Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the American people on their Independence Day and expressed confidence that bilateral ties will get even better in times to come based on the “renewed energy” about which he was “extremely excited”.
“The ties between India and the US are time tested and connected by shared values. We are both vibrant democracies and remain very proud of our democratic framework,” he said.
“I am extremely excited and confident about the renewed energy in India-USA ties. Our economic ties are very strong and our cultural ties are vibrant,”
He recalled his visit to the US last year and that of President Barack Obama here in January this year to become the first ever President of USA to join India’s Republic Day celebrations as Chief Guest. Substantial ground was covered during both these visits as far as strengthening of US-India ties are concerned, he wrote in the message. “Strong India-US ties will benefit people of our nations and the world at large. I am optimistic that our relations are going to get even better in times to come,” he said.
Source: The Indian Express ltd
NEW DELHI: India is likely to sign the inter- governmental pact for the US tax compliance law FATCA on Thursday, a move that will help it fight tax evasion.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is aimed at combating possible tax evasion by Americans through financial entities of other countries.
The pact is likely to be signed by Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das and US Ambassador Richard Verma on July 9 here, sources said.
Under FATCA, US government has Inter-governmental Agreement (IGA) for sharing of information with various countries where American individuals and companies have accounts and other assets.
As per the FAQ released by the Finance Ministry on the new black money law, India is expected to start receiving information through Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) route under FATCA from USA later in the year.
FATCA compliance will cover all new accounts opened by Indian Financial Institutions from July 1, 2014 onwards.
Further, they would be obliged to share data with the government in respect of all new accounts opened from July 1 till December 31, 2014, to enable the government to share this data with US by September 30, 2015.
The financial sector regulators might also publish detailed guidance for implementation of FATCA.
If a financial institution does not comply to FATCA, it would have to pay 30 per cent penalty tax on all its US revenues, including dividend, interest, fees and sales.