Revenue Department Current Affairs - 2020

GoI: Rebate of State and Central Taxes Scheme in the form of Scrips

On May 1, 2020, the Government of India announced that the Rebate of State and Central Scheme arrears are to be provided in the form of scrips. It is to be provided by the Department of Revenue Communication.

Highlights

The ROSL scheme was discontinued in March 2019. The scheme was replaced with Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies Scheme. The arrears to be provided in the form of scrips is to benefit many of the cotton textile exporters.

What is a scrip?

Scrip is a certificate that is subscribed to a bank or an individual entitling the holder a part of dividend or an amount of money.

ROSL scheme

The scheme supported apparels and made ups. The state and central taxes continue to be present in the cost of exports. The scheme rebates state and central taxes. This will include more than 56% of India’s textile export basket. The aim is to make the textile sector competitive.

Cotton Export

Cotton fabrics and yarn account to 23% of total textiles and apparel exports in India. In 2018-19, the total cotton production was 28.7 million bales. In the same year, the cotton clothing exports were 36.62 billion USD. India exports cotton and cotton products mainly to UAE, US, UK, France.

USA is the major exporter of cotton in the world.

61 Individuals Declared Annual Income of Over Rs 100 Crore

As per the information provided by Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan to the Lok Sabha 61 individuals who declared an income of more than Rs 100 crore during the assessment year 2017-18.

Even though the numbers have increased sharply from the 38 individuals reporting income over Rs 100 Crore in the previous assessment year, it is still a minuscule number in a population of 1.3 billion Indians.

In the assessment year 2014-15, the number of individuals disclosing a gross total income of over Rs 100 crore in a year in his/her return of income filed with the Income Tax (IT) department was 24.

Even though there has been a sharp increase in the number of individuals declaring income of over 100 crore, it has been said the actual numbers are predominantly more and reported numbers are less due to the large scale underreporting.

The following steps have been initiated to prevent the under-reporting:

  • Government is taking stringent actions under the Benami Properties Transactions Act and properties valued at Rs 6,900 crore were under attachment by agencies.
  • Income tax authorities had identified more than 2,000 benami transactions till December 2018 which includes include deposits in bank accounts, land, apartments and jewellery and the provisional attachment of properties had been done in over 1,800 cases.
  • The Revenue Department under the Ministry of Finance is setting up a mechanism to ensure that all returns are processed within 24 hours and refunds issued simultaneously to increase the compliance in the filing of IT returns.

The government has already sanctioned Rs 4,200 crore for the upgrade of information technology infrastructure of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for processing returns, refunds, faceless scrutiny and verification.