The Income Tax department's international arm is seeking details of end-beneficiary subscribers of participatory notes (P-notes) from some leading offshore derivative instrument (ODI) issuers in the country.
Tax experts believe investors can gain if holding period for long term capital gains (LTCG) exemption is increased to three years from the present one year since it would provide an impetus for building a stable equity portfolio and give a longer window for adjusting stock losses if any, besides reducing holding costs.
If the client makes money, the broker gives him the profit in cash. If the client loses money, he pays it to the broker in cash. Such an arrangement helps the big traders because they don‘t have to disclose the income at all.
Short term capital gains tax liability can be lowered by showing fake losses through derivatives trading, and unaccounted money can be shown as profits earned from the trades.
After today's economic survey, all eyes are on the Finance Minister, who will present The Union Budget for 2013. The economic survey today managed to uplift the negative sentiments for the short-term.