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RGESS Tax Sop for New Investors Announced

In another horribly named scheme*, the government has announced an Equity Savings Scheme, named after Ramesh Gelli. No, Ram Gopal (Verma). Okay, it ...

Budget 2012: GAAR Deferred, Taxes at Source Cut

In his prepared remarks introducing the Finance Bill into Parliament today, Indian Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee announced some changes to the ...

Startup Tax: Diluted To Allow "Angels"?

The FM, in his remarks while introducing the Finance Bill today, provided some relief to the startup community by potentially allowing angel investments to not ...

Defining India’s Poor

I write at Yahoo on the recent poverty report: India may be a poor country but we all differ on what "poor" is. There was a furore last year when a ...

Budget 2012 Expects To Cut Petrol Subsidy 35%

Apparently, in this budget, we are going to cut the petroleum subsidy by a mind-boggling 35%. By nearly 25,000 crores (Rs. 250 billion *) From the budget ...

The Vodafone Overreach and the Failure of Trust

From my Yahoo Piece: Vodafone’s Dutch Subsidiary bought a company in the Cayman Islands, in a transaction paid for in foreign currency. Vodafone is a ...

The Negative List: Service Tax Exemptions in a Nutshell

Archiving my Yahoo Piece: The Service Tax provisions in the budget detail out 17 areas on which you will not be charged a tax, and for absolutely everything ...

What the Finance Minister Didn’t Say

Archiving my Yahoo Piece: Pranab Mukherjee has presented a budget that has left everyone wondering what really happened and whether we should give it more ...

Building affordable housing by curbing bubbles in real estate

As part of my pre-budget articles: I wrote at Yahoo about our overenthusiasm for real estate and how we can curb bubbles in there. More than 2.6 crore houses ...

FAQ on the Startup Tax

Lots of questions have come in on the Startup tax post (Angel Investors Beware: Funding Startups Could be Classified as Income) and I’ve tried to address ...