Valuation Certificate by Registered Valuer


Only Registered Valuer can issue valuation certificate

The Companies Act, 2013 has introduced the concept of Registered Valuer vide Section 247 of the Act which makes it mandatory that where the valuation is required for any stocks, shares, debentures, property, securities and/or goodwill or any other assets or the net worth of a company and/or its liabilities by and under the provisions of the Act, the valuation shall be done by a registered valuer. 

Provisions which require valuation

A brief look at the Act would show that there are a few provisions which mandate valuation through a registered valuer.  Some of them are briefly referred here-under:
·         Section 62(1)(c): Further issue of share capital
·         Section 192(2): Restriction on non-cash transaction involving directors
·         Section 230(2): Scheme for corporate debt restructuring
·         Rule 8 of Companies (Share capital and debentures) Rules, 2014:  Issue of sweat equity: the price shall be determined by a registered valuer.

Valuer under other Acts

Even SEBI regulations and IBC requires valuation by a registered valuer.

Designated Authority for RV

The Central Government has designated the IBBI- Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India to be the authority under the Rules.  The IBBI website shows that around Eleven Registered Valuers Organisations have been recognized by it as on 23.04.2019


Who can apply for the Valuation Examination



What is the process to be followed to become a Valuer member?
  1. ·        An individual has to first enroll as a valuer member with Registered Valuers Organisation and complete 50 hours Educational Course conducted by the RVO.

  • ·        On completion of the Course and receiving a certificate of participation, the valuer member has to clear examination conducted by IBBI.
  • ·        After clearing examination, valuer member to enroll with RVO and to make an application to the Authority in Form A of the Annexure II of the Companies (Registered Valuers and Valuation) Rules, 2017.


Syllabus






 Valuation Standards

As per Rule 8 of Companies (Registered Valuers and Valuation) Rules, 2017, the registered valuer shall, while conducting a valuation, comply with the valuation standards as notified or modified under rule 18: 2 Provided that until the valuation standards are notified or modified by the Central Government, a valuer shall make valuations as per-
(a) internationally accepted valuation standards; 
(b) valuation standards adopted by any registered valuers organisation.

Appointment
The registered valuer has to be appointed by an audit committee and in its absence the Board of directors.




Inter branch supply to be done at transfer price under GST


One of the many pangs of having SGST and CGST structure within GST and which is likely to continue is tax on inter-branch supply
For companies with a presence in multiple states, the Karnataka Appellate Authority for Advance Rulings has upheld the levy of goods and services tax on services rendered by one office branch to other centres. 

In-house service functions such as human resources and payrolls, if carried out from a centre in one state for offices in other states, will attract GST for which it will have to issue an invoice. 

A large business based in New Delhi with centralised finance, IT and HR unctions for branches across states would be deemed to be providing support services to the other locations and would need to raise invoices charging GST. 

“We uphold the ruling dated 27.07.2018 passed by the Karnataka Authority for Advance Ruling…,” the AAAR said in its order. 
The decision has wide ramifications for companies with offices in many states, adding to their transaction costs and compliance burden even though the tax paid can be adjusted against their final GST liability. 

However, adjusting the tax paid on in-house transfers is not an option for companies that deal in goods or services that are exempt from GST. These include sectors such as healthcare and education, which are exempt from GST, and petroleum and liquor, which are out of the ambit of the tax.

The Authority for Advance Rulings had in response to an application by Bengaluru-based Columbia Asia Hospitals held that the employer-employee relationship in the corporate office exists only there and not with other office units even if they are part of the same legal entity, as far as the GST law is concerned. 

The company then approached the appellate body against the ruling, saying that the Authority for Advance Rulings had erred in holding that activities carried out at the India Management Office in relation to employment such as accounting, other administrative and IT systems maintenance, which indirectly benefit units located in the other states, was between distinct persons as per Section 25 (4) of the act and shall be treated as supply as per entry 2 of Schedule I of the act. 

“The Appellant has placed reliance on a few CESTAT (Central Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal) decisions to buttress their case. We have gone through all case laws relied upon and hold that the said decisions will not be applicable to the matter at hand since they were rendered in the context of the Service Tax law,” the Appellate Authority said. 

