There finally seems to be a path forward for GST. Centre and states must strike bargain

Synopsis: After one and a half years of dispute, and with the economy showing signs of recovery, a path forward for the GST finally seems visible. This opportunity needs to be seized What has set back the GST for the past year and a half? Lack of revenues: In 2016-17 the various taxes that were… Continue reading There finally seems to be a path forward for GST. Centre and states must strike bargain

A grand tax bargain in danger of coming apart  

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Issues with GST regime Synopsis: A version 2.0 of GST may have to be designed sooner rather than later. Issues existing with GST Non-expanding tax base: The tax base of GST does not appear to be expanding. The Tax to Gross value addition (GVA) is only about 5% to 6.5% though… Continue reading A grand tax bargain in danger of coming apart  

Despite so many feats, GST still a work in progress

Source: Business Standard Relevance: GST is a comprehensive indirect tax(IDT) that comprises a majority of India’s IDT. Synopsis: The GST is still a work in progress. Hopefully, the GST Council will rediscover the spirit of cooperative federalism and move forward. Improvements after the GST: Due to the introduction of GST, Voluntary tax compliance increased, tracking… Continue reading Despite so many feats, GST still a work in progress

GST: A turning point?

How to improve Tax to GDP ratio with GST?  Context:  For the last 25 years, our tax-to-GDP ratio has been stuck at between 16 and 17 per cent. This is severely constraining our fiscal capacity to devote more resources to our underinvested sectors such as education and health.   How to improve tax to GDP ratio with GST?  The goods and services… Continue reading GST: A turning point?

Govt. did not try out GST system before rollout: CAG

Government has tabled the Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) audit report on the Goods and Services Tax(GST) in the Parliament. The report has said that the government had failed to try out the GST system before its rollout leading to inadequate compliance mechanisms, and lower tax revenues. The report has also pointed out that the complexity… Continue reading Govt. did not try out GST system before rollout: CAG

Single rate GST not possible in a country with poor people, says Arun Jaitley

Former Finance Minister has said that India can have two slabs for the Goods and Services Tax(GST) but dismissed the possibility of a single rate. He said that single GST slab would be possible only in extremely affluent countries where there are no poor people.It would be inequitable to apply a single rate in countries… Continue reading Single rate GST not possible in a country with poor people, says Arun Jaitley

Council may consider GST cut on EVs

GST Council may cut the goods and services tax(GST) on electric vehicles to 5% from 12% to provide a stimulus to the sector. The lower rate are expected to encourage global manufacturers to invest in India’s planned shift to electric vehicles in order to try and bring down pollution levels. The Niti Aayog has prepared… Continue reading Council may consider GST cut on EVs

Government rules out bringing oil products under GST for now

The Central Government has ruled out including petroleum products within the ambit of GST immediately by turning down repeated demands from the aviation sector and oil companies. The petroleum ministry has also asked for the inclusion as the benefit of GST is not helping oil companies as they cannot claim an input tax credit.The credit… Continue reading Government rules out bringing oil products under GST for now

Supreme Court agrees to examine power of authorities to arrest individuals for GST evasion

Supreme Court has decided to examine the power of the government officials to arrest persons for Good and Services Tax (GST) evasion. The court observed that different high courts had taken different views in granting anticipatory bail to individuals accused of GST evasion and therefore, it needs to decide the question of law on the… Continue reading Supreme Court agrees to examine power of authorities to arrest individuals for GST evasion