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Ministry of Finance
09-December-2016 18:04 IST

Equalization levy of 6 per cent on online advertisers

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The Government has introduced equalization levy of 6 per cent on online advertisers. The Finance Act, 2016 had inserted a separate Chapter VIII titled ‘Equalization Levy’ in order to tap tax on income accruing to foreign e-commerce companies from India. It was provided that a person making payment exceeding in aggregate 1 lakh rupees in a year, to a non resident, who does not have a permanent establishment in India, as consideration for online advertisement, will withhold tax at 6% of gross amount paid, as Equalization levy with effect from 1st June, 2016. Further the levy will only apply to Business to Business transactions. This is levied in line with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project to tax e-commerce transactions.

The revenue accrued for the Government exchequer through the equalization levy amounts to 146.5 Crore rupees from 1st June 2016 to 3rd December 2016.

This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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