World Environment Day- Krishi Kalyan Cess

June, 2016

Out of the long list of updates that we are carrying in this issue, the most impacting one is the Krishi Kalyan Cess (KKC) of 0.5% from 1st June, 2016. The tiny % cess has kicked up a storm already. Well, as it stands, if you got an invoice which is unpaid, you will have to shell out KKC from 1st June onwards though there was no KKC at the time of receiving the invoice. Now, service tax is all of 15% including Swach Bharat Cess and KKC. Have a choice ?

5th June is World Environment Day. We must crib about the doomsday nearing us as part of the Environment Day celebrations 🙁 We are used to whipping ourselves for ruining the Mother Earth, increasing the concrete jungle, drying up water bodies, polluting the air, depleting wild life etc. etc. Well, all is not lost. There are problems galore and the daily grind, but we need to have a positive set of glasses to see solutions around, look for happy moments, experience the beauty around us, enjoy what we have instead of cribbing about what we have not or shall have not.

This struck me when a few days back, my client, an Australian couple talked about the pleasant, sunny weather of Namma Bengaluru, its warm people, the vibrancy, the beautiful canopy of flower-laden trees, the carpet of yellow, red, blue, lavender flowers welcoming them, not to mention the choice of restaurants, the choice of outdoor activities and the overall spirited ambience in this Silicon Valley of India.

I said yes, lets soak in the little things around us and enjoy life’s breath-taking moments…….before the taxmen begins to levy some enjoyment tax  !!

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