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Union Budget: Tax Policy Concerns for Capital Gains and Dividend Distribution on Mutual Funds

[Hardeep Singh Chawla is an Advocate practicing in the M&A & PE Tax Department of a Big4 in Gurgaon, Haryana. Views expressed are his own. The author may be reached at [email protected]] “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets” – Will Rogers Recently the Finance Minister tabled the Finance Bill, 2018 (‘Bill’)...

Vouchers under GST: Navigating a Grey Area

[Siddhant Bhasin is a third year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat] The use of vouchers has been on the rise, and a large number of transactions today are done through them. They are used in different contexts as – employee incentives, sales schemes and as discount offers. In most cases, there is an issuing party, the party that accepts the coupon for the said...

Some Problems with Equalisation Levy

[Shantanu Lakhotia is a 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat] A notification issued by the Government of India on 27 May 2016 provides for a 6% equalization levy to be withheld by Indian residents, as well as a foreign company having a permanent establishments in India, from business-to-business payments to a non-resident service provider for specified...

Outsourcing Services and Permanent Establishment

[Akash Santosh Loya is a 4th year student of the B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) course at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, India] In the case of Assistant Director of Income Tax v. M/s E-Funds Solution Inc.,[1] the Supreme Court of India delivered an important decision regarding the Permanent Establishment status of outsourcing functions provided by various information technology (IT)...

The ITAT Ruling in the NDTV Case: Some Final Thoughts

[Post by Shreya Rao. The earlier posts in this series can be found here and here]   A quick recap This is the third in a three-part series of posts about the ruling of the Delhi ITAT in the NDTV case. As readers may recall, part 1 commented on how the NDTV tax case paints a poor picture of all actors: The facts as described by the tribunal portray NDTV in a poor light (note that NDTV disputes...

The ITAT Ruling in the NDTV Case: Some Thoughts and Questions

[Post by Shreya Rao] The ruling of the Delhi Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) in the case of NDTV presents a poor picture of all actors. NDTV’s transactions fail to pass the smell test. The framing of the revenue’s position fails to convince you that NDTV’s smelly transactions should trigger a tax under law. The ruling itself is a 385-page tome written in the stream of consciousness style. It...

Intention of the Legislature Under Section 14A of the Income Tax Act, 1961

[Post by Akash Santosh Loya, 3rd year B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) student from National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi.] In the case of Godrej Boyce & Manufacturing Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax and Anr decided last month, the Supreme Court of India decided on the issue relating to the disallowance of expenditure under section 14A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (the ‘Act’)...

The Impact of Demonetization on the Corporate Sector

Professors Dhammika Dharmapala and Vikramaditya S. Khanna have posted a working paper titled “Stock Market Reactions to India’s 2016 Demonetization: Implications for Tax Evasion, Corruption, and Financial Constraints”, the abstract of which is as follows: On November 8, 2016, the Indian government made a surprise announcement that certain currency notes (representing 86% of the currency...

Buddh Circuit a Permanent Establishment of Formula One: Supreme Court

[In the following post, Akash Santosh Loya, who is a IIIrd Year Student, 5-year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) Course, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, provides a summary of a recent Supreme Court decision that has implications for international taxation.] In Formula One World Championship Ltd v. Commissioner of Income Tax, International Taxation – 3, Delhi,[1] the Supreme Court of India...

Call for Papers: Indian Journal of Tax Law

[Announcement from the Indian Journal of Tax Law] The Indian Journal of Tax Law (‘IJTL’) is a biannual journal dealing with taxation. The Journal is published by an independent organization of students from National Law University Odisha. IJTL is India’s first student edited, peer reviewed law journal focusing on taxation. The journal is focused towards enabling innovative academic research and...

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