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GST – Ensuring credit without artificial fetters

By Dr. G. Gokul Kishore

At the time when this article is being written, the air is thick with optimism and hope that Constitutional Amendment Bill on Goods & Services Tax (GST) will be passed by the Rajya Sabha in this monsoon session itself. It appears that the government is inclined to accept certain amendments and therefore, if it is passe...

Impact of the Brexit on trade

By Edouard Descotis

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) decided by referendum to leave the European Union (EU). Once the UK officially requests the initiation of the negotiations (via the so-called Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union that lays down the provisions governing the withdrawal process), the EU and the UK will start negotiating ...

GST – A turning point for India

By Iype Mathew

India is now poised to launch the next generation reform on the indirect tax front. Fiscal policy experts and economists have confirmed that a comprehensive and broad based consumption tax on supply of goods and services, collected at each stage of value added within the supply chain, is the best method for levying and collecting indirect ...

Electronic transfers into an NRE account – Income received in India?

By Gayatri Sridharan

A brief critique of the judgement of Kolkata bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in the case of Tapas Kumar Bandopadhay vs DDIT [2016]70 taxmann.com50(Kolkat-Trib)

The new era of the global citizen or the peripatetic Indian brings with it its unique problems at the level of taxation. The Income Tax Act,...

EU trade defence instruments at a deadlock?

By Edouard Descotis

The recent developments in the global steel crisis and the distinct features of the European Union (hereinafter the ‘EU’) have underlined the challenges currently faced by the EU trade policy. The EU is an economic and political union of 28 Member States with a specific institutional and decision-making framework. ...

India-Mauritius Treaty – The long awaited overhaul and its underlying consequences

By S.Sriram

The Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (‘DTAA’) entered into by India with Mauritius on 24th August, 1982 and made effective from 1st April, 1983 was the first of its kind wherein the right to tax the capital gains arising to a resident of Mauritius from transfer of shares of an Indian company was completely ...

Demand of interest due to price revision – An analysis

By Victor Das


The present-day commercial landscape involves a variety of transactions which are structured in various manners. Assessees under Central Excise ordinarily discharge duty on the goods cleared by them on the basis of invoices raised indicating the value of these goods as on the date of the...

China: NME or ME?

By Greetika Francis

Recent WTO discussions have centered on the question of China’s entitlement to Market Economy status (MES) post 11 December, 2016. China has always interpreted the clause to mean that post-2016, it would automatically be accorded MES. The Members of the WTO appear to be divided on the issue, with Brazil [see end note 1],Japan [se...

The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 - An analysis

By Lakshmi Pavan

Last year, the Indian Government introduced a scheme for voluntary declaration of undisclosed foreign income and assets for resident taxpayers under the Black Money Act. A similar scheme is proposed by the Finance Bill, 2016 referred as ‘Income Declaration Scheme, 2016’ (&lsquo...

‘Ease of doing business’ – A look at certain key Customs rulings

By Manoj Gupta

‘Ease of doing business’ is the buzz-word at present and with the Indian Union Cabinet going ahead with the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, it seems that conditions for doing business in India are bound to improve with significant cut in number of forms, declarations and permissions. Role of Indian judiciary including...

Refund – No recovery through SCN without review of refund order

By Sweta Giridar

The Madras High Court in the case of Eveready Industries India Ltd. v. CESTAT, Chennai [2016-TIOL-676-Mad-CX] has held that refund granted by an authority cannot be denied by way of issuance of Show Cause Notice (SCN) in cases where the order has not been subject to review.

In this case, the assessee was ...

Monitoring of steel imports in USA – Consistency under WTO Laws

By Aman

The United States maintains a licensing mechanism known as the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (hereinafter referred to as the ‘SIMA’) System. As per the system, any business importing steel mill products covered under the licensing program is required to procure a license. This includes importers, importing agents or brokers. Th...

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