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April 26th, 2012

CASBAA Rallies And Resists...India's Retroactive Satellite Tax Laws

[SatNews] Imagine the thought of having to pay taxes retroactive to 1976!

A host of international business associations from a wide range of India’s major trading partner and investment partner countries have urged the Indian government to abandon to impose sweeping retroactive taxation affecting a large number of industries.  CASBAA has taken up advocacy on behalf of the international satellite industry.

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Both satellite operators and their Indian customers and consumers would suffer from the planned imposition of new tax rules.  In its letter to the Indian Finance Ministry, CASBAA noted:
as far as the satellite industry is concerned – retroactivity could not be justified on the basis that the government was merely “clarifying” existing tax law.

Said CASBAA: “certain concepts that are fundamental to satellite services (i.e. satellite, up-linking, amplification, conversion for down-linking of any signal)…were not prevalent in India in 1976 and thus, it is inconceivable to think that a concept that did not exist in 1976 was intended to have been present in the legislation.”