New Delhi: The Centre is likely to finalize by the January-end the rate of a new Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the date of its implementation, a state minister said on Friday.
Asim Dasgupta, the head of the panel of state finance ministers on GST and finance minister of West Bengal, said states need more time to build a consensus on the new tax that was scheduled to be introduced in April 2010.
“We will meet by month end and hope to finalize the date and the rate of GST,” he told reporters after meeting Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Mukherjee had earlier said there could be a delay in introduction of GST.
The proposed GST would be an indirect tax that would replace existing state and federal levies such as excise duty, service tax, and value-added tax (VAT), and reduce the tax burden for industry and consumers.
Before introducing GST, states wanted to phase out central sales tax (CST) and have sought Rs14,000 crore as compensation for cutting the rate by 1 percentage point, Dasgupta added.