moneycontrol.com 2018-12-06 23:32:00
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said it has urged finance minister Arun Jaitley to extend the last date for filing annual goods and services tax (GST) return from December 31, 2018 to March 31,2019. In its communication to the finance minister, CAIT said that the format of filing of annual GST return is not available anywhere including the GST website. In fact, the option itself is not available. "Under such circumstances it will not be possible for the traders to file their annual GST return by the stipulated period and as an immediate measure, the CAIT has urged to extend the last date of filing annual GST return up to March 31 2019 for the period 2017-18," it said. CAIT also urged that format should be made available in regional languages. It noted that the concept is till unclear to a large number of traders and most are not even aware of the obligation of filing annual GST return. Moreover, they are unaware that annual return is the last opportunity for assessees to rectify their previously filed return with the department for the concerned year.
businessinsider.com 2018-12-06 21:40:00
Lululemon beats, but shares slide as 'what is good enough has become somewhat of a moving target' Rebecca Ungarino Dec 7, 2018, 03.10 AM Joe Raedle/Getty Images A woman walks past a Lululemon Athletica store in Miami, Florida in 2013. Lululemon beat Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines. Shares fell as much as 7% in after-hours trading Thursday before paring their losses. Watch Lululemon trade in real time here. Lululemon Athletica slid 2% in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street estimates. The athletic-apparel retailer reported adjusted earnings of $0.75 a share, topping the $0.69 that Wall Street analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were expecting. Its total third-quarter sales also beat, coming in at $747.7 million versus the $737.4 million that was anticipated. The company said total comparable sales rose 17%, or 18% on a constant dollar basis. Meanwhile, Lululemon said it expects fourth-quarter earnings per share to be between $1.64 and $1.67. Wall Street analysts were expecting Q4 EPS of $1.65. "With the market turmoil, sentiment is critical," Simeon Siegel, senior retail analyst at Nomura Instinet, told Business Insider in an email on Thursday. "LULU posted an objectively impressive result, with strong margins. At its multiple and in this environment, the question around what is good enough has become somewhat of a moving target." Lululemon was up 73% over the past year. Markets Insider Lululemon Athletica shares fall after reporting quarterly earnings.
thehindu.com 2018-12-06 19:51:00
December 07, 2018 01:21 07, 2018 01:21 IST more-in Golden Rock Railway Workshop in Tiruchi ties up with cement factory for disposal of polymeric waste The Southern Railway Workshop, Golden Rock, has adopted a scientific method to dispose tonnes of zero-value non-hazardous polymeric waste accumulated over the years on its sprawling campus in Tiruchi. The 85-year-old workshop entered into an agreement with UltraTech Cement Limited at Ariyalur district last year, paving the way for the safe disposal of non-hazardous waste to the cement unit for use in its kilns as an alternative fuel in what is being seen as a "win-win situation" for both. Huge relief The decision has come as a huge relief to the workshop which, until last year, virtually had no clue as to how to dispose the non-hazardous waste that kept piling over the last two decades, posing a huge environmental and safety hazard. Engaged in POH (periodic overhaul) of 1,200 broad gauge passenger coaches and 120 broad gauge diesel locomotives, the British-built workshop has also become a manufacturing unit, rolling out new container wagons for the Railways and the Container Corporation of India. It produces steam locomotives for the heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) and also overhauls them. Piling materials While ferrous and non-ferrous waste generated in the workshop, spread over 200 acres, were being sold through auction every year, it was the piled up zero-value non-hazardous waste in the form of cushions, artificial leather, seat covers, rubber belts and other rubber products that posed a fire as well as an environmental hazard, said chief workshop manager P.N. Jha. A solution finally emerged last year when the workshop came to know that non-hazardous waste could be disposed of scientifically by way of "co-processing" at cement plants. Negotiations with UltraTech Cement fructified, leading to an agreement between the two to dispose of 5,000 metric tonnes of accumulated zero-value non-hazardous waste, said Mr. Jha. Since January, when the first load of waste was dispatched to the cement unit, around 1,500 metric tonnes of accumulated waste has so far been safely transported to the unit, Mr. Jha said. The remaining accumulated waste would be sent in the coming months. The cement unit utilises the waste after shredding as an alternative fuel in its kilns. The waste in the kilns is burnt at a very high temperature of nearly 1,400 centigrade, which would leave behind no residue, he said. TNPCB nod The workshop has also obtained the clearance from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board for the disposal mechanism. The cement factory for its part had received clearance from the Central Pollution Control Board for co-processing, the official said. With nearly 25% to 30% of accumulated waste being cleared so far, the workshop has been successful in reclaiming nearly 50,000 sq. ft. area where it has currently embarked on a green drive, planting saplings of various species.
