EB5 Investors Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1 | Page 17

Documenting source of funds This leads into the last obstacle: how to tackle the “white paper” vs. “black money” issue. In 2012, the Indian Ministry of Finance defined “black money” as “assets or resources that have neither been reported to the public authorities at the time of their generation nor disclosed at any point of time during their possession.” In order to escape Indian tax jurisdiction, many Indians underreport gains made in asset transactions or income earnings. While many EB-5 practitioners familiar with the Chinese EB-5 market may not be surprised to learn of this issue, it is important to account for some amnesty provisions, government investigatory bodies, and parliamentary bills that have been created to tackle this issue in India. Although the black money economy is an enormous challenge in many countries, Friedrich Georg Schneider, a German economist, suggested in 2006 that the size of India’s black money economy was below average in relation to its GDP (contrasted with the average Asian, African, or Latin American economy). As the trajectory becomes more contentious, EB-5 developers should be cautious when reviewing an investor’s source and path of investment funds. However, I feel this should not be a deterrent to exploiting the Indian market. Is the Indian EB-5 market worth the effort? The ever-looming Chinese quota retrogression is forecasted to take effect in the coming fiscal year. As a result, there is an understandable level of anxiety within the EB-5 community. There are also doubts regarding the sustainability of the real estate boom in China, which accounts for a majority of Chinese EB-5 investment funds. While it is clear that the Indian share of the EB-5 market will not soon overtake the Chinese investor market share (currently 80 percent of the annual EB-5 usage), I think it does have the capacity to jump 20-30 percent in the next few years. Given how underdeveloped the Indian EB-5 market is, EB-5 developers would be wise to explore this untapped market. ★ Rohit Kapuria is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP and a member of the firm’s EB-5 practice. He currently represents developers and foreign investors under the EB-5 program. Prior to entering the legal field, Rohit worked as an economist for a non-profit organization. He can be reached at rkapuria@klaskolaw.com. Located in Burr Ridge, IL, just outside of Chicago, IL, we are a Regional Center approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). GCGRC invites you to partner with us and join us in developing EB-5 investment opportunities. We have the ability to identify, underwrite, develop, and market numerous development projects in multiple industries. Live the American Dream: · Invest in American businesses · Start your own business · Provide opportunities for your family · Retire in the United States · Enroll your children in American Universities Our partners include a professional network of developers, contractors, government agencies and attorneys, all equipped to provide our investors with the optimal business opportunities. +1 (312) 273 4917 · info@gcgrc.com · www.gcgrc.com w w w. E B 5 I n v e s to r s . c o m A partner of Hawthorne Development Corporation Continued on page 18 15