Simple (But Important) Things To Know About Tax News


Tax law is constantly changing and it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest developments. Tax News is a great way to provide that information to taxpayers in a concise and easy-to-understand format. In this post, we’ll talk about a few of the most recent tax developments and what they mean for you.

Indian Tax Pay Systems : An Updated Look

The Indian tax system has been subject to several amendments and upgrades since the initial passage of the Income Tax Act in 1961. The Indian government’s efforts include the introduction of centralized taxation, a unified Goods and Services Tax (GST), a single juridical person regime for companies, and various withdrawal schemes for wealth taxes in India. Some of the latest tax laws were made to comply with regulatory requirements (e.g., the India-EU Mutual Agreement Procedure on double taxation) and to help promote investment in India by dispelling fears of excessive taxation .

The Income Tax Act was originally enacted as a single statute in 1961. 

It was modified in various ways over several years, but it really did not change significantly until a second statute was passed in 1962 (with an amendment in 1963). The second statute, called the “Act to amend and consolidate the I.T. Act, 1961,” changed much of the law, but was still considered to be a part of the original Income Tax Act. The 1962 amendment left out some of the changes made by the earlier 1961 act, so there were still certain differences that could be confusing.  The 1962 changes were fully integrated into the 1961 act in 1986 as a part of another amendment bill. It’s interesting to note that even with all these amendments, there are still over 100 Sections in this original Indian tax legislation that are considered “obsolete.”

The Tax Treatment of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds in India

There are many different types of convertible bonds issued in the international market place. This post will concentrate on an Indian-specific type of convertible bond called the “convertible debenture” that is issued by foreign companies in India. The safe haven status of the Indian rupee makes it attractive for foreign entities with operations or investments in India to issue these bonds as a way to repatriate foreign currency. The tax benefits are important because they allow this repatriation process to be tax free (i.e., it’s not subject to any withholding taxes). These bonds are issued by foreign companies and investors, who generally purchase these bonds for their investment returns. The United States is the only country that has not implemented a repatriation tax holiday for these types of convertible bonds, but it may soon be catching up.

The United States Under current US Treasury Regulations.

If the interest payments on convertible bonds are greater than the principal repayments, then the interest is treated as a return of capital to US investors. This triggers full taxation of any gains on the bond (i.e., full corporate income tax on top of regular capital gains taxes). If the interest payments are greater than the principal, then this triggers an immediate tax event (i.e., triggering full taxation on all gains and income).

The Problem of Private Aircraft Using Private Jets In the US.

A private jet is an aircraft owned and operated by the individual or its owner for personal use. These planes are exempt from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) requirements for the type of aircraft to be used, but if a private jet is leased to another person, then it has to be operated under FAA regulations or risk losing its exemption. This includes passenger flights as well as non-commercial/commercial uses (e.g., transporting employees).


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