Although these rulings are case specific, they have a persuasive impact on tax assessment of other companies under similar circumstances. Tax experts said the salary of employees should not to be added as the employment contract is specifically kept outside the ambit of GST. 
“This ruling, however, clearly states that employee cost also has to be added as well, though it indicates that strategic, control, coordination and policy related work done from head office may not qualify as a ‘service,’” said Pratik Jain, national indirect tax leader at PwC. 

Companies will need to undertake a proper transfer pricing study to comply. “The GST council needs to examine this issue in detail and either come up with a clarification or amendment in law so that this concept does not cause undue hardship for the industry,” Jain added. 

By  Deepshikha Sikarwar 
ET Bureau | Dec 29, 2018

Tax on Income from other sources,gift tax, angel tax



ANGEL TAX
Valuing Private Company
Section 56(2)(viib), also called the ‘Angel Tax’, is a tax levied by the government on any private company that raises capital above its fair-market value. The difference between this FMV and the price at which the shares are issued are taxed in their hands at the maximum marginal rate. The concept of taxing capital receipts and investments as income is unique in the principle of taxation and exists only in India in this clause.
Though the law offers the choice of valuation to the assessee company, what we’re witnessing is the asessing officers disregarding this freedom and instead taking it upon themselves to value the company. These officers ignore the valuation report prepared by a merchant banker or a chartered accountant in favour of the current net worth of the company.

Source of Investment
To establish the creditworthiness of the investor (Section 68), the assessing officers are demanding the bank statements, income tax returns and financial statements of all the investors from these companies.
Given the sensitive nature of these documents, not every investor feels comfortable sharing them with their investee company.
In spite of the tax department having these documents on record, which can be accessed by them via the investor’s Permanent Account Number, these heavy demands are made of the companies with a very narrow compliance timeframe.


GIFT TAX


Taxable gift
·         Amount received When any amount received exceeds Rs 50000 (from other than specified relatives) than whole received amount will be taxable or
·         Any immovable property is received without consideration if stamp duty value of such property is more than Rs.50000/- than stamp duty value of such property will be taxable.
·         If any immovable property is received for a inadequate consideration, (means consideration is less than stamp duty value of property) which stamp duty value exceeding Rs.50, 000, the stamp duty value of such property as Exceeds such consideration will be chargeable.
However wef A.y 2019-20, the above provision has been amended which is as follows:U/s 562(x)
If any immovable property is received for a consideration , the stamp duty value of which exceeds  105 percent of the consideration and the difference between stamp duty and consideration exceeds Rs 50000, than the difference amount between stamp duty and consideration  shall be taxable as income from other source.
It should be noted that, that where the date of the agreement fixing the amount of consideration for the transfer of immovable property and the date of registration are not the same, the stamp duty value on the date of the agreement may be taken for the purposes provided that the the amount of consideration for the said immovable property , or a part thereof, has been paid by any mode other than cash on or before the date of the agreement for the transfer of such immovable property.
Movable property is received without consideration which aggregate fair market value is more than Rs.50000/- than tax will be charge on aggregate fair market value of movable property.
If movable property received for a lesser consideration, means consideration is less than the Fair market value but Fair market value exceeds by Rs.50, 000, than the fmv as exceeds such consideration will be chargeable to tax.
For example if Gold Jewellery Rs 1050000 received for consideration 200000 than whole 850000 will be taxable in the hand of recipient.

Foreign Remittance requirements in India

Change of Procerss-Foreign Remittance-online Submission of Form A2  

Ther are major changes in rules relating to furnishing of Information in respect of payment to the Non -Resident with effect from 01.04.2016.
For remittances abroad, you might be required to furnish information in the four forms:
1. Form A2 (Required as per FEMA)
2. Application cum Declaration for purchase of foreign exchange under LRS (Required as per FEMA)
3. Form 15 CA (Required as per Income Tax Act)
4. Form 15 CB (Required as per Income Tax Act)
Your remittances to non-residents abroad will be governed by FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act). Additionally, the authorized dealer banks need to ensure that your remittance is in compliance with the Income Tax laws i.e. tax has been duly paid on the funds being remitted and TDS, if any has been deducted.
Further, Remittances under LRS do not require RBI approval. RBI has delegated the power to Authorized dealer banks. Authorized dealer bank has to satisfy itself that the remittance/drawal of foreign currency is not in contravention of FEMA or Income Tax Act.
  • For compliance with FEMA, it may rely on Form A2 and declaration under LRS.
  • For compliance with Income Tax Act, it will rely on Form 15 CA and Form 15 CB, if required.
Earlier, Form A2 was submitted manually with the Authorized dealer bank along with other requisite documents. Now, it will be submitted online along with 
applicable purpose code (Refer the attached Circular for code list).

