Uber seeks clarity on tax—and the future of ride-hailing in India

The likes of Rapido, Ola and Uber have recently been experimenting with a new business model, triggering existential questions and tax confusion.

In a matter that could (re)define the future of ride-hailing companies in India, Uber has reached out to the tax authorities. The local arm of the American company has written a three-page letter to the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs and the Department of Revenue about some recent changes playing out in the sector. These changes have triggered confusion and Uber says that it “has been put at a competitive disadvantage”. The Morning Context has seen a copy of the letter. 

The changes Uber is referring to are as follows:

For years now, the ride-hailing sector in India—largely …


Harveen Ahluwalia

Harveen is a co-founder at The Morning Context, and leads our Internet coverage, overseeing a team of reporters writing on startups and tech. She has previously worked as a media, consumer and tech reporter at The Ken and Mint. At The Morning Context, she writes on startups, venture capital, consumer and media businesses—from e-commerce to healthtech to streaming.

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