Budget 2021 announces Tax incentives to IFSC [Read Finance Bill]

Budget 2021 - Tax incentives - IFSC - taxscan

The  Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman while announcing the Budget 2021-22 has announced the Tax incentives to International Financial Services Centre (IFSC).

The government with the objective of attracting foreign investment into the infrastructure sector government had granted 100% tax exemption, subject to certain conditions, to foreign Sovereign Wealth Funds and Pension Funds, on their income from investment in Indian infrastructure.

In addition to the tax incentives already provided, the Finance Minister proposed to include, among others, tax holiday for capital gains for aircraft leasing companies, tax exemption for aircraft lease rentals paid to foreign lessors; tax incentive for relocating foreign funds in the IFSC; and to allow tax exemption to the investment division of foreign banks located in IFSC.

The government has now proposed to relax some of these conditions relating to prohibition on private funding, restriction on commercial activities, and direct investment in infrastructure include, among others, tax holiday for capital gains for aircraft leasing companies, tax exemption for aircraft lease rentals paid to foreign lessors; tax incentive for relocating foreign funds in the IFSC; and to allow tax exemption to the investment division of foreign banks located in IFSC.

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