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2nd Global Tax Summit
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·    “The tax department is moving towards putting in place an investor friendly and facilitative tax system which would help to deliver on the ‘Make in India’ Initiative and promote ease of doing business in India”, said Mr Shaktikanta Das, Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Mr Das was addressing the gathering at the inaugural session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi on 17 December, 2014.

Addressing the audience, Mr Das mentioned that “there are three key challenges before the Government. First is to carry forward the agenda of tax reforms in light of the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ campaign which would strengthen the competitive advantage of India vis a vis other countries. The second challenge is to enhance the competitiveness of our tax administration. In this context, the Government has proposed to set up a separate vertical for dispute resolution, with dedicated officers and panels to be set up at various centres. This would contribute towards reduction of litigation and removal of hassles for the tax payers and other stake holders. The third challenge before the Government is to deal with the problem of unaccounted money and illicit financial flows. The Government is renegotiating many tax treaties to consider limitation of benefits to check the routing of Indian money to tax havens.

Mr Das further added that tax administration is a continuous process. The revenue department is open to change its culture and make tax administration more effective, bring in a moderate tax structure as well as enable ease of doing business. The CBDT and CBEC have recently issued circulars which are non adversarial, and also set up committees to evaluate the feasibility of TARC recommendations. Further, the Government is working towards facilitating 24/7 customs clearance at 17 airports and 18 seaports across the country. He stressed on the fact that tax exemptions should be administered in an efficient manner, and in this context, the Government is setting up a vertical for exemptions, which would facilitate tax concessions and reliefs in a friendly manner. The Government has also set up a High Level Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Ashok Lahiri to interact with trade and industry and ascertain areas where clarity on tax laws is required. Mr Das suggested in his speech that high pitched assessments without proper base should be avoided.

·    Echoing the views of the Government, Mr Kaushal Srivastava, Chairman, CBEC, Ministry of Finance, Government of India said that the Government is aware of the fact that the Department has to make efforts to meet the revenue target even while ensuring a moderate tax rate which does not impose a burden on the taxpayer; and that there is an expectation of stability and certainty in the tax regime along with simplified procedures. In this context, GST will provide uniform based consumption tax. Further steps have been taken to handle tax litigation, like prescribing limits to minimize litigation and an extended APA mechanism.

·     Speaking at the event, Mr R Seshasayee, Past President and Chairman, Council on Economic Growth and Investments, CII said that in an extensively competitive global economy, it is important that our domestic laws conform to international best practices so that our country becomes an attractive destination for doing business for both the domestic and the foreign investor. And since domestic laws cover many jurisdictions, it is imperative that the scope for conflict of interest between tax jurisdictions and companies is minimal.

Mr Seshasayee further stressed that our country needs a tax system which is simple, predictable, efficient, transparent and investor friendly. It should stimulate entrepreneurship by facilitating ease of doing business, and strengthen our competitive advantage in the global arena. The tax system should be so designed that it not only adds to the revenue stream of the government but also promotes compliance among both individuals and corporates and thereby propel our economy to the high growth trajectory.

·   Welcoming the audience at the summit, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry applauded the initiatives being taken by the Ministry of Finance to revive the economy, rekindle investor confidence which not only send positive signals to the Indian industry, but also to the global investors. Mr Banerjee indicated that there was a sense of optimism, revived interest and hope among both domestic and foreign investors that India will be back on track to move towards accelerated growth. He assured the Government of rendering all possible support and providing inputs in furthering the initiatives of the Ministry.

·       Addressing the gathering, Mr Rajiv Memani, Chairman, CII National Committee on Taxation & Chairman – India Region, EY said that the industry applauds the PM’s call for ‘Make in India’, but the vision needs to be supported by sure steps that will help create an environment where investments thrive and tax environment plays a crucial role. However, India needs to strike the right balance between checking tax avoidance and making the tax environment more facilitative compared to other jurisdictions competing for investments.

·       The CII Global tax Summit is second in the row and provides a forum where policy makers from the government and industry and tax experts converge to deliberate on issues of importance in the area of taxation.

 
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n effective tax policy, which is administratively simple, transparent and reduces the prospect of litigation during domestic and cross border transactions of companies would go a long way to make investing in India an attractive business proposition for companies. The ‘Make in India’ crusade launched by the Government does indicate the willingness and efforts to rationalize and streamline the tax environment in the country. This is especially relevant in the context where attracting investment flows is becoming imperative to bring growth back to the economy.Against this backdrop Confederation of Indian Industry organized a day long 2nd Global Tax Summit on Wednesday 17 Dec 2014.

“The tax department is moving towards putting in place an investor friendly and facilitative tax system which would help to deliver on the ‘Make in India’ Initiative and promote ease of doing business in India”, said Mr Shaktikanta Das, Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Mr Das was addressing the gathering at the inaugural session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi on 17 December, 2014.

Addressing the audience, Mr Das mentioned that “there are three key challenges before the Government. First is to carry forward the agenda of tax reforms in light of the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ campaign which would strengthen the competitive advantage of India vis a vis other countries. The second challenge is to enhance the competitiveness of our tax administration. In this context, the Government has proposed to set up a separate vertical for dispute resolution, with dedicated officers and panels to be set up at various centres. This would contribute towards reduction of litigation and removal of hassles for the tax payers and other stake holders. The third challenge before the Government is to deal with the problem of unaccounted money and illicit financial flows. The Government is renegotiating many tax treaties to consider limitation of benefits to check the routing of Indian money to tax havens.