Changes in Furnishing Form A2 for Foreign Remittances w.e.f. 01.04.2016:

  • Authorized dealer banks, offering internet banking facility to their customers allow online submission of Form A2 (Application for Remittance Abroad) and also enable uploading/submission of documents, if any. Therefore it is mandatory to file online Form A2.The application cum declaration for purchase of foreign exchange under the Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS) of USD 250,000 has been clubbed with Form A2.Form A2 will be submitted to the Authorized dealer bank mentioning the Purpose Code for the remittance

Advance Income Tax Liability - Computation based on estimated income less tax deductions and credits


Difference in advance tax schedule of Companies and Individuals removed
The current advance tax payment schedule for a company is 15%, 45%, 75% and 100% (cumulative) of income tax payable on the full financial year's income to be paid by 15th June, 15th September, 15th December and 15th March, respectively. 

Till last financial year, individuals liable to pay advance tax, had to pay 30%, 60% and 100% (cumulatively) of tax payable on the full fiscal's income by 15th September, 15th December and 15th March, respectively. An individual with a tax liability of Rs 10,000 or or more in a financial year is required to pay advance tax in that year as per current income tax law. Budget 2016 has replaced the separate advance tax payment schedule for individuals with the same schedule as applicable to companies. 




Computation of Advance tax




 Applicability of Advance Tax requirements in MAT Cases
With the introduction of section 115JB ,clarity on the issue of advance tax was brought in by by CBDT which issued circular saying that the advance tax is applicable and so also section 234B & 234 C for MAT payment for section 115JB.


Example of Advance tax default which cannot be avoided : in case estimated income keeps increasing every quarter



Analysts adjustments to Financial Statements


Definition of 'Pension Shortfall'

A situation in which a company offering employees a defined benefit plan does not have enough money set aside to meet the pension obligations to employees who will be retired in the future.

With a defined benefit plan, the employer bears the risk of the investments in the plan. Therefore, when investments such as stocks perform poorly, a shortfall occurs, meaning there isn't enough money in the pension plan to meet the needs of people about to retire. A company can rectify a pension shortfall by increasing investment returns (usually an unlikely course of occurrence) or putting aside more money into the pension plan, thereby reducing the company's net income.

As an example, in August 2002, UBS Warburg reported that General Motors had a pension shortfall of $22.2 billion, equal to 83% of the company's market value. This means that $4 of the first $5 that GM earns per share each year stands to get eaten up by pension obligations.












Fund Raising : Debt Funds other than Bank Finance - External Commercial Borrowing (ECB), Commercial Paper

External Commercial Borrowing (ECB),

The Reserve Bank of India has issued a Circular dated 30 November 2015, outlining the new framework for External Commercial Borrowings (ECB), replacing the existing guidelines issued about a decade ago. The overarching principle of the new framework has been to liberalise and encourage long term ECBs denominated in foreign currency, and ECBs denominated in INR. 

For this purpose, these ECBs have been segregated from other ECBs as separate ‘Track II’ and ‘Track III’ respectively under the new framework. Further, there have been various amendments made in respect of other ECBs having average maturity of less than 10 years.



Commercial Paper - unsecured and cost effective way of raising short term funds for corporates having a good credit rating

1. Commercial Paper (CP) is an unsecured money market instrument issued in the form of a promissory note. CP as a privately placed instrument, was introduced in India
in 1990 with a view to enabling highly rated corporate borrowers to diversify their sources of short-term borrowings and to provide an additional instrument to investors.

2. CP can be issued for maturities between a minimum of 15 days and a maximum upto one year from the date of issue.

3. The minimum credit rating shall be P-2 of CRISIL or such equivalent rating by other agencies.

4. CP can be issued in denominations of Rs.5 lakh or multiples thereof. Amount invested by single investor should not be less than Rs.5 lakh (face value).

5. An FI can issue CP within the overall umbrella limit fixed by the RBI i.e., issue of CP together with other instruments viz., term money borrowings, term deposits, certificates of deposit and inter-corporate deposits should not exceed 100 per cent of its net owned funds, as per the latest audited balance sheet.

