Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

1. Format of regulation 31 of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 (Regulations):

In order to ensure that adequate disclosures are made to help investors in taking an informed decision, it has been decided to modify the formats for disclosures under regulation 31 of the Regulations.

2. Circular on Implementation of the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement and Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act:

SEBI vide Circular No: CIR/MIRSD/2/2015 dated August 26, 2015 has brought to the attention of all the intermediaries that India has joined the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information on June 3, 2015. In terms of the MCAA, all countries which are a signatory to the MCAA, are obliged to exchange a wide range of financial information after collecting the same from financial institutions in their country/jurisdiction.

Further, on July 9, 2015, the Governments of India and United States of America (USA) have signed an agreement to improve international tax compliance and to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in India. The USA has enacted FATCA in 2010 to obtain information on accounts held by U.S. taxpayers in other countries. As per the aforesaid agreement, foreign financial institutions (FFIs) in India will be required to report tax information about U.S. account holders/taxpayers directly to the Indian Government which will, in turn, relay that information to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

For implementation of the MCAA and agreement with USA, the Government of India has made necessary legislative changes to Section 285BA of the Income-tax Act, 1961. Further the Government of India has notified Rules 114F to 114H (herein after referred as “the Rules”) under the Income Tax Rules, 1962 and form No. 61B for furnishing of statement of reportable account as specified in the Rules.

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