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Audits Under PCAOB Standards

A yearly audit is a key safeguard for your money and a planning tool for the year ahead. Think of it as a “year in review” for your finances.

The primary benefit of an annual audit under PCAOB standards  is the confidence it gives you and your members that the PTO’s financial house is in order. Basically, the audit verifies the numbers, ensures accuracy, and assesses procedures. A comprehensive audit also identifies internal controls that should be implemented to improve the integrity of your financial systems. Furthermore, the audit gives closure to the treasurer and sets a starting point for the new year’s activity. An audit is also the primary tool for uncovering financial mismanagement. Hopefully you won’t need to conduct an audit for this reason, but an annual audit can uncover problems before they become significantly more serious. Your PTO might also choose to include in your audit a review of how closely your group’s income and expenditures matched the year’s budget. This type of review can be a strong planning tool.

 

The audit is not within the jurisdiction of the PCAOB. This seems like a strange request.  Perhaps the client is a clearing agency or futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which requires that entities registered with it have an audit performed in accordance with PCAOB standards. Maybe the client has entered into a contractual agreement that requires an audit conducted under PCAOB standards. Or maybe, for whatever reason, the client just wants an audit conducted under PCAOB standards.

 

The PCAOB determines which audits are within its jurisdiction, including audits of the financial statements of issuers and nonissuer brokers and dealers registered with the SEC. A regulator (other than the PCAOB) requiring that the audit be conducted in accordance with PCAOB standards does not make the audit fall within the jurisdiction of the PCAOB. Therefore, even though the regulator— for example, the CFTC— requires an audit to be conducted in accordance with PCAOB standards, that audit is required to also be conducted in accordance with GAAS.

 

The Auditor’s Report

The report from the auditor will mark the completion of the review. If you are using volunteers, you should clearly itemize what you expect back, so your auditors know when they have completed their job.

Ensure that your auditor has returned the files you provided, and file the original report in the PTOs permanent archives. At the first meeting of the new school year, you should present the auditors report and move that it be adopted. According to Robert’s Rules of Order, once the annual report of the auditor is adopted, it is no longer necessary to move to adopt each month’s treasurer’s report. The reports are presented and then simply filed for next year’s audit.

Related Things you should Know before Registering a Company in India

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What is Subsidiary Company in India

Subsidiary company is any company whose interests are held and controlled or held by another company. Paid up equity share capital and preference share capital of the subsidiary company can be used to determine the holding company, subsidiary company relationship between two companies.

 

What is a Subsidiary Company?

There’s often a lot of confusion regarding the position of the subsidiary company and what it does. A subsidiary company is a company that is either owned or owned in part by another company. The company that owns the subsidiary is known as a parent company or a holding company. It should be noted that a holding company does slightly differ from a parent company, though.

 

What is WOS (Wholly Owned Subsidiary)

When one company is 100% owned by another company, it is called Wholly Owned Subsidiary of the company who had made 100% investment in it.

 

How To Set Up a Subsidiary

To setup one of these companies, you only need a sole director. The requirement for a company secretary was waived some years ago. The only restriction is that the sole director cannot then act as the company secretary. When you register as a sole director, you will enter both your residential address and a service address. Only the service address will appear in the public records.

The key here is that in the various documentation you submit regarding shareholders you will have both an individual director and another company as a shareholder. You are prohibited from having an entire company owned by another company.

Once you submit the documents, you will have a decision within 24 hours from Companies House.

 

Conclusion

Opening up a subsidiary isn’t a decision that you should take lightly. It isn’t always necessary and it may be better to simply open a different company from scratch. You have to make this decision by yourself. And it may be better to employ a professional agent to help with the opening of your subsidiary.

 

Know more about how to register company in India

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How GST Works in India

GST is a type of value added tax and a proposed comprehensive indirect tax levy on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods as well as services at the national level. It will replace all indirect taxes levied on goods and services by the Indian central and state governments. Further, the Goods and Service Tax (GST) is considered to be one of the biggest reforms in India’s indirect tax structure.

 

THE NEED FOR GST

Suppose Mr. A sells goods to Mr. B and charges sales tax; then Mr. B re-sells those goods to Mr. C after charging sales tax. While Mr. B was computing his sales tax liability, he also included the sales tax paid on previous purchase, which is how it becomes a tax on tax.

 

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This was the case with the sales tax few years ago. At that time, VAT was introduced whereby every next stage person gets credit of the tax paid at earlier stage. This means that when Mr. B pays tax of Rs. 11, he deducts Rs. 10 paid earlier.