6. CP will be issued at a discount to face value as may be determined by the issuer.

7. The initial investor in CP shall pay the discounted value of the CP by means of a crossed account payee cheque to the account of the issuer through IPA. On maturity of CP, when the CP is held in physical form, the holder of the CP shall present the
instrument for payment to the issuer through the IPA.Issuing and Paying Agent (IPA)

8. Disclosure In Financials:
---> Shown Under Current Liabilities
----> Interest: Total Interest cost shall be taken as pre paid interest and same shall be charged to Profit and Loss account.

CPs guidelines from 30th June 2001.
1. Cps Should be in Dmat form with NSDL\CDSL
2.Can now be issued as
-Standalone Facility (means without approval from Consortium Bankers)
-Against Working Capital Requirements
3.Eligibility Criteria to issue CPs
a.Tangible NW not less than 4.00cr
b.should have Working capital limits sanctioned by Banks\FI
c.The borrower account should be classified as Standard Asset
d.Should have valid credit rating from ICRA\CRISIL\FITCH\CARE
e.The rating should be current & not due for renewal at the time & during issue
f.Borrowing should not exceed the rating amount or maximum amount authorized
by BOD by way of resolution

4.Who Can Act as IPA(Issuing & Paying Agent)
Any Scheduled Bank can act as IPA
5.General Guidelines
CP will be issues at discount value
No CP Issue can be underwritten
Period not <15> one year
Minimum Denomination - 5,00,000.00 & multiples thereof(each ofFV 5.00L as1 unit)


6.Breif Process
Approach IPA, enter into IPA agreement & it should stamped as per stamp duty law
Issuer should have agreement with Depository(NSDLis alloting ISINs for Cps)
Issuer can get ISIN (created based on maturity date)by submitting Letter of Intent in the format prescribed by NSDL & it is same for whole CP programme. ISIN number should be known to IPA through Issuer \Registrar
As per RBI requirement the entire CP Prog should completed within 2 weeks from date of commencement of issue.

IPA Should open 3 accounts one is CP - Account for crediting the funds second CP- Allotment account & thirdly CP Redemption Account.
Upon the instructions of the Issuer, Registrar will credit the Cp units to CP Allotment A/C .
Upon Redemptin all investors transfer their Dmat Cps to CP - Redemption a\c with written instruction to IPA to pay the amount. Subject to availability of funds IPA settles the CP Account & advice the Registrar to cancel the Dmat CP as a Debit Corporate action..
7.List of details submitted to IPA
Original Rating letter (one time).
Jumbo CP\Demand Promissory Note with duly stamped.
Deal Confirmation signed by both parties(BSCPL & Bank)
Confirmation to eligibility norms prescribed by RBI (with supporting Copy of Board
resolutions, copy of Latest audited B\S & rating letter).
CP Placement Deal (Value date)i.e.Request letter.
The docs submitted to RBI also should be through IPA only.
ISIN Number from NSDL.
Board Resolutions (293(1)(a),293(1)(d), & for issue of Cps)
8. Docs to NSDL
Master file creation form(company details, CP details & IPA details)
Coporate action form for CPs(regarding fell details of CPs)
Letter of intent for ISIN No.
9.Docs to Bank
Undertaking that total borrowing is within the limits.
Letter of Offer for CPs
Deal Confirmation \Contract Note.
RTGS request.




