Budget may skip GST introduction

Budget may skip GST introduction
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First Published: Fri, Jun 26 2009. 05 06 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Jun 26 2009. 05 06 PM IST
New Delhi: The budget may not mention the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from next fiscal as there are already voices expressing doubts about meeting the deadline.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) — the new tax regime which would do away with most of the indirect taxes— is scheduled to be implemented by 1 April, 2010.
The Union government may restate the roadmap or modify it, only after building a consensus with the states, sources said, adding this is not likely to be in the budget, to be presented by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on 6 July.
The Centre and state governments have still not agreed on the GST rate, even though consensus may be building for 8% at each level.
The only broad agreement reached is that GST would be a dual rate, that is both the Centre and states would impose the tax, the rates of which probably would be the same.
In case, the government wants to implement the new taxation structure by next fiscal, it should have been ready with the draft structure by at least April this year, the sources said.
At a recent pre-budget meeting of the States’ finance ministers in the capital, some states had reportedly dissented on the point of introducing GST from next fiscal and said that they needed more time to implement the tax regime.
Chhattisgarh commercial tax minister Amar Aggarwal had said categorically that he did not think that GST could be implemented in 2010.
“I don’t think GST can be implemented from scheduled date because there are many problems in this,” he had said.
Bihar deputy chief minister and finance minister Sushil Modi had said there should not be any haste in implementing GST and states should apply it after all preparation.
VAT panel chairman Asim Dasgupta had also admitted that there are certain problems expressed by states regarding GST.
However, he also added that the VAT panel is trying hard to meet the deadline.
GST, that would replace excise duty, service tax at the Centre and VAT at the state level, would help in creating common Indian market which would have uniform indirect tax rate. It would be natural progression of VAT from the state level to the national level.
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First Published: Fri, Jun 26 2009. 05 06 PM IST
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