Similar concept came in Excise Duty and Service Tax also, which is called Cenvat credit scheme. To a huge extent, the problem of cascading effect of taxes is resolved by these measures.However, there are still problems with the system that have not been solved till date.

 

GST will solve this problem. Let us see how.

 

  • Sale in one state, resale in the same state

In the example illustrated below, goods are moving from Mumbai to Pune. Since it is a sale within a state, CGST and SGST will be levied. The collection goes to the Central Government and the State Government as pointed out in the diagram. Then the goods are resold from Pune to Nagpur. This is again a sale within a state, so CGST and SGST will be levied. Sale price is increased so tax liability will also increase. In the case of resale, the credit of input CGST and input SGST (Rs. 8) is claimed as shown; and the remaining taxes go to the respective governments.

     

  •  Sale in one state, resale in another state

In this case, goods are moving from Indore to Bhopal. Since it is a sale within a state, CGST and SGST will be levied. The collection goes to the Central Government and the State Government as pointed out in the diagram. Later the goods are resold from Bhopal to Lucknow (outside the state). Therefore, IGST will be levied. Whole IGST goes to the central government.

 

  • Sale outside the state, resale in that state

In this case, goods are moving from Delhi to Jaipur. Since it is an interstate sale, IGST will be levied. The collection goes to the Central Government. Later the goods are resold from Jaipur to Jodhpur (within the state). Therefore, CGST and SGST will be levied.

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Online Services May Face Google Tax

The digital space has grown rapidly in the past few years and is expected to grow substantially in next few years too. The biggest beneficiaries of this rapid growth in the digital space are companies earning through digital ads like Google,Facebook,Twitter,LinkedIn etc.

 

Moreover, these companies are located outside India, and hence they are not even subject to any taxes in India. These new business models have created new tax challenges by challenging the current manner of levy of tax which are based on the presence based on permanent establishment rules..
The ‘Google Tax’ or ‘Facebook Tax’ which was first announced in the FY17 budget statement by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be levied from June 1. Here’s all you need to know about it — what Google Tax is, who will pay it, and its implications —

As the name suggests, it’s got something to do with e-commerce companies.

 

The Google Tax was announced to introduce a tax on the income as accrue to a foreign e-commerce company outside of India. Google Tax or ‘equalisation levy’ as it’s called in India, is expected to impact the bottomlines of giants like Google, Facebook, and others.

 

Why has the tax been introduced?

The tax has been aimed at technology companies that make money via online advertisements. Their revenue is mostly routed to a tax haven country. This tax will help bring the said companies under the tax radar in India. With this new tax, India has also joined the list of other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and European countries where a similar tax is already in place.

 

The government has earned Rs.100 crore in revenue on account of the equalisation levy so far. Companies like Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and Google earn significant revenues from India from local advertisers. A committee set up by the Central Board of Direct Taxes to examine indirect taxation in India of e-commerce had recommended an equalisation levy of 6-8 per cent on 13 broad services based on the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting guidelines.

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Importance of hire Reliable Bookkeeping Services?

Business owners in need of reliable accounting services should ensure to hire accomplished accountants. It is quite easy to obtain bookkeeping services because there are practicing individuals as well as companies. The work demands in your accounting department will determine the kind of professional to be hired. When looking for reliable bookkeeping services Coral Springs FL accountants are obtainable online

 

At Reliable Bookkeeping Services, we look for long term relationships. Bookkeeping is not the most exciting task and bookkeepers also like excitement and once internal bookkeeper learns all about your business, they stop learning and that leads to boredom and resignation. Other factor that may influence them to move on is a better opportunity or less appreciation by business owner.

 

At Reliable Bookkeeping Services, we will never leave our clients alone, as we believe in building business relationships for longer term. We have been serving clients in different industries, we always stay enthusiastic and excited about new challenges and domains we will be working on for them. And we promise you will never be disappointed.

 

An accountant is useful in doing your taxes and giving advice on financial strategies, bookkeepers are more concern with the daily operational costs and the bills your business incurs. That is, bookkeepers are more concern with your payrolls, invoices, utility bills, and other immediate financial concerns that needs your attention whereas accountants are more concerned with your business’ overall financial health.

 

Having a clear picture of your finances is one of the most crucial steps in running a business, no matter how small you might deem it to be. Hiring a bookkeeper can save your from a potential heartbreak of losing the fruits of all your hard work simply because you tried to do everything on your own.

