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Tax payers Survey got conducted by Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) for garnering a feedback on impact that reforms undertaken during the last two years; Responses showed that 45% of the respondents saw an attitudinal change in senior functionaries (Commissioner level and above); and 51% acknowledged an improvement at the ground level, at the level of inspectors and above

News and Press Release - Dated:- 29-6-2016 - The Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) had requested FICCI to conduct a tax payers experience survey with the objective of garnering a feedback on impact that reforms undertaken during the last two years had on the ground. FICCI outsourced the survey to KPMG and they jointly reached out to 40000-45000 potential respondents across India. The survey was accompanied with a flier detailing the reforms carried out by the CBEC in the last two year .....

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n experience with senior and junior functionaries of the department Dispute resolution Information Technology Enabled Services Refund claims Evaluation of sectoral reforms undertaken by the CBEC. As business demographics would suggest, respondents from Maharashtra outnumbered all states, with respondents making up for 30%, Delhi followed at number 2, with 11%. Sectoral responses showed that 46% respondents from service industry, 39% from manufacturing and 15% from the trading community. This tre .....

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considered as the most stubborn stumbling block to improving the tax environment. In wake of widespread allegations of tax terrorism, which has most often been cited as a barrier to entry of foreign investment in manufacturing, the survey sought an opinion on whether the CBEC administration was becoming less adversarial. 32% of the respondents answered in the affirmative, which is indicative of an improving trend but does show that much needs to be done. The most outstanding achievement of the C .....

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g problems by creating a whatsapp group for continuously receiving a feedback on operational issues faced by the trade and disseminating solutions. At the ports, customs brokers made their own whatsapp groups to share experiences and information. The implementation of the project has shown the power of the digital applications in problem solving and CBEC s adaptability in being able to successfully leverage it. In a short span of time, the single window has had a huge impact on custom clearance .....

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undertaken in SVB (transfer pricing in customs) where 89% of the respondents indicated improvements. Similarly, responses on legislative changes carried out to warehousing in the budget also elicited a positive response from 85% of the respondents. Considering the make in India initiative, central excise has been a major area of focus. 92% of the respondents have acknowledged CBEC s success in simplification of customs & excise business processes. After this poll, FICCI & KPMG have also .....

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ovides a single point interface for clearance and is expected to reduce documentation and costs. It is expected to cover and benefit over 97 per cent of India's imports. The single window will cover over 50 offices of six government agencies with the Indian customs department. These are the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Plant Quarantine, Animal Quarantine, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Textile Committee and Drug Controller. [Circular 3/2016 dated 3rd Feb. 2016 and 15th M .....

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is headed by the Chief Commissioner of Customs and includes the senior-most functionary of the following departments /agencies / stakeholder at the particular seaport/airport: (i) Food Safety Standards Authority of India/Port Health Officer (PHO) (ii) Plant Quarantine Authorities (iii) Animal Quarantine Authorities (iv) Drug Controller of India (CDSO) (v) Textile Committee (vi) Port Trust / Airports Authority of India / Custodians (vii) Wild Life Authorities (viii) Railways/CONCOR (ix) Pollutio .....

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documents under digital signature with effect from 01.01.2016. Wherever the customs documents are digitally signed, the Customs will not insist on the user to physically sign the said documents[Circular No. 26/2015-Customs dated 23.10.2015]. 24X 7 customs clearance facilities extended to 19 sea ports and 17 Air Cargo complexes[Circular Nos. 19/2014-Customs dated 31.12.2014 and No. 1/2016 dated 6.01.2016]. Deferred duty payment for select categories of importers and exporters: This provision will .....

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ol and locking of public & private warehouses by Customs dispensed and being replaced with record based controls. The period of warehousing to be extended till de-bonding or consumption of goods in respect of EoUs/EHTPs/STPIs/Manufacturing Units under Customs Bond, such as ship building yards which shall reduce transaction costs and burden of documentation. Power for extending warehousing periods in respect of other classes of importers delegated to Principal Commissioner/Commissioner[Notifi .....

