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Companies (cost records and audit) Amendment Rules, 2016
July, 15th 2016
                                           MINISTRY OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS


                                                                                  New DelhiJuly, 2016

G.S.R.................   (E).- In exercise ofthe powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and(2) ofsection 469
and section 148 of the Companies Act, 2013 (1.8 of 201.3) (hereinafter referred as the Act), the Central
Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Companies (cost records and
audit) Rules, 2014, namely:-

1.          (1) These rules may be called the Companies (cost records and audit) Amendment Rules, 2016.

            (2) They shall come into force on the date of       their publication in the official Gazette.

2.          In the Companies (cost records and audit) Rules, 2O14 (hereinafter referred to as the Principal
            R   ules).-

(i)         in rule 2, for clause (d), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:-

            "(d)   "cost audit report" means the duly signed cost auditor's report on the cost records
            examined and cost statements which are prepared as per these rules, including attachment,
            annexure, qualifications or observations attached with or included in such report;"

(ii)        in rule 3, for Table (A) and Table (B), the following Tables shall be substituted, namely:-

            (A) Regulated Sectors

                sl.      lndustry/ Sector/ Product/ Service                                    Central       Excise
                No.                                                                            Tariff          Act
                1.       Telecommunication services made available to users by means           Not applicable.
                         of any transmission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images
                         and sounds or intelligence of any nature and regulated by the
                         Telecom Regulatory Authority of India under the Telecom
                         Regulatory Authority of India Act, 7997 (24 of 1997); including
                         activities that requires authorisation or license issued by the
                         Department of Telecommunications, Government of India under
                         Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 (13 of 1885);
2.     Generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity         Generation-
       regulated by the relevant regulatory body or authority under the         27t6;
       Electricity Act, 2003 (36 of 2003);                                      Other           Activity-
                                                                                Not Applicable
       Petroleum products; including activities regulated by the                2709 ro 27L5;
       Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board under the
       Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act,2006 (19 of               Other Activity-
       2006);                                                                   Not Applicable
       Drugs and pharmaceuticals;                                               29OL           to   2942;
                                                                                    3001to 3006.
       Fertilisers;                                                             3102 to 3105.
 6.    Sugar and industrial alcohol;                                                L70'J.;         7703;
                                                                                    2207   .

