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Get ready to pay more for insurance

Your insurance premium is likely to increase after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), if the final tax rate is fixed at 18%. However, since a number of levies, which are currently part of your premium, will be subsumed into one tax, it is expected to bring down the compliance cost significantly. Though the exact impact will be ascertained only after the rate is fixed, rough estimates suggest an increase of around 2% in the premium paid. So, if your premium is currently R1,000, you may have to pay R20-30 more. At present, the effective service tax rate is 15%, which is applicable to most services. According to experts, companies will also look at ways to minimise the impact. “The premiums are likely to go up marginally depending on the rate set for premiums under GST…If the tax is 18% then the likely impact on premium will be about 3%. Insurers will evaluate options to minimise this impact on investors,” a spokesperson at Reliance Nippon Life Insurance said. “We have sev…

Auto to benefit most from GST: Moody’s

The automobile sector is expected to be the biggest beneficiary of the Goods and Service ( GST) tax regime, says ratings agency Moody’s in a new report. Though the shift to the new indirect tax regime is positive for both growth and government tax revenues over the medium term, “ the short- term sovereign credit implications will be limited,” it added. Under the current architecture, companies have to contend with the issue of multiplicity of taxes, which inflates product prices. But under the GST, the problem of the cascading effect of taxes will be addressed. This, according to Moody’s, will benefit the automotive industry the most. While the tax rate is yet to finalised, Moody’s expects it to be lower than the multitude of taxes such as sales tax, excise duties, local taxes, and value- added taxes the automobile sector currently pays. Thus, shifting to the new system will reduce final prices of products, spurring consumer demand. Further, the new architecture will also make for swifte…

No scope for rate cut on Tuesday

With the government adopting an inflation target of four per cent, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to keep its policy rates unchanged on Tuesday in the year’s third bi- monthly monetary policy review. Since January 2015, RBI has reduced its policy rates by 150 basis points to 6.50 per cent. With the adoption of the inflation target of four per cent, the chances for a further rate cut in the remaining part of the financial year seem slim, economists had warned in aBusiness Standard poll According to RBI’s projection, the rise in the consumer price index ( CPI) should follow a glide path to come down to five per cent by January 2017. With the government adopting an inflation target of four per cent, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to keep its policy rates unchanged on Tuesday in the year’s third bi- monthly monetary policy review. Since January 2015, RBI has reduced its policy rates by 150 basis points to 6.50 per cent. With the adoption of the inflation target of four …

9 states may ratify GST Bill by Aug- end

Senior Union ministers have advised the nine Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP)- ruled states to call special sessions of their legislative assemblies to ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Constitution amendment Bill by the end of this month. The Lok Sabha is slated to debate the Bill on Monday, a discussion in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will intervene. Barring a tweet when the Rajya Sabha passed the Bill on Wednesday, the PM is yet to comment on the proposed legislation. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has been critical of the PM’s absence during the debate in the Upper House, terming it “Modi mukt Parliament”. After the Lok Sabha’s approval, the Bill will be sent for presidential reference. The government plans to transmit the Bill to states by August 10. Government strategists are trying to ensure that the requisite 16 of the 31 states ratify the Bill by the end of this month. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu and others have alr…