The government is celebrating July 1 as ‘GST Day’ to mark the completion of a year of the indirect tax regime. The finance ministry said the introduction of GST transformed India into ‘one nation, one Tax’, binding the country into an economic union. “The first year of GST has been an example to the world of the readiness of the Indian taxpayer to be a partner in this unprecedented reform of Indian taxation,” it said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the completion of one year of GST on Twitter, saying that it has brought a positive change in the country’s economy and is an example of cooperative federalism in India.
I congratulate the people of India on the special occasion of GST completing 1 year.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 1, 2018
To mark GST’s anniversary, the finance ministry is holding an event which will be presided by Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Finance Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla.
On the occasion of one year of Goods and Services Tax on July 1, government celebrates 'GST Day'. Follow LIVE UPDATES
Arun Jaitley dismissed Congress President Rahul Gandhi's idea of a single GST slab as 'flawed'
Union Minister Arun Jaitley today dismissed the idea of a single GST slab being advocated by Congress President Rahul Gandhi as “flawed”, saying that it can only work in a country where the entire population has a similar and high capacity to spend.
“Rahul Gandhi has been advocating a single slab GST for India. It is a flawed idea. A single slab GST can function only in those countries where the entire population has a similar and a higher level of paying capacity. Being fascinated by the Singapore model is understandable but the population profile of a state like Singapore and India is very different. Singapore can charge 7 per cent GST on food and 7 per cent on luxury goods. Will that model work for India?,” the Minister questioned. (PTI)
Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday called GST a “monumental economic reform.” On the first anniversary of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Jaitley said the unified tax system has helped in boosting direct tax collections in the April-June quarter of this fiscal.
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GST is an evolving system, it is calibrated using feedback from state govts, trades and other stakeholders: PM Modi
PM Modi said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has within one year of its launch led to over 70 per cent jump in indirect taxpayer base, demolished check-posts and merged 17 taxes and 23 cesses into one single tax.
"The new tax regime, has subsumed central levies like excise duty and service tax and state taxes like VAT, it is aimed at making indirect taxation 'simple' while Inspector Raj has been eliminated," he said, adding the GST is an evolving system which is calibrated based on feedback from state governments, trades and other stakeholders.
PM Modi rules out a single tax rate under the GST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ruled out a single tax rate under the GST, saying Mercedes car and milk cannot be taxed at the same rate and accepting Congress party's demand for a uniform 18 per cent rate would lead to a spike in food and essential items' taxation.Modi said, "It would have been very simple to have just one slab but it would have meant we could not have food items at zero per cent tax rate. Can we have milk and Mercedes at the same rate?""So, when our friends in Congress say that they will have just one GST rate, they are effectively saying they will tax food items and commodities, which are currently at zero or 5 per cent, at 18 per cent," he said in an interview to 'Swarajya' magazine.
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Will make earnest efforts to bring petroleum products under GST: Jaitley
"The UPA kept petroleum products permanently outside GST. On the contrary, we brought them back into the Constitution as levyable to GST and can gradually impose the GST when the GST Council so decides. For this I would continue to make my earnest efforts with the States," said Jaitley
Rahul Gandhi has been advocating a single slab GST for India. It is a flawed idea. A single slab GST can function only in those countries where the entire population has a similar and a higher level of paying capacity.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) July 1, 2018
No disruption due to GST: Piyush Goyal
Responding to P Chidambaram's claims that the implementation of GST was flawed, Piyush Goyal said, "There was no disruption and economic growth was not affected due to the implementation of GST. I would like to tell P Chidambaram that angoor khatte hain"
Arun Jaitley addresses the gathering at Ambedkar Bhawan
Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Piyush Goyal at the event to mark one year of GST. (Express photo by Renuka Puri)
Arun Jaitley addresses media on GST
Union Minister Arun Jaitley addressed the media on the anniversary of GST today.
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GST has impacted direct taxes too: Arun Jaitley
"The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax as a single consolidated tax has had a significant impact even on direct taxes. Those who have disclosed a business turnover for the GST now find it difficult not to disclose their net income for the purposes of income tax," Arun Jaitley wrote in a post on Facebook.
'Grossly Scary Tax' for millions: Surjewala
#GST completes 1 Year at 12’O Clock tonight, it remains ‘Grossly Scary Tax’ for millions of traders, shopkeepers & businessmen.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) June 30, 2018
No wonder #GST’s more popular description is ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ then ‘Genuine & Simple Tax’ that it was meant to be.
Historic and game changer reform: Arun Jaitley
1st July 2017 marked the introduction of #GST in India, a historic & game changer reform. #GSTAtOne year has resulted in increased formalisation and greater tax compliance. On this landmark day, I convey my best wishes to people, state governments & officials.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) July 1, 2018
Discuss amendments to GST with Opposition, says Congress leader
GST thrust upon an unprepared nation: Chidambaram
"Multiple rates going upto 40 per cent, and arbitrary cesses on top of the rates, have completely distorted the idea of GST...truth is that GST was thrust upon an unprepared nation....GST has not yet had a positive impact on economic growth," says former finance minister P Chidambaram
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GST has long term benefits: Piyush Goyal
GSTR Form-2 & Form-3 must be notified forthwith and the temporary GSTR Form-3B withdrawn. Only one return must be required to be filed once in a qtr. Process of refund must be streamlined & refunds must be expedited, releasing blocked capital: @PChidambaram_IN@IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/bP7wpzlLdk— Manoj C G (@manojcg4u) July 1, 2018
This is not a true GST but a very different animal, says Chidambaram
Beginning with the GST Constitution Amendment Bill, steps taken by BJP govt were deeply flawed. GST Bills ignored the advice of the CEA on many aspects, notably on rates. Net result is what we have today is a very different animal and not a true GST
Common citizen, businessmen frightened of tax administration: Chidambaram
Taking on the government for failing to make GST beneficial for the common man, P Chidambaram said, "The only section that appears to be happy about the GST is the tax administration that has acquired extraordinary powers that frighten the average business person and the common citizen."
