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Is India set to get a new financial year cycle? Govt sets up panel

In a move that could change many of our financial activities including filing of Income Tax, business transactions etc, the government is contemplating to change the financial year calendar.


Is India set to get a new financial year cycle? Govt sets up panel

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: In a move that could change many of our financial activities including filing of Income Tax, business transactions etc, the government is contemplating to change the financial year calendar.

The Finance Ministry has tweeted:

The panel will be headed by former Chief Economic Adviser to the Finance Ministry Shankar Acharya. It will also have other members including Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar, former Finance Secretary to Tamil Nadu PV Rajaraman, and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research Rajiv Kumar.

As of now, nothing concrete can be said but the government has formed a panel to look into the modalities of shifting the financial calendar year base.

The Finance Ministry further tweeted:

The Shankar Acharya Panel will deliberate on issues like the onset of monsoon, statistics and data collection, the likely impact of change in calendar year in various businesses etc.

If all goes well, the government might come up with the new fiscal running between January 1 and December 31.

The Finance Ministry tweet said:

India's follows the British financial calendar year pattern that runs between April 1 and March 31. While the US financial year begins from October 1, other countries like Japan, South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong follow the April 1- March 31 fiscal.

 

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