USCIB in the News: Joint Letter Seeks Fair Play in India

USCIB has recently been cited in two articles, the Economic Times India and the International Business Times India,  both of which featured a multi-industry letter that was sent to Congress regarding the United States’ role in ensuring fair play in India for American companies. USCIB joined a group of over twenty eminent American business organizations and industry groups, many of which are also USCIB members. The letter stated that “businesses in the U.S. continue to face an evolving array of tariff and non-tariff barriers, both longstanding and new, which impede businesses and manufactures in the United States from competing fairly in India and creating jobs here at home.”

The letter urges the U.S. government, including Congress, to use all available channels to ensure fair play and to support Indian efforts that align with U.S. goals. The letter emphasized the need to actively use existing as well as new platforms and tools to raise and resolve longstanding issues, including the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, and the WTO dispute settlement.

The letter is available here.

USCIB Adds Its Voice to Concerns with BEPS

taxes-portUSCIB joined the Software Finance & Tax Executives Council and the National Foreign Trade Council in signing a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew citing concerns with the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. The letter notes that the threat of double taxation will have a negative impact on global trade and investment.

The BEPS project is an effort by the OECD to rewrite global rules that tax profits where economic activity is generated, without imposing undue compliance costs on taxpayers.

“Throughout the BEPS process, U.S. business has been pressing for clarity,” the letter states. “The lack of clarity and threat of double taxation will create uncertainty which will have a negative impact on global trade and investment.”

Read the letter.

L-R: Grace Perez-Navarro (OECD), Carol Doran Klein (USCIB), David Camp (PwC), Pascal Saint-Amans (OECD)
L-R: Grace Perez-Navarro (OECD), Carol Doran Klein (USCIB), David Camp (PwC), Pascal Saint-Amans (OECD)

Last month, USCIB hosted its tenth annual OECD International Tax Conference in Washington, D.C., which took stock of BEPS and its impact on international trade and investment.