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Taxation and revenue

Perceptions of tax compliance in India

06/11/2017

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[Co-authored with R. Kavita Rao]

 

Tax compliance, i.e. filing of return and the declaration of income for tax, is the outcome of complex interactions between the measures adopted by the income tax department and the inherent beliefs of the taxpayers. Focussing on the latter, in 2015, we conducted ...

Tax on Agricultural Income: A Revisit via Tax Laws

05/10/2017

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Taxation of agricultural income has been in the eye of storm recently. While adverse impact of such taxation on farmers has been a primary concern, the need for resource mobilisation brings the debate back to the limelight regularly. However, in my view, the debate is not supported by appropriate facts ...

What’s a Shell Company?

06/09/2017

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Shell companies are known to be misused by individuals and companies for the purpose of avoiding taxes as well as to launder money. Investigations reveal that shell companies are amorphous entities. Learning from the experience during demonetisation, large number of shell companies allowed the laundering of cash by providing entries ...

The long wait for introduction of GST is over

09/06/2017

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The long wait for a harmonised indirect tax system in India will soon be over with the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) system from July 1, 2017. After the passage of four GST Bills (Central GST, Integrated GST, Union Territory GST and GST Compensation to States), the state ...

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Grey market for IPOs: A case for regulation?

02/06/2017

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As SEBI cracks down on the business of P-Notes and the tax department follows up on the use of cash for generating unaccounted incomes, it comes as a surprise that the grey market for shares thrives unfettered.  It is fairly common for major newspapers to quote the premium offered on ...