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The Changing Face of Service Permanent Establishments

Volume 4 No 10    /    Read Article

By Neha Rastogi and Stanley C. Ruchelman

As governments struggle to adapt the old rules of taxable presence within a jurisdiction to economic activities in the digital age, new concepts have been asserted to impose tax on foreign service providers who are based abroad but regularly furnish services within a country. India is among the global leaders rejecting physical presence in favor of location of the customer. Neha Rastogi and Stanley C. Ruchelman look at the concept of destination based taxation and a recent case, where an Indian Income Tax Appellate Tribunal held that the physical presence of the foreign taxpayer’s employees is not relevant for determining the existence of a Service P.E. in the source country.    See more →