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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ESIC Coverage Reduce to 10 Employees count in Maharashtra

With effect from 1st October 2020, the provisions of ESI ACT, in Maharashtra will apply to establishments employing 10 or more persons irrespective of the Salary paid to them.

If no employee is eligible then the company will register and file nil returns. If even 1 employee is eligible then the company will register and file contribution returns.

The Following Schedule Classes of Establishment wherein 10 or more person are employed or were employed on any day of the preceding twelve months  in the areas  in which the provision of the said act have been brought into force under subsection (3) of section 1 of the said act  

1. Shops.

2. Hotels.

3. Restaurants. 

4. Road Motor Transport Establishment. 

5. Cinema Including Preview Theatres. 

6. Newspaper establishment as defined in section 2 (d) of the working journalists       (condition of Service) & Miscellaneous provision Act ( 45 of 1995).  

Notification :- ESIC 10 Employees Coverage Notification -Maharashtra 1st October 2020

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana Scheme of ESIC ( Unemployment allowance)

 Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana finally notified by Govt. with the following highlights;

1. Valid from 1.7.2020 to 30.6.2021

2. 2 years of employment is required in insurable employment just before his/her unemployment

3. Min. 78 days contribution is a must in each 4 preceding contribution periods just before unemployment.

4. The claim shall be due after 30 days from the date of unemployment.

5. The claim shall be settled by the ESIC within 15 days from the date of lodging the claim and money shall be transferred to the insured person's bank account directly. Insured Person to lodge the claim directly to the ESIC Branch Office.

6. Salary shall be paid to the unemployed Insured Person @50% of average per day earned during the previous 4 contribution periods maximum for 90 days that is 3 months.

Gazette Copy:- ESIC Unemployment allowance-Gazette

 Steps for Eligibility conditions & claim process 

1. Login  the  IP portal  on by  entering  his  insurance number and captcha at the designated place.

2. On logging in the IP portal, the IP shall click the link provided for the creation of a claim for the Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana.

3. The system will check IP's eligibility and if IP is eligible for the relief under the scheme it will take him to the next page where the IP will fill up the period for which he/ she seeks relief under the ABVKY  and submit it to create a claim

4. The system will then prompt the eligible IP to print a copy of the claim thus created (form AB-1).  

5.  The claim thus generated will have the information which is available in the system, auto-filled in it.

6. The claim duly signed in the form of an affidavit on nonjudicial  stamp paper  of minimum  Rs 20/- value will be submitted by the IP to his designated branch office either in person or by speed post along with a self-attested photocopy of Aadhar card and that of the bank passbook or a canceled cheque.

7. The Bank details are to be matched with the canceled cheque in the IP Portal 


Tuesday, September 08, 2020

"Income Tax Policy Changes" - Announced by CBDT:*


"Income Tax Policy Changes" - Announced by CBDT:*
*1. Income Tax New disclosures asked in the new ITR forms 1to7 are: 1. House ownership: Individual taxpayers who are joint owners of house property cannot file ITR 1 or ITR4.*

*2. Passport: One needs to disclose the Passport number if held by the taxpayer. This is to be furnished both in ITR 1-Sahaj and ITR 4-Sugam. Hopefully, it will be made mandatory in other ITR Forms as and when they are notified.*

*3. Cash deposit: For those filing ITR 4-Sugam, it has been made compulsory to declare the amount deposited as cash in a bank account, if such amount exceeds Rs 1 crore during the FY.*

*4. Foreign travel: If you have spent more than Rs 2 lakh on traveling abroad during the FY, you need to disclose the actual amount spent.*

*5. Electricity consumption: If your electricity bills have been more than Rs 1 lakh in aggregate during the FY, you need to disclose the actual amount.*

*6. Investment details: Details of investment qualifying for deduction under chapter VIA with the bifurcation of details of investment made during the period from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020.*

*7. For every assessment year, the last date for filing tax returns is July 31, However, this year ITR filing date has been extended till November 30, 2020, due to pandemic Covid-19.*

*8. Income Tax Exemptions and Deductions that you can claim under the New Tax Regime for FY 2020-21 (AY 2021-22): Withdrawal by an employee from the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) is not taxable after 5 years of continuous service.*

*9. Withdrawal from the National Pension Scheme (NPS) on maturity or premature closure up to 40% of the amount received on such withdrawal remains tax-free for all. In case of partial withdrawal from NPS, up to 25% of the contributions made by the individual will be tax-free. Employer’s contribution to NPS up to 10% of their basic salary and dearness allowance also remains tax-free.*

*10. Under Section 10 (10D) of the Income Tax Act, the sum assured and any bonus paid on maturity or surrender of the life insurance plan is tax-free. Maturity proceeds continue to be exempt under Section 10(10D) even in the new regime. The maturity amount including interest received on the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana will not attract any tax.*

*11. Conveyance Allowance granted to meet expenditure incurred on conveyance in performance of duties of an office and any allowance granted to an employee to meet the cost of travel on tour or on transfer (including relocation) are tax-free.*
*Interest received from post office savings account balance up to ₹3,500 annually per individual will remain free from tax.*

*12. Any scholarship granted to meet education costs is tax-exempt under Section 10 (16) of the Income Tax Act. Gratuity received from the employer up to ₹20 lakh after rendering 5 years of continuous service. Leave encashment received at the time of resignation or retirement up to ₹3 lakh.*

*13. Form 26AS will now be a complete profile of the taxpayer w.e.f. 01.06.2020, CBDT vide Notification dated May 28, 2020 amended Form 26AS in Sec 285BB w.e.f. 01.06.2020. Key takeaways are:*

