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Union Budget 2014-15

Some key announcements in Union Budget for FY 2014-15

KEY DIRECT TAXES PROPOSALS‰

  • Personal Income-tax exemption limit raised by  Rs. 50,000/- that is, from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.2.5 lakh in the case of individual taxpayers, below the age of 60 years. Exemption limit raised from Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh in the case of senior citizens.
  •  Investment limit under section 80C of the Income-tax Act raised from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh.
  • Deduction limit on account of interest on loan in respect of self occupied house property raised from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs2 lakh.
  • Investment allowance at the rate of 15 percent to a manufacturing company that invests more than Rs. 25 crore in any year in new plant and machinery.The benefit to be available for three years i.e. for investments upto 31.03.2017.
  • 10 year tax holiday extended to the undertakings which begin generation, distribution and transmission of power by 31.03.2017.
  • Concessional rate of 15 percent on foreign dividends without any sunset date to be continued.
  • The eligible date of borrowing in foreign currency extended from 30.06.2015 to 30.06.2017 for a concessional tax rate of 5 percent on interest payments. Tax incentive extended to all types of bonds instead of only infrastructure bonds.
  • To remove tax arbitrage, rate of tax on long term capital gains increased from 10 percent to 20 percent on transfer of units of Mutual Funds, other than equity oriented funds.
  • Income and dividend distribution tax to be levied on gross amount instead of amount paid net of taxes.
  • In case of non deduction of tax on payments, 30% of such payments will be disallowed instead of 100 percent.
  • Government to review the DTC in its present shape and take a view in the whole matter.

 Transfer Pricing:

  • Introduction of a “Roll Back” provision in the Advanced Pricing Agreement (APA) scheme so that an APA entered into for future transactions is also applicable to international transactions undertaken in previous four years in specified circumstances.
  • Introduction of range concept for determination of arm’s length price in transfer pricing regulations.
  • To allow use of multiple year data for comparability analysis under transfer pricing regulations.

 

KEY INDIRECT TAXES PROPOSALS

  • To boost domestic manufacture and to address the issue of inverted duties, basic Customs duty (BCD) reduced on certain items.
  • To encourage production of LCD and LED TVs below 19 inches in India, basic customs duty on LCD and LED TV panels of below 19 inches reduced from 10 percent to Nil.
  • Increase / Decrease in Excise Duty on certain products.

 Service tax.

  • Changes in Point of Taxation rules
  • Changes in Place of Provision of Services Rules
  • Increase in interest rate charge for late payment of service tax
  • To broaden the tax base in Service Tax, sale of space or time for advertisements in broadcast media, extended to cover such sales on other segments like online and mobile advertising. Sale of space for advertisements in print media however would remain excluded from service tax.
  • Service provided by radio-taxis brought under service tax.
  • Services by air-conditioned contract carriages and technical testing of newly developed drugs on human participants brought under service tax.
  • Provision of services rules to be amended and tax incidence to be reduced on transport of goods through coastal vessels to promote Indian Shipping industry.
  • Services provided by Indian tour operators to foreign tourists in relation to a tour wholly conducted outside India to be taken out of the tax net and Cenvat credit for services of rent-a-cab and tour operators to be allowed to promote tourism.
  • Service tax exempted on loading, unloading, storage, warehousing and transportation of cotton, whether ginned or baled.
  • Services provided by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation for the period prior to 1st July 2012 exempted, from service tax.
  • Exemption available for specified micro insurance schemes expanded to cover all life micro-insurance schemes where the sum assured does not exceed Rs.50, 000 per life insured.

 Other Important changes

Convergence with International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) by Adoption of the new Indian Accounting Standards (2nd AS) by Indian Companies:

  • Indian companies will have to adopt the new Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) voluntarily from F.Y 2015-16 and on a mandatory basis from F.Y 2016-17

File Validation Utility (FVU) 4.3 and 2.139 – Applicable from 28th June 2014

Another Tax filing period & another FVU change

FVU Applicability

Date Applicable from FVU Version
From 28th June 2014 4.3 & 2.139
Till  27th June 2014 4.2 & 2.138

 

 

 

Unlike previous instances NSDL haven’t brought too many changes/validations with this FVU release. They have got the following:

 

Addition of New State – Telangana

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q & 27EQ

  • Telangana – the newly formed State has now been added onto the List of States.

 

Bank Branch Code

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q & 27EQ

  • Bank Branch Code refers to the BSR codes.
  • FVU validates every BSR code which is entered
  • And in case of a BSR code mismatch,an Error/Warning file used to be generated
  • NSDL have now updated the list of BSR codes
  • The number of errors/warnings on account of BSR code mis-match would now be reduced.

