Cabinet approves 4 Goods and Services Tax (GST) bills

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 21-03-2017        Tweet

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet has approved four bills to implement a planned Goods and Services Tax (GST) bills, a Government official said, paving the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the landmark tax reform from July.

The four bills are likely to be taken up by Parliament this week, and a separate State GST bill in State assemblies later, the official also said.

The GST Council, comprising Central and State Finance Ministers, has already cleared all five draft laws - the Central GST, Integrated GST, state GST, Union territory GST and rules on compensating States for revenue losses. There would be four tax slabs of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent, plus a levy on taxes on items like cars, aerated drinks and tobacco products to compensate States for any revenue losses in the first five years.

The new tax, biggest tax reform since India got independence, is expected to boost the rate of economic growth by about 0.5 percentage points, broaden the revenue base and cut compliance cost for firms.