Govt removes exemptions available to firms from filing income tax returns

500,000 companies not filing returns

by Natasha Nadkar

The government has proposed to remove exemption available to firms with tax liability of up to Rs.3,000 from filing income tax (IT) returns beginning next fiscal. The Union Budget 2018-19 has rationalised the IT Act provision relating to prosecution for failure to furnish returns. A managing director or a director in charge of the company during a particular financial year could be liable for prosecution in case of any lapse in filing IT returns for any financial year beginning 1 April. The income tax departments would now track investments by these firms, according to a finance ministry official. Companies showing less profit and those who file IT returns for the first time will also be in focus. The official further said that around 500,000 firms are not filing returns and could be a potential source of money laundering.

References
1. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/crackdown-on-shell-firms-govt-removes-exemptions-from-filing-income-tax-118021200970_1.html
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
4.8 -0.0
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
94.7 0.0
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
94.8 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
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94.6 0.0
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17 Mar 18
New projects 2.36 1.34 1.30 2.28
Completed projects 0.87 1.21 1.05 1.26
Stalled projects 2.67 0.69 0.95 3.35
Revived projects 0.23 0.34 0.22 0.18
Implementation stalled projects 0.77 0.78 0.59 1.05
Updated on: 22 May 2018 9:20AM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17 Mar 18
All listed Companies
 Income 9.6 7.9 11.9 10.9
 Expenses 9.9 9.0 12.9 18.6
 Net profit -19.8 -18.1 -14.0 -62.8
 PAT margin (%) 5.3 5.5 4.9 3.2
 Count of Cos. 4,493 4,481 4,445 993
Non-financial Companies
 Income 10.2 8.2 13.2 12.7
 Expenses 10.5 8.1 12.4 14.0
 Net profit -25.1 -6.0 12.6 2.8
 PAT margin (%) 5.2 6.2 6.4 9.3
 Net fixed assets 9.2 18.1
 Current assets 78.6 8.6
 Current liabilities 11.0 11.1
 Borrowings 10.4 -5.7
 Reserves & surplus 5.2 9.8
 Count of Cos. 3,471 3,456 3,443 784
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 22 May 2018 9:20AM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18
All Companies
 Income 5.6 1.8 5.5 3.6
 Expenses 5.7 1.9 5.5 2.8
 Net profit 0.0 -10.0 25.8 9.8
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 2.8 3.6 10.0
 Assets 9.5 10.1 7.1 7.1
 Net worth 8.5 11.3 6.6 5.1
 RONW (%) 5.8 4.9 6.0 15.5
 Count of Cos. 25,791 23,882 21,156 37
Non-financial Companies
 Income 4.8 0.9 5.3 3.0
 Expenses 5.0 0.3 5.6 2.0
 Net profit -8.2 19.0 20.5 10.6
 PAT margin (%) 2.0 2.4 3.0 8.7
 Net fixed assets 13.4 17.3 6.1 2.7
 Net worth 7.0 12.0 5.3 3.6
 RONW (%) 4.7 5.2 6.1 17.0
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.2
 Interest cover (times) 1.9 1.9 2.1 16.2
 Net working capital cycle (days) 66 65 62 27
 Count of Cos. 21,034 19,996 17,659 28
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 20 May 2018 10:09PM

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