Enhancing effectiveness of enforcement – Retreading trade remedy law
By Manoj Gupta & Subhashree R
As a top merchandise trader, just behind China [see end note1], the USA is a huge import destination and a frequent user of the Anti-dumping instrument, USA is not new to innovations in AD laws and has already been through the Bryd Amendment which sought to distribute the revenue from AD levies among pet...
Jurisprudence of international tax law
By Varun Chablani & Sumitha Krishnan
Taxation is a subject over which each State exercises its sovereign right. The basic charge of taxation can be traced to the domestic taxation law of a State. Each State, under its domestic law, exercises its right to tax a subject, based on a connection or lin...
Refund of excess customs duty paid under self-assessment system
By Atish Laddha
The Central Excise law provided for physical control for all commodities except a few in the past. However, subsequently self-assessment mechanism was introduced in Central Excise in which the revenue authorities’ role at the time of clearance of goods has be...
Transparency and confidentiality in AD investigation proceedings
By Atul Gupta
Investigation process adopted by the Designated Authority in anti-dumping cases has recently been called into question before the Hon’ble Delhi High Court by the participating exporters. Proceeding has been challenged mainly on the ground that the Designated Authority failed to supply the information and data relied upon by it in the ...
Corporate Guarantee – Certainty in taxation not guaranteed!
Affiliates of Multi National Enterprises (‘MNEs’), in the recent past, are moving more towards functioning independently from their parent, operational and financial. The freedom given in managing their own affairs in growing economies like India, has helped the affiliates to grow faster in the local markets. However, ...
GST and centralized registration
By K. Srikanth
Much has been said about the introduction of levy of additional 1% tax proposed under clause 18 of the Constitutional (122nd Amendment) Bill 2014, (duly passed in Lok Sabha and which is now placed before a special committee, pending for approval by the Rajya Sabha, and subsequently by 50% of State Legislatures) on supply o...
Courting balance between investor and host state in ISDS
By R Subhashree
The India’s model BIT (Bilateral Investment Treaty) was criticised as moving away from investor protection and being unreal. Foreign investor protection and the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism have received lot of attention, of late and has triggered law suits in the national courts ([Hu...
The Revenue Rule & International Taxation
By Sumitha Krishnan
International law is generally considered as the law of the nations and therefore, the rules of international law have developed into a long standing custom that they are dutifully followed by the individual countries. International taxation is one among such areas of law which is widely encroached by the international law and...
Industrial/ Institutional Consumers – the argument continues
By Shweta Kathuria
The Department of Consumer Affairs (Legal Metrology Division) by notification dated 14-5-2015 amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 (“PC Rules”). The PC Rules were framed to safeguard the interest of consumers by ensuring that the dealers cannot take undue advantage of innoc...
Third party rights under WTO DSU – Ongoing reforms
By Radhika Sharma
The WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) is a central element in providing security and predictability to the multilateral trading system created under the WTO. Keeping in mind the value that the DSU adds to the WTO mechanism, it was realized that constant reforms need to be carried out in the text of the DSU keeping in mind the i...
Applicability of res judicata in tax matters
By Amar Gahlot
Res Judicata is the Latin term for "a matter (already) judged", or "a thing adjudicated". It means a case or suit already decided. It was recently defined as “a final judgment on the merits by a court having jurisdiction is conclusive bet...