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GST Introduction

GST is one indirect tax for the whole nation, which has made India one unified common market. GST is on supply of goods or services or both not on production, trading or service rendered. Presently It is applicable on whole india except jammu and kashmir. It is destination based tax i.e. it is taxable in state in which goods or services are consumed also called consumption based tax.

It is a single tax on the supply of goods or services or both, right from the manufacturer to the consumer. Credits of input taxes paid at each stage is available in the subsequent stage of value addition, which makes GST essentially a tax only on value addition at each stage. The final consumer will thus bear whole the GST charged by the last dealer in the supply chain. Presently most of the items are levied at 40%-50% tax rates but due to introduction of GST flat tax rate has become applicable which has reduced indirect tax burden on consumers.

Applicability of GST

  • GST has been implemented since 1st July 2017, It has made mandatory for existing dealers to migrate their registration in to GST. GST has become applicable on all india except jammu & kashmir. It is levied on supply of goods or service or both. Parliament has passed four acts for the implementation of GST i.e Central Goods and Services Tax Act,2017 (CGST Act), Integrated Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 (IGST Act), Union Territory Goods and Services TAx Act, 2017 (UTGST Act) and Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act, 2017. And all state governments has passed State Goods and Services Tax Act,2017 (SGST, Act) for States. Goods & Services Tax (GST) has become applicable on following persons:

Manufacturers who produces and sells (local or inter-state) goods.

Traders who sells good (within state or interstate).

Service provider or Service Receiver in case of Reverse Charge.

Commodities that are kept outside the purview of GST:

  • There are some commodities are kept outside the purview of GST, they are alcohol for human consumption, petroleum products and electricity. In such commodities the existing taxation system (VAT & central excise) will be continue. However in case of tobacco and tobacco products GST will also be levied and the central government also have the power to levy the central excise.

GST Features

Manufactured goods could become cheaper due to Lower logistics and tax costs

Less developed states get a lift

Logistics, inventory costs will fall

It is destination based tax

Life gets simpler as GST will replace 17 indirect tax levies and compliance costs will fall

More transparency

Due to less evasion of tax the revenue of government will get a boost

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