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The upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference: What to expect for India

By Edouard Descotis

Every two years the 164 Members of the Word Trade Organization (“WTO”) gather in a Ministerial Conference to give political direction to the world trade body and negotiate new instruments to better regulate international trade. The next meeting is scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires on 10-13 December 2017 and the agenda i...

Ocean Freight under GST – A Sea Change

By S Rahul Jain and R. Sahana


In the landmark decision of Govind Saran Ganga Saran v. Commissioner of Sales Tax [1985 AIR1041]. the Hon’ble Supreme Court held that one of the canons of taxation is that there must be a clear indication of the person on whom the lev...

Supply by an SEZ Unit - Controversy in levy and collection

By Nitum Jain

The Goods and Services Tax regime has replaced the diverse indirect tax structure existing in the country prior to 1st July 2017, filling the various gaps and failings of the erstwhile system. However, the new regime is not without its shortcomings.
Supplies by an SEZ unit to a DTA ...

‘Interest’ draws interest in tax treaty interpretation

By Sumitha Krishnan & Bharathi Krishnaprasad
All corporate houses, big and small around the globe constantly seek in  financial innovation in raising capital and in allocating rights over sharing of profits.  From a plain vanilla equity to participative debt securities to complex warrants etc. of the hybrid derivative clan, th...

Connotation of term “Country of Export” in Anti-Dumping Duty Notification

By Aayush Singla

An Anti-dumping duty is levied against the goods originating in or exported from the subject countries. The final findings issued by the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (“DGAD”) and the Customs Notification issued by the Central Government contain a ‘duty table’ which sets out the amount of a...

Inventory valuation caught in the web of ICDS, IndAS and settled jurisprudence!

By S.Sriram
Valuation of inventory is not supposed to give rise to any income and therefore the same should be at lower of cost or market value, as held Apex Court in a landmark decision [see End Note 1].  However, with changing accounting and tax regulations, the old age principles need to be revisited.

Section 5(1) of the Income-tax Ac...

Classification of leasing services – An expanding quandary

By Garima Srivastava

After a long wait we have finally voyaged into the Goods and Services Tax regime, and are experiencing many teething problems. Other than filing of GST Returns, issue related to appropriate classification of goods and services and the rates thereon is one of the many burning issues which require immediate action on the part o...

Final Findings in anti-circumvention investigation concerning Cold Rolled Flat Products of Stainless Steel – An analysis

By Garima Prakash


Final anti-dumping duty was imposed on cold rolled flat products of stainless steel of width between 600mm to 1250mm with certain exclusions (Product Under Consideration, hereinafter ‘PUC’) exported from China, Korea, EU, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and USA (here...

Understanding composite supply under GST

By Devanu Roy Choudhury
India embarked on its tryst with Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) on 1st July, 2017. In this regard, the Union Parliament and the State Legislatures have enacted various laws for the levy and collection of GST (hereinafter collectively known as “GST Acts”). The advent of GST has brought about ...

Limitation of Benefits clause in the India Singapore DTAA - An analysis of recent decisions

By Gayatri Sridharan

The Mumbai Bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal had occasion to examine the India Singapore Double Taxation treaty in a recent judgment in the case of Citicorp Investment Bank (Singapore) Ltd v. Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax (International Taxation) Mumbai.
Authority for Advance Rulings under GST

By Raghavan Ramabadran, Krithika Jaganathan & Rahul Jain

In his Budget Speech of 1992-93, the then Finance Minister had assured that, in the interest of avoiding needless litigation and promoting better taxpayer relations in a scheme for giving advance rulings in respect of transactions involving non-residents was being worked out and would be put in...

Compliance with recommendations and rulings of the DSB by the EU in trade remedy cases

By Bhargav Mansatta

Article 19.1 of the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) provides that where a panel or the Appellate Body concludes that a measure is inconsistent with a covered agreement, it shall recommend that the Member concerned bring the measure into conformity with that agreement. In the disputes involving trade remedy measures,...

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