Excise duty structure on certain goods is being restructured as follows:
1) Wafers for use in the manufacture of integrated circuit (IC) modules for smart cards from 12% to 6%.
2) Inputs for use in the manufacture of LED drivers and MCPCB for LED lights, fixtures and LED lamps from 12% to 6%.
3) Mobiles handsets, including cellular phones from 1% without CENVAT credit or 6% with CENVAT credit to 1% without CENVAT credit or 12.5% with CENVAT credit. NCCD of 1% on mobile handsets including cellular phones remains unchanged.
4) Tablet computers from 12% to 2% without CENVAT credit or 12.5% with CENVAT credit.
5) Specified raw materials [battery, titanium, palladium wire, eutectic wire, silicone resins and rubbers, solder paste, reed switch, diodes, transistors, capacitors, controllers, coils (steel), tubing (silicone)] for use in the manufacture of pacemakers to Nil.
6) Pig iron SG grade and Ferro-silicon-magnesium for use in the manufacture of cast components of wind operated electricity generators to Nil, subject to certification by MNRE.
7) Solar water heater and system from 12% to Nil without CENVAT credit or 12.5% with CENVAT credit.
8) Round copper wire and tin alloys for use in the manufacture of Solar PV ribbon for manufacture of solar PV cells to Nil subject to certification by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
Reduction in number of levies:
1) Education Cess and Secondary & Higher Education Cess leviable on excisable goods are being subsumed in Basic Excise duty. Consequently, Education Cess and Secondary & Higher Education Cess leviable on excisable goods are being fully exempted. The standard ad valorem rate of Basic Excise Duty is being increased from 12% to 12.5% and specific rates of Basic Excise Duty on petrol, diesel, cement, cigarettes & other tobacco products (other than biris) are being suitably changed. However, the total incidence of various duties of excise on petrol and diesel remains unchanged. Other Basic Excise Duty rates (ad valorem as well as specific) with a few exceptions are not being changed. Customs Education Cesses will continue to be levied on imported goods.
Ensure certainty and uniformity in valuation of the goods for the purposes of levy of excise duty:
1) All goods falling under Chapter sub-heading 2101 20, including iced tea, are being notified under section 4A of the Central Excise Act for the purpose of assessment of Central Excise duty with reference to the Retail Sale Price with an abatement of 30%. Such goods are also being included in the Third Schedule to the Central Excise Act, 1944.
2) Goods, such as lemonade and other beverages, are being notified under section 4A of the Central Excise Act for the purpose of assessment of Central Excise duty with reference to the Retail Sale Price with an abatement of 35%. Such goods are also being included in the Third Schedule to the Central Excise Act, 1944.
1) Online Central Excise/Service Tax Registration within two working days.
2) Time limit for taking CENVAT Credit on inputs and input services is being increased from six months to one year.
3) Facility of direct dispatch of goods by registered, dealer from seller to customer’s premises is being provided. Similar facility is also being allowed in respect of job-workers. Registered importer can also send goods directly to customer from the port of importation.
4) Penalty provisions in Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax are being rationalized to encourage compliance and early dispute resolution.
5) Central Excise/Service Tax assessees are being allowed to issue digitally signed invoices and maintain other records electronically.
Improving the quality of life and public health through Swachh Bharat Initiatives.
1) The Scheduled rate of Clean Energy Cess levied on coal, lignite and peat is being increased from `100 per tonne to `300 per tonne. The effective rate of Clean Energy Cess is being increased from `100 per tonne to `200 per tonne.
2) Concessional customs and excise duty rates on specified parts of Electrically Operated Vehicles and Hybrid Vehicles, presently available upto 31.03.2015, is being extended upto 31.03.2016.
3) Excise duty on sacks and bags of polymers of ethylene other than for industrial use is being increased from 12% to 15%.
Broadening the Tax Base:
1) Excise duty of 2% without CENVAT credit or 6% with CENVAT credit is being levied on condensed milk put up in unit containers. It is also being notified under section 4A of the Central Excise Act for the purpose of valuation with reference to the Retail Sale Price with an abatement of 30%.
2) Excise duty of 2% without CENVAT credit or 6% with CENVAT credit is being levied on peanut butter.
1) Full exemption from excise duty is being extended to captively consumed intermediate compound coming into existence during the manufacture of Agarbattis. Agarbattis attract Nil excise duty.
Allocation of additional resources for infrastructure:
1) The Scheduled rates of Additional Duty of Customs / Excise levied on Petrol and High Speed Diesel Oil [commonly known as Road Cess] are being increased from `2 per litre to `8 per litre. The effective rates of Additional Duty of Customs / Excise levied on Petrol and High Speed Diesel Oil [commonly known as Road Cess] are being increased from `2 per litre to `6 per litre. Simultaneously, Basic Excise Duty Rates on Petrol and High Speed Diesel Oil (both branded and unbranded) are being reduced by `4 per litre. Basic Excise duty rates on petrol and diesel are also being increased suitably so as to subsume Education Cess and Secondary and Higher Education Cess presently levied on them. Thus, the net decrease in Basic Excise Duty on branded petrol is `3.46 per litre, on unbranded petrol is `3.49 per litre, on branded diesel is `3.63 per litre and on unbranded diesel is `3.70 per litre. However, total incidence of excise duties on petrol and diesel remains unchanged.
Promote public health:
1) Excise duty on cigarettes is being increased by 25% for cigarettes of length not exceeding 65 mm and by 15% for cigarettes of other lengths. Similar increases are proposed on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos.
2) Maximum speed of packing machine is being specified as a factor relevant to production for determining excise duty payable under the Compounded Levy Scheme presently applicable to pan masala, gutkha and chewing tobacco. Accordingly, deemed production and duty payable per machine per month are being notified with reference to the speed range in which the maximum speed of a packing machine falls.
1) Excise duty on leather footwear (footwear with uppers made of leather of heading 4107 or 4112 to 4114) of Retail Sale Price of more than ` 1000 per pair from 12% to 6%.
2) Excise duty levied on the value of duty paid on rails for manufacture of railway or tramway track construction material is being exempted retrospectively for the period from 17.03.2012 to 02.02.2014, if no CENVAT credit of duty paid on such rails is availed.
3) The entry “waters, including mineral waters and aerated waters, containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or flavoured” in the Seventh Schedule to the Finance Act, 2005 related to levy of additional duty of excise @ 5% is being omitted. Till the enactment of the Finance Bill, 2015, the said additional duty of excise of 5% leviable on such goods is being exempted. Simultaneously, the Basic Excise Duty on these goods is being increased from 12% to 18%.
4) Excise duty on chassis for ambulances is being reduced from 24% to 12.5%.