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Provisional Attachment Orders under GST: Exception or the Norm?

[Amritesh Anand is a penultimate year student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] Enforcement authorities under the GST regime have been vested with a powerful tool under section 83 of the Central Goods & Services Tax Act, 2017 (“CGST Act”) to carry out provisional attachment of property of assessees. The rationale is to ensure that Government interest in revenue is not prejudiced by...

Taxing the Fund Managers: The Future of Pass-Through Status of Trusts

[Shambhavi Sinha is a final year B.B.A.,  LL.B. (Hons.) student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune] The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) allows an Alternative Investment Fund (“AIF”) to be constituted as a trust, a company, a limited liability partnership (“LLP”), or a body corporate under the SEBI (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012 (the...

Coveted Tax Relief For Covid-Care Policies: An Employers’ Perspective

[Kavya Mathur and Pragya Chandak are law graduates from National Law University, Jodhpur] The unprecedented Covid-19 health crisis has had a grim impact on all facets of life, including the disruption of business, people’s livelihoods and even the loss of life. While employers are persevering to stay afloat themselves, there is undoubtedly also an element of altruism and sincere concern for the...

Rule 86A of the CGST Rules – Ripe for Constitutional Challenge

[Aaryana Anand is a 4th year BSc. LL.B (Hons.) student at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar] Rule 86A (‘rule 86A’) was inserted in theCGST Rules, 2017 (‘Rules’), with effect from 26 December 2019. The said provision provides wide powers to the Commissioner or an officer authorized by him, not below the rank of an Additional Commissioner, to impose restrictions on Input Tax Credit...

Tax Deductibility in the Light of the New CSR Regime

[Shivani Pattnaik and Sourav Jena are undergraduate students at the National Law University, Odisha] Recently, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) along with the Government of India has amended section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 (“the Act”), thereby bringing upon significant changes to corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) regulations in India. After years of mandated CSR in the...

AIF Units as ‘Securities’ and its Ripple Effect on Taxation

[Priya Maharishi and Vansh Singla are 4th B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) students at Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat] With the growth of start-ups and early-stage companies, there is a continuous need for long-term capital investments and management expertise. Pooled investment funds can fulfil this need as they have forbearance unlike other sources of capital like public funding. These pooled investment...

Taxing Data under the Equalisation Levy: Taxpayers’ Challenges

[Akshara Rao is a final year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat] With the increasing dominance of the digital economy, countries and international organisations have highlighted the inefficiency of the current tax system in covering digital businesses, which are generating enormous profits from a jurisdiction without having any physical presence. Several countries...

Flip Structure Transactions: Regulatory Implications in India

[Divyansh Nayar is a 5th Year B.A.LL.B student and Arth Singhal a 4th Year B.A.LL.B student, both at National Law University Odisha] Over the last decade, the concept of a “flip” has gained popularity in the venture capital circles, especially amongst Indian startups seeking support from foreign investors. A “flip” transaction is one where an Indian company incorporates a company in a favourable...

GST Compensation Regime: The Covid Reality

[R. Kavipriyan and Pranshu Gupta are 4th year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) students at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] The Compensation Cess Controversy In the immediate aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Union Finance Minister announced that the revenue shortfall experienced by the States would not be entirely compensated by the Centre, claiming that the said shortfall is on account of an...

Examining the Issues Related to TDR under GST

[Madhura Karanth is a fourth year student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. The author is thankful to Mr. Mihir Naniwadekar for valuable inputs] A Joint Development Agreement (“JDA”) is common in the Indian construction industry. A landowner and a developer enter into such an arrangement, where the developer undertakes to develop the owner’s land. Usually, the constructed area is shared...

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