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For India’s New Digital Tax Global Lobbying Groups Call for Delay

Written by Himanshu Gupta

Delay a new digital tax that will hit firms like Facebook, Google as they are battling the fallout of the coronavirus, a letter discerns by Reuters showed.

Nine lobbying groups involving the US Chamber of Commerce have urged India. To delay a new digital tax that will hit firms like Facebook and Google. As they are battling the fallout of the coronavirus, a letter discerns by Reuters showed.

From April 1 India inflicts a new 2% tax on foreign billings or transactions where companies take payment abroad for digital services provided in India. The tax also appeals to foreign e-commerce transactions on sites like Amazon.


Presented in parliament a month earlier the tax, put into budget amendments passed in March. Might the industry off guard as it was not part of the main proposals India’s finance ministry.

On Wednesday the nine groups, from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. They wrote a joint letter to India’s finance minister, urging that the tax detained by nine months. Along with an industry-wide consultation before implementation.

The time frame within which this expansive new measure accepts along with entered in to force permits for neither the dialogue nor the significant structural changes that would require (for companies to comply).

The government’s new tax is discerning to aimed at taxing foreign companies that have a significant local client base. In India yet was billing them through their offshore units, successfully escaping the country’s digital system.

In India, the tax also appeals to advertising revenue earned from companies overseas if those advertisements eventually target customers.

Google especially worries that it would not be able to swiftly identify countries where advertising arrangements were in place, Reuters has announced.

The tax moreover risks souring India’s trade relations with countries like the United States. That had earlier been concerned with New Delhi’s stricter rules for sectors like e-commerce.

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