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VAT Registration in India

Value Added Tax or VAT is a mandatory requirement for all kinds of business. Proprietorships, partnerships, private limited companies, manufacturing firms and even traders of any kind of products need VAT registration. VAT is similar to Central Service Tax (CST) and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). They use the same 11 digit number.

 
What is VAT?
VAT is an indirect tax levied on goods and services when they are sold to the ultimate customer. VAT is paid by the producers to the government. The producers then collect the tax amount from the consumer, by adding it to the price.
A registered business may also apply for the Input Tax Credit (ITC) and apply it on future sales. This will relieve the company of paying VAT themselves. With ITC registration, the VAT amount is added to the retail invoice and the customer makes the payment.

 
When is VAT Registration Compulsory?
Businesses with an annual turnover of more than Rs.5 lakhs (in some states it is Rs.10 lakhs), must acquire a registered VAT id. The VAT rates vary from state to state, business categories and the type of goods delivered. The amount of VAT charged is controlled by the state governments. This is why it varies from place to place.

The tax is based on value addition to manufactured goods. VAT id owners having an annual turnover of Rs. 50 lakhs are entitle to the Composition Scheme. Under this scheme the business must pay only a small percentage of tax on its gross turnover. However, it requires the said business to compromise its ITC agreement and forgo its benefit.

 
Acquiring a VAT id
To obtain a VAT id you need to go through the process of VAT id registration. The procedure involves 6 basic steps.

 
Step – 1 Locate Central Tax Office
Identify the Central Tax Office within the city your business is based. The tax office should house the VAT registration department as well.

 
Step – 2 Obtain Registration Form
Request for a VAT id registration form from the VAT office.

 
Step – 3 Attach Valid Documents
Fill out the application form with the correct details and attach the following documents to it:
– Central Sales Tax registration certificate (Form A)
– Professional Tax registration certificate
– Proof of address and ID of the proprietor, partner or director
– Four passport size photographs of the proprietor, partner or director
– Bank account number and PAN card number of the proprietor, partner or director
– Documents stating the details of your business activities
– In case of a partnership, a copy of the Partnership deed
– Incase of a private limited company, a copy of the memorandum of association and articles of association
– A copy of the rental agreement of the business

 
Step – 4 Verification
At this step, the local VAT authorities will inspect your business premises at a time scheduled by them.

 
Step – 5 Collect Registration Certificate
The last step after verification and fee payment requires you to collect the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) provided immediately. The VAT registration certificate will be issued either the next day or within a week via post.

 
Why is VAT Registration Important?
VAT is a primary tax that adds to the nation’s revenue and economy. As a result it is a mandatory tax for all business establishments. The registration process is very easy. The fees are fixed and the verification process is simple.

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Union Budget 2017 highlights

Finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2017 in Parliament on Wednesday. The biggest highlight in the 2017 budget was the slashing of income tax by half for individual tax payers, ban on cash transactions over Rs. 3 lakhs and reduction in holding period to 2 years for capital gains. In this article, we look at the highlights of the 2017 Budget with respect to an Entrepreneur or Business Owner in India.

 

Income Tax
Income tax rate has been slashed from 10% to 5% for individuals who earn between Rs.2.5 lakhs to Rs.5 lakhs. Now after rebates, even a person with a Rs.3 lakhs income could enjoy zero tax liability. Since, proprietorship firms are taxed similar to individuals, micro enterprises having income of less than Rs.5 lakh would enjoy the benefits in tax reduction.

 

Tax Break for Startups
Continuing to build on the 2016 Budget by extending special support for Startups, the Finance Minister has increased the period of profit-linked deductions available to Startups to 3 out of 7 years from the current 3 out of 5 years.

 

Budget 2016-17 kick-started the process. Several deductions were reduced and sunset dates put for others along with reductions in tax rates for some categories of businesses – new manufacturing companies set up after March 2016 were given the option of being taxed at 25 percent provided they did not claim any exemption and companies with turnover less than Rs 5 crore got a 1 percent reduction. However, some new exemptions were given to start-ups, with certain conditions.

This year, admittedly, Jaitley has not moved forward on withdrawing exemptions even as he reduced corporate tax rates.

But let’s look at who has got this benefit: the small and medium enterprises sector. Income tax for companies with an annual turnover of up to Rs 50 crore has been brought down to 25 percent. A big chunk of this lot was paying an effective tax rate of 30.26 percent, while the large companies (turnover above Rs 500 crore) paid an effective tax rate of 25.9 percent. So Jaitley has in a way done the tax equivalent of social levelling. Large companies have not got any tax relief this year.

