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2020

Policy Reforms by RBI to support Economy


The article provides a brief idea about various rate cuts announced by RBI on 27th March 2020 after the Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

Monetary Policy Committee:

  • The Monetary Policy Committee of India is responsible for fixing the benchmark interest rate in India. The meetings of the Monetary Policy Committee are held at least 4 times a year and it publishes its decisions after each such meeting.
  • The committee comprises six members - three officials of the Reserve Bank of India and three external members nominated by the Government of India. They need to observe a "silent period" seven days before and after the rate decision for "utmost confidentiality".
  • The Governor of Reserve Bank of India is the chairperson ex officio of the committee.
  • Decisions are taken by majority with the Governor having the casting vote in case of a tie.
  • The current mandate of the committee is to maintain 4% annual inflation until 31 March 2021 with an upper tolerance of 6% and a lower tolerance of 2%.
  • The Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 was amended by Finance Act (India), 2016 to constitute MPC which will bring more transparency and accountability in fixing India's Monetary Policy.
  • The monetary policy is published after every meeting with each member explaining his opinions.
  • The committee is answerable to the Government of India if the inflation exceeds the range prescribed for three consecutive months.

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2020

Important Announcements in the 39th GST Council Meeting

The 39th GST Council meeting was held on 14th March 2020 Saturday at New Delhi. The meeting made some important recommendations related to extension in due dates and change in GST rates etc. Given below are the important announcements made in the 39th GST Council Meeting.

2020

How to Fight Economic Effect of Coronavirus 

A year ago no one knew about Corona. Today, there is hardly anyone who does not know about it. Knowing is one thing. Countries and people face a bleak future in the post Corona devastated world. Apart from social distancing this malignant virus is nuking economics of countries in a way that has never happened before, not even during world wars. Life is grinding down to an excruciatingly painful slowdown. Stock markets have crashed to abysmal lows and the end is not in sight. Severe restriction on movement drastically affects daily wage earners. The economic effect of coronavirus is projected to have a ripple effect in the time to come. UNCTAD estimates the world as a whole will suffer a loss of over $ 1 trillion and that is a modest estimate. Even cryptocurrencies are bottoming out.

2020

Frequently Asked Questions on Section 194K of Income Tax Act 1961

Q1: What does section 194K of the Income Tax Act says?

Any person responsible for paying to a resident any income in respect of:

  • Units of a mutual fund specified under Clause (23D) of Section 10; or
  • Units from the Administrator of the specified undertaking; or
  • Units from the specified company.

shall, at the time of credit of such income to the account of the payee or at the time of payment thereof by any mode, whichever is earlier, deduct income tax thereon at the rate of 10 per cent.

2020

Key Highlights of the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill 2020

Vivad se Viswas scheme is launched by Ministry of Finance in LokSabha on 5th February 2020.It is a tax dispute Redressal mechanism which is introduced in Direct Tax regime so that taxpayers whose tax demands and disputes related to Income Tax are pending as on 31st January, 2020 [irrespective of whether the demand is pending or has been paid], can pay their taxes and settle disputes by 31st March, 2020.

2020

Disallowed Deductions Exemptions under New Income Tax Regime

The Budget 2020 has introduced a new Income Tax structure having six different slab rates. The current tax slab rates will also remain in place. This move will make tax structure more complex. If the tax payers wish to avail new structure, he/she will not be able to avail benefit of many of the deductions and exemptions available at present in old tax structure.The removal of tax exemptions and deductions certainly makes compliance less tedious, but tax planners who maximized their tax deductions will probably pay more tax under the new tax regime.

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