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Correction in challan attributes in respect of IDS, 2016 payments - reg32 officers to receive awards on Central Excise Day tomorrowSuman Saxena takes over as full fledged member of Bankruptcy BoardCabinet makes way for mega solar power projects with 40,000 MW capacityAfghani national caught with endangered corals speciesCabinet gives nod to India Poland Agreement on agricultural co-operationIT Ministry launches Cyber Swachhta KendraGovt's limitation in demonetization analytics should rekindle tax reformsCentral Excise - CESTAT cannot reduce mandatory penalty: Supreme CourtI-T - No additions warranted on gross value of cash deposits which represents turnover, if it did not breach profit limit prescribed u/s 44ADST -Collection of data on consumption of electricity by MSEDCL customers by taking photos of meter reading for generation of bills is taxable under BAS: CESTATCash deposit post demon(etisation) - CBDT guidelines for AO'sCBI arrests three Central Excise officials in graft caseITAT Vice President G D Agrawal gets officiating charge of PresidentUplift of 'Digital Payments' - more than INR 150 crore distributed as 'reward'Govt notifies all provisions of protocol amending India Israel DTAA (See 'DTAA' in 'TII')Anti Dumping - Writ Petition against final findings of Designated Authority: High Court was not justified in exercising its writ jurisdiction: SCCivil Services Day - PM Awards to be given today90K more affordable houses sanctioned for urban poorIndia offers tech knowhow to ASEAN in telecom sectorRestricting doubly exempt Corpus DonationST - Tribunal is barred from rendering finding or recording an order on matter in which appellant has not placed itself within Tribunal's appellate jurisdiction: CESTATI-T - No penalty is leviable, if basis of addition itself ceases to survive: ITATCX - SSI notfn. 8/2001 - Intent to take advantage of recognition enjoyed by another brand is critical to invoking of exception provision: CESTATCBEC grants Sec 11C benefit on services provided by Common Effluent Treatment Plant for period 2012 to 2015ACC promotes 292 CBDT officers as Principal CITAppointment of Special Public Prosecutors for income tax cases - JS-level officer from Ministry of Law to join screening panel for metrosCBI books senior IAS officer in graft caseIndia keen to give fillip to relations with African countries: AnsariHome buyers' complaint - SC toughens stand against Unitech; directs to deposit interest within 8 weeksFICN worth about Rs one crore seized on Indo-Bangla borderKalindi Express rams into goods train at Tundla StationChange in rate of tax vs. Change in effective rate of taxI-T - Rent earned by assessee engaged in business of leasing properties, will be taxable as 'business profits': ITATST - 'gross amount charged', is not an isolated phrase but to be read in conjunction with expression 'for such service provided': CESTATCX - Merely because Autolite India Ltd is a group company, appellant cannot use its brand name and claim SSI benefit: CESTAT
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TIOL PROFILE

Taxindiaonline.com ("TIOL"), established in May 2000, is a reputed and FIRST Govt of India (Press Information Bureau) recognised ONLINE MEDIA and resource company providing business-critical information, analyses, expert viewpoints, editorials and related news on developments in fiscal, foreign trade, and monetary policy domains.  Our business has enabled our growing audience and subscriber-base, comprising of multinational and domestic corporations; service providers such as lawyers, consultants, and accounting firms; Governmental ministries and departments; officials connected to revenue, taxation, and commerce; and a growing number of foreign users who are active or keen to do business with India, to have access to accurate, and understandable analyses of essential but otherwise complicated and difficult-to-obtain information. 

TIOL’s salient feature has been its ability to bridge ongoing communication gaps that exist between policymaking, policy interpretation, and policy application.  We interpret, simplify, and effectively disseminate in-depth analyses of not only policies and notifications from the various fiscal departments of the Government, but also of precedent-setting tax and trade case judgments from the various courts and tribunals in the country. Due to the widening net of taxation and compliance, ongoing modifications in trade policies, and onerous penalties for non-compliance, the durability of our core business proposition continues to be strengthened. Our business is positioned to grow in tandem with the urgent requirements of a rapidly enlarging audience not only in India, but abroad as well.

We are the acknowledged pioneers in our field, regarded as the legitimate online resource provider in our domain. Our credibility and leadership position has been steadily earned over almost sixteen years since we commenced operations, and has been achieved through our proven ability to deliver resource information on a timely basis, along with meaningful editorial content which includes commentaries by a number of high-ranked experts available on TIOL Panel. Our approach emphasizes good ethics, characterized by its neutrality and fairness; this key ingredient has contributed to our loyal viewer-ship, our growing base of customers, and our overall business reputation. Much of our audience and customers believe, on account of the wide compass and depth of our coverage and services, that we are a large corporate entity - our public perception is indeed larger than our actuality.

Underscoring the value of our business premise is the fact that we have amongst the active users of our services, the Ministry of Finance which sets the fiscal policies for the country, The Ministry of Commerce which sets the trade policies for the country, the Reserve Bank of India which tailors the Monetary Policy, and the Big accounting firms, including the 'Big Four' who subscribe to our information packages and use these as a critical resource tool in order to effectively provide their services.  Our services are used by key policy decision makers for inputs on policy-making; by corporate management for airing their grievances caused by flawed policies; and by journalists and other media companies as a research tool.

