India Tax

If you are bogged down by the intricacies of taxation within and across geographical boundaries and you want to engage a firm to provide you with exemplary representation in these domains, then KNAV is your ideal destination.



Tax planning has always been complex – and this complexity continues to increase. India has witnessed certain overarching tax policy changes such as GAAR, taxation of indirect transfer of Indian assets in overseas deals, and tax accounting standards – each with its own set of complications and impact on the business. KNAV & Co.’s approach to tax planning is multi-jurisdictional. We, together with other member firm offices spread across the globe, can provide quality national and international tax advice.



Indirect taxes permeate every area of a business and it impacts costs, cash flow, profitability and, ultimately, the shareholder value.


We provide comprehensive advisory services and assistance on various indirect taxes and our focus areas are:


  • advisory services
  • cost optimization and efficiency opportunities
  • transaction structuring and supply chain mapping
  • risk mitigation
  • assistance in implementation of newer taxes and related processes
  • ‘standardize, automate & implement’ tax processes including centralizing them at a centre of excellence
  • advocacy & representations
  • litigations

We provide services for indirect taxes such as Goods and Services Tax, Customs Duties, Central Excise, State Excise, Service Tax, Central Sales Tax, State Value Added Tax and Entertainment Tax.
We also offer advisory services in respect of foreign trade policy, free trade agreements, cross-border supply chains and anti-dumping duties.
We conduct trainings for indirect tax function and all other functions of the business and we assist businesses in designing and building future tax organisations.





  • Advising on applicability of taxes / duties on transactions and admissibility of benefits, deductions, and exemptions
  • Advising on various aspects viz. classification, valuation, rate of tax / duty, input tax credits, time and place of supply, registrations, documentation and record keeping requirements, refunds etc.
  • Providing comments and opinions on tax / duty issues
  • Providing planning ideas and risk mitigation steps


Strategic consulting

  • Advising on greenfield / brownfield / EPC projects from indirect tax perspective
  • Formulating indirect tax efficient business models, transactions, pricing policies, supply-chain
  • Recommending transactions structures and contracts to optimise indirect tax costs / incidence
  • Assisting in contract negotiations with suppliers and customers


Compliance support

  • Providing complete compliance support including outsourcing
  • Providing support services for computation of tax / duty, filing of returns, furnishing of details periodically, follow-up on refund applications, obtaining registrations
  • Reviewing compliances regularly, where compliances are undertaken by in-house tax teams
  • Providing support for customs duty proceedings, from valuation perspective, for import of goods from related parties


Tax processes

  • Assisting in implementation of existing / newer indirect taxes and related processes
  • ‘Standardize, automate & implement’ tax processes including centralizing them at centre of excellence
  • Assisting in setting-up and implementation of standard operating procedures for indirect tax touch-points
  • Reviewing existing processes from indirect tax efficiency and indirect tax risk mitigation perspective


Reviews / Health checks / Due diligences

  • Diagnostic review of operations and transactions to identify planning opportunities
  • Health-check of tax positions taken, including in respect of input tax credits, and compliances undertaken and highlight gaps in compliances giving rise to tax risks
  • Undertaking indirect tax due diligence reviews (buy and sell side)


Advocacy & representations

  • Identifying areas for representation for the benefit of business / industry
  • Preparing representations on tax / duty / policy issues for representation before relevant government and tax authorities
  • Represent before relevant government and tax authorities on tax / duty / trade policy issues
  • Assist in anti-dumping proceedings


Litigation advisory

  • Reviewing existing litigation and uncertain tax positions; comment on the grounds taken for defence in existing litigations and probability of success and mitigation steps for future litigation
  • Identifying potential risks regarding various tax positions and comment from long-term view
  • Proactively explore alternative tax dispute resolution avenues for complex tax disputes
  • Reviewing litigations for disclosure as contingent liability in financial statements


Litigation support

  • Drafting replies to notices, submissions to authorities, appeals to authorities and Tribunal, applications before advance ruling authorities
  • Presenting personal appearances and arguments before adjudicating authorities, appellate authorities and Tribunal
  • Presenting personal appearances and arguments before advance ruling authorities
  • Preparing briefs for legal counsel, briefing legal counsel and assisting legal counsels for appeals, writ petition and special leave petition before Apex Court and High Court


We provide litigation support before adjudication authorities, appellate authorities and Tribunal.  We brief counsels / senior counsels for matters beyond the Tribunal.


Trade facilitation

  • Providing advisory and operational assistance for benefits under foreign trade policy
  • Providing advisory for benefits under free trade agreements and regional trade agreements
  • Assisting in setting-up and operationalising units in special economic zones, in software technology parks and as export-oriented units
  • Obtaining required registrations, permissions and licences


Audits and related assistance

  • Undertaking assurance audits, as required under indirect tax laws
  • Pre-audit reviews, where the audit is to be conducted by tax / customs duty authorities
  • Assisting during audits conducted by indirect tax authorities or during special audits
  • Assisting in audits / verifications of rebates / refunds by indirect tax authorities


  • Virtual chief financial officer (‘CFO’);
  • Accounting & MIS (from maintaining books of account to finalisation);
  • Recurring statutory compliance (from payment to filing of returns);
  • Payroll services (from issuing pay slips to tax planning);
  • Provident fund, ESIC, labour law and PT compliances;
  • Incorporation/registration of entity;
  • Corporate secretarial services; &
  • Professional employer organization (‘PEO’).

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