India has experienced the completion of its first financial year of the much-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 1 July 2017 to 31 March 2018. This contemporary regime held high aspirations digitally by mandating taxpayers to undertake transaction-level reporting of its business on to its information technology/Goods and Services Tax network (IT/GSTN) platform. It … More GST audit – it is the time to reconcile
India and China are two of the world’s oldest civilizations. Cultural and economic relations between China and India date back to ancient times. Despite political issues over the years, the relations between India and China have steadily improved and strengthened in various fields of mutual interest. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi … More Protocol amending India-China DTAA: Embracing the change!
In India, it is a settled principle of law that the tax treaties cannot create more onerous obligations or liabilities independent of enabling provisions under the domestic law. As such, where any income is exempt under the provisions of domestic tax law, the tax treaty cannot create a fresh tax liability. Internationally, most of the … More Can tax treaties be used to create a tax liability?
General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) represents a set of rules that provide a tax authority the power to deny tax benefits when an arrangement is undertaken without any commercial purpose or substance (i.e., when the arrangement is planned to generate a tax benefit). GAAR, especially the Indian GAAR, is not limited in its application to specified … More Softening the GAAR blow, Canada style: A case study on adopting a nuanced approach to GAAR principles
Employees’ Stock Option Plans (ESOPs) form an integral part in the overall reward framework of an organization. In a typical ESOP, the company grants options to the employees. These options vest over a period of time, subject to certain conditions. On fulfilment of the vesting conditions, the employees get the right to exercise the options … More Unfolding the ESOPs’ taxation conundrum
TP litigation in India High-pitched transfer pricing (TP) assessments have been in headlines in India for about a decade now. The first round of TP assessments commenced during financial year (FY) 2004-05 and since then, the number of cases scrutinized and the quantum of TP adjustments have been rising with TP adjustments of approximately US$10.8 … More SQL redefined: Silver lining or double-edged sword
With the FIFA World Cup 2018 unfolding so many surprises, football fever has certainly reached a crescendo in India, having caught the attention of many in a nation where football may have otherwise been considered dormant some time ago. Moving to the tax and finance arena, another term which may have caught one’s attention in … More “Value” lies in the eyes of the beholder?