Understanding the benefits of IFSC Companies in India


    IFSC Company approved under the SEZ Act.2005 are incorporated in the country itself but operate outside the Company’s original jurisdiction. It works as a medium to boost export services by expanding the world-class services to residents as well as non-residents. Various services such as Global Tax Management, Risk Management, and Cross Border Tax Liability, etc. are provided by such companies. 

    Incorporating Benefits Available

    There are certain benefits available to businesses with private limited company registration in India and even to the public companies for setting up an IFSC that includes;

    1. Securities Transaction Tax is a tax that is imposed when shares, units of equity-oriented funds are bought and sold in India, and all other securities that are listed on a stock exchange. However, an exemption from security transaction tax on securities transactions concluded by non-residents through IFSC is available.

    2. Many taxes and customs duties are exempts from IFSC businesses, such as import duty, excise duties, central sales tax, service tax, transaction tax, long-term capital gain tax, dividend delivery tax, and value-added tax and stamp duties.

    3. The Government has also exempted from the obligation for global depositary receipts by non-residents on listed IFSC stock exchanges.

    4. Under the company law, each company with net revenue of Rs.500 crore or Rs.1000 crore revenues or a net profit of Rs.5 crore rupee shall contribute something to their social responsibility. However, under IFSC, businesses have been excluded from Corporate Social Responsibility requirements for five years.

    5. Exemption from NCLT approval provision for a financial year other than April-March if an IFSC company is a foreign company subsidiary.

    6. SEBI has relaxed shareholder and net interest standards for IFSC intermediaries.

    7. According to Budget 2016, the MAT rate is 9%, while it is 18,5% for other firms.

    8. IFSC has a 60-day window to apply resolutions and agreements with ROC, while the Business Act of 2013 is 30 days for other companies. Therefore, it is easy to apply your papers.

    9. Under the Act, only a company officer can authenticate documents and other contracts for all companies. However, any person other than an officer can authenticate documents and contracts for IFSC companies, provided the company approves him.

    10. IFSC companies can make private placement offers without being limited by previous incomplete or withdrawn offers.

    11. IFSC businesses need only internal audit provided the same is allowed in their AOA. These businesses can also make investments by more than two investment firms.

    12. They are exempted from paying the declared dividend distribution fee.

    13. Under the Income Tax Act, IFSC units have been expanded to 100 percent of company profits for ten straight years out of 15 years.

    14. Understanding IFSC Company in India will means knowing that they not have to comply with ICSI secretarial requirements. For example, their annual return may or may not be included in the Board’s report.

    15. Following the 2019 Budget, it is also suggested to exclude non-residents’ interest income on money lent by any IFSC unit following September 1, 2019.

    16. IFSC Mutual Funds shall be excluded from tax on any transfer of income arising from transactions on the stock exchange in IFSC, which is paid under Section 115R of the Income Tax Act.

    Leveraging the SEBI Regulations for issuing securities:

    1. The eligibility and shareholding limit for stock exchanges, clearing companies, and depositories wishing to provide services in IFSC are offered relaxation in the requirement. Here, at least 51% of their paid-up equity capital be kept with them and other stock exchanges that hold the remainder.

    2. Net worth standards for stock exchanges, clearing companies, and depositories desirous of offering IFSC services are relaxed. It’s 25 crores for stock exchange and depository, while 50 crores for a clearing firm.

    3. Securities Contracts (Stock Exchange and Clearing Corporations) Regulation, 2012; Securities and Exchange Board of India (Depositories and Participants) Regulation, 1996, does not extend to the stock exchange functioning in IFSC.

    4. Domestic and foreign corporations may issue depository receipts, debt securities, and equity shares. Besides Indian citizens, there are non-resident Indian, international person, and institutional investors eligible for IFSC participation.

    Closing Thoughts

    With continuous efforts to make IFSC companies competitive in the form of fiscal incentives, funding by SEBI, IRDA, benefits and exemptions from the various laws. Connection to global markets has been promoted and the key points of IFSC Business are work opportunities. The IFSC is currently authorized to create institutions of the financial sector, such as banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges, mutual funds, investment funds and other registered SEBI institutions. The support given to IFSC by SEBI, IRDA, the benefits and exemptions provided by various regulations will provide an incentive for IFSC to succeed in India. RBI has opened up opportunities for the setting up of IFSC units for both Indian and foreign banks operating in India. IFSC offers Indian Business with greater access to global capital markets and also opens the door to capital-sector jobs.

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