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AJSH affiliating ACCI Business Conference on Afghanistan in Australia

AJSH & Co LLP affiliating the Australian Afghan Business Council’s 3rd Business Conference on Afghanistan in Australia 2017 co-organized by Afghan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) on 26-27 April 2017.

 

Mr. Ankit Jain, the managing partner of AJSH & Co LLP will be sharing his thoughts on how Indo-Afghan can grow together. He will be presenting the facts about how India can support Afghanistan in growing their businesses by analyzing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

 

The conference will be attended by official delegates and business leaders from Afghanistan and Australia includingMinister of Finance, Australia, Minister of Finance, Afghanistan, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Australia, Ambassador of Australia to Afghanistan, CEO, ACCI, President Afghan Dubai Business Council, CEO Afghan Logistics and Tours, Chairman Afghanistan Affairs (AABC), people from President’s office and economic advisers.

 

For more details, please visit: http://www.australianafghanbc.com.au/

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Basics That Everyone Should Know About GST

With the passage of the GST bill in both the houses of Parliament, its implementation from 1 July 2017 is nearly certain.

India currently has a dual system of taxation of goods and services, which is quite different from dual GST. Taxes on goods are described as “VAT” at both Central and State level. It has adopted value added tax principle with input tax credit mechanism for taxation of goods and services, respectively, with limited cross-levy set-off.

 

GST (Goods and Service Tax)

GST means Goods and Service Tax. It is an indirect tax levied on sale of goods and services. The reformists believe that GST is one of the most awaited law which upon introduced will boost the economic growth in the country. This law if passed by the parliament may come into force from April 2016. As everyone is talking about it now, let’s get into the basics of the proposed law in this article.

 

Does GST apply to you?

Being an indirect tax, it is applicable to businesses, professionals, freelancers and service providers. It does not apply to salaried individuals.

 

Is it easy to implement in India?

Not really. Today states have autonomy in collecting state taxes. They have the feeling of losing their rights! They want liquor, fuel to be out of GST tax system. They are also worried about Central government sharing GST revenue with the states. If India becomes one common market, then the states will have to share their powers of taxing with the union government. (Which means states can’t increase the taxes as and when, as much as they want)

 

What is a “casual taxable person?”

A person who occasionally supplies goods and/or services in a territory where GST is applicable but does not have a fixed place of business in the said state is treated as a casual taxable person. For example, a person who has a place of business in Bangalore gives consulting services in Pune (where he has no place of business), then he would be treated as a casual taxable person in Pune.

 

What are the differences between the UPA’s GST and the NDA’s GST?
Below are the primary differences:

  • Petroleum sector has been kept out of the ambit of GST
  • Liquor for human consumption is exempt however tobacco and tobacco products will fall under GST.
  • There is a 1% tax on top of the GST for inter-state movement of goods and services.

 

What will be the short-term impact of GST?

The GST will fuel inflation for the short term. The GST rate starts at 5% and 18% taxation services such as restaurants, movies etc. are bound to increase prices. Another problem with the GST that many pundits feel is not including liquor and petroleum under GST’s ambit. These are major revenue sources for the government and experts feel this is being done due to a few crony capitalists who need some time to funnel away their black money as the GST promises to widen the tax paying population.

Related : How GST Works in India

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AJSH hosted Adam Global Asia Pacific Regional Conference

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AJSH & Co LLP hosted the Adam Global Asia Pacific Regional Conference in New Delhi, India from March 24-25, 2017. Each year, ADAM Global Regional member firms assemble in a different global metropolis for 2 days to share ideas, identify areas of collaboration and build relationships with fellow member firms.

Adam Global is multidisciplinary network of independent Legal, Accounting and Consulting firms. It is the fastest growing network with more than 130 member firms across the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

Networking is all about planting relationships. At the recent Adam Global Regional Conference, Mr. Ankit Jain, the managing partner of AJSH & Co LLP took a step forward in leveraging the knowledge to multiply gains and losses. The conference was organized in order to provide with numerous opportunities to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones. The conference started with introduction on “Doing business in India” presented by Mr. Ankit Jain, being the Asia Pacific’s president of Adam Global. He shared the facts that India‘s economy is the emerging one that might prove as the “game changer”. Thereafter, Mr. Sumant Batra shared his thoughts on India Law and Insolvency Code. Later, Alternate Investment Fund, NRI Investments in India, Realty were shared in the presentations by the other members.

The member firms are benefited from such alliances that always provide cross marketing strategies, promotes greater collaboration, cross business opportunities.


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Doing Business in India

Doing business in India offers enormous opportunities for Foreign companies. However, India is a large and complex market. It should not be seen as one market, but a series of interconnected regional markets where the legislative and investment climate may change from one state to another.

