Advocate Anandaday Misshra
Finally, its official that today the chief economic advisor, Mr Arvind Subramanian, has submitted his report on the goods and services tax (GST) to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of India .
It should be understood that GST is going to create a uniform market in India beside strengthening the country’s tax institutions.
In order to arrive at such GST RNR , the panel had explored 3 three different methods to calculate the crucial revenue-neutral rate.Mr Arvind Subramanian claimed that this was a technical exercise and we took into account methods using direct taxes, indirect taxes and an approach suggested by the NIPFP.
The committee decided to provide a range for the GST rate for various products and services:
1. Lowest GST Rates @ 12%
2. Standard GST rates @ 17-18 %
Maximum products and services to fall under this rate.
3. Higher GST Rates @ 40 %
Cigarettes, luxury cars and beverages may attract higher GST rate.
AMLEGALS had anticipated the same slabs on yesterday and since 2014 , it had published various research articles and claimed that the GST rates should be anything around 18 % to 24% and finally it has been also suggested by CEA led committee. ( please refer one of such an article of May 2015 on https://taxguru.in/goods-and-service-tax/goods-service-tax-gst-time-deadlock.html )
The following sectors have been excluded while calculating the tax rate :
Since ,some states have expressed reservations over giving up tax control on the lucrative items but the CEA panel suggested these be brought under the GST ambit soon.
(Advocate Anand Mishra, AMLEGALS– The author is a leading indirect tax advocate handling cases in CESTAT & High Courts of India. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and for more please refer www.amlegals.com)