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You Should Be Aware Of Six Regulatory Changes In Insurance And ITR Rules

Over the last month, the government has made a number of adjustments to the laws regulating insurance and taxes. Here are a few of the significant regulation changes.

Nearly half a dozen significant improvements for the insurance industry were announced by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).

IRDAI declared that it will introduce a risk-based supervisory framework with an emphasis on “proportionality” and “materiality” that depends on an extensive examination of the actions of the regulated organizations from a risk viewpoint.

Irdai has been collaborating with a range of stakeholders to guarantee the sound development and efficient use of this framework.

Irdai also instructed life insurers to make appropriate insurance products accessible in accordance with the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Act of 2021 and the Surrogacy Act of 2021 in another circular. This will guarantee a broader penetration of insurance in the nation by enabling more individuals to have access to acceptable insurance products as required by law.

Additionally, Irdai has published rules to expedite insurance reimbursements for flood victims in North India in order to safeguard policyholders. General insurers and independent health insurance providers have been requested to mobilize all available resources to guarantee that the affected persons get urgent aid. It is suggested that insurers establish 24-hour helplines to assist insurance claims and promote awareness campaigns.

The regular has issued a second order warning the public about an unregistered company called Bhartiya Cooperative General Insurance Limited that is largely recruiting insurance services for crop insurance. Irdai has made it clear that the company has not received a registration to do insurance business and has recommended the general public to avoid doing business with the corporation.

To make conducting business easier, Irdai has also streamlined the approval procedure for introducing life insurance products. Life insurance companies may now introduce group unit-linked and individual unit-linked insurance policies without first obtaining the authority’s consent.

It is anticipated to increase innovation, giving consumers greater product options and encouraging quick responses to market needs.

ITR & Punishment

The I-T Department has requested that non-resident Indians (NRIs) and oversea citizens of India (OCIs) update their residential status with supporting documentation in order to reactivate their PAN cards, which may have become inactive due to the non-linking of their PAN cards with Aadhaar, and disclose any foreign assets they may have when filing income tax returns (ITR).

NRIs and OCIs may thus reactivate their PAN cards and avoid paying a Rs. 10 lakh fine for failing to disclose foreign assets by adhering to the I-T Department’s instructions.

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