We pride ourselves as a dynamic, adaptive & learning organization. As individuals and as a company we operate within our values, on account of which we have enjoyed our ten-year journey, and have made an impact. Our values may be encapsulated as follows:

  • To build and maintain an environment of trust, everyone counts, everyone contributes;

  • To drive innovation to results through teamwork.

  • To form strategic relationships with partners who share our values, bring intellectual capital to support our vision and ideals;

  • Above all, always take the high road.

Editor-in-Chief: Vijay K. Kumar enjoys a substantial reputation in issues pertaining to indirect taxation. He has written several articles on Central Excise, Customs, Service Tax and allied matters for the Excise Law Times and for TIOL. He has also authored popular books in their field titled "Guide To Excise Valuation" and "Excise on Textiles". Prior to joining TIOL, his experience includes 22 years with the Central Board of Excise & Customs. He is a practicing tax lawyer and assists TIOL in handling client issues pertaining to legal tax consulting as well.  He holds a Master in Arts, and Degree in Law. He also authors a Daily column, popularly known as DDT (Daily Dose of Taxation). His DDT Column has found a place in the Limca Book of Records as the longest running Daily Column on Taxation for fifth year in a row.

DDT

CEO & Managing Editor: Shailendra Kumar, founder and CEO of TIOL started his career with The Indian Express Newspaper in 1990 and then moved on to The Economic Times where he worked for more than five years before taking the entrepreneurial route to launch TIOL, an idea based on business needs which he realized as a financial journalist. His vision was to create a knowledge-driven company which eased the burden on corporations & acted as a media watchdog for Indian tax and trade policies. He spearheads the business in all of its facets, including regular interactions with various policy makers and administrators, and managing the editorial and news gathering team at TIOL. Mr. Kumar holds a Bachelor of Economics Honours degree from the University of Delhi, and has a Post Graduate Degree in Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. He was the recipient of the 2001 Outstanding Media Professional Award presented by the India International Professionals Forum. He is also the First Recipient of CERTIFICATE OF MERIT conferred by the World Customs Organisation headquartered at Brussels. He writes a much-awaited and widely-acclaimed weekly column for TIOL - The Cob(Web).

TIOL Awarded WCO Certificate of Merit
It's Raining Black

He has also authored a book "It's Raining Black! Chronicles of Black Money, Tax Havens and Policy Response" that talks about policy measures framed by the government to tackle the menace of illegal funds in the country and abroad. It also contains anecdotal incidents of action undertaken by various financial law enforcement agencies like the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Department of Revenue Intelligence as part of their mandate. The book is a compilation of the articles he wrote on Black Money in his weekly column "The Cob(Web)" published every Thursday on Taxindiaonline.com. The book is published by LexisNexis has a foreword by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Special Investigation Team, Justice (retd) M B Shah and Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat respectively.

Justice MB Shah releasing the book 'It's Raining Black'
Justice MB Shah releasing the book

Consulting Editor: Sunil Achutan, a Chemistry Graduate with a Diploma in Business Management and a Law degree is a prolific writer and has contributed erudite articles for TIOL as well as ECR & ELT. As a faculty member at NACEN, Bhandup, Mumbai, he has delivered lectures on the intricacies of the Central Excise law for the past many years. He was also a prominent speaker at the workshops conducted by the Settlement Commission, Customs & Central Excise. With a deep understanding of the indirect tax law and more than two decades of experience in the department, Sunil brings with him immense analytical skills to add value to the editorial worth of TIOL.

Consulting Editor: R. Raghavendra Rao, a graduate in Engineering and worked for twenty years in the Central Excise Department before joining TIOL. He is a prolific writer and has contributed many thought provoking articles in ELT and TIOL. He is the co-author of the book "Guide to Excise Valuation" with Vijay.K.Kumar. Known for his incisive analysis and precise conclusions, he has in-depth understanding of Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax laws. He also heads our consulting wing at Hyderabad.

Consulting Editor: Naresh Minocha has about 25 years of experience in reporting, analysing and commenting on a wide range of economic, business and technological issues. He has worked with various print and electronic media organisations in different capacities. The organisations include Financial Express, Indian Express, Business India, Business Standard and Nimbus. He has vast experience in doing specialised writing for global readers and is currently associated with Chemical News & Intelligence, Asian Chemical News, Asiatele.com.

Technical Director: Shikher Singh has been with TIOL since its inception and manages the technology issues of the company, constantly interacting with external software and web solutions companies to improve functionality, interactivity and qualitative aspects of taxindiaonline.com and it's group portals. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Delhi and IBM certification in eBusiness Application Programming. He has also attended several IT courses related to internet and software exports technologies.

Marketing Head: Richa Nigam has been with TIOL since 2005, and is responsible for coordinating marketing and sales for the company. She has contributed significantly to revenue growth by achieving sales through the development and implementation of focused marketing efforts. Previously she was with India Bulls where her responsibilities included providing investment advice to clients for their investment portfolios. She holds a Masters in Commerce from Kanpur University and has an MBA from The Indian Institute of Planning and Management  (IIPM), Delhi.

Deputy Head, Marketing: Shikha Choudhary made her entry into professional and competitive world of marketing with TIOL in 2007. During her long stint, she has provided leadership to the various wings of marketing designed for each revenue vertical. She has been a successful campaigner and motivator for the young lot that dominates the cutting-edge marketing in TIOL. She presently leads the ONLINE as well as E-LITE teams besides providing insight and inputs to other team leaders.