Acceptance of Deposits by companies under new companies act 2013


ELIGIBLE COMPANY WHICH CAN RECEIVE DEPOSITS FROM PUBLIC
“Eligible Company” means a public company as referred to in sub-section (1) of section 76, having a net worth of not less than Rs. 100 Crores or a turnover of not less than Rs. 500 Crores and which has obtained the prior consent of the company in general meeting by means of a special resolution and also filed the said resolution with the Registrar of Companies before making any invitation to the Public for acceptance of deposits.
Provided that an eligible company, which is accepting deposits within the limits specified under clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 180, may accept deposits by means of an ordinary resolution;
 QUANTUM OF DEPOSITS THAT CAN BE ACCEPTED
A. From members
  • No Eligible company shall accept or renew any deposit from its members, if the amount of such deposit together with the amount of deposits outstanding as on the date of acceptance or renewal of such deposits from members exceeds 10% of the aggregate of the paid-up share capital and free reserves of the company and
  • No other company shall accept or renew any deposits from its members if the amount of such deposits together with the amount of other deposits outstanding as on the date of acceptance or renewal of such deposits exceeds 25% of the aggregate of the paid-up share capital and free reserves of the company.
B. From public
  • No eligible company shall accept or renew any deposit from public, if the amount of such deposit other than the deposit received from members, together with the amount of deposits outstanding on the date of acceptance or renewal exceeds 25% of aggregate of the paid-up share capital and free reserves of the company.
  • No Government company eligible to accept deposits under section 76 shall accept or renew any deposit, if the amount of such deposits together with the amount of other deposits outstanding as on the date of acceptance or renewal exceeds 35% of the paid-up share capital and free reserves of the company.
CONDITIONS TO BE SATISFIED FOR ACCEPTING DEPOSITS
o   Resolution to be passed by company in general meeting.
o   Rules as may be framed by RBI to be complied with.
o   Circular to be issued to members showing financial position of the company, the credit rating obtained, details of outstanding deposits, if any, and other particulars as given below.
o   Deposit Repayment Reserve Account to be opened with a scheduled bank and atleast 15% of amount of deposits maturing during the current and next financial year to be deposited in the account. This account cannot be used for any other purpose.
o   Deposit insurance to be provided in the manner prescribed below:
ü  Every company referred to in sub-section (2) of section 73 and every other eligible company inviting deposits shall enter into a contract for providing deposit insurance at least thirty days before the issue of circular or advertisement or at least thirty days before the date of renewal, as the case may be
ü  The deposit insurance contract shall specifically provide that in case the company defaults in repayment of principal amount and interest thereon, the depositor shall be entitled to the repayment of principal amount of deposits and the interest thereon by the insurer up to the aggregate monetary ceiling as specified in the contract
ü  In the case of any deposit and interest not exceeding twenty thousand rupees, the deposit insurance contract shall provide for payment of the full amount of the deposit and interest and in the case of any deposit and the interest thereon in excess of twenty thousand rupees, the deposit insurance contract shall provide for payment of an amount not less than twenty thousand rupees for each depositor
ü  The amount of insurance premium paid on the insurance of such deposits shall be borne by the company itself and shall not be recovered from the depositors
ü  If any default is made by the company in complying with the terms and conditions of the deposit insurance contract which makes the insurance cover ineffective, the company shall either rectify the default immediately or enter into a fresh contract within thirty days and in case of non-compliance, the amount of deposits covered under the deposit insurance contract and interest payable thereon shall be repaid within the next fifteen days and if such a company does not repay the amount of deposits within said fifteen days it shall pay fifteen per cent interest per annum for the period of delay and shall be treated as having defaulted and shall be liable to be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
o   Certificate to be provided regarding absence of any default by the company in repayment of deposit or interest thereon, either before or after the commencement of this Act.
o   Repayment of deposit and interest may also be secured by creation of charge on the assets and property of the company in compliance with rules in this regard.
o   Deposits which are unsecured or partially secured shall be so mentioned in all documents related to invitation or acceptance of deposits.
o   Credit rating should be obtained for accepting deposits from public
o   Every deposit accepted by a company under this section shall be repaid with interest in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement entered between the company and depositor.
o   In case of failure of company to repay deposits or interest thereon, the depositors can approach the Tribunal to obtain necessary orders for the company to make the payment or for any loss or damage incurred


DEBENTURE - COMPLIANCE


Debenture Redemption Investment is to be made before 30th April @15% of debentures to be redeemed up to 31st March of next year.

Every company required to create/maintain DRR shall on or before the 30th April of each year, deposit or invest, as the case may be, a sum which shall not be less than fifteen percent of the amount of its debentures maturing during the year ending on the 31st day of March next year in any one or more of the following methods, namely: (a) in deposits with any scheduled bank, free from charge or lien (b) in unencumbered securities of the Central Government or of any State Government; (c) in unencumbered securities mentioned in clauses (a) to (d) and (ee) of section 20 of the Indian Trusts Act, 1882; (d) in unencumbered bonds issued by any other company which is notified under clause (fl of section 20 of the Indian Trusts Act, 1882; (v) The amount deposited or invested, as the case may be, above shall not be utilized for any purpose other than for the repayment of debentures maturing during the year referred above, provided that the amount remaining deposited or invested, as the case may be, shall not at any time fall below 15 per cent of the amount of debentures maturing during the 3lst day of March of that year'

CHAPTER X of SEBI

GUIDELINES FOR ISSUE OF DEBT INSTRUMENTS


10.3 Creation of Debenture Redemption Reserves(DRR)

10.3.1 A company has to create DRR in case of issue of debenture with maturity of more than 18 months.

10.3.2 The issuer shall create DRR in accordance with the provisions given below,

(a) If debentures are issued for project finance for DRR can be created upto the date of commercial production.