It is wiser to be in India now…

  • Fastest growing economy in the world
    (Current: 7% , by 2018: 7.8%)
  • World’s third largest economy
    (Would double in size to US$ 4–5 trillion in a decade)
  • Taxes on companies has been reduced to 25%
    (For companies with annual turnover less than 50 Crores)
  • World’s second-largest telecommunication market
    (1058.86 million subscribers)
  • By 2020, retail market is expected to grow to US$ 1.1 trillion
    (growing at a high rate of 20%-25% p.a.)
  • World’s sixth largest pharmaceutical market by 2020
  • By 2050, India will have added 300 million people
  • Working age group will be more than 64% by 2021
    (15-59 years)
  • Growing urban markets
    (23.1 Million people shifting from rural to urban areas in two decades)
  • Low labour costs
    (Total labour force of nearly 530 million)
  • Purchasing power parity, India’s economy is third largest in the world
    (Current-$ 8.7 trillion, by 2025-$ 20 trillion )

 

Foreign Direct Investment into India

 

Automatic Route

  • All sectors other than sectors which are specifically prohibited or under approval route
  • Should comply with sector based investment and other conditions (i.e. sectoral caps)

 

Approval Route

 

100% FDI through Government approval route

  • Extraction of titanium
  • Publishing of scientific & technical magazines/specialty journals/ facsimile
  • Edition of foreign newspapers
  • Satellites (establishment & operation)
  • Pharmaceuticals (Brownfield)

100% FDI: Government approval required beyond 49%

  • Telecom Services
  • Broadcasting Carriage Services
  • Single Brand product retail trading

100% FDI: Government approval required beyond 74%

  • Existing projects of Airport

49% FDI : No Government approval required

  • Infrastructure Company in the Securities Market
  • Insurance
  • Pension Sector
  • Power Exchanges
  • Defense
  • Air Transport Services (Scheduled): 100% for NRI

49% FDI through Government approval route

  •  Broadcasting Content Services (except Up-linking & Down-linking
    of Non-‘News & Current Affairs’ TV Channels)
  •  Private Security Agencies

FDI limits less than 100%

  •  Banking (Private Sector): 74% FDI is allowed. However,
    Government approval is required beyond 49%
  •  Banking (Public Sector): 20% FDI is allowed with Government
    approval
  •  Multi Brand product retail trading: 51% FDI is allowed with
    Government approval
  •  Print Media: 26% FDI is allowed with Government approval

 

 

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Reasons to set up a limited company

Setting up a limited company will mean more administration and more paperwork than if you are a sole trader but there are many advantages to being a limited company, not least eliminating and personal financial liability.

When a sole trading business fails then the owner is personally responsible for any debt, which can have a negative effect on your credit rating and ability to obtain personal loans in the future. You could risk becoming personally bankrupt if the debts are too high for your to pay off.

If you set your business up as a limited company you are protected from this risk.

 

What are the Benefits :

Whilst running a limited company does have its fair share of responsibility, and the administrative responsibilities are certainly greater than other ways of working, there are many advantages too.

    • Limited liability – In simple terms, if you run a Limited Company you are protected should things go wrong. Assuming all rules have been followed, as a director you will not be personally liable for any financial losses made by the company.

 

    • Separate entity – A Limited Company is a legal entity in its own right. This means that everything from the company bank account, to the ownership of assets relates to the business. They are totally separate from the interest of the directors and shareholders.

 

    • Tax – As a director and shareholder of a limited company you could elect to take the majority of your income in the form of dividends, which enables you to manage your own tax liability and potentially save on National Insurance costs.

 

    • Perception – If you plan to do business with larger companies, it can help if you are working via a Limited Company as it gives off a more professional image. In some industries, it may even be a mandatory requirement as they will not deal with sole traders or partnerships.

 

    • Protection – As well as the limited liability protection mentioned above, once you have successfully registered your company, your company name is protected by law. Companies House has very stringent rules for the naming of companies so no one else can use the same name as you, or anything deemed too similar.

 

    • Ownership and succession – As the sole shareholder in your business, you own the business. However, a Limited Company can easily transfer ownership of shares, or existing shareholders can sell a stake in the company to other parties at any time. If for example a shareholder wishes to retire, or bring a new director on board, it is far easier to transfer ownership, or part ownership, of a Limited Company than it is with a less formal business structure.

 

    • Take home pay – It’s safe to say that this is the area where you can really reap the rewards of running your own Limited Company. The only person you need to pay as a Limited Company is yourself – combined with the tax efficiencies on offer, this means you can keep anything from 81 to 86 percent.

 

Accounts

Accounts must be prepared each year but most small companies are not required to have them audited so the process is relatively simple, especially now that the process can be done online.