India’s Equalisation Levy, US Trade Act and Tax Avoidance Arrangements : An interplay

The US Trade Representative has initiated an investigation into potential tariff and non-tariff barriers arising out of Equalisation Levy imposed by India that is purported to affect “US Exports”. Equalisation Levy (popularly dubbed “Google Tax”) is imposed by India on Advertising and eCommerce companies not having a Permanent Establishment in India and thus avoiding Income…More

The Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act 2020 : Criminal Intimidation to settle case pending at a judicial forum by ITD Authorities to meet Revenue Targets : Illegality and Judicial recourse thereof.

Section 3 of the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act, 2020 assumes jurisdiction “.. where a declarant files under the provisions of this Act on or before the last date, a declaration to the designated authority in accordance with the provisions of section 4 in respect of tax arrear, ..” . There is no provision…More

Carbon Tax on fossil fuel to fund oil saving infrastructure

Oil prices have fallen to record low levels and Indian government has raised taxes keeping pump prices artificially high. The Government should consider earmarking a portion of the carbon tax on fuel so collected on modern public transport infrastructure such as metro railways, suburban railways, electric bus rapid transit systems (eBRTS), and high-speed (350 km/hr)…More