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Podcast: Will Corporate Tax Cuts Fix India’s Bruised Economy? (Ep-11)

“In the US, there was a talk of something called a Nifty50 in the early 1970s. A lot of those stocks traded at ridiculous P/E multiples. And people were ...
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What is FATCA and Should You Care That It’s Not Really A Weight Loss Program?

The US has new act: the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which will allow it to strong-arm foreign financial organizations (like mutual funds or ...
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Indirect Taxes Up Big Time on Fuel Duties and Gold, Good For Government, Not So Much For Anyone Else

Apparently, the Indirect tax collections (Service Tax, Excise Duty and Customs Duty) are up 37% in May 2015 over May 2014. But is this really something we ...

NPS Versus Good Old Long Term Equity Investing – Even Without a Tax-Saving Tag, Equity Rocks

It’s tax saving season, so it’s apt to ask: Should you buy into the New Pension Scheme (NPS) for which the government has given you a phenomenal ...

A High Service Tax Means Do Not Make In India, Buy From Abroad

Service Tax was hiked to 14% in this budget. The FinMin folks seem to think this is just a gradual move towards the GST rates of 20% or so, since manufacturing ...

You Thought Service Tax Was Hiked to 14%? It Might Be 16%.

Service Tax in Budget 2015 was moved to 14% from the 12.36% we were paying earlier. But there’s a sneaky thing in the budget that allows them to push it ...

Budget 2015: More Taxes, No Wealth Tax, More Other Taxes, Black Money Attacks

Budget 2015 wasn’t quite a blockbuster budget. It’s more of a pocket buster, as the biggest thing inside it is: Taxes are up. No Tax Rates Changed, ...

Five Things We'll See In Budget 2015

I write at Outlook – Five Things We’ll See In Budget 2015: There are a lot of expectations from the NDA’s first full budget. Here’s ...

The Government Talks Austerity; Mid-Year Fiscal Deficit Highest in 5 years

We’re a little more than midway into the Financial Year 2014-2015: perfect time for a comparative analysis of the performance of the new government. How bad ...

Panics, Taxes and Startup Gyan

I wake up way too early, following stringent baby-care regulation that parents should get little or no sleep, and find some time to write in. I’ve been in ...