Wednesday, 24 October 2018

MCA eases process for incorporation of LLPs

Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified amendment to the Limited Liability Partnership Rules, 2009 wherein process of incorporation of LLPs and reservation of their name have been amended in order to ease of doing business. Under revised norms, a new web based form ‘RUN-LLP’ has been introduced through which names of a LLP can be reserved without digital signature and Designated Partner Identification Number (DPIN). This form is very much similar to RUN web service reservation of name in case of companies. In this form, only two name can be proposed at single point of time and one resubmission is also allowed for reservation of name. In total, 4 names can be proposed.

On the other hand, to make the incorporation process form LLPs easier, a new form named ‘Form for Incorporation of Limited Liability Partnership (FiLLiP)’ has been introduced through which LLPs can be incorporated with up to 2 individuals as designated partners who do not have DIN. This new improvised process for applying for DPIN is similar to spice form for Company Incorporation.

Sebi allows NRIs, resident Indians to take FPI route
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Friday diluted its controversial circular issued on April 10, which laid down the know-your-client (KYC) and ownership norms for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs).

In a reversal of stance, the market regulator has allowed both resident and non-resident Indians (NRIs), along with overseas citizens of India (OCIs), to invest in Indian markets through the FPI route, subject to certain conditions. The earlier circular virtually barred individuals with India connection from investing or managing a foreign fund.
The regulator, however, reiterated that the KYC requirements for FPIs would have to be in line with the rules under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Revised KYC norms for Foreign Portfolio Investors: SEBI
The Securities and Exchange Board of India has issued the revised guidelines for know your client (KYC) requirement for foreign portfolio investors wherein provision related to KYC documentations, Exempted documents, data security, timelines for compliance have been discussed.

Govt. constitutes high level committee on Corporate Social Responsibility
A high level committee has been constituted under MCA to review the existing framework and guide and formulate the roadmap for a coherent policy on CSR. The Committee is expected to review the existing CSR framework as per Act, Rules and Circulars issued from time to time and recommend guidelines for better enforcement of CSR provisions. It will analyse outcomes of CSR activities/programmes/projects and suggest measures for effective monitoring and evaluation of CSR by companies.

Ordinance Likely to Fast-Track Dispute Resolution
The government is mulling an ordinance which provides for time-bound settlement of commercial disputes and make arbitrators accountable, a senior government functionary has said. The ordinance is based on a bill cleared by Lok Sabha during the monsoon session. The bill is pending in Rajya Sabha and may get cleared only in November or December. The government feels an early measure to settle commercial disputes at a faster pace will help improve India’s ranking on ease of doing business index, the functionary explained.The bill seeks to help India become a hub for domestic and global arbitration for settling commercial disputes. The draft law provides for a timebound settlement of disputes as well as accountability of the arbitrator. The government feels that there is a need for robust mechanism to deal with institutional disputes.

Ecommerce Cos may Not Need Office in Each State
Amazon, Flipkart and a host of other ecommerce service providers may not require offices in each state to comply with the withholding tax provision under the goods and services tax (GST). They are required to collect this tax when they make payments to suppliers from October 1.
Ecommerce platforms have represented to the government that the provision be deferred. They said it would create compliance issues for them because they would need presence in every state. The vendors will face working capital issues, they added.

State and central government officials, who met a day before the GST Council meeting, have backed implementation of the provision in wake of revenue concerns but agreed for relief on presence in every state

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