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Special report: Tax and India

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India’s Ministry of Finance is keen to attract foreign investment but will the actions of the tax authorities drive them out?

  • The Indian government has taken ‘radical’ measures for attracting foreign investment in India and reviving the economy following the slide of the rupee and concern over tax disputes and retrospectively applied legislation.
  • The Indian GAAR was postponed to 1 April 2015 and the safe harbour rules were introduced as well as incentives and the promise of legislative reviews.
  • Much clarification on the tax rules is needed but may not happen before next year’s general election.

India has been in the business press a lot in recent years and some of the reports have sent jitters throughout the business world. From the Vodafone case and subsequent retrospective tax legislation amendments to the recent freezing of Nokia’s Indian assets the Indian...

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