Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
»
2-min read

Will Wait Till September 7 for Walmart to Pay Tax on Flipkart Deal, Says I-T Dept

US-based retail giant Walmart Inc had completed acquisition of 77 per cent stake in Flipkart for about $16 billion deal in mid-August.

PTI

Updated:September 2, 2018, 4:29 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Will Wait Till September 7 for Walmart to Pay Tax on Flipkart Deal, Says I-T Dept
(File photo: Reuters)
Loading...

New Delhi: The income tax department will wait till September 7 for settlement of withholding tax by Walmart on payments made to about 44 shareholders exiting e-commerce firm Flipkart before it proceeds in the case, an official has said.

US-based retail giant Walmart Inc had completed acquisition of 77 per cent stake in Flipkart for about $16 billion deal in mid-August. As per the provisions of the I-T law, Walmart has to deduct withholding tax on payments made to sellers and deposit it with the Indian authorities on the seventh day of the subsequent month, which is September 7.

The Walmart has not yet approached the tax department to ascertain the withholding tax liability, although some shareholders of Flipkart who are exiting the e-commerce company have sought guidance on their tax liability, the officials said.

Under Section 197, seller of shares can obtain withholding tax certificate from the tax department after providing details of the transaction and make a case for availing lower or nil tax rates. The tax rate could be lower in case the non-resident seller invokes provision of the double tax avoidance agreement.

"Walmart still has time till September 7 to deduct and pay withholding tax on payments made to about 44 different shareholders of Flipkart," the official said, adding the department can only proceed in this case once the deadline for payment of taxes is over.

Once the withholding tax is paid the tax authorities will scrutinise whether Walmart has deposited the taxes correctly as per the assessment made by the tax department on the basis of the share purchase agreement shared with it by Bengaluru-based Flipkart.

However, if the Walmart fails to deposit the correct amount of taxes, then the department will write to Walmart asking for details of taxes deducted and the reasons for failing to deposit the required amount.

Nangia Advisors LLP Managing Partner Rakesh Nangia said: "If Walmart is liable to withhold tax, non-withholding of appropriate taxes would entail implications under Section 201 of the I-T Act, i e Walmart shall be construed as an 'assessee in default' liable to pay interest and penalty for failure to withhold and deposit to the credit of the government the appropriate taxes".

"The question arises what could be the possible reason behind Walmart's strategy of not approaching Income-tax authorities to obtain lower/nil withholding order under Section 197? Though order under Section 197 acts as a provisional assessment of the transaction between Walmart and shareholders of Flipkart, it is not an appealable order."

Walmart had in July assured the I-T department that it will fulfil all tax obligations. Flipkart had in May shared share purchase agreement with tax authorities, based on which the I-T department has assessed the tax rate that would be applicable for investors in Flipkart who are selling the shares to Walmart.

Significant shareholders in Flipkart, like SoftBank, Naspers, venture fund Accel Partners and eBay, have agreed to sell their shares. Also co-founder Sachin Bansal has decided to sell his stake to the US retail major.

The department has been reviewing Section 9 (1) of the I-T Act, which deals with indirect transfer provisions, to see if the benefits under the bilateral tax treaties with countries like Singapore and Mauritius, could be available for foreign investors selling stakes to Walmart. Singapore-registered Flipkart Pvt Ltd holds majority stake in Flipkart India.

Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Most Active
Company Price Change %Gain
HDFC Bank 2,263.50 -1.47
Yes Bank 90.65 -0.55
Reliance 1,273.55 -0.54
Kotak Mahindra 1,494.00 2.73
HDFC 2,138.50 -2.21
Company Price Change %Gain
Yes Bank 90.70 -0.49
Reliance 1,272.85 -0.60
Bajaj Finance 3,275.45 0.83
Maruti Suzuki 5,875.35 -0.62
HDFC Bank 2,263.95 -1.44
Top Gainers
Company Price Change %Gain
Power Grid Corp 210.45 3.11
Kotak Mahindra 1,494.00 2.73
Hero Motocorp 2,469.30 2.73
ITC 270.65 2.36
Asian Paints 1,429.35 1.79
Company Price Change %Gain
Power Grid Corp 210.40 3.14
Kotak Mahindra 1,493.70 2.76
Hero Motocorp 2,469.30 2.68
ITC 270.70 2.38
Asian Paints 1,428.35 1.78
Top Losers
Company Price Change %Gain
SBI 342.20 -2.47
Indiabulls Hsg 640.55 -2.34
HDFC 2,138.50 -2.21
Adani Ports 399.75 -1.83
Bajaj Auto 2,523.85 -1.52
Company Price Change %Gain
SBI 342.05 -2.49
HDFC 2,137.65 -2.24
Coal India 218.00 -1.45
HDFC Bank 2,263.95 -1.44
Bajaj Auto 2,524.95 -1.43

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results