Recent tax amendment controversy creates an excellent opportunity to provide an overview of the relevant taxes for foreign-invested entities in India, including the most important points for 2013 – goods and service tax (GST) reform, proposed tax revisions under the 2013-14 Budget, the entry into force of several double taxation agreements (DTAAs), and new General Anti-avoidance Rules (GAAR).
In this issue of India Briefing, we begin with an overview of India’s taxes on business, which includes a section on India’s double taxation avoidance agreements, and then discuss individual income tax rates and deductions. Finally, we discuss India’s tax reforms in 2013, including an article by Chandrahas Choudhury, New Delhi correspondent for Bloomberg View, “Can India Tax Itself to Prosperity?”
•An Overview of India’s Business Taxes
•Individual Income Tax Rates and Deductions
•India’s Tax Reforms in 2013
To coincide with the commencement of India’s annual audit season, this issue of India Briefing Magazine provides an overview of Indian audit procedures for the non-audit foreign executive based in India, as well as for the CFO at the head office who may not be familiar with India’s specific audit regulations and accounting standards. We aim to highlight some of the key areas for both levels of international executives responsible for their Indian businesses.
Also in this issue, we examine how India’s accounting standards differ from the globally accepted IFRS and IAS protocols, and why it is important to be aware of such discrepancies. We also outline the standard steps and procedures an Indian auditor will go through during the audit process and explain pre-audit preparations that can be carried out to make the process easier to follow and understand for foreign executives. Such preparations will also help the auditor conduct the necessary audit work in a straightforward and efficient manner with clear results that can be used as part of an internal health check for the company。