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2015

Moving to USA for employment – Tax considerations

  • Cross border employment is fairly common these days. Professionals are increasingly traveling to other countries for employment and this gives rise to tax implications in both countries. Is it as easy to meet your tax filing obligations as it is to move between countries? This article touches on some common considerations for professionals traveling to USA for the first time.
  • Amit was in high spirits as he had just been selected to work at a client’s office located in the US. He was thrilled to get this opportunity and was expecting that his stint would also give him the opportunity to earn higher salary as he would be paid in US Dollars. Much to his dismay, when he received his pay check he realized that he was paying taxes in both US and India. The American dream had turned sour due to taxes. But does it have to be so? Did he actually have to pay taxes in both places? Was there something he could do to avoid double taxation?

2015

Gold Monetization Scheme and its benefits

  • India is a poor country with rich people. According to the World Gold Council (GWC), an estimated 22,000 tonnes of gold are currently held in Indian households, worth more than $1 trillion which in turn is more than 50% of the country's GDP. Similarly there are huge quantities of gold held by various temples in the country. Recently when under the orders of Hon'ble Suprem Court, the vaults of Shri Padmanabhswamy Temple, Trivendrum were opened, an estimated Rs. 1,00,000 crores worth treasure was found.

2015

Shutdown Your PC from anywhere using Smartphone:

Steps to shutdown PC with Smartphone Remotely:

  1. First of in your windows PC download and install the program Airytec switch off.
    (http://www.airytec.com/en/switch-off/get.aspx)
  2. Now install the app and you will see shutdown icon in system tray.

2015

Payment Banks

  • Recently RBI awarded payment bank license to 11 entities including business heavy weights like Reliance Industries, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Tech Mahindra, Vodafone, Airtel. All are betting big for this new concept called payment bank.

What is Payment Banks ?

  • Payment Bank is a new type of bank which is expected to reach customers mainly through their mobile phones rather than traditional bank branches.

2015

Here is a list of important points to remember while calculating Depreciation as per Companies Act, 2013:

  1. Schedule II of the Companies Act, 2013 for calculating depreciation is applicable only on tangible assets. For calculating amortisation on intangible assets, the companies have to follow the applicable accounting standard, AS 26.
  2. Depreciation as per Companies Act, 2013 depends on the useful life of various assets as defined in the Schedule II to the Companies Act, 2013.
  3. Rates of depreciation are derived from the useful life of assets. No separate rates of depreciation are defined in the Act.
  4. 5% is the residual value of assets prescribed as per schedule II of the Companies Act, 2013. Accordingly, 95% of the original cost of the asset only has to be depreciated.
2015

Tax deductions you hardly knew

  • Although 80C deductions are the most popular ones there are some less known deductions that may also provide some major tax savings.
  • Though most deductions need to be claimed before your employer has deducted the income tax, the income tax return filing stage is your last chance to claim the missed tax benefits.
  • Check this list of deductions often forgotten by taxpayers to avoid remorse later.

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