In the Finance Act-2015 a new sub-section 1B to section 80CCD in the Income Tax Act-1961 was inserted whereby an additional deduction of Rs. 50,000/- is offered to the taxpayer for contribution in the National Pension Scheme (NPS). This deduction is over and above the deduction of Rs. 1.50 Lac available u/s 80C for contribution in LIC/PPF/NSC etc. Deduction of Rs 50,000/- under 80CCD (1B) is exclusively for investments in NPS and cannot be availed against any other investment. NPS is a voluntary pension scheme regulated by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).
No Service tax on free Pick-up or Home delivery of food as it is being in the nature of "Sales" – Chandigarh Commissionerate.This has been clarified by the Chandigarh Commissionerate vide its letter C.No. ST-20/STD/Misc./Sevottam/62/12/4693 dated August 13, 2015 (“the Clarification”). The copy of the said letter is given below.
Direct Tax proposals in Budget 2015-16 which benefits the middle class individual tax payers are as follows:-
No Service Tax required to be paid on Services provided by an Authorised Person or Sub-Brokers to Member of Commodity Exchange up to 30th June, 2012
The Central Government vide Notification 03/2014-ST dated February 3, 2014 has provided that no Service Tax is required to be paid on services provided by an authorised person or sub-brokers to the member of a Commodity Exchange, in relation to a forward contract, on which Service Tax was not being levied during the period commencing from the 10th day of September 2004 and ending with the 30th day of June, 2012 in accordance with the prevalent practice.
Strategy behind Dividend Stripping
Dividend stripping is a strategy to reduce the tax burden, by which an investor gets tax free dividend by investing in securities (including units), shortly before the record date and exiting after the record date at a lower price, thereby incurring a short-term capital loss. This short-term capital loss is compensated with the tax free dividend. Further the investor can set off such loss against capital gains – both short-term and long-term – as the law stands at present and can also carry forward the unabsorbed loss for set off in future years.
The Finance Act, 2013 has provided “Amnesty Scheme for Non Filers and Stop Filers”
SERVICE TAX VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE ENCOURAGEMENT SCHEME - CBEC CLARIFIES CERTAIN ISSUES – MERE PENDENCY OF LETTER SEEKING GENERAL INFORMATION NOT AN IMPEDIMENT TO PERSON SEEKING THIS SCHEME
CIRCULAR NO. 169/4/2013-ST [F.NO.B1/19/2013-TRU], DATED 13-5-2013
Whether assessee can be denied exemption merely because he himself did not cultivate agricultural land - NO: Income TAx u/s 10(37) & 45(5)
AHMEDABAD, MAY 02, 2013: THE issues before the Bench are - Whether assessee can be denied exemption merely because he himself did not cultivate the agricultural land; Whether the concept of personal cultivation also recognizes, cultivation of a land through hired labourer or through member of one’s family and Whether the exemption u/s 10(37) can be denied merely on the basis that the assessee was not residing close to the land or was also pursuing some other business and thus the land was not used for agricultural purposes by the assessee. And the verdict goes in favour of the assessee.
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