Govt did big things in bad ways: P Chidambaram
Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram took on the government for 'flawed' implementation of GST and has become and infamous term amongst many
Design, structure, infrastructure backbone, rate or rates and implementation of GST were so flawed that GST has become a bad word among business persons, traders, exporters and common citizens; says @PChidambaram_IN @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/SV2WKKXepw— Manoj C G (@manojcg4u) July 1, 2018
It was interesting to see how the states defended their interests irrespective of party line and sitting through 27 meetings of GST Council. 31 states passed the GST Bill in record time of one and a half months: Finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia at GST Day celebrations in Delhi pic.twitter.com/vXzSI7WYBP— ANI (@ANI) July 1, 2018
GST Day celebrations commence at Ambedkar Bhawan in New Delhi. (Express photo by Renuka Puri)
GST Day celebration at Ambedkar Bhawan in New Delhi
Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Piyush Goyal at Ambedkar international bhawan (Express photo by Renuka Puri)
To simplify GST, 28 per cent tax slab has to go: CEA Arvind Subramanian
Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian who was closely involved in drafting the GST Act said that in an ideal system of the tax structure, the 28 per cent tax slab needs to be removed. "Today, we have GST rates of 0, 3 per cent (for gold), 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent. We need to rationalise but I think at the first instance the 28 per cent should go. I am saying that in an ideal system the 28 per cent rate has to go. The cesses may have to be there because we are going to have higher rates for some products, but there shouldn’t be multiple rates even here. In my report, we had called for one 18 per cent rate and then 40 per cent rate. Cesses are a different way of implementing the 40 per cent rate," he said to The Indian Express.
The 28 per cent tax is levied on luxury goods. While it earlier included 228 items, the government in November last year trimmed it down to 50 products. Read more
The historic midnight launch of GST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former president Pranab Mukherjee, Arun Jaitley and other leaders launched GST on the midnight of June 30 at a function inside the Parliament’s Central Hall. “GST is a transparent and fair system that prevents black money and corruption and promotes new governance culture,” PM Modi said in his speech, adding that while the new policy may cause minor problems, people will adjust soon. PM Modi called GST as ‘Good and Simple Tax.’
Calling the tax structure unfair to small traders and business, the Congress, TMC and Left parties boycotted the launch. Former Prime Minister Singh was also sent an invitation but he declined. Opposition parties including the JD(U), the NCP, the BJD, the Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal (S) participated in the launch.
Jewellers expect govt to resolve remaining issues related to GST
The gems and jewellery industry is expecting the government to resolve few issues, including 3 per cent GST on gold import for export purpose, to give a boost to the industry as the new tax regime completes one year of rollout, PTI reported. Things are now better for the diamond sector with the 0.25 per cent GST. The only issue is with the import of gold for export purpose, he said.
"The process is a bit cumbersome where the banks are charging us 3 per cent GST, for which we are getting reimbursement through input credit. But to make things easier, we are want it to be GST free. So far the government has been supportive and have resolved all our issues and we have been assured that this issue will also be considered," Shah said.
One year of GST: A look at the journey so far
On July 1, 2017, India ushered in the Goods and Service Tax (GST), the country’s biggest indirect tax reform since the economy opened up 25 years ago. The policy aims to streamline the taxation structure in the country by doing away with various taxes imposed by states and Centre and introducing a unified tax system. A year on, here is a look at the journey so far. Read More
Soon helpline numbers to report tax evasion
Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that a telephone helpline number will be started soon, where consumers can report against those traders who evade tax by not issuing purchase bill.
Bringing in petrol, diesel will have minor impact on prices, says Sushil Modi
Bringing petrol and diesel under the goods and services tax (GST) regime will only have a minor impact on their prices as states will levy additional taxes to prop up revenues, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil KumarModi said. He also said that pruning of list of items under the highest tax slab of 28 per cent first requires stabilisation of revenue over Rs 1 lakh crore a month as the items have a high revenue implication. Read More
Smriti Irani hails one year of GST
Data analysis to improve compliance: GSTN
Listing its priorities for next six months, the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) Friday said it will focus on development of new return filing system, improving the user interface and business intelligence and analytics. GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar said they are already doing simple analytics by matching GSTR-3B and GSTR-1 returns, based on which tax officials are sending notices to taxpayers under GST. Read More
Demand to bring fuel under GST ambit
In the wake of rising fuel prices, experts have called for bringing petrol and diesel under GST. But the question stays whether this can help provide relief to customers. In December last year, former finance minister Arun Jaitley had told the Rajya Sabha that the Central government was in favour of bringing petroleum products under the ambit of GST after building a consensus with states. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has also backed the call to bring the two fuels under GST.
GST will prove beneficial in the long term: Shrikant Paranjape
The real estate sector finds itself in a peculiar position where they are getting input credits for some portions of the goods and services, but for the major component, there is no input credit. Thus, for land and government taxes, like development taxes etc, which form the major component of our expenditure, there is no input credit and we are not able to pass on the benefit to the end customer.
On the eve of the first anniversary of the introduction of the GST, The Indian Express speaks to Shrikant Paranjape, president, CREDAI Pune Metro, to understand the journey so far. Read More
GST to propel India to even better growth rates: Rajyavardhan Rathore