Banking: ICICI Bank Offers Cardless Cash Withdrawal at ATMs

ICICI Bank announced its ‘Cardless Cash Withdrawal’ service that allows its customers to transfer money from their account to anyone in India with a mobile number. The recipient can withdraw money round the clock without using a debit card from over 10,000 ATMs of ICICI Bank across the country. The sender needs to be an ICICI Bank savings account holder.

 

The facility can be initiated by any ICICI Bank savings account customer (sender) by logging into Internet banking of ICICI Bank website. The sender first needs to register the recipient’s name, mobile number and address. The sender will get a four-digit verification code while the recipient a six-digit reference code, over SMS.

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Tax: CBDT Rationalises Norms of Scrutiny

The income-tax department has rationalised the norms for scrutiny of tax returns, to bring it in line with global best practices. As per the norms released by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), all cases where income exceeds Rs10 lakh over the previous year’s will continue to be selected, as well as cases relating to survey, search and seizure and reassessment.

 

However, the previous requirement of selection of all cases where value of international transactions exceeds Rs15 crore has been dropped.

 

The CBDT norms said cases involving addition in an earlier assessment year on the issue of transfer pricing in excess of Rs10 crore “on a substantial and recurring question of law or fact which is confirmed in appeal or is pending before an appellate authority” will be selected for scrutiny.

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Investment: No Retrospective Effect of New Capital Gains Tax Rules

The Madras High Court, in a recent order, has held that the restrictive provisions introduced in the Income Tax (I-T) Act, which call for reinvestment in only ‘one’ residential house in India for claiming capital gains tax exemption, apply from fiscal April 2014. The Finance Bill, 2014, had clarified that the benefit of capital gains tax exemption under Sections 54 and 54F was intended only in respect of reinvestment in one residential house in India. Thus, on enactment of the Bill, the relevant Sections of the I-T Act were amended.

 

Earlier, the words used in the I-T Act were reinvestment in ‘a residential house’. Prior to the amendment, there was ambiguity on whether the term ‘a residential house’ meant a single unit or could include more than one house.

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