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Analysis of latest finance news

Minister of Finance Leaves for G20 meet

Union Minister for Finance, Mr Arun Jaitley leaves for Ankara Turkey to attend the two day conference of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ of G-20 countries. The minister is also expected to attend the first meeting of Contingent Reserve Arrangement(CRA) of Governing Council of BRICS.

Mr Jaitley is expected to be back on 7 September 2015.

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Income tax return filing due date extended

The Ministry of finance has indicated that the due date for filing of income tax returns has been extended to September 7, 2015. Initially the extension of due date was for tax payers in Gujarat, but now it has been extended for across the country.

More details are available in this circular issued by Ministry of Finance.

Extension of Filing due date

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Import duty on Gold and Titanium increased

Ministry of Finance today raised the import duty on Gold and Platinum from the existing 4 percent to 6 per cent. This increase is targeted at containing the increasing import of gold that has resulted in an increase of current account deficit (CAD).

Currently a huge amount of wealth in India is locked in Gold as people consider Gold as a viable investment. The Government is looking at other options also to bring this huge amount locked in gold out to the market.

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Last date for E-filing extended to 31 August 2012

The deadline for income tax returns e filing has been extended to 31 August 2012. Tax filers will now get an extra month to file their e-returns.

To help tax payers with e-filing, the Income tax department has has set up kiosks in major cities.

Also salaried employees with total income less than Rs 5 Lakh and having less than Rs 10,000 in interest earned from bank accounts are exempted from filing tax returns for assessment year 2012-13. Tax payers are advised to check with the Income tax department to get details on other exceptions related to filing returns.

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RBI leave interest rates intact

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has today left the key interest rates unchanged stressing that it is committed to contain inflation and at the same time maintain growth. The repo rate remains at 8 percent and cash reserve ratio remains 4.75 percent.

But RBI reduced the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) by 1% to make it 23 per cent from the existing 24 percent.

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E filing of returns made compulsory for income over 10 lakh

E-filing of tax returns is compulsory for people with annual income greater than Rs 10 Lakh during the year 2011-2012.

Finance Ministry statement issued on 2 July 2012 has again indicated that the e-filing is mandatory. The e-filing requirement was optional during the previous financial year.

Please note that the deadline for filing income-tax returns will be 31 July 2012.

Government and RBI together will contain the rising inflation

Attributing the inflation to global price pressures Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today assured that the government and RBI together will be able to contain the rising inflation.

The inflation in the country currently has reached 9.78 % in the month of August. A 0.56% increase from the 9.22% in the previous month.

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RBI hikes rates by 50 basis points

To tame the ever rising inflation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has again increased the repo rate by 50 basis points. The new repo rate is 8 percent. The repo rate is the rate at which the central bank lends money to other banks.

With this 11th interest rate hike in the last 15 months, RBI is making it clear that it is taking the rising inflation very seriously.

The increase in repo rate is expected to affect auto loans, home loans, personal loans and other borrowings. The loans are now going to cost more.

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Food inflation to be discussed with State Finance Ministers

Finance minister Pranabh Mukherjee has told reporters in New Delhi that he will be raising the issue of inflation with State finance ministers when he meets them on January 19. He will be meeting the state finance ministers to discuss about the forth coming union budget.

Mr Mukherjee indicated that the current level of food inflation is not acceptable and need to be tackled.

In the meantime, inflation has increased to 8.43 percent in December from a 7.48 in November.

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Income tax department introduces DIN for tax payers

Document identification number or DIN is the new system of identification number that Income tax department has introduced for the tax payers.

The DIN will be generated by the income tax department and is made mandatory for any income tax related communication including filing of income tax returns. Any communication that does not include the Document identification number (DIN) will be considered invalid according to section 282b of the Income Tax Act.

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