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India – Highlights of mid-term review of Foreign Trade Policy 2015-203


The long awaited mid-term review of the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 (the FTP or the Policy) was released by the government. The Policy focuses on expanding market, alignment with GST, data analytics backed policy intervention and trade facilitation with specific emphasis on MSME and labour intensive sectors. Continue reading

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A Guide to VAT/GST/SUT in the Americas 2017

Consumption taxes play a crucial role in the Americas, regardless of whether they are assessed as Value Added Tax (VAT), Goods and Sales Tax (GST), Sales and Use Tax (SUT) a Customs duty or excise tax. For tax authorities indirect taxes are an efficient and often a fair way of raising revenue and we see indirect tax revenues continue to increase as a proportion of tax take around the world. The rules, rates, interpretations and practices are also constantly changing. Continue reading

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India – Implementation of GST in 2017

649152_web_r_k_b_by_katharina-wieland-muller_pixelio-deThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill was passed in Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha on August 3 and has been approved by the Lok Sabha on the 8th August). It has been ratified by 50% of the states. The government is aiming for an implementation date of 1 April 2017. However based on the feedback received from our colleagues, the industry is hoping that such date could be delayed to July 2017 as a lot remain to be done to allow the implementation. The new GST Law will impact IT systems, accounting processes, contracts and business models. Continue reading

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Irish company law changes

Irland_Christian Neßlinger_pixelio.deTax authorities across the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) increasingly expect organisations to be able to confirm that tax risks are appropriately managed. Various measures are being introduced by tax authorities that aim to encourage good tax governance and the implementation of strong tax control frameworks. Continue reading

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New Zealand – GST registration as a non-resident business supplying remote services

629036_web_R_K_by_Dieter Schütz_pixelio.deFrom 1 October 2016 if you’re a non-resident business supplying remote services (including online services) you may be required to register for New Zealand GST, and charge GST on services provided to customers resident in New Zealand.

You need to register for GST when:

you exceed the GST threshold, that is your sales exceed NZD $60,000 in the last 12 months, or

are expected to be more than NZD $60,000 in the next 12 months.

your customer is resident in New Zealand, and
you supply a qualifying remote service.


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PwC’s webcast on India draft Model GST law (Monday, 20th June at 2pm IST)

PwC_fl_30mmh_cIn the past, there has been some scepticism within industry on the time frame within which GST might become a reality. However, it looks like there may be real progress, even dramatic progress, soon. Political observers are increasingly saying that the stalled Constitution Amendment Bill could be passed by the Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session of parliament due to various political realignments.

With the release of the draft Model GST Law on 14 June 2016, we have crossed a major milestone and this step seems aligned to the overall political progress, that is being reported. Continue reading

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New Zealand – special report on NZ GST and remote services

PwC_farbigNew Zealand IR has today released the special report on NZ GST and remote services.
It’s a pretty good document but doesn’t cover every scenario/issue.

This is a short insight into the systematics: Continue reading