• By now you would have woken up to the news of Rajya Sabha passing GST bill and being one step closer to implementation of the biggest tax reform in India since 70 years. GST is set to replace at least 17 federal and state taxes to implement a single and unified tax – Goods and Services Tax. The reason that our Hon’ble Prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi was vouching fervently for the bill to pass because it will help to increase at least 2% in the current GDP and that is a huge amount in itself, stemming India as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
  • For long India’s tax system had layers of direct and indirect taxes which added somewhere between 25% and 40% to the COGS. Currently, abolishing all the taxes in between, GST is pegged at between 18% and 20%, with only 8 months left to implement the same – a timeline that Mr. Narendra Modi has set for the rollout.
  • It is beyond doubt that all industries will get affected by this news. With a standard of 18% being speculated to being implemented, there will be some areas that the consumers may benefit and some places where it might not. Looking at banking and financial sector, one of the crucial sectors for consumers, one might say that it can get a bit expensive for the consumers.



GST and its impact on consumers

  • The finance ministry released the recently released draft of goods and sales tax. And, based on the current scheme of affairs, consumers are expected to pay a service charge tax of around 14.5-15% for all broadcast services like Television that includes Cable and DTH also films and digital content. Besides this, an entertainment tax of around 8-12% is further levied increasing the average tax to as much as 25%.
  • However, once GST comes into play, consumers would have to pay a single tax between that can be anything between 18-20%. Hence, the overall tax burden on consumers is set to reduce.

  • Online business (E-Commerce) is the most preferred way of doing business and reach every segment (Age, Price, Location, Gender, Products & Services, etc). Online business (E-Commerce) works in a different way than other conventional businesses in India. Currently, with Foreign investment pumping huge money in online business; their unique operations model has been challenging to government on understanding and applying taxes to online businesses. This demand for GST to be upgrade in Indian market and be in par with other 140 countries.
  • GST would impact industry sectors, product manufacturers and distributors due to its broad-based consumption tax in several ways. Maximum Online business (E-commerce) companies have invested money on tax experts to deal with the problem and have finding solutions for easy GST implementation.

  • GST is one of the most revolutionary tax systems to be rolled-out in the country. However, as with all tax things, there exists some confusion like division of taxation powers between the Central and State government. But, producers and manufacturers believe it would make the entire taxation system more fair, transparent and efficient. This blog throws light on how GST will operate in India.
  • Indian government is set to implement dual GST tax system, which would be administered at both Central and the State Government levels. Dual GST will comprise of SGST (collected by the State government), CGST (collected by the Central government) and IGST (collected by the central government on inter-State supply of goods and services).
  • Under the new levy, a transaction of sale within the state shall have the following taxation structure:
    1. SGST, collected by the State government
    2. CGST collected by the Central government
    3. Sale from one state to another shall have only one type of tax i.e., IGST collected to the Central government.

  • Please find the answers to the various frequently asked questions relating to GST in the document attached herewith:

  • The Wednesday of 3rd Aug 2016, a day when Rajya Sabha finally took the big step in, by passing the GST bill in India, after a period long wait and arrays of debates and discussions over it. GST is the biggest transformation in tax reforms India has seen in years and has left everyone, from a common consumer to business entrepreneurs, curious over what changes it may bring upon.
  • So let us dig in further, beginning with how GST is different from VAT

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