moneycontrol.com 2018-12-06 19:18:00
Anand Rathi Securities As expected, the RBI maintained status quo on key policy rates at its December 2018 monetary policy meet. It also announced a calibrated 150bp cut in the SLR. The tone of the policy was largely dovish. While the "calibrated tightening" stance of the interest rate policy continues, the RBI remains accommodative regarding liquidity. We expect it to keep rates unchanged in FY19. The backdrop The overwhelming weight of events since the last monetary policy meeting seems to have prompted RBI to maintain status quo on rates for the second successive time. Retail inflation is well below its projected target. The sharp slump in global crude oil prices also minimises the risk of a fuel-price-led spike in inflation. The strengthening of the rupee eases the risk of imported inflation as well. While there are doubts about whether the US Federal Reserve Chairman has actually communicated a dovish stance, the consensus is that tightening in the US will be far more contained than what was expected a few months ago. On the top of this, the real growth rate in the quarter ending September 2018 has been more than a percentage point lower than that in the quarter before. Therefore, it was not a surprise that the RBI held the policy rates at its December monetary policy meeting. RBI forecloses the option of a rate cut As an explicitly inflation-targeting central bank, the clear mandate of the monetary policy is to take necessary measures to keep inflation around 4 percent. Moreover, the RBI is obliged to target retail and not any other form or component of inflation. With the current retail inflation is substantially lower than this target and the RBI's own projection of a further fall in the inflation during the rest of FY19, it is pertinent to question whether the central bank could explore a rate cut in a period when the real interest rate is at a historic high. Unfortunately the RBI has foreclosed this option. While moving from a 'neutral' to a 'calibrated tightening' stance at the last policy meet, the bank explained that the transition means that the 'rate cut' option is off the table. Interestingly, the 'calibrated tightening' phrase, on to its own admission, pertains only to the policy rate and not the liquidity. The latter turned accommodative post-August 2018 on the backdrop of upheavals in the corporate debt market and among the NBFCs. NBFCs may continue to need support; SLR cut negative for bonds The RBI has taken numerous general and NBFC-specific measures to ease the liquidity situation for NBFCs. The outcome has so far been on desired lines. Yet, problems faced by NBFCs would require considerable recasting of balance sheets and would be a long-drawn process. It is to be seen the extent to which the RBI aids this process. The phased statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) cut announced on December 5 would help the banking system with a seriously stretched credit-deposit ratio. This is also in line with the RBI's long-term objective to reduce pre-emption of banks' resources by the government without undermining the quality of banks' balance sheets. Yet, the process would potentially reduce bank holdings of the government by Rs 2 trillion by mid-2020 and may therefore be negative for the bond market. Outlook The RBI is likely to keep the policy interest rate unchanged for the current financial year. We feel that its change in policy stance from accommodative to neutral was ahead of the curve as also the move from neutral to calibrated tightening. As a data-dependent explicitly inflation-targeting central bank, the RBI should not procrastinate on reverting to the easing stance if inflation continues to hold below the target. The author is Chief Economist at Anand Rathi Securities.
