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Highlights of the Union Budget 2020

Amidst the challenging global economic scenario, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s second budget had huge expectations attached. In her own words, the budget 2020 aimed at providing ‘Ease of Living’ to all citizens, through dedicated measures categorized within the broad themes of Aspirational India, Economic Development, and a Caring Society. Reflecting mandates of the Modi 2.0 regime, the budget strongly underlined the significance of technology and digitization through all its policies. Alongside various direct and indirect tax reforms, the budget strongly emphasized fiscal discipline, reduction of regulatory complexity, and boosting consumption. Initiatives for agriculture, food processing, healthcare, and banking sectors amongst others, have ignited hopes of improved physical and social infrastructure in the country.
In this publication on the Highlights of Union Budget 2020, we have captured the highlights from the Finance Minister’s announcement and their cascading impact across sectors, taxpayers, and the economy.  

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Indias Appetite for Processed Seafood Grows Stronger

India is one of the world’s largest seafood producers and top exporter of fish and fish products to the major developed markets of the world such as US, Europe, South East Asia, Japan, and the Middle East. The sector contributes 1.1% of India’s GDP and 5.2% of the share of agriculture’s GDP of India. India’s buoyant seafood industry has emerged as the largest group in agricultural exports of the country. With a series of government initiatives and policy support, The Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA), forecasts that India will achieve an export target of USD 10 billion by 2022.
This article gives an insight into the Indian seafood industry by indicating the growth factors driving the market, investment opportunities, and highlighting the potential it holds for both domestic and international stakeholders.

Guide to Fast Track Closure of the Companies in India

A Company comes into existence by way of incorporation and enjoys abundant rights under the status of an artificial person given to it by the Law. When a company is registered on incorporation, logically, there should be a provision for its deregistration or closure other than by way of winding up, for reasons such as discontinuation of business in order to dissolve the company.
Comprehensive provisions have been made in the Companies Act, 2013 with regard to the removal of names of companies from the register of companies. Unlike erstwhile Companies Act, where only the Registrar had suo-moto powers to remove the name of a company from the register of companies, Section 248 of the Act authorizes a company to apply by themselves for removal of the name. This is popularly known as Fast Track Exit/Closure or Strike-off of a company’s name from the register of companies, maintained by the Registrar having the effect of dissolving the company.

Union Budget 2019 Highlights | SKP Nexdigm

As the Modi Government 2.0 sets foot into its new term against the backdrop of a massive public mandate, it was expected to address the baggage of promises that remained unfulfilled in the last term. With expectations such as bailing NBFCs out of their present crisis, reforms in angel taxation provisions, measures to boost infrastructure development, redressal of the concerns of the farming sector, etc. - the anticipation has been at its peak.
Driving the wagon towards a USD 5 Trillion economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her maiden Budget focused on bringing about several transformational economic reforms. Reiterating the ten points of the ’Vision for the Decade’ as envisaged in the Interim Budget, the tax reforms announced were primarily aimed at stimulating growth and promoting digitization and transparency, while simultaneously simplifying tax administration.

Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics in Healthcare

Digital innovation, driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) will undoubtedly bring the next wave of significant disruption to the healthcare industry, impacting organizations in myriad ways. AI technologies like machine learning, virtual reality, and robotics, have begun finding their way into several industries. Use cases from early adopters demonstrate the potential to improve profitability as well as competitiveness significantly. Companies need to prepare for change now or risk losing their relevance in the future.

Doing Business in India 2018

Doing Business in India serves as a guide to India’s business, regulatory and tax environment. It seeks to provide the reader with knowledge of the critical regulations and changes in the country. We hope you find this information useful and helps you understand the dynamic business environment of India.

Indian Dairy Industry

India has seen a substantial increase in the per capita income and growth in disposable income has significantly improved the purchasing power over the past decade. Rapid urbanization has led to a major increase in the demand for packaged/processed foods, favorably impacting the dairy industry in the country. In the era of digitization and increased access to actionable information, the Indian populace is becoming health and product quality conscious, which has led to the improved variety of food products available in the country. The ever-increasing demand for value-added milk products has also increased the demand for milk production.

Withholding Tax - Contentious Issues

Withholding tax is one of the most significant sources of collecting Income Tax under the Indian Income Tax regime. Under the Income Tax Act, 1961 (the Act), responsibility is cast upon the payer to withhold tax on various domestic as well as foreign payments at the source. Over the years, these provisions have assumed great significance and it has shored-up the tax collections of the Indian government.

However, interpretational issues and different views between the taxpayer and the tax authorities in some of these provisions have raked up substantial litigation, especially in the last few years.

This article covers some of the controversial issues surrounding some of the withholding tax provisions.

Electronics Industry in India

The Indian government has recently realised the potential of the electronics industry in terms of its importance to GDP growth and providing employment. This report covers the key aspects of the electronics industry within the country.