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t Diamond Bourse for display, and sale of rough diamonds by major mining companies, which has attracted business from overseas auction centres to India and reduced transaction costs for the Gems & Jewelry sector of India. (Circular 17/2015-Cus dated 26.05.2015) Second hand machinery - The guidelines relating to valuation of second hand machinery have been revised. In order to achieve nationwide standardization, formats for certification by chartered engineers (Indian & Overseas) have bee .....

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No: 08 / 2016 - Cus dated 8th March 2016 and Budget 2016] Export Promotion Provisionalpayment of drawback to exporters pending fixation of brand rate w.e.f23.11.2015 (Notification No. 110 / 2015 - Cus (NT) 16.11.2015 and circular no. 29/2015 - Cus) Electronic Monitoring of realization of export proceeds has commenced from 2014. Now exporters do not have to submit documentary proof of remittances. Exemption to payment of excise duty in the case of locally procured excisable goods against advance .....

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ctronically and digitally signed invoices accepted[notification No. 18/2015-CE (NT) dated 6.7.2015, Instruction dated 06.07.2015 vide F. No. 224/44/2014-CX.6]. Facility of direct dispatch of goods by registered dealer from seller to customer s premises provided. Similar facility allowed in respect of job-workers[notification No. 10/2015-CE (NT) dated 01.03.2015]. More than 50 technical issues on which there was sustained litigation resolved in the Chief Commissioner's Tariff Conference last .....

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nvat Credit Rule, 2004 deleted. Consequently ship breaking units entitled to avail 100% credit of the CVD paid with effect from 01.03.2015 subject to provisions of Cenvat Credit Rule, 2004[notification No. 1/2016-CE (NT) dated 1.02.2016 and Circular No.-1014/2/2016-CX dated the 1.02.2016]. Registration for factories operating through multiple premises falling within a range allowed. [Circular No. 1016/4/2016-CX dated 29.02.2016] Requirement of self attestation of the transporter's copy by a .....

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fied. The requirement of approval of application by Central Excise officer discontinued. [notification No. 20/2016-CE(NT) dated 01.03.2016 as amended vide Notification No. 22/2016-CE (NT) dated 15.03.2016] Procedure for fixation of input-output ratio for payment of rebate simplified. Now, the ratio can be fixed on the basis of a certificate from Chartered engineer without any need for verification by the Central Excise officer. [notification No. 21/2016- CE (NT) dated 01.03.2016] Cenvat Credit r .....

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tools, capital goods such as water pumping station, wagons allowed. Interest rate on late payment of duty reduced to 15% from the present rate of 18% per annum[notification No. 15/2016-CE(NT) dated 01.03.2016]. Circular issued to simplify procedure to deal with Audit objections raised by CAG. The Circular provides that demand notice in cases of agreement on audit objections should be issued and decided expeditiously. However, where revenue does not agree with the objections, no demand notice wou .....

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5]. Granting provisional payment of 80% of the refund amount with 5 days in respect of service exporters, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions[Circular No. 187/6/2016-ST dated 10.11.2015]. Interest applicable on outstanding taxes has been reduced to 15%. Only in cases where service tax has been collected by the assesse and not deposited, interest, at a higher rate of 24%, shall be applicable[notification No. 13/2016/ST dated 1.03.2016]. IV Audit The requirement of mandatory audit of units .....

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t which no review is contemplated by the Department [Instruction F No. 390/Misc/67/2014-JC dated 18.12.2015]. Pre show cause notice consultation mandatory with Principal Commissioner / Commissioner before issue of a show cause notice where duty involved is above ₹ 50 lakhs. [F.No: 1080/09/DLA/MISC/15/757 dated 21.12.15] The threshold limit below which appeals are not to be filed by the department in CESTAT (Tribunal) and High Courts has been raised to ₹ 10 lakhs and ₹ 15 lakhs .....

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