businessinsider.com 2018-12-06 19:00:00
Almost half of millennials say they'd rather give up sex than quit Amazon for a year, according to a new survey Kate Taylor Dec 6, 2018, 07.30 PM Read full story Drew Angerer/Getty Images Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is benefiting from some millennials preferring Amazon to sex and alcohol. 44% of millennials would rather give up sex than quit Amazon for a year, according to a new survey. More than three in four millennials would choose Amazon over alcohol. While Amazon has faced backlash in recent months, the e-commerce giant was still named America's most loved brand in Morning Consult's annual report this week. Sex, booze, or Amazon? For some millennials, the choice is easy: online shopping. 44% of millennials said they would rather give up sex than quit Amazon for a year, according to a new survey from Max Borges Agency. And, 77% of those surveyed would choose Amazon over alcohol for a year. Max Borges Agency polled 1,108 people from the ages of 18 to 34 who had bought consumer-tech products on Amazon in the last year. Millennials prioritizing Amazon over sex and alcohol is just one sign of the e-commerce giant's dominance. Amazon was named America's most loved brand for the second year in a row in Morning Consult's annual report, released Wednesday. And, earlier in December, the company briefly became the world's most valuable public company, reaching a market capitalization of $865 billion - ahead of Apple's $864.8 billion valuation. Read more: Amazon briefly becomes the world's most valuable publicly traded company The e-commerce giant has dealt with backlash in recent months. Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe went on strike on Black Friday, to protest what they called "inhumane conditions" in warehouses. In October, the company announced it would raise the minimum wage for all of its workers to $15 an hour, after being slammed by politicians such as Sen. Bernie Sanders. Read more: New Yorkers are storming one of Amazon's stores in protest of HQ2. Here are all the reasons why people are furious. The company has said that it will enrich cities where it opens offices and that workers' wages were comparable to other retailers even before the wage hike. Ultimately, while the backlash has made headlines, it clearly has not impacted many shoppers' obsession with Amazon - which some people seem to crave to a greater degree than sex or booze.
thehindu.com 2018-12-06 17:10:00
December 06, 2018 22:22 22:40 IST more-in Format unavailable, say traders The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asking him to push the deadline for filing of annual GST returns to March 31, 2019 from December 31, 2018, now. "It is to bring to your kind notice that till today the format of filing of annual GST Return and even option is not available anywhere including on GST website as well," CAIT wrote in the letter. "The annual GST return assumes much significance as it gives last opportunity to assessees to rectify their previous return filed with the department for the concerned year." "Under such circumstances it will not be possible for the traders to file their annual GST return by the stipulated period and as such, we request your good self to extend the last date of filing annual GST return up to 31 March, 2019 for the period 2017-18," CAIT said. CAIT further said that a large number of traders in the country were not even aware that they had to file an annual return. "While urging for extension of last date, we also request that a widespread national campaign should be launched by the government to make assesses aware about the liability of filing annual GST return and its process," CAIT added.