Mr Das further added that tax administration is a continuous process. The revenue department is open to change its culture and make tax administration more effective, bring in a moderate tax structure as well as enable ease of doing business. The CBDT and CBEC have recently issued circulars which are non adversarial, and also set up committees to evaluate the feasibility of TARC recommendations. Further, the Government is working towards facilitating 24/7 customs clearance at 17 airports and 18 seaports across the country. He stressed on the fact that tax exemptions should be administered in an efficient manner, and in this context, the Government is setting up a vertical for exemptions, which would facilitate tax concessions and reliefs in a friendly manner. The Government has also set up a High Level Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Ashok Lahiri to interact with trade and industry and ascertain areas where clarity on tax laws is required. Mr Das suggested in his speech that high pitched assessments without proper base should be avoided.

Echoing the views of the Government, Mr Kaushal Srivastava, Chairman, CBEC, Ministry of Finance, Government of India said that the Government is aware of the fact that the Department has to make efforts to meet the revenue target even while ensuring a moderate tax rate which does not impose a burden on the taxpayer; and that there is an expectation of stability and certainty in the tax regime along with simplified procedures. In this context, GST will provide uniform based consumption tax. Further steps have been taken to handle tax litigation, like prescribing limits to minimize litigation and an extended APA mechanism.

Speaking at the event, Mr R Seshasayee, Past President and Chairman, Council on Economic Growth and Investments, CII said that in an extensively competitive global economy, it is important that our domestic laws conform to international best practices so that our country becomes an attractive destination for doing business for both the domestic and the foreign investor. And since domestic laws cover many jurisdictions, it is imperative that the scope for conflict of interest between tax jurisdictions and companies is minimal.

Mr Seshasayee further stressed that our country needs a tax system which is simple, predictable, efficient, and transparent and investor friendly. It should stimulate entrepreneurship by facilitating ease of doing business, and strengthen our competitive advantage in the global arena. The tax system should be so designed that it not only adds to the revenue stream of the government but also promotes compliance among both individuals and corporates and thereby propel our economy to the high growth trajectory.

Welcoming the audience at the summit, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry applauded the initiatives being taken by the Ministry of Finance to revive the economy, rekindle investor confidence which not only send positive signals to the Indian industry, but also to the global investors. Mr Banerjee indicated that there was a sense of optimism, revived interest and hope among both domestic and foreign investors that India will be back on track to move towards accelerated growth. He assured the Government of rendering all possible support and providing inputs in furthering the initiatives of the Ministry.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Rajiv Memani, Chairman, CII National Committee on Taxation & Chairman – India Region, EY said that the industry applauds the PM’s call for ‘Make in India’, but the vision needs to be supported by sure steps that will help create an environment where investments thrive and tax environment plays a crucial role. However, India needs to strike the right balance between checking tax avoidance and making the tax environment more facilitative compared to other jurisdictions competing for investments.

 

The CII Global tax Summit is second in the row and provides a forum where policy makers from the government and industry and tax experts converge to deliberate on issues of importance in the area of taxation.

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An open house discussion at the Inaugural Session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit
Government Committed Towards bringing a Moderate, Predictable, Non-Adversarial and Investor Friendly Tax System – Shaktikanta Das
Overview of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting and Impact on Indian tax landscape
Mr Shaktikanta Das, Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance addressing at the Inaugural Session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit
Taxation scenario in India - An introduction by Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII
Mr Rajiv Memani, Chairman, CII National Committee on Taxation addressing at the Inaugural Session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit
Mr R Seshasayee, Past President, Confederation of Indian Industry addressing at the Inaugural Session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit
Mr Kaushal Srivastava, Chairman-CBEC, Ministry of Finance addressing at the Inaugural Session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit
Release of publication on Enabling ‘Make in India’ through effective tax reforms at the Inaugural Session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit
Concluding Remarks by Mr Rajiv Memani, Chairman, CII National Committee on Taxation at the Inaugural Session of the 2nd Global Tax Summit
Opening Remarks by Mr Sudhir Kapadia, Partner & National Tax Leader, EY India on ‘Global Tax Trends-How Is India Responding’
A panel discussion on ‘Global Tax Trends - How Is India Responding’
Opening Remarks by Mr Rupak Saha, Country Tax Leader, GE on ‘India Tax Trends - Tax Policy And Reforms’
A panel discussion on ‘India Tax Trends - Tax Policy And Reforms’
Opening Remarks by Mr Sunil Kapadia, Partner & Tax Leader, EY India on Promoting ‘Make in India’ Through Enabling Tax Policy and Tax Administration
A panel discussion on Promoting ‘Make in India’ Through Enabling Tax Policy and Tax Administration
An open house discussion on Promoting ‘Make in India’ Through Enabling Tax Policy and Tax Administration
Opening Remarks by Mr Satya Poddar, Partner, Tax & Regulatory Services, EY India on GST - How Can We Make ‘Good’ The Better?
GST - How Can We Make ‘Good’ The Better? - A Perspective by Mr Sumit Dutt Majumder, Former Chairman-CBEC, Ministry of Finance
GST - How Can We Make ‘Good’ The Better? - A Perspective by Coca Cola
GST - How Can We Make ‘Good’ The Better? - A Perspective by Tata Chemicals
GST - How Can We Make ‘Good’ The Better? - A Perspective by Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
GST - How Can We Make ‘Good’ The Better? - A Perspective by the Maersk Group
GST - How Can We Make ‘Good’ The Better? - A Perspective by EY India
An open house discussion on ‘GST - How Can We Make ‘Good’ The Better?’
 
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