Flame Newsletter - June 18, 2014


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"Inflation, as we all know, is a regressive tax, and it hurts the poor the most" - D Subbarao, RBI Governor

YOUR FINANCE DEMYSTIFIED:

Common mistakes people make when filing income tax returns

All those who have taxable income are required to file their return. Also, those with income above Rs 5 lakh have to compulsorily e-file their return from assessment year 2013-14. It’s very important to file error free Income tax Return to avoid future problems. Let’s see the most commonly committed mistakes those could be avoided.

Every year a large number of returns are rejected for incorrect personal details like name, bank account number, IFSC code and address. This leads to delays in refunds. So please be sure to fill correct personal details... Read more

Tax: Inter-source adjustments vs inter-head adjustments

Taxpayers earn income from salary, house property, business or profession, capital gains and income from other sources. There cannot be a loss from salary and income from other sources. However, we could suffer losses under other heads of income such as loss from house property, business loss and capital loss.

Adjusting loss from one head against any gain under the same head is called 'inter-source' adjustment. For example: You have two businesses 'A' & 'B'. Business 'A' is making a loss, while business 'B' is making profit. Then, the loss from business 'A' can be set-off against profit from business 'B'. Set-off means the process of reducing one’s income using losses under other heads or same head of income... Read more

DID YOU KNOW?

What is securities transaction tax

The securities transaction tax (STT) was introduced in India a few years ago, to stop tax avoidance of capital gains tax. Earlier, many people usually didn’t declare their profits on the sale of stocks and avoided paying capital gains tax. The government could tax only those profits, which have been declared by people... Read more

TERM OF THE WEEK

Abatement: A reduction in the level of taxation faced by an individual or company. Examples of an abatement include a tax decrease, a reduction in penalties or a rebate. If an individual or business overpays its taxes or receives a tax bill that is too high, it can request an abatement from the tax authorities.

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK

MFs offload equities worth Rs. 26.98bn in April

MFs report net inflow of Rs. 1.12 trillion in April: SEBI

MFs folios decline 0.6% to 2.4 lakh in May

Total gross premium of non-life insurers up 12% in FY14

ABOUT FLAME

FLAME (Financial Literacy Agenda for Mass Empowerment) is an IIFL initiative to promote financial literacy amongst the masses in order to make them an integral part of India’s spectacular growth story.

In an era of accelerating GDP and rising per capita growth, financial literacy has become more critical than ever before such that we all reap the tangible benefits of the nation’s economic prosperity. Financial inclusion has been quite high on the governmental agenda, given its emphasis on widening the Banking & Financial services network across the country. IIFL’s FLAME initiative stands committed to complement this effort by helping common people gain financial growth and security though better awareness and education on the variety of financial products while avoiding the lure of and loss from unrealistic claims made by unscrupulous agents and ponzi schemes.

Our objective is to light a FLAME, as the name suggests, which will set ablaze a chain of FLAMEs across the country. The new-found light of knowledge will undoubtedly dispel the dark clouds of financial illiteracy and ensure the bright sunshine of financial growth and prosperity.

This portal is but one of the various IIFL initiatives that would be part of FLAME.



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