thehindubusinessline.com 2018-12-06 16:03:00
PTI T+ T- Mumbai, December 6 The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Thursday said it has urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to extend the last date for filing the annual goods and services tax (GST) return from December 31, 2018 to March 31,2019. In its communication to the Finance Minister, CAIT said the format of filing of annual GST return is not available anywhere including the GST Website. "Under such circumstances it will not be possible for the traders to file their annual GST return by the stipulated period and as an immediate measure, the CAIT has urged to extend the last date of filing annual GST return up to March 31 2019 for the period 2017-18," it said. Published on
thehindubusinessline.com 2018-12-06 15:52:00
UP announces procedure for SGST relief to multiplexes T+ T- New Delhi, December 6 Shishir Sinha Multiplexes such as PVR, INOX and GGN can heave a sigh of relief as the Uttar Pradesh Government has announced detailed procedures for refund mechanism under Goods and Services Tax (GST) for multiplexes in the State. It is the second State after Rajasthan to announce such a mechanism. There are over 8,700 screens (both multiplexes and single screen) in India, out of which nearly 500 are in Uttar Pradesh alone. The basic principle of GST does not promote exemption, but prescribes for deposit of taxes due. However, both the Centre and States can prescribe refund mechanism in lieu of exemption to continue promoting industrial activities in their respective region. Accordingly, beneficiaries will first have to deposit the tax and then they will be given refund. The UP Government, in its Cabinet meeting on November 20, decided to have such a mechanism for the multiplexes/cinema theatre and has come out with details about "the limits and procedures of grant-in-aid given as an incentive to multiplexes/cinema theatres after the GST regime." This will be applicable to both running and under-construction entities. The need for such a policy arose after the entertainment tax was subsumed in the GST. Prior to introduction of GST, the State Government offered incentive in the form of five-year tax exemption to multiplexes. As part of the scheme of exemption, multiplex companies were allowed to retain 100 per cent of the entertainment tax charged in the first year, 75 per cent in the second and third years, and 50 per cent charged in fourth and fifth year of operations, respectively. There was question mark on continuation of such incentive post GST which forced many multiplexes to seek legal recourse for the continuation of the scheme. The Yogi Government then came out with the detailed procedure. Abhishek A Rastogi, partner at Khaitan & Co, who is the arguing counsel for various petitioners, termed this a big step forward towards the promises made to businesses and said that UP has lived up to the expectations. "It is to be seen whether the Central Government also offers similar benefit. However, the quantum of benefit granted is not the same as that promised in the past and hence the dispute to that extent may remain before the courts in case of few multiplexes. The State may consider extension of time to meet the deficit," he said. How reimbursement works According to circular dated December 3, the licence holders for the multiplexes/cinema theatres need to deposit the SGST (State Goods and Services Tax) collected from the viewers in State treasury. Within a month, by the pre-determined procedure and as per the allocated budgeted, the equivalent amount of the SGST collected from the viewers will be transferred in the account of the concerned multiplexes/cinema theatres. For all such units covered under incentives schemes before the application of GST regime and have incentive in the form of grants-in-aid, the amount of SGST deposited by them will be reimbursed as permissible on annual percentage basis. Various multiplex have different dates for the beginning of such incentives which will continue for five years. A senior State Government official said under the new mechanism, effort is to ensure commitment for the period as promised during the pre- GST regime. Earlier, the Rajasthan Government, in its new policy, decided to refund 50 per cent of the State GST collected on tickets to multiplex owners, who were promised exemptions. Published on
thehindubusinessline.com 2018-12-06 13:14:00
It has over 150 hospitals and around 17,000 beds for patients across the country New Delhi, Dec 6 The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has allowed public other than its subscribers to avail medical services at its under-utilised hospitals. The decision was taken during the ESIC's 176th meeting held on December 5 under the chairmanship of Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, a labour ministry statement said. The decision will immensely help common people avail quality medical care at low cost and ensure full utilisation of ESIC hospital resources, it added. In the meeting, it was decided to allow non-insured persons to avail medical services at under-utilised ESIC Hospitals after levying user charges at a subsidised rate of Rs 10 for outpatient department (OPD) consultation and at 25 per cent of Central Government Health Services' package rates for in-patients, the statement said. Also, the ESIC will provide medicines on actual rate initially for one year