Gulveen Aulakh

Assistant Editor, ETI cover India's telecom sector from multiple aspects including policy, regulatory, corporate and litigation, for The Economic Times, the largest financial daily. I also cover devices and handset makers in India, and I can say that I'm partly responsible for making this section's coverage a separate one for the industry. Having spent more than a decade in journalism covering retail, IT, aviation, state level politics and now telecom, getting deep-dive, holistic and insightful picture on any story has become a mainstay. You can reach me on gulveen.aulakh@timesgroup.com and on Twitter - @gulveenaulakhET
  • Incomplete claim memos stall GST refunds

    Incomplete claim memos stall GST refunds

    Tax authorities have been issuing deficiency memos for some incomplete refund claims beyond the stipulated time of 15 days, forcing taxpayers to refile applications, people familiar with the development said. However, the refiled applications are treated as new and in many cases.

    B2B firms exempted from using only BHIM, RuPay for accepting payments

    B2B firms exempted from using only BHIM, RuPay for accepting payments

    The relaxation has been issued for B2B companies, “If at least 95% of aggregate of all amounts received during the previous year, including amount received for sales, turnover or gross receipts, are by any mode other than cash,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes clarified on Wednesday.

    Whatsapp allowed for GST, excise related virtual hearings

    Whatsapp allowed for GST, excise related virtual hearings

    The directions follow instructions from Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) issued in April, allowing field offices to conduct hearings in customs, excise and service tax appeal cases via video conference with the consent of the appellant or respondent.

    GST officials seek directors’remuneration information

    GST officials seek directors’remuneration information

    This comes as only a few companies have started operations following the staggered opening up of the nationwide lockdown to counter the Covid-19 outbreak. The inquiries come on the heels of conflicting orders passed by the Authority of Advance Ruling in two states on the applicability of GST on the remuneration of directors.

    GST officials seek directors’remuneration information

    GST officials seek directors’remuneration information

    The inquiries come on the heels of conflicting orders passed by the Authority of Advance Ruling in two states on the applicability of GST on the remuneration of directors. The AAR Rajasthan said director remuneration is under the ambit of GST, while the AAR Karnataka ruled it was not.

    TDS cut to make eCommerce attractive for merchants

    TDS cut to make eCommerce attractive for merchants

    The 25% cut in tax deducted at source on ecommerce participants will make ecommerce more attractive for sellers and the cut in TDS on their commissions will provide them with more working capital immediately, tax experts said.

    Govt announces 25% cut in TDS/TCS rate for non-salary payments

    Govt announces 25% cut in TDS/TCS rate for non-salary payments

    The reduction will kick into effect from May 14 and will be valid on payment for contract, professional fees, interest, rent, dividend, commission, brokerage, among others, for the remaining part of the ongoing financial year. “This measure will release liquidity of Rs. 50,000 crore,” Sitharaman said.

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