(b) The DRR in respect of debentures issued for project finance may be created either in equal instalments or higher amounts if profits so permit.

In the case of partly convertible debentures, DRR shall be created in respect of non-convertible portion of debenture issue on the same lines as applicable for fully non-convertible debenture issue.

In respect of convertible issues by new companies, the creation of DRR shall commence from the year the company earns profits for the remaining life of debentures.

(e) DRR shall be treated as a part of General Reserve for consideration of bonus issue proposals and for price fixation related to post tax return.

Company shall create DRR equivalent to 50% of the amount of debenture issue before debenture redemption commences.

Drawl from DRR is permissible only after 10% of the debenture liability has actually been redeemed by the company.

The requirement of creation of a DRR shall not be applicable in case of issue of debt instruments by infrastructure companies.

Section 117C requires every company to create a Debenture Redemption Reserve (DRR) to which 'adequate amounts' shall be credited out of its 'profits' every year until such debentures are redeemed, and shall utilize the same exclusively for redemption of a particular set or series of debentures only. Thus, the quantum of DRR to be created before the redemption liability actually arises in normal circumstances should be 'adequate' to pay the value of debentures plus accrued interest (if not already paid), till the debentures are redeemed and cancelled. Since the Section requires that the amount to be credited as DRR will be carved out of profits of the company only, there is no obligation on the part of the company to create DRR if there is no profit for the particular year.

Inbound Investment into India - FDI - Foreign Direct Investment , FPI- Foreign Portfolio Investment

Inbound Investment - Foreign Direct Investment in India




Automatic Route 
FDI up to 100% is allowed under the automatic route in all activities/sectors except the following which require prior approval of the Government:

 i) where provisions of Press Note 1 (2005 Series) issued by the Government of India are attracted.

 ii) where more than 24% foreign equity is proposed to be inducted for manufacture of items reserved for the Small Scale sector.

 iii) FDI in sectors/activities to the extent permitted under Automatic Route   does not require any prior approval either by the Government or the Reserve Bank of India. 

The investors are only required to notify the Regional Office concerned of  the Reserve Bank of India within 30 days of receipt of inward remittances and file the required documents along with form FC-GPR with that Office within 30 days of issue of shares to the non-resident investors. 

Government Route 
 FDI in activities not covered under the automatic route requires prior Government approval and are considered by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Ministry of Finance. Application can be made in Form FC-IL; Plain paper applications carrying all relevant details are also accepted. Decision of the FIPB usually conveyed in 4-6 weeks. Thereafter, filings have to be made by the Indian company with the RBI 

Indian companies having foreign investment approval through FIPB route do not require any further clearance from the Reserve Bank of India for receiving inward remittance and issue of shares to the non-resident investors. The companies are required to notify the concerned Regional Office of the Reserve Bank of India of receipt of inward remittances within 30 days of such receipt and submit form FC-GPR within 30 days of issue of shares to the non-resident investors. 


Update on Forms to be filed on receipt of FDI

RBI vide circular No. 40 dated 1st February 2016, has enabled filing online returns with Reserve Bank of India with a view to promoting the ease of reporting of transactions related to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

The Reserve Bank of India, under the aegis of the e-Biz project of the Government of India has enabled online filing of the following returns with the Reserve Bank of India viz.
·   Advance Remittance Form (ARF) which is used by the companies to report the FDI inflows to RBI;
·   FCGPR Form which a company submits to RBI for reporting the issue of eligible instruments to the overseas investor against the above mentioned FDI inflow; and
·   FCTRS Form which is submitted to RBI for transfer of securities between resident and person outside India.

At present both the options, i.e. online filing and physical filing of above mentioned forms, are available to the users. Based on the experience it has been decided that beginning February 8, 2016 the physical filing of forms ARF, FCGPR and FC-TRS will be discontinued and forms submitted in online mode only through e-Biz portal will be accepted.