on a pilot basis. The ESIC has over 150 hospitals and around 17,000 beds for patients across the country. Recruitment It has also approved hiring of full-time contractual staff in various departments to meet the shortage of specialist/super-specialist doctors in some of its hospitals. The recruitment to 5,200 posts such as social security officer, insurance medical officer Grade-II, junior engineers, teaching faculty, paramedical & nursing cadre, upper division clerks and stenographers, among others, in the ESIC is under process, it said. Exemption limit enhancement In a major move, the labour ministry has decided to enhance the exemption limit for payment of employees' share of contribution from Rs 137 to Rs 176. This comes in the wake of rise in the national floor-level minimum wages to Rs 176. Among the officials present at the meeting were Labour and Employment Secretary Heeralal Samariya, ESIC Director General Raj Kumar and senior officers of the ministry. Published on
btvi.in 2018-12-06 12:25:00
ESIC allows people other than subscribers to avail OPD services at its hospitals ESIC allows people other than subscribers to avail OPD services at its hospitals File photo: Logo of ESIC is seen in this illustration photo. Dec 06 2018 1 hrs ago New Delhi: The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has allowed public other than its subscribers to avail medical services at its under-utilised hospitals. The decision was taken during the ESIC's 176th meeting held on December 5 under the chairmanship of Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, a labour ministry statement said. The decision will immensely help common people avail quality medical care at low cost and ensure full utilisation of ESIC hospital resources, it added. In the meeting, it was decided to allow non-insured persons to avail medical services at under-utilised ESIC Hospitals after levying user charges at a subsidised rate of Rs 10 for outpatient department (OPD) consultation and at 25 per cent of Central Government Health Services' package rates for in-patients, the statement said. Also, the ESIC will provide medicines on actual rate initially for one year on a pilot basis. The ESIC has over 150 hospitals and around 17,000 beds for patients across the country. It has also approved hiring of full-time contractual staff in various departments to meet the shortage of specialist/super-specialist doctors in some of its hospitals. The recruitment to 5,200 posts such as social security officer, insurance medical officer Grade-II, junior engineers, teaching faculty, paramedical & nursing cadre, upper division clerks and stenographers, among others, in the ESIC is under process, it said. In a major move, the labour ministry has decided to enhance the exemption limit for payment of employees' share of contribution from Rs 137 to Rs 176. This comes in the wake of rise in the national floor-level minimum wages to Rs 176. Among the officials present at the meeting were Labour and Employment Secretary Heeralal Samariya, ESIC Director General Raj Kumar and senior officers of the ministry.
taxguru.in 2018-12-06 07:49:00
Annuity received from annuity policy purchased on maturity of the NPS account. For the employees who receive pension from their ex-employer is fully taxable under the head salaries. So it is not only the active employees whose salaries are taxed under the head Salaries but also the pension receive by ex-employees is also taxed under the same head. Like Salaried employees, the pensioners are also entitled to the benefit of standard deduction available upto forty thousand rupees every year which has been introduced from this year, against the pension received by them. You are entitled to commute certain portion of your pension and receive the present value of such commuted value of pension at the time of your retirement. For government employees and those working with government companies the entire value of commute pension is exempt. However for other employees commuted value of 1/3 of pension is exempt in case the employee receives any gratuity. In case the employee does not receive any gratuity, he can commute pension upto 50% of the pension and claim the same as exempt. Pension received under superannuation policy or employee pension scheme In case your employer had contributed towards superannuation fund or ha purchased superannuation policy for you, the pension received by your from the insurance company is taxable under the head Salary as it is received as a result of your employment. Even for the 1/3 of the commuted portion of pension receivable under the superannuation is fully exempt. Likewise the pension received by you under the EPS based on your contribution towards EPF is fully taxable in your hand. Since this pension is received as a result of your employment, you are entitled to claim standard deduction as discussed above. Family pension Pension received by the dependent of an employee is called family pension and is fully taxable in the hands of the dependent recipient/s. However as the pension is not received due to services rendered by the dependent the same is taxable under the head "Income From Other Source". However the dependent person who receives the pension is entitled to claim a deduction of 1/3 of the pension received subject to a maximum of fifteen thousand rupees against the deduction of forty thousand rupees available to retired