‘Opaque corporate tax practices still barrier to many US companies, India needs to change it’: Garcetti

US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti
Image Source : PTI US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti

New Delhi: US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti on Tuesday criticised India’s corporate taxation and labelled it an “opaque” system. The American envoy opined the taxation practice acts as an encumbrance for the US companies which are willing to invest here. “Opaque corporate tax practices are still a barrier to too many (US) companies that want to be here…”: Garcetti said during the “Strengthening Indo-US relations in Amritkal-Aatmnirbhar Bharat” event in Delhi. The event was also attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

According to Garcetti, foreign investment redirected from China was not flowing to India at a fast enough pace and added that American companies wanted to invest heavily. He praised the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” policy– a mission started by the Government of India in May 2020, towards making India Self-reliant– but added India should not treat the policy as a “fortress”. During his speech, he categorically emphasised that India needs to change its export policies if it wants to achieve its goal and stressed how India’s trade deficit with the US is $40 billion. 

“We want to see FDI from China shift here, but FDI isn’t flowing into India at the pace that it should. Instead, it’s going to Southeast Asia in countries like Vietnam,” he opined.

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