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Uber yet to obtain two-wheeler taxi permit
Bengaluru : App-based cab aggregator Uber still does not have the requisite permission to offer two-wheeler taxi service uberMOTO and did not consult the government, said Karnataka transport commissioner Rame Gowda on Saturday.
 
"Why you (Uber) are not going to RTA and getting permission and the license, without that you are operating," Gowda told IANS.
 
Interestingly, Uber disseminated a statement saying it held discussions with the relevant authorities without giving the exact department name and details of the officials it met, which Gowda contended.
 
"In the spirit of collaborating with the government, we had extensive discussions with the relevant authorities over the past few days as we have made some modifications to our ongoing pilot service with a commitment to operate within the existing framework," said Uber in a statement.
 
Further clarifying its two-wheeler taxi service model, Uber said the service was launched to operate at cost only without any service fee during the pilot period.
 
"Cost, free or charity, we have to follow the rule. Where is the classified bike taxi which is under the category of commercial vehicle," refuted Gowda.
 
The cab hailing company is planning to prepare a key findings report after the pilot service ends to address the feasibility of uberMOTO and its ability to augment Bengaluru's urban mobility needs.
 
On being asked how the transport department identified Uber two-wheeler taxis as most of them do not bear any insignia, Gowda said they are using the company's app to order the service and later seize the vehicles.
 
An IANS reporter managed to book an uberMOTO on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. after slight difficulty as they are not abundantly available.
 
Uber and Ola launched pilot on-demand two-wheeler taxi services uberMOTO and Ola Bike, respectively, on March 3. Ola Bike later stopped its services and even removed the option to book a bike taxi on its app.
 
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Two Indians among those killed in Russia plane crash
New Delhi : Two Indians are among those killed in the FlyDubai plane crash in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup said on Saturday.
 
He said the Indian embassy in Moscow got this information from the list put out by the Russian authorities.
 
Swarup said the two Indians that appear on the list are Anju Kathirvel Aiyappan and Mohan Shyam.
 
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How 52,911 profitable Indian companies pay nil tax
"Why is it that subsidies going to the well-off are portrayed in a positive manner? Let me give you an example. The total revenue loss from incentives to corporate tax payers was over Rs.62,000 crore... I must confess I am surprised by the way words are used by experts on this matter. When a benefit is given to farmers or to the poor, experts and government officers normally call it a subsidy. However, I find that if a benefit is given to industry or commerce, it is usually an incentive or a subvention." -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, February 15, 2016, Delhi.
 
So effective have some incentives been that companies making larger profits are now paying a lower rate of effective tax, reveals my analysis of national tax data over five years, specifically, the Statement of Revenue Impact of Tax Incentives under the Central Tax System.
 
Effective tax rate is the tax rate actually paid by companies on profits, calculated as tax actually paid divided by profits before tax. For instance, the effective tax rate for a company making a profit up to Rs.1 crore was 29.37 percent; while the corporate tax rate was 22.88 percent for those with profits greater than Rs.500 crore in 2014-15.
 
This means companies making smaller profits are competing in an unequal environment against bigger companies with substantial taxation benefits, with the gap in effective tax rates widening over the years.
 
In 2014-15, as many as 43.6 percent Indian companies made losses, 3 percent companies made no profit and 47.4 percent of the companies made profits up to Rs.1 crore, the data for 2014-15 show. Less than 6 percent of India’s companies recorded profits in excess of Rs.1 crore, according to the data. In addition, the proportion of loss-making companies has grown between 2010-11 and 2014-15. 
 
Tax rates can even drop from 21.94 percent to 1.53 percent. As many as 52,911 companies made profits in 2014-15 and had nil effective tax rates or, in some cases, even below.
 
This happened because government incentives led to large declines in the effective tax rates for financial-leasing, sugar, cement, steel, mining contractors, power and energy, consultancy and paper companies. 
 