*14. New form 26AS will also provide information in respect of “Specified financial transactions” which include transactions of purchase/ sale of goods, property, services, works contract, investment, expenditure, taking or accepting any loan or deposits of such value as may be prescribed but not less than of Rs 50,000.*

*15. Information about income tax demand, refund, proceedings pending, and proceedings completed which may include assessment, reassessment under section 148,153A 153C, revision, the appeal will also be shared in this form 26AS.*

*16. Information on this form 26AS will not be a one-time affair at year-end. This will be a live 26AS, as this will be updated regularly within 3 months from the end of the month in which such information is received.*

*17. Form 26AS will now be a complete profile of the taxpayer for that particular year as against earlier form 26AS which just provided the information about taxes

Monday, August 31, 2020

Inspections Under Various Labour Laws To Facilitate Ease Of Doing Business In The State Of Puducherry

 Government of Puducherry vide G.O. Ms No. 05/Lab/AIL/G/2020 has issued an order to introduce computerized systems of Risk Assessment based Inspections with random allocation of Inspecting Officers to facilitate Ease of Doing Business in the State. 

As per the order, inspection will be carried out by respective Inspection Officers to categorized establishments as Low Risk / Medium Risk / High Risk depending upon the number of workers employed. The frequency for inspection for establishments under the Medium Risk category will be once in two years and for Establishments under the High-Risk category will be once in every year.

Therefore, the aforementioned scheme shall be applicable to the following acts - 
  • The Puducherry Shops And Establishments Act, 1964, 
  • The Puducherry Catering Establishments Act, 1964, 
  • The Contract Labour (Regulation And Abolition) Act, 1970, 
  • The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation Of Employment And Conditions Of Service) Act, 1979, 
  • The Child And Adolescent Labour (Prohibition And Regulation) Act, 1986, 
  • The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, 
  • The Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961, 
  • The Minimum Wages Act 1948, 
  • The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, 
  • The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, 
  • The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976, 
  • The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, 
  • The Payment of Wage Act, 1936, 
  • The Sexual Harassment Of Women At Work Place (Prevention, Prohibition And Redressal) Act, 2013, 
  • The Puducherry Industrial Establishments (National And Festival Holidays) Act, 1964, 
  • The Puducherry Industrial Establishments (Conferment Of Permanent Status To Workmen) Act, 1981, 
  • The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946, The Working Journalists And Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions Of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955, 
  • The Sales Promotion Employees (Conditions Of Service) Act, 1976. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Proposal for the specification of festival Holidays) and Form III approval issued by the authority online under Tamil Nadu Industrial Establishments (National, Festival And Special Holidays) Act, 1958 and Rules, 1959.

 The Labour Department of Tamil Nadu has decided to implement online submission of Form I (Proposal for the specification of festival Holidays) and Form III approval issued by the authority online under Tamil Nadu Industrial Establishments (National, Festival And Special Holidays) Act, 1958 and Rules, 1959. This implementation would come into effect from August 16, 2020. However, the Authority would not accept the hard copy of the application.  

The employer may create a User ID and Password in the labour portal -   Along with it, the following details need to get submitted:-

1. Employer SPOC mail ID, Mobile No., PAN and Aadhaar (residential address should be in Tamil Nadu) 

2. Employer PAN and Aadhaar (residential address should be in Tamil Nadu)

3. Holiday list colour scan copy (Minimum 9 _ four national and five festival holidays) 

4. Form II colour scan copy

5. Form S colour scan copy 

6. Lease agreement

7. Incorporate certificate 

8. Company PAN Card

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

EPFO WhatsApp, Email & Helpline

Dear all,

During this Pandemic, any employer is facing problem for approval of Basic details of the Name change, KYC, or Digital signature approval .EPFO has taken one step ahead to resolve the said issue for all 135  EPFO RO/SRO) are now on WhatsApp or on email  & separate helpline numbers are designated. append below is the list of the same 

EPFO WhatsApp, Email & Helpline

EPFO WhatsApp, Email & Helpline
Name of Zonal OfficeName of Regional OfficeWhatsApp Helpline #Email idTelephone #
Andhra Pradesh (Vijaywada)
Bihar & Jharkhand (Patna)
Bandra (Bandra)
Mumbai (Bandra)
Mumbai (Dadar)
Mumbai (Narimanpoint)
Mumbai (Powai)MHBAN022-264
Bengaluru (Bengaluru)
Bengaluru (Central)
Bengaluru (Malleswaram)
Bengaluru (Electronic City)
Bengaluru (Koramangala)
K.R. Puram (Whitefield)PYKRP080-2565 8001
080-2565 8005
080-2565 8006
Chennai & Puducherry (Chennai)
Chennai (North)
Chennai (South)
Delhi, Uttarkhand & Jammu (Delhi)
Delhi (Central)
Delhi (East)
Delhi (North)
Delhi (South)
Delhi (West)
Gujarat (Ahmedabad)
Haryana (Faridabad)
Gurugram (East)
Gurugram (West)
Kerala & Lakshadweep (Thiruvananthapuram)
Karnataka (Other Than Bengaluru) & Goa (Hubli)
Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh (Bhopal)
Maharashtra (Other Than Mumbai) (Pune)
Pune (Pune Cantt.)
Pune (Akurdi)
North-Eastern Region (Guwahati)
Odisha (Bhubaneswar)
Punjab & Himachal Pradesh (Chandigarh)
Rajasthan (Jaipur)
Telangana (Hyderabad)
Hyderabad (Barkatpura)
Hyderabad (Madhapur)
Thane (Thane)
Kandivali (West)
Kandivali (East)KDMAL9321482815
Thane (North)
Thane (South)
Tamil Nadu (Other Than Chennai) (Coimbatore)
Uttar Pradesh (Kanpur)
West Bengal, A&N Islands & Sikkim (Kolkata)