To read the full circular please click here

What is considered as FDI - Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign investment is reckoned as FDI only if the investment is made in equity shares of an Indian company or fully and mandatorily convertible preference shares or  fully and mandatorily convertible debentures “with the pricing being decided upfront as a figure or based on the formula that is decided upfront”**.

Routes for FDI flow in to Indian companies:
 An Indian company may receive Foreign Direct Investment under the two routes as given under:
i. Automatic Route
FDI is allowed under the automatic route without prior approval either of the Government or the Reserve Bank of India in all activities/sectors as specified in the consolidated FDI Policy, issued by the Government of India from time to time.
ii. Government Route
FDI in activities not covered under the automatic route requires prior approval of the Government which are considered by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.

Modes of payment allowed for receiving Foreign Direct Investment in an Indian company:
An Indian company issuing shares /convertible debentures under FDI Scheme to a person resident outside India shall receive the amount of consideration required to be paid for such shares /convertible debentures by:
(i) inward remittance through normal banking channels.
(ii) debit to NRE / FCNR account of a person concerned maintained with an AD category I bank.
(iii) conversion of royalty / lump sum / technical know how fee due for payment or conversion of ECB, shall be treated as consideration for issue of shares.
(iv) conversion of import payables / pre incorporation expenses / share swap can be treated as consideration for issue of shares with the approval of FIPB.
(v) debit to non-interest bearing Escrow account in Indian Rupees in India which is opened with the approval from AD Category – I bank and is maintained with the AD Category I bank on behalf of residents and non-residents towards payment of share purchase consideration.

Procedure to be followed after investment is made under the Automatic Route or with Government approval
A two-stage reporting procedure has to be followed
Stage – 1: Reporting about inward remittance received :
Within 30 days of receipt of share application money/amount of consideration from the non-resident investor, the Indian company is required to report to the Foreign Exchange Department, jurisdiction Regional Office of the Reserve Bank of India.
Documents to be submitted at RBI  regional offices:
1.      Advance Reporting Form (Annexure II) duly filled & signed by the client
2.      Name and address of the foreign investor/s
3.      Date of receipt of funds and the Rupee equivalent;
4.      Name and address of the authorised dealer through whom the funds have been received;
5.      Details of the Government approval, if any; and
6.      KYC report on the non-resident investor from the overseas bank remitting the amount of consideration.
Time limit for issue of shares/Debentures:
The Indian company has to ensure that the shares/Debentures shall be  issued within 180 days from the date of inward remittance or date of debit to NRE / FCNR (B) / Escrow account.
Violation:If the shares or convertible debentures are not issued within 180 days from the date of receipt of the inward remittance or date of debit to NRE / FCNR (B) / Escrow account, the amount shall be refunded.
Relaxation: Reserve Bank may on an application made to it and for sufficient reasons permit an Indian Company to refund / allot shares for the amount of consideration received towards issue of security if such amount is outstanding beyond the period of 180 days from the date of receipt.

Stage – 2 : Reporting about issue of FDI Instruments i.e shares/FCPS/FCD:
The company shall report Within 30 days from the date of issue to the jurisdictional regional office of the Reserve bank of India with following documents
1.Form FC-GPR (Annexure I) duly filled & signed By Managing Director/Directors/secretary
2. Certificate from Statutory Auditors/ SEBI registered Merchant Banker / Chartered Accountant indicating the manner of arriving at the price of the shares issued to the persons resident outside India.
3.Certified copies of Foreign Inward Remittance certificate (FIRC’s)

Are the investments and profits earned in India repatriable:
All foreign investments are freely repatriable (net of applicable taxes) except in cases where:
Ø  The foreign investment is in a sector like Construction and Development Projects and Defence wherein the foreign investment is subject to a lock-in-period

Ø  NRIs choose to invest specifically under non-repatriable schemes.
Further, dividends (net of applicable taxes) declared on  foreign investments can be remitted freely through an Authorised Dealer bank.

