‘Ease of doing business’ – A look at certain key Customs rulings
By Manoj Gupta
‘Ease of doing business’ is the buzz-word at present and with the Indian Union Cabinet going ahead with the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, it seems that conditions for doing business in India are bound to improve with significant cut in number of forms, declarations and permissions. Role of Indian judiciary including...
Refund – No recovery through SCN without review of refund order
By Sweta Giridar
The Madras High Court in the case of Eveready Industries India Ltd. v. CESTAT, Chennai [2016-TIOL-676-Mad-CX] has held that refund granted by an authority cannot be denied by way of issuance of Show Cause Notice (SCN) in cases where the order has not been subject to review.
In this case, the assessee was ...
Monitoring of steel imports in USA – Consistency under WTO Laws
The United States maintains a licensing mechanism known as the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (hereinafter referred to as the ‘SIMA’) System. As per the system, any business importing steel mill products covered under the licensing program is required to procure a license. This includes importers, importing agents or brokers. Th...
Underreporting and misreporting of income - Proposed penalty regime
By Sumeet Khurana
With the Finance Bill 2016, the penalty regime in income-tax law is proposed to undergo a major overhaul. Earlier system provided for a levy of penalty, for concealment of income or furnishing inaccurate particulars of income, of an amount between 100% to 300% of the tax sought to be...
Union Budget, 2016 – An analysis of certain changes in Central Excise
By Victor Das
The last two Budgets were witness to the Government trying to put a quietus to the storm generated over retrospective taxation and to increase tax compliance through certain amendments to law and procedures. The Union Budget-2016 carries the imprimatur of the government’s emphasis on “Transform India”. Towards this objective, the G...
TN VAT Act – A look at the recent amendments
By Varun Chablani
The Government of Tamil Nadu has brought out certain amendments to the Tamil Nadu Value Added Tax Act 2006 (‘the Act’) and the Tamil Nadu Value Added Tax Rules, 2007 (‘the Rules’), with effect from 29th January, 2016 [see end note 1]. From a holistic reading of the amendments it is clear that the legislatur...
RTI Act & disclosure of information in anti-dumping investigations
By T D Satish
Access to information is a cornerstone in any administrative or quasi-judicial proceeding and non-availability of the relied upon documents to the affected parties have been condemned for long by the highest Court of this country.
Designated Authority is a quasi-judicial authority, which conducts anti-dumping investigations in India, ...
Determining character of ‘manufacture’
By Shashwat & G. Gokul Kishore
Budget 2016 is just around the corner and despite the fact that the ‘seamless’ tax regime of GST passes through political rough weather, the government is intent on implementing it from next fiscal. But the age old excise concepts like those on taxable event of manufacture continue to evolve even at this hou...
Market economy status to China – Debate continues
By Elaine Tan
The EU Commission recently held a debate on the sensitive issue of granting ‘market economy status’ to China. Considering China’s Accession Protocol, it may be noted that the final decision will have to be made by the European Parliament and EU Member States later this year.
Since 2001 when China joined the ...
‘Place of removal’ – The debate continues
By Vipul Agrawal & G. Gokul Kishore
Central Excise law, after six decades of its existence, is expected to yield its place to the Goods & Service Tax (GST) shortly but it continues to evolve even today. Determination of ‘place of removal’ for the purpose of inclusion of freight and insurance charges in assessable value, under Central ...