 

 

* Points expressed here are the Author’s interpretation. This cannot substitute Expert advice

File Validation Utility (FVU) 4.2 and 2.138 – Applicable from 26th April 2014

It’s the start of Tax compliance Season  and as with the last 3 quarters, there is a new FVU. NSDL came out with the latest  utility on 25th April 2014 late evening

FVU Applicability

Date Applicable from FVU Version
From 26th April 2014 4.2 & 2.138
Till  25th April 2014 4.1 & 2.137

Through the new FVU  the following changes/validations have been brought in place:

NIL Returns

Applicable Forms – 24Q

  • A Deductor would now be able to file NIL returns for all years
  • Since FVU 4.0, there was a lot of confusion on the filing on NIL returns
  • It’s still not clear whether NIL returns need to submitted for other Forms

Unique Acknowledgement Number (UAN)

Applicable Forms – 27Q

  • UAN refers to the acknowledgement received on successful filing of Form 15CA
  • The new utility now allows a User to key in alphanumeric values from 12 to 15 characters

Validation in the absence of Deductee’s PAN

Applicable Forms – 24Q

  • It’s well understood that, in case a Deductee doesn’t have a PAN, TDS needs to be deducted at higher of 20% or applicable rate.
  • This point was not being checked till the previous FVU filings.
  • Henceforth, the new Utility would now be validating this feature (i.e – If a Deductee does not have a PAN, and if the TDS deducted amount is less than 20%, the FVU would show an error

* Points expressed here are the Author’s interpretation. This cannot substitute Expert advice

Budget 2014/2015 – Personal Tax Rates & TDS

The Finance Minister (FM) presented the Interim Budget and introduced Finance Bill 2014 on 17th February 2014.

He has not proposed any changes in the existing Personal Tax (PT) or Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) rates

The PT rates for Financial Year 2014-2015 are going to be as below:

1. Tax Slab for an Individual (resident & below 60 years) or HUF/AOP/BOI/AJP

Income Slabs

Tax Rates

Total income up to Rs. 2 Lac 0% Tax
Total income above Rs. 2 Lac and below Rs.5 Lac 10% on amount exceeding Rs. 2 Lac
Total income above Rs. 5 Lac and below Rs.10 Lac 20% on Income exceeding Rs. 5 Lac + Rs. 30,000
Total income more than Rs. 10 Lac 30% on Income exceeding Rs. 10 Lac + Rs. 1,30,000

* u/s 87A the Individual having taxable income up to Rs. 5 Lac , can claim rebate, on the Actual Tax amount subject to a maximum of Rs.2,000

Where the Taxable Income exceeds Rs. 1 crore, Surcharge @ 10% of Income tax is applicable

2. Tax Slab for an Individual (resident & above 60 years but below 80 years)

Income Slabs

Tax Rates

Total income up to Rs. 2.50 Lac 0% Tax
Total income above Rs. 2.50 Lac and below Rs.5 Lac 10% on amount exceeding Rs. 2.50 Lac
Total income above Rs. 5 Lac and below Rs.10 Lac 20% on Income exceeding Rs. 5 Lac + Rs. 25,000
Total income more than Rs. 10 Lac 30% on Income exceeding Rs. 10 Lac + Rs. 1,25,000

Where the Taxable Income exceeds Rs. 1 crore, Surcharge @ 10% of Income tax is applicable

3. Tax Slab for an Individual (resident & above 80 years)

Income Slabs

Tax Rates

Total income up to Rs. 5 Lac 0% Tax
Total income above Rs. 5 Lac and below Rs.10 Lac 20% on Income exceeding Rs. 5 Lac
Total income more than Rs. 10 Lac 30% on Income exceeding Rs. 10 Lac + Rs. 1 Lac

Where the Taxable Income exceeds Rs. 1 crore, Surcharge @ 10% of Income tax is applicable

File Validation Utility (FVU) 4.1 and 2.137 – Applicable from 04th January 2014

NSDL came out with a new FVU late evening yesterday 02nd January 2014

FVU Applicability

Date Applicable from FVU Version
From 04th Jan 2014 4.1 & 2.137
Till  03rd Jan 2014 4.1 & 2.137 and 4.0 & 2.136

Points introduced in the new version are:

Deletion of Deductee Record

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ

  • Deletion of Deductee’s records (in Correction Return) is no longer permitted.
  • Till the prior FVU versions Deductee records could be deleted, while filing the Correction Return.
  • Henceforth a Deductor would be required to modify the particular Deductee  details in the Correction return and enter zero against the following fields:
    • Amount of payment
    • Amount of Deduction
    • Amount of Deposit
    • Rate of Deduction
    • Date of Deduction should be blank

