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U.S. Trade Associations Urge Treasury Secretary Geithner to Address Concerns with India’s Finance Bill

Release Date: April 17, 2012
Contact: Liz Pierce, (212) 313-1173, lpierce@sifma.org  

 U.S. Trade Associations Urge Treasury Secretary Geithner to Address Concerns with India’s Finance Bill  

Washington, D.C., April 17, 2012 — The Financial Executives International, Financial Services Forum, Information Technology Industry Council, Investment Company Institute, Managed Funds Association, National Foreign Trade Council, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Software Finance & Tax Executives Council, TechAmerica, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United States Council for International Business, and the U.S.-India Business Council today submitted a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner that outlines serious concerns with proposed tax provisions in India’s Union Budget Finance Bill 2012 and strongly encourages Secretary Geithner to address these concerns with representatives of the Indian government.

The Associations believe that if enacted, the proposals will have a significant negative effect on member companies operating in India, their customers and shareholders, and investment in India. Specifically, provisions such as an unprecedented period of retroactive tax collection, a broad and unclear general anti-abuse rule (GAAR) and an onerous tax on indirect stock transfers, are inconsistent with international tax policy and standards, and result in significant erosion of the rule of law. 

In their letter, the Associations note that, “A predictable, transparent and internationally consistent tax regime is imperative for companies operating in India, and is a critical component of attracting long term investment. We believe that the implementation of these provisions will have immediate and severe consequences for companies, affecting the willingness of companies to commence or continue their operations in India.”

The Indian Union Budget 2012-2013, including the Finance Bill proposing the retroactive tax provisions, was released on March 16, 2012.

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 Financial Executives International
Financial Executives International is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its 15,000 members hold policy-making positions as chief financial officers, treasurers and controllers at companies from every major industry. FEI enhances member professional development through peer networking, career management services, conferences, teleconferences and publications. Members participate in the activities of 86 chapters, 74 in the U.S., 11 in Canada and 1 in Japan. FEI is headquartered in Morristown, NJ, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Toronto. Visit www.financialexecutives.org for more information.

Financial Services Forum
The Financial Services Forum is a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization comprising the CEOs of 20 of the largest and most diversified financial services institutions doing business in the United States. The purpose of the Forum is to pursue policies that encourage savings and investment, promote an open and competitive global marketplace, and ensure the opportunity of people everywhere to participate fully and productively in the 21st-century global economy. www.financialservicesforum.org  

Information Technology Industry Council
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier voice, advocate, and thought leader for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. ITI is widely recognized as the tech industry's most effective advocacy organization in Washington D.C., and in various foreign capitals around the world. www.itic.org  

Investment Company Institute
The Investment Company Institute is the national association of U.S. investment companies, including mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and unit investment trusts (UITs). ICI seeks to encourage adherence to high ethical standards, promote public understanding, and otherwise advance the interests of funds, their shareholders, directors, and advisers. Members of ICI manage total assets of $13.3 trillion and serve over 90 million shareholders. www.ici.org  

Managed Funds Association
The Managed Funds Association (MFA) represents the global alternative investment industry and its investors by advocating for sound industry practices and public policies that foster efficient, transparent, and fair capital markets.  MFA, based in Washington, DC, is an advocacy, education, and communications organization established to enable hedge fund and managed futures firms in the alternative investment industry to participate in public policy discourse, share best practices and learn from peers, and communicate the industry’s contributions to the global economy.  MFA members help pension plans, university endowments, charitable organizations, qualified individuals and other institutional investors to diversify their investments, manage risk, and generate attractive returns.  MFA has cultivated a global membership and actively engages with regulators and policy makers in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and all other regions where MFA members are market participants.
For more information, please visit: www.managedfunds.org or @MFAUpdates.

National Foreign Trade Council
The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York. www.nftc.org  

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) brings together the shared interests of hundreds of securities firms, banks and asset managers.  SIFMA's mission is to support a strong financial industry, investor opportunity, capital formation, job creation and economic growth, while building trust and confidence in the financial markets.  SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA).  For more information, visit http://www.sifma.org.

Software Finance & Tax Executives Council  

The Software Finance & Tax Executives Council is a trade association providing software industry focused public policy and advocacy for tax finance accounting issues.

TechAmerica
TechAmerica is the leading voice for the U.S. technology industry – the driving force behind productivity growth and jobs creation in the United States and the foundation of the global innovation economy. Representing approximately 1,000 member companies of all sizes from the public and commercial sectors of the economy, it is the industry’s largest advocacy organization and is dedicated to helping members’ top and bottom lines. TechAmerica is also the technology industry’s only grassroots-to-global advocacy network, with offices in state capitals around the United States, Washington, D.C., Europe (Brussels) and Asia (Beijing). Learn more about TechAmerica at www.techamerica.org  

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. www.uschamber.com  

United States Council for International Business
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and prudent regulation.  Its members include top U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world.  With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including ICC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment.  More information is available at www.uscib.org.

U.S.-India Business Council
The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) is the premier bilateral business advocacy organization formed by the U.S. and Indian governments in 1975 whose purpose is to deepen two-way trade and strengthen commercial ties. Today, USIBC is comprised of 350 top-tier U.S. and Indian companies, which will gather in Washington, D.C. on June 12th to celebrate USIBC's 37th Anniversary. www.usibc.com.
Contact: Kathryn Van Dyken, (202) 463-5768, kvandyken@uschamber.com 


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