In addition, the companies also used an accounting trick called as accelerated depreciation that allows for greater deduction in the price of an asset during its earlier years to reduce their effective tax rates.
 
Effective corporate tax rates for these industries were slashed from 2010-11. Consider finance-leasing companies, which provide assets (equipment, vehicle, software) on lease. Their effective tax rate fell from 21.94 percent in 2010-11 to 1.53 percent in 2014-15.
 
Similarly, the effective tax rate of consultancy services declined from 34.29 percent in 2012-13 (the peak value over the last five years) to 15.88 percent in 2014-15.
 
Tax rates are generally kept low when the government wants to increase supply and overall industry size or when the government wants to support industries in difficulty. Many industries have passed those support phases. 
 
In 2015-16, India is expected to have produced excess sugar for its sixth consecutive year. Similarly, a global slowdown has led to an oversupply of cement. Yet, these industries have benefitted from falling effective-tax rates.
 
Had the effective-tax rates on some of such industries been the same as the 2010-11 rates, additional cumulative tax collected over the last four years from them would have totalled Rs.39,000 crore. This is based on an assumption that the tax rates would have had no impact on the profits before tax.
 
Public companies paid higher effective tax rates (25.03 percent) than private companies (23.36 percent) in 2014-15. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech last February, said the government would phase out tax exemptions and deductions, a move that would bring clarity to the tax regime.
 
While effective tax rates rose between 2012-13 and 2014-15, many exemptions remain, especially for larger companies.
 
For instance, corporates have a statutory tax rate of 33.84 percent, which they must pay on profits. However, the effective tax rate in 2014-15 was 24.67 percent. Although this rate is higher than it was in 2013-14 (23.22 percent), incentives to companies still cost the government thousands of crores.
 
The government provided the corporate sector Rs.65,067 crore in tax breaks or exemptions in 2014-15 and is expected to forego Rs.68,710 crore in 2015-16. Compare this with the money set aside for agriculture and farmers’ welfare, Rs.35,984 crore, and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Rs.38,500 crore.
 
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COMMENTS

Vikas Sivaraman

8 months ago

We need tax reforms precisely to adress thee anamolies in taxation.

Gopalakrishnan T V

8 months ago

The accounts are fudged as dictated by the Companies' managements in such a way that companies show heavy losses or marginal profits.Unfortunately, the accountants, lawyers and the authorities show more loyalty to the Companies and help them to avoid payment of taxes.

J Pinto

8 months ago

This "strong" "nationalist" Government deliberately slept and allowed Vijay Mallya to flee from his 9000 crore debt to PSU banks.

This means higher taxes required from the aam admi ?

J Pinto

8 months ago

Should government tax the private sector more to support loss making PSUs like Air India and the banks?

Is the objective not to create a larger pie so that everyone can have a bigger slice?

Is the government the best user of the profits ?

Accelerated depreciation is not "an Accounting Trick". It is meant to encourage investment in new capacity that is more capital investment. It can back-fire through when excessive capacity is created and a lot of it lies idle.

PRABIR KR SINHA

8 months ago

RTI Act is a very good act for the nonpolitical persons. But the govt employees specially the state govt employees are very much reluctant to give the reply of queirry specially where the political leaders may exposed with the reply.
I think Modi govt must give more and more importance for quick, proper reply of every RTI questions.
p.k.sinha

Parimal Shah

8 months ago

This is due to the crony capitalism practiced by the erstwhile governments, mainly Congress, to fill up their own pockets and creation of black money that is sent and kept in tax heavens.
Modi government must now undo those idiotic and undesirable practices and do justice to the common man by withdrawing all such subsidies to the rich in the form of incentives and subventions and what not.
This will ultimately benefit the common man on the street.
-Parimal

KAVIRAJ B PATIL

8 months ago

The article would have been better if a lot more statistics had been provided by the author with examples of some top companies getting this benefit.

Suketu Shah

9 months ago

Great article.

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