India an Attractive Investment Destination after Slashing of Corporate Tax Rates
By Bhavesh Jindal, Ashwani & Associates, Chartered Accountants
The history of the highest corporate tax rates in India goes back to 1997, with an effective corporate tax rate of 38.05%. However, in recent times, there has been a progressive shift in this trend, wherein India is becoming a more preferred nation for investment, bolstering investor sentiment by way of various regulatory and tax reforms. The central government, basing their optimistic approach on the main theme of “Made in India” as a means of nation building, has introduced a new tax regime, slashing the corporate tax rates in India by 8%, from the prevailing 30% to 22%. Even further, for a newly set up manufacturing company incorporated on or after 01 October 2019, the tax rates have been reduced to as low as 15%.
The newly incorporated tax rates (if opted) come with an added reward of non-applicability of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) amongst others, but at the cost of relinquishment of various exemptions or deductions like tax holidays or accelerated depreciation, already provided under the old regime of Indian Income Tax. The desirability and feasibility of migrating to the new scheme by forgoing the benefits of all incentives needs thorough evaluation based on facts and circumstances.
In the recent Economic Budget for 2020–2021, various proposals put forth, like eradication of corporate dividend tax, reduction in individual tax rates, reduction of withholding tax on specified interest income of non-residents, expanding the scope of business trusts, etc., are all driven by the government’s move towards becoming a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025 and enticing huge foreign investments.
The new rate is a benchmark set by the Indian Government for times to come, an increase wherefrom shall seek justification, thus confirming the stability of these rates for a long time.
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Ashwani & Associates is an audit, tax, and consulting firm in India with four office in Delhi, Mumbai, Ludhiana, and Chandigarh. Their clients range from emerging entities to large corporations with billions of dollars as revenue which include privately held businesses, not-for-profit organisations, and publicly traded companies. They support a local, national and international client base.
Bhavesh Jindal is an expert who specialises in corporate tax consulting in cross-border business between India and abroad. He thus has experience and a vast working knowledge of all aspects of international tax, transfer pricing, APAs, and the like. Serving clients across the globe and having worked in every existing kind of direct tax branch, he offers pragmatic solutions on a cost-effective basis.
Published: International Taxation Newsletter, No. 12, Spring 2020 l Photo: Dmitry Rukhlenko - stock.adobe.com