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    India’s Free Trade and Double Tax Agreements – New Issue of India Briefing Magazine Out Now

    In this issue of India Briefing magazine, we take a look at the bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and DTAAs that India has in place.

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    The Disabilities Act in India: What Employers Need to Know

    The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 broadens the definition of a ‘disabled person’, and applies to both private and government establishments in India. Here, we briefly cover the major compliances required by the Act, which include having an Equal Opportunities Policy in place.

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    India – Hong Kong Sign Double Tax Avoidance Agreement

    India and the Hong Kong entered into a double tax avoidance agreement on November 10, 2017. The DTAA will provide clarity regarding tax rates and tax jurisdictions; firms will now be taxed in only one of the signatory countries.

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    Expatriates in India: Visa, Work Culture, Socioeconomic, and Payroll Considerations

    In the past ten years, India’s living and working environments have adapted to the increased influx of expatriates. Here we discuss key considerations that foreigners should note, including visa registration, sociocultural nuances, and HR and payroll norms.

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    Switzerland Approves Automatic Information Exchange with India to Curb Tax Evasion

    India’s automatic exchange of information pact (AEOI) with Switzerland will take force in 2018, and the first exchange of information will take place in 2019. This will boost India’s efforts to track black money and curb tax evasion.

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    IT Sector in India Shocked by US$1.55 Billion in Tax Notices

    India’s federal tax body has sent tax notices to more than 200 companies in the IT sector claiming for return of export benefits enjoyed by such firms over the last 5 years plus service tax and fines. Here we briefly discuss the main contention.

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    India Implements WTO’s TFA – Boost to Trade Linkages, Ease of Doing Business

    India has released a 76 point National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP), under the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). This article discusses how the TFA will ease doing business in India, reduce trading costs, and boost exports and imports.

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    Delhi’s Pollution Crisis and its Impact on Business

    Early this November, India’s capital city, Delhi, was engulfed in a toxic smog for over a week. Here we explore some of the contributing factors behind the city’s worsening air quality, measures to tackle it, and the impact on businesses.