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India’s Leading Manufacturing Hubs for Foreign Investment

Published: June 2021

We provide an overview of the reforms and incentives offered to make India a more viable manufacturing investment destination. This is followed by a spotlight on top performing states and the latest programs marshaling India’s infrastructure growth, especially its logistics corridors. The magazine also discusses factors important for new and existing investors when strategizing their market entry, relocation, or expansion.

Audit and Compliance in India

Published: February 2021

India’s audit regulations require businesses to comply with various types of audits, governed under different laws. Since the commencement of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) law in 2017, businesses and entrepreneurs in India are also required to conduct GST audit each year. In this issue of India Briefing, we provide readers with an overview of India’s audit types and processes, including general requirements and materials to be prepared to stay compliant. Further, we explain the different types of auditor opinions that can help companies manage their business better and address problems by identifying irregularities and errors. Lastly, we cover key aspects of conducting the GST audit.

Due Diligence for Foreign Companies in India

Published: March 2020

Foreign companies investing in India are advised to do a due diligence check, especially if entering into a joint venture, merger and acquisition, or partnership. The due diligence process uncovers critical information relating to the business and its management, thus helping investors decide if they should go ahead with their financial deal, or negotiate better terms and conditions, or withdraw their interest from the target entity or deal. While the due diligence process differs in each sector, the process will include an accurate evaluation of the company’s finances and taxes. In this issue of India Briefing, we provide information on conducting due diligence in India. We first focus on what is due diligence, and why foreign companies should engage in this process before investing in India. Next, we discuss different types of due diligence and explain their requirements and importance. Lastly, we answer some frequently asked questions.

Establishing a Foreign Company in India

Published: December 2019

India is an attractive destination for foreign investors due to its large consumer-oriented market, low labor costs, and rising global competitiveness. Despite the recent dip in the growth rate, India features among the top 10 countries for global FDI. Further, with more sectors being liberalized and a focus on improving the ease of doing business environment, India offers a stable base of operations for investors seriously considering the Asian market. In this issue of India Briefing, we provide information on establishing a company in India. We first discuss the country’s current business environment and why India has emerged as a preferred investment destination for foreign companies. Next, we focus on the entity structures available to foreign companies in India and explain their functionalities and requirements. Lastly, we answer frequently asked questions.

The Goods and Services Tax in India

Published: June 2019

In this issue of India Briefing, we first introduce various provisions of the GST system to help companies understand and implement GST compliance for their businesses. Next, we enumerate the rules and regulations for registering under GST, as well as penalties for noncompliance. Lastly, we discuss the concept of time, value, and place of supply that can help firms determine their GST liability under different situation and circumstances.

Audit in India

Published: March 2019

In this issue of India Briefing, we provide readers with an overview of India’s audit types and processes, including general requirements and materials to be prepared. Further, we explain the different types of audit reports, which can be invaluable in helping companies manage their business better and address problems by identifying irregularities and errors. Lastly, we cover key aspects of conducting the new GST audit, including the types of GST audits, general procedures, and documents requirements.

Where to Invest in India

Published: December 2018

In this issue of India Briefing magazine, we emphasize on the significance of a state-based approach to market entry in India. Further, we provide an economic overview of India’s top five investment destinations – Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. We also specify the advantages and opportunities available for investment in each state. Finally, we highlight the industrial incentives, port connectivity and industry-specific special economic zones established across each state.

Manufacturing and Trading in India

Published: November 2018

In this issue of India Briefing magazine, we discuss the advantages India offers as an alternative destination for businesses in China planning to relocate or diversify their existing operations due to rising production costs. Further, we highlight the advantages of operating in India’s special economic zones and discuss the factors a company must consider before choosing an ideal SEZ location. Finally, we look at the relevant steps and procedures for establishing an import-export company in India.

Labor Laws, Costs, and Hiring Practices in India

Published: June 2018

In this issue of India Briefing magazine, we discuss the structure of India’s labor laws, with special reference to the country’s manufacturing and IT sectors. We also briefly examine the composition of India’s labor market and compute average hiring costs in IT and manufacturing. Finally, we put a spotlight on India’s female labor force participation rate, which is among the lowest in Asia, and explain how firms benefit by pursuing diversity hiring strategies.

Tax Incentives in India

Published: March 2018

In this issue of India Briefing magazine, we examine India’s corporate tax structure, analyze the latest trends in India’s tax system, and strategies that companies can use to offset their tax burden. We also answer frequently asked questions on applying for investment incentives and tax breaks in India. Foreign investors should note that tax benefits available to businesses in India are determined by economic activity, industry, location, and size of firm.

India's Free Trade and Double Tax Agreements

Published: December 2017

In this issue of India Briefing magazine, we take a look at the bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that India currently has in place and highlight the deals that are still in negotiation. We analyze the country’s double tax agreements, and conclude by discussing how foreign businesses can establish a presence in Singapore to access the Indian and ASEAN markets.

The IT Sector: Time to Invest in India

Published: October 2017

In this edition of India Briefing Magazine, we make the case for why now is the right time for foreign firms to invest in India’s IT sector. Firms can take advantage of the existing IT infrastructure, new industrial verticals, proliferation of technological startups, and federal incentives. Finally, we discuss India’s talent procurement advantages, with its labor pool of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates.

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