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2017
  • The government has introduced new section 269ST in Income Tax Act 1961 for prohibition of acceptance of cash of Rs 2 lakh and more.
  • For cash transactions above that limit, the receiver will need to pay a penalty equivalent to the amount of transaction. There are no exceptions to this.
  • You cannot gift cash to close relatives (children, parents and spouse) above Rs 2 lakh and even on the occasion of marriage; you cannot accept a higher amount of cash as a gift.
  • At present, there are few other areas which have either a cap on cash transaction or a complete ban. Here are those transactions and the penalty that may attract for flouting the rules...

2017
  • As per section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 in the country, individuals whose total income during the previous year exceeds the maximum amount not chargeable to tax, should file their income tax returns (ITR).
  • The process of electronically filing income tax returns is known as e-filing. You can either seek professional help or file your returns yourself from the comfort of your home by registering on the income tax department website or other websites. The due date for filing tax returns (physical or online), is July 31st.

Who should e-file income tax returns?

Online filing of tax returns is easy and can be done by most assessees.
  • Assessee with a total income of Rs. 5 Lakhs and above.
  • Individual/HUF resident with assets located outside India.

2017
Here are some of its major advantages of GST :
  1. GST is a win-win situation for the entire country. It brings benefits to all the stakeholders of industry, government and the consumer. It will lower the cost of goods and services, give a boost to the economy and make the products and services globally competitive. GST aims to make India a common market with common tax rates and procedures and remove the economic barriers, thus paving the way for an integrated economy at the national level.

    By subsuming most of the Central and State taxes into a single tax and by allowing a set-off of prior-stage taxes for the transactions across the entire value chain, it would mitigate the ill effects of cascading, improve competitiveness and improve liquidity of the businesses. GST is a destination-based tax. It follows a multi-stage collection mechanism. In this, tax is collected at every stage and the credit of tax paid at the previous stage is available as a set off at the next stage of transaction. This shifts the tax incidence near to the consumer and benefits the industry through better cash flows and better working capital management.
  2. GST is largely technology driven. It will reduce the human interface to a great extent and this would lead to speedy decisions.

2017
  • Small dealers and businesses could opt for the composition scheme known as Composition Levy. Under this scheme, a Composite Tax Payer pays tax only at a certain percentage of his turnover.
  • “Aggregate turnover” means the aggregate value of
    1. All taxable and non-taxable Supplies
    2. Exempt supplies and
    3. Exports of goods and/or services
    4. Interstate supplies of a person having the Same PAN
    to be computed on all India bases and excludes taxes, if any, charged under The CGST Act, SGST Act and the IGST Act, as the case may be;
  • Explanation – Aggregate turnover does not include the value of supplies on which tax is Levied on reverse charge basis and the value of inward supplies.

2017
  • Compliance is the biggest concern under GST, its cost may be too high as taxpayers will have to file separate returns for IGST, CGST & SGST
  • With the GST rates for most goods and services already determined, the Centre’s ambitious ‘one nation, one tax’ goal seems close to becoming a reality. However, the biggest lesson from the demonetisation exercise is that usually, the problem with most policies is not decision-making but the implementation.
  • The government believes that the unified tax code will bring in better compliance and better collection of indirect taxes and direct taxes. The government also claims that ultimately, GST will also lead to greater ease of doing business. However, most taxpayers are still worried about its demerits. The issue of compliance is the biggest concern. GST being a radical change from the current indirect tax regime, a proper system must be in place for a smooth transition.

2017
  • GST rates for goods at nil rate, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28% to be levied on certain services.
  • For more information please find below attached pdf file.

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