Washington: American business schools could study India’s implementation of the “complex" goods and services tax (GST), Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested, ahead of the roll-out of the landmark tax reform measure from 1 July.
“The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools," Modi said on Sunday while interacting with 20 top American CEOs at a roundtable in Washington ahead of his first meeting with US President Donald Trump. On GST, the prime minister said that it is becoming a reality after years of effort. He added that its implementation is a “complex" task and went on to suggest that this could be the subject of future case studies. Implementation of the GST shows India can take big decisions and implement them swiftly, the prime minister said at the interaction with a group of CEOs that included Tim Cook of Apple, Sunder Pichai from Google, John Chambers from Cisco and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.
Modi told them that his government was working on principles such as “minimum government, maximum governance". The prime minister spoke of the recent reforms, and noted that the union government alone has initiated 7,000 reforms. He said this indicates India’s quest for global benchmarks. He mentioned the government’s emphasis on efficiency, transparency, growth and benefit for all. Touted as the biggest taxation reform since independence, the GST will unify 16 different taxes including excise, service tax and VAT, and transform India into a single market for seamless movement of goods and services. The powerful GST council, comprising the centre and states, has recommended a four-tier tax structure—5, 12, 18 and 28%.
On top of the highest slab, a cess will be imposed on luxury and demerit goods to compensate the states for revenue loss in the first five years of GST implementation. State and union territory GST laws were passed by all the states and union territories of India except Jammu & Kashmir, paving the way for a smooth roll-out of the GST from 1 July.