Form 27A

  • Form 27A is used for providing summarized information with the Statement of Tax deduction/Tax Collection at source.
  • Now on, the Form 27A would be auto generated on creation of the .fvu file
  • The new Form27A also contains a barcode (refer file attached)

27A

Date of Tax Deduction and/or Tax Collection

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ

  • Going ahead transactions, on which tax is deducted prior to the filing period, cannot be included in the TDS return.
  • Ex – In the Dec 2013 quarter, a Deductor cannot include a TDS deduction entry prior to 01st October 2013
  • Earlier there were no restrictions and one could declare transaction related to previous quarter in the subsequent filing quarters
  • Now on, a Deductor is required to file a Correction return, if they have any (such) transaction relating to previous filing periods.

Challan/Transfer Voucher validation

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ

  • Challan amount should be more than or equal to total of Tax deducted, interest payments, late filing fees and other amounts.
  • i.e – No challan can be submitted with a short payment
  • Ex –  Assume a scenario as below:
TDS Amount 10,000
Interest  5,000
Other Amount  4,000
Fees  1,000
TOTAL 20,000
  •  In this case, the Challan amount has to be more than/equal to Rs. 20,000

* Points expressed here are the Author’s interpretation. This cannot substitute Expert advice

File Validation Utility (FVU) 4.0 and 2.136 – Applicable from 01st October 2013

NSDL came out with FVU version 4.0 and 2.136  on 25th September 2013.

FVU Applicability

Date Applicable from FVU Version
From 01st Oct 2013 4.0 & 2.136
Till 30th Sept 2013 4.0 & 2.136 and3.9 & 2.135

 

 

Points added/introduced in the new version are:

Nil Challan/ transfer vouchers

Applicable Forms – 24Q, 26Q,27Q, 27EQ

  • In case of Nil Challan/ transfer vouchers, it’s now mandatory to update reasons for such non deduction
  • Along with entering all the other transaction details one now needs to, also, update either of the following flags “A/B/S/T/Y/Z” in the ‘Reason for Non deduction/Lower deduction’ field
  • It needs to be seen how one treats a situation where there are no transactions in a quarter.

Section 194LD

Applicable Forms –27Q

  • As per Section 194LD, introduced in the Finance Bill 2013, TDS @ 5% needs to be deducted on interest payments for Rupee denominated bonds issued by the Government of India or any other Indian company.
  • TDS would be applicable on all such interest payments made from 01st June 2013 till 31st May 2015
  • These payments are made to Qualified Foreign Investors (QFI) and/or Foreign Institutional Investors (FII)

Section 194LC

Applicable Forms –27Q

  • Section 194LC covers following payments made to non residents
    • Interest (other than interest on securities) and
    • Other payments except for salary
  • Now onwards only an Indian Company or it’s Branch, may deduct TDS under this section
  • Earlier this Section was open to use by all Deductors. Ex – Company, AOP, BOI etc
  • It’s still not clear on how Deductors (apart from Company or Branch) deal with payments under this Section

Section 194LC (Correction Statement)

Applicable Forms –27Q

  • Pursuant to the change in this FVU, Correction Statement may be filed, only, if there are any changes in the existing Challan or Deductee or in case a new challan has been paid.
  • Under the ‘Correction Type’ field, Deductor may only use
    • C2 – Correction in Deductor and/or Challan details
    • C3 – Change in Deductor, challan, and/or Deductee details
    • C9 – Additional Challan payments
  • This change is applicable from 2012-2013 onwards

Provisional Receipt Number (PRN)

Applicable Forms –24Q,26Q,27Q,27EQ

  • It is now mandatory to mention the PRN for all Regular statements
  • PRN from the last filed Regular Statement (for the same Form) needs to be quoted
  • Ex – In case a Deductor is filing Form 24Q for quarter ending June 2013, he has to mention the PRN from previous period, would henceforth be required to mention their PRN

Date of Challan Deposit

Applicable Forms –24Q, 26Q, 27Q, 27EQ

  • Surplus challan payments, from the immediate previous financial year (FY), may now be adjusted against current year dues. Eg – While filing returns for FY 2013-2014, one can use the surplus from the previous FY 2012-2013
  • Surplus arising from any year prior to the previous FY cannot be entered
  • A Deductor would now be allowed to enter details of surplus payments made in the previous FY
  • Excess payments from previous FY occurring on account of Book entry adjustments, would not be allowed
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