Premium Received on Redemption of Debentures: Taxed as Interest or Capital Gains?

Background

While debentures have been a common mode of raising debt for companies, there still remains ambiguity regarding the taxation of certain income earned from debentures. Taxation of premium received on redemption of debentures is one such issue. Continue Reading Premium Received on Redemption of Debentures: Taxed as Interest or Capital Gains?

GST on canteen facilities and it’s applicability on non-permanent employees

In the bustling landscape of Indian factories and corporate setup, providing canteen facilities and other perquisites to employees, deputed persons from sister concerns and third-party contractors have become a common phenomena. The Factories Act, 1948, statutorily mandates employers to provide certain amenities, including canteen services, for factories with more than 250 workers, but for others, it is voluntary and provided as a goodwill gesture. To maintain a conducive work environment, such facilities have become important. However, the advent of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has introduced complexities, especially concerning taxation on canteen facilities provided to employees, deputed persons and third-party contractors.Continue Reading GST on canteen facilities and it’s applicability on non-permanent employees

Supreme Court lays to rest the Most Favoured Nation Controversy

The Most Favored Nation Clause

A Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (“DTAA”) with one country might have a different treatment for the same income as compared to DTAA with another country. To ensure that such differential treatment is avoided, and similar benefits are available across different DTAAs, DTAAs may include the Most Favored Nation (“MFN”) clause. The MFN clause is not a part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (“OECD”) or the United Nation’s model tax conventions and is also not a standard clause of all DTAAs. Such a clause can be negotiated and included at the discretion of the contracting states for certain income (typically investment income).Continue Reading Supreme Court lays to rest the Most Favoured Nation Controversy

Karnataka High Court’s decision on GST levy provides a comfort to highway projects

The concessionaire or contractors/ sub-contractors of the national/ state highways face a possible levy of Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) on their supplies. However, GST is exempted for services when toll is paid to access the roads or bridges.[1] The exemption is also applicable on payment of annuity for access to roads.[2] A contract in relation to highways may deal with several aspects such as construction of a highway, shops, operation of highways, maintenance of highways, collection of toll or separate charges like overhead charges, etc. Further, with different models of highway projects, it becomes essential to analyse the nature of supply, party rendering such supply to determine if any exemption or concessional rate is available.Continue Reading Karnataka High Court’s decision on GST levy provides a comfort to highway projects

Supreme Court Overturns Several High Court Decisions Quashing Reassessment Notices

In a recent decision of Union of India vs. Ashish Agarwal[1], the Supreme Court (“SC”) effectively overturned several High Court decisions which had quashed reassessment notices issued under Section 148 (as it existed prior to the amendments introduced through the Finance Act, 2021). The decision has a significant impact for pending reassessments, notices for which have been issued after April 1, 2021. This blog shall briefly explain the background to the appeal as well as the decision of the SC, and analyse the reasoning and impact of the decision.Continue Reading Supreme Court Overturns Several High Court Decisions Quashing Reassessment Notices

Tax motivated transaction IPSO Facto may not be regarded as Sham

In today’s economy, a business entity cannot undermine the impact of taxation on its growth and development trajectory, which is why tax planning is considered to be the most pivotal part of financial planning. While the line between tax planning and tax evasion is very thin, the Supreme Court, on various occasions, has differentiated between the two concepts and has repeatedly held that minimisation of tax liability through legitimate tax planning is not illegal.[1]Continue Reading Tax motivated transaction ipso facto may not be regarded as sham