Tag Archives: Dividend

Curious Case of IEPF – 7


Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 22nd May 2018 notified the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (Accounting, Audit, Transfer and Refund) Third Amendment Rules, 2017 to amend Rule 6 of principal Rules and to insert Form IEPF – 7. The nomenclature of these amendments charily indicates that thought process to introduced Form IEPF -7 was started during the year 2017 but somehow delayed. Let us discuss these amendments.

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Dividend – post 9th Feb 2018


Dividend usually is a payment made by a company to its shareholders out of distributable profit. In layman term, it is a share of profit for a shareholder. The Companies Amendment Act, 2017 read with notification dated 9th February 2018 amended law related to declaration of dividend. This post discusses law related to dividend after recent amendment in the Companies Act, 2013.

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YEAR’S SECOND AMENDMENT IN DIVIDEND RULES


The Ministry of Corporate Affairs placed here on its website a draft of the Companies (Declaration and Payment of dividend) Second Amendment Rules, 2015. These amendment Rules will come into force from the date of its publication in Official Gazette.

These amendment rules proposed to omit Rule 3(5) of the Companies (Declaration and Payment of dividend) Rules, 2014.

The Deleted Rule 3(5) read as under,

“No company shall declare dividend unless carried over previous losses and depreciation not provided in previous year are set off against profit of the company of the current year the loss or depreciation, whichever is less, in previous years is set off against the profit of the company for the year for which dividend is declared or paid.”

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Part of Companies Amendment Act became Effective


A draft notification posted here on website of Ministry of Corporate Affairs says that Section 1 to 12 and Section 15 to 23 of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2015 came into force with effect from 29th May 2015. The official language of notification read, “the Central Government hereby appoints the 296 May, 2015 as the date on which the provisions of sections 1 to 12 and 15 to 23 of the said Act shall come into force.” The Amendment Act was got presidential assent and notified by Ministry of Law and Justice as such on 26th May 2015 in official gazette.

Two sections not notified yet deals with Fraud Reporting Procedure [Section 13 amending Section 143 of Principal Act] and Related Party Transactions [Section 14 amending Section 177 of Principal Act]. This is understood that Rules related to these sections are in drafting process.

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Saving Private Assets


[A new Web portal LawStreetIndia launched on Pongal this year. This piece was originally published on LawStreetIndia here on 15th January 2015. This blog wish all success to the portal]

Investor Education and Protection Fund is a permanent parking lot of all unclaimed shares and dividend under the Companies Act. Unending hunger of fund by government results its claim on everything unclaimed with help of hurriedly drafted laws. Yes, for all legal purpose, government is not going to own such money and keep it in trust but fund so transferred help to arrange mileage for government as administrator of such fund.

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THE COMPANIES AMENDMENT BILL 2014: PART 2 OF 3


The Companies Amendment Bill 2014 has been introduced and passed in Lok Sabha recently. This blog post has intention to analyse proposed changes in the Companies Act 2013.

Most important massage, this amendment prepares a best case for drafting skill development programmes in India. I am reading here this Bill clause by clause. This will be a three part series and part 2 of 3 is present here.

To amend sub-section (1) of section 123 of the said Act to include provisions for writing off past losses/depreciation before declaring dividend for the year [Clause 10 of the Amendment Bill]

A forth proviso is being added to the effect that no company shall declare dividend unless carried over previous losses and depreciation not provided in previous year or years are set off against profit of the company for the current year.

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DECLARATION AND PAYMENT OF DIVIDEND


In an earlier post here, we have discussed provisions related to dividend under the Companies Act, 2013. Now we have the Companies (Declaration and Payment of Dividend) Rules 2014 as notified on 31st March 2014 for discussion.

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