 

Stimulating Bank Credit
To stimulate bank credit to businesses, various measures have been announced as follows in the 2017 Budget:

  • The allowable provision for Non-Performing Asset (NPA) of Banks has been increased from 7.5% to 8.5% to improve the risk appetite of Banks.
  • In line with the ‘Indradhanush’ mission, Rs. 10,000 crores has been allocated in the 2017 Budget for recapitalisation of Banks.
  • Lending target under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana hase been increased to Rs. 2.44 lakh crores. Priority under the scheme will be given to borrowers from certain backgrounds like Dalits, Tribals, Backward Classes.
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How to Register a Company in India

Being register as a company is always turned to be a hectic schedule while accompanying with several rules and guidelines. In India as per New Companies Act, 2013; different companies of different rules as for private limited, public limited, govt. company, semi government company, One Person Company, NGO and many more. Company law for varied companies generally varies that need to be accompanied by the owners or partners before applying with company registration.

Company Registration India acts and laws do not only bring the status of legality but also the level of credibility and reliability in the target market. Companies with business laws are always preferred by the target audience where they expect the services with high quality ad best cost. Registered products and services are always be treated with high concern in compare of those unregister services. Thus, not only from law point of view but also from marketing and branding purpose; those company registration services have really proved to be as a bloom for all types of business houses.

 

Let’s start the registration procedure: 4 Steps

Step 1: Acquire Director Identification Number(DIN)

This is the first process in registration that each director of the company should obtain their identification number. As per the amendment act 2006, acquiring a DIN  is compulsory for every director i.e. as such every existing and intending directors have to obtain their DIN. To get DIN one need to file a eForm DIN-1. The DIN-1 form is available on Official site of the ministry of corporate affairs the link is DIN-1 Form.

  • Register yourself on MCA Website first and have a login id. After filling DIN-1 Form, one should upload the filled form by clicking to eForm upload button on MCA website and should pay applicable fees.
  • After getting generated DIN one should intimate their company about DIN. The director can intimate their company about DIN  by using DIN-2 Form.
  • Then company should intimate the Registrar of Corporates(ROC) about all director’s DIN through DIN-3 Form.
  • If there is any change in DIN or need for any updation  like change of address, personal details etc, then director should intimate this change by submitting the eForm DIN-4 Form.

 

Step 2: Acquire Digital Signature Certificate(DSC):

In order to ensure the security or authenticity of documents filed electronically the information act 2000 demands a valid digital signature on the documents submitted electronically. This is the only and safest way that one can submit their documents electronically. The digital signature certificate should be acquired by only those agencies which are appointed by the controller of certification agencies (CCA). One should not use DSC given by any other agency which is not approved and it’s illegal to use others DSC as yours or the false one.

If you already have a digital signature then you can use the same, no need to apply for another. But do check for your digital signature validity, agencies issue DSC’s with one or two year validity after expiry you have to renew it.

One can acquire his/her Digital Signature certificates  from these government listed agencies like TCS, IDBRT, MTNL, SAFESCRYPT, NIC, nCODE Solutions etc. to check out their price details of these Govt approved agencies, Go to this link.

 

Step 3: Create a account on MCA Portal – New user registration

This is about having a registered user account on MCA Portal for filing a eForm, for online fee payment, for different transactions as registered and business user. Creating an account is totally free of cost. To register yourself on the MCA portal, click on the register link.

 

Step 4: Apply for the company to be registered.

This is the final major step in a registration of your company which includes incorporating company name, Registering the office address or notice of situation of office and notice for appointment of company directors, manager and secretary. And also regarding the take and pay for their qualification shares.

 

After submitting these forms, once the application has been approved by MCA, you will receive a confirmation email regarding the application for incorporation of a new company, and the status of the form will get changed to Approved.

 

Formalities to be followed while company Incorporation in India:

  1. Obtain a TAN card
  2. Obtain a Permanent account number (PAN) from income tax dept. India
  3. If required: Documents obeying shop and establishment acts.
  4. If required: For foreign trade, Registration documents of import export code from Director, General of foreign trade.
  5. If required: Registration documents of Software technologies Parks of India (STPI).
  6. If required: RBI approval for foreign companies investing in India and FIPB approval.
  7. Both Indian and foreign directors need to have valid Digital Signature Certificates from authorized agencies.
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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

India has already marked its presence as one of the fastest growing economies of the world. It has been ranked among the top 10 attractive destinations for inbound investments. Since 1991, the regulatory environment in terms of foreign investment has been consistently eased to make it investor-friendly.

