The Multilateral Instrument and the future of bilateral tax treaties

Tax treaties are based on a set of common principles designed to eliminate double taxation that may occur in the case of cross-border trade and investments. The current network of bilateral tax treaties dates back to the 1920s and the first Model Tax Convention developed by the League of Nations. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation … More The Multilateral Instrument and the future of bilateral tax treaties

The evolution and rethink of the Permanent Establishment concept as a consequence of BEPS

Formulating anti-BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) measures for cases where companies were deemed to not have a Permanent Establishment (PE) despite substantial business activity, was a key priority for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its BEPS project. Recommendations and outcomes from the OECD Action Plan 7 of the BEPS project, … More The evolution and rethink of the Permanent Establishment concept as a consequence of BEPS

Global mobility and evolving changes

 Globalization has brought about a boom in the movement of employees to different countries to acquire specialized technical skill and expertise. Over the years, we have seen organizations coming out with various assignment models to send their employees abroad. This trend offers many benefits to employees apart from bolstering their career and creating an international … More Global mobility and evolving changes

Taxation of buybacks by unlisted companies: a step toward greater clarity?

Buyback tax (BBT) provisions were introduced in the Income Tax Laws (ITL) in 2013 to check tax avoidance by unlisted companies, which resorted to buyback of shares instead of dividend distribution, particularly where the buyback distribution proceeds were tax-exempt for overseas shareholders under the treaty network. BBT is payable by domestic unlisted companies in the … More Taxation of buybacks by unlisted companies: a step toward greater clarity?

‘Avoid cess, increase GST peak rate’

 India’s GST journey is in its critical phase with GST Council debating important issues like rate structure, administrative ease and GST law. Multiple rate structure is the pragmatic way forward, and aligned to what CEA report indicated. While debate around what will fall in which rate basket continues, it’s important we have consistent classification across … More ‘Avoid cess, increase GST peak rate’

Can GST effectively guide the e-commerce package?

India is on the verge of going live with the long over-due indirect tax reform, the introduction of Goods and Service Tax (GST). Despite certain delays, the Constitutional Amendment Act which empowers the Center and State to simultaneously tax the same transaction was enacted in September 2016. In the run-up to the target date of … More Can GST effectively guide the e-commerce package?

Big changes for small units under GST

Through this article, V.S Krishnan, Advisor, Tax Policy Group, EY India (Former member of CBEC) shares his view on how expenditure switching from tax incentives to infrastructure spending could benefit small and medium units as a whole.
Further, he opines that irrespective of big or small units, the self-policing mechanism provided by the GST design and tracking of every transaction by the GSTN system will ensure a more level playing field for all.

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India’s looming Goods and Services Tax (GST): considerations for the pharmaceutical industry

GST is expected to transform the Indian economy in the medium to long term. The new GST framework would result in the development of a common Indian marketplace, reduce the cascading effect of multiple layers of taxes and increase revenue buoyancy for the Central Government (Government) and most of the state governments. By leveraging an … More India’s looming Goods and Services Tax (GST): considerations for the pharmaceutical industry

Has GST dialled the right number?

Over the past few months, there has been significant progress on Goods and Services Tax (‘GST’). GST is the most significant indirect tax reform proposed to be implemented in the history of Independent India.  A GST regime aligned with overall objectives of removing the cascading, unifying the Indian market, simplifying administration and compliances and ease … More Has GST dialled the right number?

GST may resolve the dual taxation impact on Media & Entertainment sector

The media and entertainment (M&E) sector has seen overall growth in all the segments, driven by rapidly rising incomes and evolving lifestyles. However, the M&E sector is plagued by multiple taxes at each level of the supply chain, leading to a complex tax structure with tax compliances at the Union, state and municipal levels.

What Budget 2017 may look like for the real estate sector

Gaurav Karnik, Tax Partner and Leader – Real Estate practice, EY India It is that time of the year when the entire industry looks forward to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely’s speech on Budget Day to provide much needed relief and growth impetus in various sectors. The real estate sector is no different, given the … More What Budget 2017 may look like for the real estate sector

Union Budget 2017: considerations for indirect tax proposals

B Sriram, Tax Partner, EY India This Budget will be presented against the backdrop of two key events: demonetization and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax Act. First and foremost, the most eagerly watched expectation would be the roadmap for GST implementation. Pursuant to the recently concluded GST Council meeting, the FM has … More Union Budget 2017: considerations for indirect tax proposals

Budget 2017: what international tax may have in store for you!

The year 2016 witnessed a rapid movement of the OECD-G20 BEPS project to the implementation phase, leaving a fundamentally changed landscape in its wake. Now that all the key instruments for BEPS implementation have been released by the OECD, countries are legislating and/or providing more clarity on how they will implement BEPS measures so that … More Budget 2017: what international tax may have in store for you!