A tale of two taxes

An unwarranted result of the growing complexity of corporate tax is decline in revenues reflecting tax incentives and tax avoidance through transfer pricing and questionable corporate structures. No matter how streamlined at the outset, the corporate tax acquires concessions over time for a focused interest group with financial clout. The minimum alternate tax (MAT) has been popular among policy-makers of different governments as an antidote. Internationally, various MAT bases have been used including gross assets, sales or turnover. In India, it is a particularly defined book profits.  .....

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