The measures taken by the Government are directed to open new sectors for foreign direct investment, increase the sectoral limit of existing sectors and simplifying other conditions of the FDI policy. FDI policy reforms are meant to provide ease of doing business and accelerate the pace of foreign investment in the country.

 

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

FDI because the name suggests, it’s associate degree investment directly created by a remote company into business in another country. Such investment may well be either within the kind of business enlargement in another country or may well be a results of acquisition of the corporate.

Direct Foreign investments in India approval were introduced by the then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in 1991 under Foreign Exchange Management Act to promote such investments thereby increasing supply of domestic capital & increase the economic growth.

As per Foreign Exchange Management Act, ‘FDI’ means investment by non-resident entity/person resident outside India in the capital of an Indian company under Schedule 1 of Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) Regulations 2000.

 

Advantages of FDI in India
There are several benefits of increasing foreign direct investment in India. First of all, with more FDI, consumers will be able to save 5 to 10 percent on their expenses because products will be available at much less rates and to top it all, the quality will be better as well. In short, it will be a win-win situation for the buyers. It is also expected that the farmers who face a lot of economic problems will also get better payment for their produce. This is a major benefit considering how many farmers have been giving up their lives lately. It is expected that their earnings will increase by 10 to 30 percent.

FDI is also supposed to have a positive effect on the employment scenario by generating approximately 4 million job opportunities. Areas like logistics will be benefited as well because of FDI and it is assumed that 6 million jobs will be created. The governments – both central and state – will be benefited because of FDI. An addition of 25-30 billion dollars to the national treasury is also expected. This is a substantial amount and can really play a major role in the development of Indian economy in the long term.
Steps Taken by Government to Promote FDI
The Indian Government has taken a number of steps to show its willingness to allow more foreign direct investment in the country. In the infrastructure development sector, it has relaxed the norms pertaining to area restriction, the laws regarding gaining a comfortable exit from a particular project and the requirements relating to minimum capitalization. If companies are ready to commit 30 percent of their investments for affordable housing, then the rules for minimum capitalization and area restriction will be waived off. It is expected that this will benefit the construction sector a lot, especially in the form of greater investment inflow.

The Indian Ministry of Finance has also proposed that 100 percent FDI will be allowed in railways-related infrastructure. However, this does not include the operational aspects. While it is true that the foreign investors will not be allowed to intervene in railway operations, they will be able to provide for high-speed trains, such as bullet train, and enhance the overall network in the process.

 

Who can invest in India?

  • A Non-resident entity means a person resident outside India.
  • Non Resident Indian or Person of Indian Origin (PIO holder) or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI holder).
  • A body corporate means a company incorporated outside India.
  • Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) means an entity established or incorporated outside India which proposes to make investment in India and which is registered as a FII in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) (Foreign Institutional Investor) Regulations 1995..
  • Foreign Venture Capital Investor (FVCI) means an investor incorporated and established outside India, which is registered under the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
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Things you should Know before Registering a Company in India

Before registering as a company

Find out more about setting up and running a company, before you decide to register as a company. A company has different legal, financial and record keeping responsibilities compared to other business structures.

As setting up a business is an uphill task, one should follow the required process of company formation carefully. Most of the businessman starts doing business casually without giving importance to the company’s formal name and structure. It seems normal but surely it is a serious offense and cause hovac to your business idea and its future. Therefore, registering your company must be first and foremost thing to do. Whether it is partnership or a proprietorship firm, all the things should be mentioned carefully while going for the company registration in India. You should take help of tax consultant firm in Delhi to complete all the formalities efficiently. Companies should be started as per the laws as incorporated under the companies law.Other important things related to company formation are:

 

Director’s Identification Number (DIN)- It has same priority along with the company formation in India. When a company registered, director get DIN.

 

Second important thing is the company name. When the applications for the company name has been filed and submitted, Registrar of Company is responsible for the name and registration of the company. These are company registration services. The company then has to get the certificate of incorporation from them again.

You can only choose a company name not already registered to a company or business. Special approval is also required to use certain words in your company name.

 

It is necessary to note that all the registration process is done before the start of a company. It is mandatory for good health of company and it’s employees.

 

In order to complete all registration process, one should consult one of the company registration consultants in India that are well verse of all registration process and can lend you right assistance and help in this area.