular period of time.
Payroll processing involves tedious routine work. Outsourcing this process allows you to focus on growing your business. Save cost, focus on core tasks and enable growth without manpower and infrastructure restrictions. We offer highly efficient payroll services. Partnering with us reduces costs and increases profits. We offer a convenient and reliable payroll process. Payroll is one of the most important responsibilities of the employer and his company. Our company … Read more
Doing business in India offers enormous opportunities for Foreign companies. However, India is a large and complex market. It should not be seen as one market, but a series of interconnected regional markets where the legislative and investment climate may change from one state to another.
It is wiser to be in India now…
- Fastest growing economy in the world
(Current: 7% , by 2018: 7.8%)
- World’s third largest economy
(Would double in size to US$ 4–5 trillion in a decade)
- Taxes on companies has been reduced to 25%
(For companies with annual turnover less than 50 Crores)
- World’s second-largest