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India Proposes Corporate Social Responsibility "Tax" - by Alex Feness 

Global Tax Adviser

 

March 12, 2013

 

Alex Feness
Toronto, International Corporate Tax

 

India has proposed a new Companies Bill for all companies meeting prescribed criteria that will require companies to contribute 2% of their average net profits from the previous three years as part of new corporate social responsibility measures. The provisions require every eligible company to form a social responsibility committee, formulate specific policies and spend on social responsibility activities and comply with other reporting requirements. The bill containing this framework is expected to apply to the next financial year, assuming it is passed.

Under the proposals, companies must contribute 2% of their net profits where they meet any one of the following criteria:

 

  • The company's net worth is equal to, or more than, INR500 cr (about CDN$95 million)
  • The company's sales (turnover) is equal to, or more than, INR1000 cr (about CDN$190 million)
  • The company's net profits are equal to, or more than, INR5 cr (about CDN$950,000).

 

India considers the following to be social responsibility activities:

 

  • Environment sustainability
  • Education
  • Social business
  • Teaching vocational skills
  • Poverty reduction
  • Improved health.

 

For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.

 

 

 

 

 

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