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Why GST For India – Challenges for Success in India

Why GST For India – Challenges for Success in India

Presently, the tax structure of India is very complex. Looking to the global developments and tax structure of developed countries, GST is the need of the hour. The need of GST can further be explained in the following points:-

  • There are various definitional issues related to manufacturing, sale, service, valuation etc. arises. These needs to be rationalized.
  • Several transactions take the character of sales as well as services, thus there is complexity in determining the nature of transaction.
  • The mechanism of imposing taxes, exemptions, abatements, other benefits are different in state and centre
  • Existing law has resulted in significant number of issues related to interpretation or various provisions and the category of the products and the nature of services.
  • Administration mechanics of the centre and state and even in different states is different.
  • India needs comprehensive levy and collection on both goods and services at the same rate with the benefit of input credit
  • A simple tax structure can bring greater compliance, thus increasing number of tax payers and in turn tax revenues of Government.
  • GST will ensure competitive pricing. Tax paid by final consumer will come down in most cases. Lower prices will help in boosting consumption which is beneficial to Companies.
  • GST will ensure boost to exports. When the cost of Production falls in the domestic market, Indian Goods and services will be more pricecompetitive in foreign markets
  • The current state of Indian Economy demands fiscal consolidation and reduction in Fiscal deficit. A recent Report By CRISIL states that GST is the country’s best bet to achieve fiscal consolidation.

GST – Challenges for Success in India

GST will be the biggest reform in Indian taxation since 1947, but there are many challenges for its successful implementation. These are as under

  • Passing of Bill in Rajya Sabha: Since Central Government is not having sufficient majority in the Rajya Sabha. Thus, it will have to ensure safe passage as it will not be cake-walk for the Union government to pass the Bill in the Upper House of Parliament.
  • Consent of States: For implementing it is critical that GST bill is passed by the respective state Governments in state assemblies so as to bring majority. This is a herculean task.
  • Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR): It is one of Prominent Factor for its success. We know that in GST regime, the government revenue would not be the same as compared to the current system. Hence, through RNR Government is to ensure that its revenue remains the same despite of giving tax credits.
  • Threshold Limit in GST: While achieving broad based tax structure under GST, Both empowered committee and Central Government must ensure that lowering of threshold limit should not be a “taxing” burden on small businessmen in the country
  • Robust IT Network: Government has already incorporated Goods and service tax network (GSTN). GSTN has to develop GST portal which ensure technology support for registration, return filing, tax payments, IGST settlements etc. Thus there should be a robust IT backbone
  • Extensive Training to Tax Administration Staff: GST is absolutely different from existing system. It, therefore, requires that tax administration staff at both Centre and state to be trained properly in terms of concept, legislation and Procedure.
  • Additional Levy on GST: The Purpose of additional Levy is to compensate states for loss of revenue while moving to GST. We acknowledge that fundamental purpose of GST is to make “INDIA” as one state where inter-state movement of goods is common. In this situation, it would defeat the very purpose of GST in the country.

Why GST For India – Challenges for Success in India

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