{8) Non-regulated Sectors

 5t.   Industry/ sector/ Product/ Service                         Central Excise Tariff Act
 No.                                                              Heading                      (wherever
                                                                  a   pplica ble)
 1.    Machinery and mechanical appliances used in                8401; 8801 to 8805;8901 to
       defence, space and atomic energy sectors excluding         8908.
       any ancillary item or items;
       Explanation. - Forthe purposes ofthis sub-clause, any
       company which is engaged in any item or items
       supplied exclusively for use under this clause, shall be
       deemed to be covered under these rules
 2.    Turbo iets and turbo propellers;                           8417
 3.    Arms, ammunitions and ExPlosives;                          3601 to 3603;9301 to 9306.
 4.    Propellant powders; prepared explosives (other than        3601 to 3603
       propellant powders); safety fuses; detonating fuses;
       percussion or detonating caps; igniters; electric
       Radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus          8526
       and radio remote control apparatus;
 6.    Tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 8710
       motorised, whether or not fitted with weapons and
       parts of such vehicles, that are funded (investment
       made in the company) to the extent of ninety per cent
       or more bv the Government or Government agencies;
 7.    Port services of stevedoring, pilotage, hauling,           Not applicable.
       mooring, re-mooring, hooking, measuring, loading
       and unloading services rendered by a Port in relation
       to a vessel or goods regulated by the Tariff Authority
       for Maior Ports;
 8.    Aeronautical services of air traffic management,           Not applicable
       aircraft operations, ground safety services, ground
       handling, cargo facilities and supplying fuel rendered
       by airports and regulated by the Airports Economic
        Regulatory Authority under the Airports Economic
        Regulatgry Authority of India Act,2OO8 (27 of 2OO8);
 9.     lron and Steel;                                           72Ol to 7 229;7 3O7 to 7326
 10.    Roads and other infrastructure proiects                   Not applicable.
        corresponding to para No. (1) (a) as specified in
        Schedule Vl ol the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013);
 11.    Rubber and allied products; including products            4OOl to 4077
        regulated by the Rubber Board constituted under the
        Rubber Act, 1.947 (XX|V of 1947);
 72.    Coffee and tea;                                          0901 to 0902
 13.    Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling stock,           8601 to 8608.
        railway or tramway fixtures and fittings, mechanical
        (including electro mechanical) traffic signalling
        equipment's of all kind;
 L4,                                                             2523; 6811 to 5812
 15.   Ores and Mineral products;                                2502 to 2522; 2524 to 2526;
                                                                 252a 6 2530;26Q1. to 26!7
        Mineral fuels (other than petroleum), mineral oils       2707 to 2708
77. Base metals; 7 40, to 7 4O3; 7 4OS to 7 473; 74L9;7507 to 7508; 7601 to 7674; 78Ql to 7802; 1804; 78O6t 7901,to 7905; 79Ol; 8001; 8003; 8007; 8101 to 8113. 18. Inorganic chemicals, organic or inorganic compounds 2801 to 2853; 2901. to 2942; of precious metals, rare-earth metals of radioactive 3801 to 3807; 3402 to 3403; elements or isotopes, and organic chemicals; 3809 to 3824. 19. Jute and Jute Products; 5303, 5310 20. Edible Oil; 1507 to 1518 27. Construction Industry as per para No. (5) (a) as Not applicable. specified in Schedule Vt of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013); Health services, namely functioning as or running Not applicable. hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinical centres or test laboratories; 23. Education services, other than such similar services Not applicable. falling under philanthropy or as part of social spend which do not form part of any business; 24. Milk powder; o402 25. Insecticides; 3808 26. Plastics and polymers; 3901 to 3914; 3916 to 3921; 3925 27. Tyres and tubes; 4011 to 4013 24. Paper; 4801 to 4802. 29. Textiles; 5004 to 5007; 5106 to 5113; 52OS to 521,2; 5303; 5310; 5401 to 5408;5501 to 5516 30. Glass; 7003 to 7008j 7017;7076 31. Other machinery and Mechanical Appliances; 8402 to 8487 32. Electricals or electronic machinery; 8501 to 8507:8511 to 8512: 8514 to 8515; 8517; 8525 to 8536: 8538 to 8547. 55. Production, import and supply or trading of following 9018 to 9022 medical devices, namely:- (i) Cardiac stents; (ii) Drug eluting stents; (iii) Catheters; (iv) Intra ocular lenses; (v) Bone cements; (vi) Heart valves; (vii) Orthopaedic implants; (viii) Internal prosthetic replacements; (ix) Scalp vein set; (x) Deep brain stimulator; (xi) Ventricular peripheral shud; (xii) Spinal implants; (xiii) Automatic impalpable cardiac deflobillator; (xiv) Pacemaker (temporary and permanent); (xv) Patent ductus arteriosus, atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect closure device; (xvi) Cardiac re-synchronise therapy ; (xvii) Urethra spinicture devices; (xviii) Sling male or female; (xix) Prostate occlusion device; and (xx) Urethral stents: (iii) in rule 4, in sub-rule (3), after clause (ii), following clause shall be inserted, namely:- "(iii) which is engaged in generation of electricity for captive consumption through Captive Generating PIant. For this purpose, the term "Captive Generating Plant" shall have the same meaning as assigned in rule 3 of the Electricity Rules, 2005"; (iv) in rule 6, in sub-rule (1), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely: - "Provided that before such appointment is made, the written consent of the cost auditor to such appointment, and a certificate from him or it, as provided in sub-rule (1.A), shall be obtained"; (v) ln rule 6, after sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:- "(1A) The cost auditor appointed under sub-rule (1) shall submit a certificate that- (a) the individual or the firm, as the case may be, is eligible for appointment and is not disqualified for appointment under the Act, the Cost and Works Accountants Act, 1959 (23 of 1959) and the rules or regulations made thereunder; (b) the individual or the firm, as the case may be, satisfies the criteria provided in section 141 of the Act, so far as may be applicable; (c) the proposed appointment is within the limits laid down by or under the authority of the Act; and (d) the list of proceedings against the cost auditor or audit firm or any partner of the audit firm pending with respect to professional matters of conduct, as disclosed in the certificate, is true and correct."; (vi) in rule 6, in sub-rule (3), the following provisos shall be inserted, namely: - "Provided that the cost auditor appointed under these rules may be removed from his office before the expiry of his term, through a board resolution after giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard to the Cost Auditor and recording the reasons for such removal in writing; Provided further that the Form CRA-2 to be filed with the Central Government for intimating appointment of another cost auditor shall enclose the relevant Board Resolution to the effect: Provided also that nothing contained in this sub-rule shall prejudice the right of the cost auditor to resign from such office of the company."; (vii) in rule 6, after sub-rule (3A), following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:- 138) The cost statements, including other statements to be annexed to the cost audit report, shall be approved by the Board of Directors before they are signed on behalf of the Board by any of the director authorised by the Board, for submission to the cost auditor to report thereon"; (viii) in rule 6, for sub-rule (5), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:- "(5) Every cost auditor shall forward his duly signed report to the Board of Directors of the company within a period of one hundred and eighty days from the closure of the financial year to which the report relates and the Board of Directors shall consider and examine such report, particularly any reservation or qualification contained therein."; (ix) in rule 6, for sub-rule (6), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:- "(6) Every company covered under these rules shall, within a period of thirty days from the date of receipt of a copy of the cost audit report, furnish the Central Government with such report alongwith full information and explanation on every reservation or qualification contained therein, in Form CRA-4 in Extensible Business Reporting Language format in the manner as specified in the Companies (Filing of Documents and Forms in Extensible Business Reporting language) Rules, 2015 alongwith fees specified in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.". lFile No. 1/40/2013-Ct-Vl '*ffo{'"ta (Amardeep Singh Bhitia) Joint Secretary to the Government of India Note.- The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part ll, Section 3, Sub- section (i), vrde number G.S.R. 425 (E), dated the 3oth June, 2Ol4 and amended v,de number G.S.R. 01(E), dated the 31" December, 2Ot4 and vide number G.S.R. 486 (E), Dated the 12th June, 2015.
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