employees. Annuity received from insurance company on the annuity policy purchased by you In order to ensure that you receive a certain sum at a fixed period, you can buy an annuity plan from an insurance company which in turn will pay the agreed amount at the agreed interval which is annuity but loosely called pension. The amount of pension received under an annuity plan is fully taxable under the head "income from other Sources." Since this amount does not have any co-relation with any employment, you are not entitled to claim standard deduction against this amount. Annuity received from annuity policy purchased on maturity of the NPS account. The employees who have opted for NPS instead of EPF account have to mandatorily buy an annuity plan from an Indian insurance company for 40% of the accumulated corpus. The pension received by these employee should be taxable under the head Salaries but since the employee can continue to contribute to his NPS account even after he leaves his employment or even when he turns self employed, it is doubtful whether in such situation the annuity received will become taxable under the head Salaries or it should be taxable under the head "Income From other Sources". Likewise even a self employed person can also contribute towards the NPS account and receive pension. Presently the income tax law does not have any clear cut provision as to the head under which the annuity received for annuity policy bough on retirement should be taxed. In my opinion for the salaried the pension should be taxable under the head Salaries and should also be entitled for standard deduction upto Forty thousand rupees. But Since the law is silent on this aspect it is risky to offer it under the head Salaries for claiming the standard deduction. Additionally salaried and self employed both can contribute additional fifty thousands to claim deduction under Section 80 CCD(1B) so the head under which the pension received will become taxable and whether one will be entitled to claim standard deduction is a grey area and clarificatory amendment of the law is needed to clear the clouds. The writer is tax and investment expert. Author Bio Qualification : CA in Job / Business Company : N/A
indiatimes.com 2018-12-06 06:53:00
By Archit Gupta The Central Board of Indirect tax and Customs ( CBIC ) has issued the format of annual returns under the Goods and Service Tax ( GST ). The Taxpayers have to file their first GST annual returns pertaining to the Financial Year 2017-18 by December 31, 2018. The government has introduced different types of annual return keeping in mind the various categories of taxpayers. For instance, GSTR-9 for regular taxpayers and GSTR-9A for composition scheme taxpayers have been issued. All the taxpayers registered under GST except input service distributors, casual taxable persons, non-resident taxable persons and persons liable to deduct tax at source, and are required to file the annual returns. Here are some key points one must keep in mind before filing the annual returns for the FY 2017-18: Reconciliation of the books of accounts and tax invoices are issued during July 2017 to Mar 2018 is of utmost importance; this should match the turnover declared in the audited financial statements. It is important for the figures in the books of accounts and the invoices to match or else the GST paid will be incorrect. Along with the invoices, debit and credit notes shall also be in agreement with books of accounts. Stock transfer between the units/branches of the company should be matched with the books of accounts to avoid any discrepancy in the stock-in-hand balance of the books and that of the GST data. Matching of e-way bill data with the tax invoices issued during the period is also very necessary. The e-way bill data state-wise should be carefully mapped with the invoices to keep track of the goods transported and GST paid thereon. Taxpayers should ensure that all the purchase & other service invoices are accounted for in the books of accounts and input tax credit has been duly availed. Any disparity between the input tax credit claimed and tax paid on purchases will result in an incorrect claim of ITC in GST returns. Once the purchase invoices are in agreement with the books of accounts, the taxpayers should ensure that the purchase data is duly uploaded by the suppliers; this data will be reflected in the GSTR-2A form. Before going forward with filing the annual returns, the taxpayers should reconcile all the monthly or quarterly GST returns with the books of accounts. The taxable, exempted and non-GST turnover should be carefully matched. Any difference should be immediately corrected. Ensure that the invoices on which input tax credit has been claimed should be paid within 180 days to the suppliers. If not, the credit availed on the same will be reversed and the taxpayers will be liable to pay such amount along with the interest and penalty if any. While reconciliation the GST paid by electronic cash or credit ledger, the taxpayers should also account for GST paid under Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM) on the applicable expenses. Make sure that you follow the tips mentioned above, before the December 31, 2018. The rationale behind the filing of the annual return is to consolidate and declare all the information furnished in the monthly or quarterly GST returns during the year. (The writer is Founder & CEO ClearTax)