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Accounting for a Brief Stint of Unconstitutionality: Equalisation Levy Fixed by GST

[Debarshi Chakraborty is a 3rd year B.A., LL.B. student at National Law University Odisha] Considering the potential of the booming digital economy and the fast expanding nature of its business operations, it is essential to address the challenges extensively, particularly in terms of taxation of digital transactions. In addressing such challenges, and in keeping abreast with the emerging global...

Cryptocurrencies: Their Nature and Prospects for Taxation – Part 1

[Anirudh Singh is a 4thyear B.A LL.B (Hons.) student at NALSAR, Hyderabad] Cryptocurrencies have gained significant prominence in the market since the inception of “Bitcoins”. (In this post, Bitcoins and cryptocurrencies are treated interchangeably for the sake of simplicity).  The popularity of Bitcoins can be estimated from the fact that upon its introduction in 2009 the value of one Bitcoin...

Corporatisation Prospects for Unregistered Entities: Amendment to Section 366 of the Companies Act, 2013

[Pammy Jaiswal is a Partner at Vinod Kothari and Company] Background By virtue of the enforcement notification of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (‘MCA’) dated 5 July 2018, the proposed change under section 75 of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (‘Amendment Act’) relating to section 366 of the Companies Act, 2013 (‘Act, 2013’) has been notified with effect from 15 August 2018. Further, by...

‘Royalty’: a Tax? : An Analysis of the Judicial Uncertainty and its Service Tax Implications

[Velpula Audityaa and Devansh Mani are both 4th year, B.A.LL.B (Hons.) Students at Symbiosis Law School, Pune] Whether royalty payable on minerals extracted  as provided for under section 9 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 is in the nature of tax is one of the questions pending before a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court. Depending on the outcome, there will be...

Cross Border Mergers in India: RBI Notification and Some Implications

[Roshni Menon is a 5th year B.A., LL.B (Hons.) student at School of Law, Christ University in Bangalore] Upon tracing the history of cross border mergers in India, one finds that the erstwhile Companies Act, (“1956 Act”) did contain provisions relating to the subject, however limited in its application. This law permitted a merger between a foreign company and an Indian company where the...

Analysis of “Externalisation” under Indian Law

[Deepansh Guwalani is a 4th Year Student at ILS Law College, Pune] Introduction “Externalisation” is a strategy of incorporating holding companies in offshore jurisdictions to enjoy certain benefits which the home country does not offer. The strategy is employed by companies to move their corporate structures away from the Indian tax and regulatory regimes. How it is done The process of...

India’s GAAR and the Multilateral Instrument: A Consideration for Foreign Portfolio Investors

[Aditi Khemani is a 4th Year student at Jindal Global Law School]  Introduction Since the Union Budget of 2018-19, the India-Netherlands Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty (DTAA) has garnered attention. A major renegotiation of India’s treaties with Mauritius, Cyprus and Singapore last year saw a shift from the “residence rule” to the “source rule” of capital gains taxation. This eliminated the...

Exchange of Information under Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements

[Dheeresh Kumar Dwivedi is a lawyer at APJ SLG Law Offices New Delhi] With globalization, India has been entering into various double taxation avoidance agreements (“DTAAs”) with the countries across the globe. This is because of the inherent advantages that DTAAs provide insofar as avoidance of double taxation, facilitation of international trade and business, and curbing the menace of tax...

Testing the Constitutional Validity of the Anti-Profiteering Rules, 2017

[Yash Karunakaran is a 3rd year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.] While the aim behind the introduction of the Anti-Profiteering Rules, 2017 was to rein in possible price hikes during the introduction of the General Sales Tax (“GST”) regime, the hastily drafted parent act and the vague nature of the rules themselves have called into question the constitutional...

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