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February 3, 2022

Budget 2022: Tax Incentives to International Financial Services Centre (IFSC)

by CA Shivam Jaiswal in Budget, Income Tax

Budget 2022: Tax Incentives to International Financial Services Centre (IFSC)

Over the past few years several tax concessions have been provided to units located in International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) under the Act to make it a global hub of financial services sector.

In order to further incentivise operations from IFSC, it is proposed to provide the following additional incentives:

(i) It is proposed to amend clause (4E) of section 10 of the Act to extend the exemption under the said clause to the income accrued or arisen to or received by a non-resident as a result of transfer of offshore derivative instruments or over-the-counter derivatives entered into with an Offshore Banking Unit of an International Financial Services Centre, referred to in sub- section (1A) of section 80LA.

(ii) It is proposed to amend clause (4F) of section 10 to extend the exemption under the said clause to the income of a non-resident by way of royalty or interest, on account of lease of a ship in a previous year, paid by a unit of an International Financial Services Centre, as referred to in sub-section (1A) of section 80LA, if the unit has commenced its operations on or before the 31st March, 2024.

It is also proposed to define “ship” to mean a ship or an ocean vessel, an engine of a ship or an ocean vessel, or any part there of.

(iii) It is proposed to insert clause (4G) in section 10 to provide exemption to any income received by a non-resident from portfolio of securities or financial products or funds, managed or administered by any portfolio manager on behalf of such non-resident, in an account maintained with an Off shore Banking Unit, in any International Financial Services Centre, referred to in sub- section (1A) of section 80LA, to the extent such income accrues or arises outside India and is not deemed to accrue or arise in India.

It is also proposed to provide that “portfolio manager” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (z) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation (2) of International Financial Services Centres Authority (Capital Market Intermediaries) Regulations, 2021 made under the International Financial Services Centres Authority Act, 2019;

(iv) It is proposed to amend the Explanation to clause (viib) of section 56 of the Act to provide that specified fund shall also include Category I or a Category II Alternative Investment Fund which is regulated under the International Financial Services Centres Authority Act, 2019.

(v) It is proposed to amend clause (d) of sub-section (2) of section 80LA of the Act to provide that in addition to the income arising from the transfer of an asset being an aircraft, the income arising from the transfer of an asset, being a ship, which was leased by a unit of the International Financial Services Centre to any person shall also be eligible for deduction under section (1A) of the said section, subject to the condition that the unit has commenced operation on or before the 31st day of March, 2024.

It is also proposed to provide that ship shall have the same meaning as provided under clause (4F) of section 10.

These amendments will take effect from 1st April, 2023 and will accordingly apply in relation to the assessment year 2023-24 and subsequent assessment years

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