**No upfront pricing – consequences: Any foreign investment into an instrument issued by an Indian company which does not involve upfront pricing of the instrument should be reckoned as Eternal Commercial Borrowing and have to comply with the ECB guidelines.( and not FDI guidelines)

Options for Foreign Company to set up operations in India
Summary:
As a Foreign Company
·         Liaison/Representation Office
·         Project office
·         Branch office
As an Indian Company
·         Joint Venture
·         Subsidiary Company (Wholly owned)
Procedureal brief for a Foreign Company
Option 1: Setting up of Liaison / Representation Office in India or Project office or Branch office
Step 1: Requires permission of RBI (Form FNC 1)
Step 2: Set up office/ branch in India
Step 3: Intimate concerned Registrar of Companies (ROC) within 30 days from the date of setting up office, along with prescribed information & documents
Benefits:
-       This liaison / representation office can act only as a channel of communication for foreign company, and its role can be to collect information about potential Indian consumers and serve them information related to foreign company products or services. However,  It can though promote export/import from/to India and also facilitate technical/financial collaboration.
-       Project office is suitable for a foreign company looking to undertake a temporary project/site office in India
-      Low compliance costs and direct legal control / arm of foreign company
-      Repatriation of surplus is permitted
Drawbacks:
-       No commercial activity (directly or indirectly) is permitted to undertake in India for a liaison office
-       No other activities other than related to project are permitted
-       It can’t earn any income in India
-       Such offices may be considered as foreign company for Income tax and therefore branch income earned in India attracts tax @ 40% + applicable cess (where branch income = profit attributable to branch operations compared to overall / global operations
As an Indian Company
Option 2: Setting up another company in India as an Indian company
Under this option, foreign company and/ or directors of the foreign company can become promoter and float the company (Wholly owned Subsidiary) Or
Relatives of foreign directors, who are resident of India, can be made promoter of the Indian company (Joint Venture)
Benefits:
1.     No permission required from RBI unless foreign funds are used by that new company
2.     Compliance cost is relatively low compared to foreign branch
3.     Income of the Indian company will be taxed @ 30% + applicable Cess
4.     As the Indian company will issue invoices to foreign company for the work undertaken by it, so that transfer prices between them can be planned to ensure optimization of taxes.
Drawback:
1.     Repatriation of profit is restricted
2.     Foreign direct investment (FDI) is permitted only to the extent sectoral equity caps allowed by FDI policy
3.     Procedural aspects to be followed as per Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Government of India (www.dipp.nic.in).
Note: If the turnover of the new entity (under both the options) exceeds Rs. 15 Cr per annuam, transfer pricing between them may be examined under Indian Income Tax, in addition to an independent transfer pricing report by a qualified CA along with tax return of the new entity




Foreign Portfolio Investment vs Foreign Direct Investment

DEFINITION of 'Foreign Portfolio Investment - FPI'

Securities and other financial assets passively held by foreign investors. Foreign portfolio investment (FPI) does not provide the investor with direct ownership of financial assets, and thus no direct management of a company. This type of investment is relatively liquid, depending on the volatility of the market invested in. It is most commonly used by investors who do not want to manage a firm abroad.

'Foreign Portfolio Investment - FPI'


Foreign portfolio investment typically involves short-term positions in financial assets of international markets, and is similar to investing in domestic securities. FPI allows investors to take part in the profitability of firms operating abroad without having to directly manage their operations. This is a similar concept to trading domestically: most investors do not have the capital or expertise required to personally run the firms that they invest in.

Foreign portfolio investment differs from foreign direct investment (FDI), in which a domestic company runs a foreign firm. While FDI allows a company to maintain better control over the firm held abroad, it might make it more difficult to later sell the firm at a premium price. This is due to information asymmetry: the company that owns the firm has intimate knowledge of what might be wrong with the firm, while potential investors (especially foreign investors) do not.
The share of FDI in foreign equity flows is greater than FPI in developing countries compared to developed countries, but net FDI inflows tend to be more volatile in developing countries because it is more difficult to sell a directly-owned firm than a passively owned security.


Govt Liberalises FDI policy to boost Inflows


The new circular issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) recently, states that under the new norms, Indian companies have been allowed to issue equity against import of capital goods and liberalise conditions for seeking foreign investment for production and development of agriculture seeds.

The facility of conversion of capital goods import into equity was earlier available for companies raising external commercial borrowings (ECBs).

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said the Circular 1 of 2011 third edition of the Consolidated FDI Policy was part of ongoing efforts of procedure simplification and FDI rationalisation which will go a long way in inspiring investor confidence.


The government also removed the restrictive condition of obtaining prior approval of Indian companies for making investments in the same field. The circular said, “It is expected that this measure will promote the competitiveness of India as an investment destination and be instrumental in attracting higher levels of FDI and technology inflows into the country.”