India’s taxation system is among the more complex systems globally and is constantly being updated to account for changes in the economy and policy.

At present, a company operating in India may need to pay three kinds of direct taxes – Corporate Taxes, Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT), and Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT). These are the broad guidelines for these taxes –

  • Corporate Tax– For a domestic company, the prevailing tax rate is 30% (or 25% for SMEs). In addition to this, a surcharge may apply (based on the company’s profit levels) and a cess of 4% applies to all companies (irrespective of profit levels). Foreign companies are required to pay a basic tax rate of 40% (plus surcharge and cess).
  • Minimum Alternate Tax– Because of the differences between calculation of accounting profit and taxable profit, the Government introduced MAT which is applicable on book profits (if they exceed tax profits). The MAT rate is currently 18.5% of the book profits plus surcharge and cess. Every entity would need to pay the higher of corporate tax or MAT.
  • Dividend Distribution Tax– DDT is a tax payable by domestic companies on the dividend that they pay out, since that dividend is tax free in the hands of the shareholder. On the other hand, if a shareholder receives dividend from a foreign company, he or she is liable to pay tax on it. The current DDT rates are 15% on dividend amount, plus surcharge and cess
  • At SSS we provide to help taxpayers simplify their tax structure and help in optimizing their income and reduce taxes.

Our tax consulting practice assists our clients with the following services:

  • Tax planning for Indian and overseas companies
  • Ongoing direct tax payments and self-assessments for companies and firms
  • Ongoing tax compliances (TDS, professional tax, etc.)
  • Income Tax Preparation and Filing of tax returns for companies and firms
  • Liaising with Income Tax authorities in cases of tax demands, scrutiny, or disputes
  • Tax audits for companies and firms in form 3CD as prescribed by the Income Tax authorities
  • Employee tax calculations for companies and firms
  • Interpretation of international tax codes and Double Tax Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) across geographies
  • Transfer pricing studies 

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