RSM India

Tax - International and Indian

Helping with tax challenges, wherever you are in the world. 

If you’re a global business juggling the complex and diverse tax rules of multiple markets, it can be hard to stay on top. RSM can help solve your tax challenges. We offer in-depth, up-to-date knowledge of the relevant local rules and regulations. Through collaboration with our tax professionals across all relevant jurisdictions, we are able to provide you with seamless advisory and compliance solutions in International and Indian tax.

Broadly, in India, our service areas in tax are as under:


The Indian tax system is well structured, wherein the power to levy taxes are clearly demarcated by the constitution between the Central Government, the State Governments and local bodies. The taxes in India can broadly be classified into Direct tax and Indirect tax. Some of the major taxes levied by the Central Government are as classified below:

  • Direct tax: 
    • Income tax
    • Wealth tax
  •  Indirect tax:
    • Customs duties
    • Central excise
    • Service tax


Also, in order to make the Indian taxation system more dynamic in terms of effective administration, efficient tax collection and to reduce the cascading effect of taxes, it is proposed to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This will be implemented in the near future and would be a comprehensive tax on the supply of goods and services.

We provide practical, commercially-focused and socially responsible solutions for multi-national companies, Indian companies, expatriates, non-Resident and resident Indians, etc. In this endeavour, we are immensely helped by our extensive knowledge of taxation practices and procedures followed worldwide and our regular interaction with the concerned tax authorities.

We are a leading service provider in matters of direct and indirect tax covering the whole gamut of Indian and international tax, transfer pricing regulations, service tax regulations, value added tax regulations, central excise regulations, GST transition etc.  We can also assist you with specialized services in areas of setting up of business in India and overseas, corporate business structuring, transaction advisory etc.

How we can help

  • Provision of effective taxation strategy for corporates and non corporates by considering and application of various tax holidays and benefits under the existing taxation regulations
  • Advising on taxation and exchange control regulations for investments or setting up of business in India and abroad
  • Evaluating the existing compensation structure of employees and suggesting tax efficient structure
  • Advisory on withholding tax, assistance in seeking advance rulings on international tax issues and representation before tax and judicial authorities in assessment and appeals
  • Handling and representation in income tax Search, Seizure and Survey cases
  • Expatriate taxation advisory services
  • Advising on corporate structuring and transaction advisory services with a view to optimize tax incidence
  • Assistance and training for compliance and transition to Goods and Services Tax (GST)


Tax services - Advantage RSM

  • RSM is the world’s seventh largest network of audit, tax and consulting firms and the sixth largest global provider of tax services by revenue
  • RSM in India is consistently ranked amongst India’s top six accounting and consulting groups* (International Accounting Bulletin, September 2015)
  • Extensive experience in advisory, tax and accounting matters across various sectors
  • Dedicated team of highly qualified, experienced and trained professionals

* Please visit our legal section (insert hyperlink) to know about the legal structure of the RSM network and RSM in India.

Newsflash - Second set of clarifications on the Income Declaration Scheme 2016 - CBDT Circular No. 24 of 2016

5 July 2016
The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 (the Scheme’) incorporated as Chapter IX of the Finance Act, 2016 provides an opportunity to persons who have not paid full taxes in the past to come forward and declare the undisclosed income and pay tax, surcharge and penalty totaling in all 45% of such undisclosed income declared.

Newsflash – Indirect Taxes Exemptions - Krishi Kalyan Cess and ST exemption to Ocean Freight Services

27 June 2016
CBEC vide Notification No. 35/2016- Service Tax dated 23 June 2016 has granted exemption from levy of KKC on the invoices which were issued before 1 June 2016, subject to condition that the provision of service has been completed before the 1 June 2016.

Newsflash - Model GST Law in India - Key Highlights

27 June 2016
The indirect taxes comprising of additional countervailing customs duty, excise duty, service tax, state level VAT laws and CST which are proposed to be subsumed within the GST account for 15% to 25% of the turnover for most businesses.

White Paper - Disallowance us 14A - Expenditure in respect of Exempt Income - Recent Amendment to Rule 8D - June 2016

13 June 2016
Recently, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) vide official gazette dated 2 June 2016 notified the amendment made to Rule 8D of the Income Tax Rules 1962 (IT Rules).  One of the most litigative issues in direct taxation faced by business entities pertains to disallowances made under section14A of the Income Tax Act 1961 (IT Act) read with

Newsflash - Newsflash Draft Rules for Determination of Fair Market Value and Reporting Requirement - Indirect Transfer of Shares

30 May 2016
Post the retrospective amendment introduced by the Finance Act, 2012, India taxes the capital gains arising to a non-resident on transfer of shares of a foreign company if such shares derives its value substantially from the assets located in India ( i.e.  the fair market value (FMV) of  assets located in India exceeds Rs.

Newsflash - India and Mauritius sign protocol amending the tax treaty

11 May 2016
The Protocol for amendment of the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital gains between India and Mauritius was signed by both countries today at Port Louis, Mauritius. The key features of the Protocol are summarized in this newsflash.

Newsflash - Certain significant amendments made to the Finance Bill, 2016

11 May 2016
The Finance Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 29 February 2016 and it was passed by the Lok Sabha recently on 5th May 2016. We are pleased to release our newsflash which covers some of the significant amendments made during the passage of the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha

RSM India - Compliance Calendar 2016-17

26 April 2016
RSM India is pleased to upload the Direct Taxes and Service Tax Compliance Calendar for the year 2016-17. The compliance calendar covers the most relevant due dates, applicable forms and other compliances applicable to Companies, Partnership firms / LLPs and Individuals / HUFs.

Newsflash - Overview of the Draft Foreign Credit Rules released by CBDT

22 April 2016
For companies and other business entities having cross-border transactions, wherein they are eligible to claim credit of foreign tax against their taxable income in India, there did not exist a mechanism for availment of such credit.

Implications on CSR spending of the proposed amendment to the definition of Foreign Source under the FCRA Regulation

12 April 2016
One of the major proposals in the Finance Bill 2016 pertain to amendment to be brought in the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act, 2010 (‘FCRA’) by amending the definition of ‘foreign source.’ Pursuant to the proposed change, which if legislated would facilitate smoother movement of funds by the Indian companies (which are foreign owned), which are required to man

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