Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Monday, 4 April 2016

Making India a Tax Haven ?

Yesterday's leak / report " PANAMA PAPERS ", revealed that some 500 Indians have stashed away abroad , billions of dollars worth of " Undisclosed Assets " , courtesy Mossack Fonseca of Panama , a money laundering law firm with staff of 600 , operating in 42 countries and having a client-base of 300,000

Now Panama is not the only tax haven on earth

There are others such as Switzerland , Cyprus, British Virgin Islands , the Isle of Man , Guernsey , Jersey etc

Nor is Mossack Fonseca the only money launderer. It is only the 4th biggest

Acting unusually fast , Union Government has set up a multi-agency group to investigate and bring to book , the suspected Indian tax evaders

While wishing all luck to this Group , we cannot overlook the terribly disappointing results of the Supreme Court monitored SIT , during the past 16 months ( viz: discovery of illegal assets worth around Rs 6500 Crore )

Experts are clamoring :

*  Tighten existing laws

*  Make illegal , anonymous investments ( eg: Participatory Notes )

*  Pass law to declare all undisclosed foreign assets as " National Property "


*   If you cannot lick them , join them !

*   Abolish Personal Income Tax

*   And , instead of a Tax Return , every existing tax payer ( approx , 4 cr )
     to file , annual DECLARATION  OF  ASSETS ( Movable and Immovable )

*   Introduce Amnesty Scheme under which , no questions will be asked as
     to the source of any amount of CASH deposited in a person's SPV
     INFRASTRUCTURE account ( at any local Indian bank of his choice )

*   Encourage those 500 Indians to liquidate those Undisclosed Assets
     abroad and deposit that CASH in SPV INFRASTRUCTURE accounts

     Of course , all Indian citizens can do likewise !

*   SPV INFRASTRUCTURE accounts can be used ONLY for investing in
     government approved Infrastructure Funds ( especially funds devoted
     to Renewable Energy / Swatchh Bharat / Health / Education / Homes
     costing less than Rs 5 lakhs , etc )

*   Make India a Tax Haven of sorts !

By no stretch of imagination , I am suggesting that India becomes a destination for parking

 *   Drug Mafia money

*    Terrorist Money

*    Bribe Money for international purchase contracts ( defense etc)

All I am saying is :

*    Take away incentive to evade taxes , thereby stopping future generation
      of Black Money

*    Channel all existing Black Money ( locked up in assets , in India or
      abroad ) into the main stream of economy ( Infrastructure Building )

*    Enable current annual inflow of inward remittances from overseas
      Indians to go up from $ 70 Billion to $ 700 Billion

*    Through rapid development of Infrastructure , generate Self
      Employment for 12 million youth every year

*    Drastically reduce FDI requirement for rapid growth of economy

*    By cutting down on government outlay for Infrastructure , reduce govt
      borrowing from market and consequent debt servicing

*    Raise GDP to 10 % by 2018

It is time to stop tinkering when govt has miserably failed to bring out black money stashed abroad (or locally) , nor succeeded in stopping future generation of Black Money

It was good that the NDA Government raised the expectations of citizens

Now , it is time to deliver on those expectations before Assembly Elections get over in 5 States


www.hemenparekh.in / blogs

05  April  2016


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