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Jaitley Hints at Rationalising GST Rates as Revenues Surge

Jaitley Hints at Rationalising GST Rates as Revenues Surge
A STABILISED TAX REGIME A YEAR AFTER ROLLOUT June collections at Rs 95,610 crore, well above FY18 monthly average of Rs 89,885 crore India may soon be looking at rationalising goods and services tax (GST) rates as the year-old indirect tax regime stabilises, finance minister Arun Jaitley said, even as he dismissed the idea of a single rate that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has called for. Jaitley added that GST has helped expand the tax base, including that of direct taxes. India implemented GST on July 1 last year. “We will be busy in the process of shifting a large number of items from (the top rate of) 28% to the lower rate,” said Jaitley, who was addressing an event to mark one year of GST on Sunday via video link. “The weighted average of the total taxation basket has significantly come down and therefore we are in the process of rationalising the rates itself.” Data released on Sunday showed GST collections at ?95,610 cror…

GST Mopup Edges Closer to Rs 1 Lakh Crore

GST Mopup Edges Closer to Rs 1 Lakh Crore  In a FB post, Jaitley says once revenue stabilises Council will look into tax simplification and including more products Goods and services tax (GST) collections rose further in June, raising the expectations of further rationalisation in the 28% slab as the mop-up moves closer to the ?1 lakh crore mark. India marked the first anniversary of GST on Sunday, with the government hailing one of the country’s most significant tax reforms since independence as a success. Data released by the government showed GST collection in June at Rs 95,610 crore, higher than Rs 94,016 crore in May and well above the monthly average of Rs 89,885 crore in the last financial year. “A steady and consistent increase in GST collections this financial year reflects the achievement of better tax compliance of GST,” said Abhis hek Jain, tax partner, EY India.Policymakers have repeatedly said that as GST revenues stabili se, the government will consider further rationalisat…

At 3%, FDI inflows clocked slowest growth rate of last five years in FY18

 At 3%, FDI inflows clocked slowest growth rate of last five years in FY18 According to experts, it is critical to revive domestic investments Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India seems to be petering out with the inflows growth rate recording a five-year low of 3 per cent at Dollar 44.85 billion in 2017-18. According to the latest data of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), FDI in 2017-18 grew by only 3 per cent to Dollar44.85 billion.Foreign inflows in the country grew by 8.67 per cent in 2016-17, 29 per cent in 2015-16, 27 per cent in 2014-15, and 8 per cent in 2013-14.However, FDI inflows recorded a negative growth of 38 per cent in 2012-13. According to experts, it is critical to revive domestic investments and further ease of doing business in the country to attract foreign investors. Depositories share companies' information with exchanges on FDI limits Anil Talreja, Partner, Deloitte India, said the low growth of FDI in the consumer and retail sectors c…

Idea of single rate for GST 'flawed', says Arun Jaitley

Idea of single rate for GST 'flawed', says Arun Jaitley Observing that countries implementing GST had witnessed major disruption, Jaitley said he too had felt that it would cause disruption in the Indian economy Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said rollout the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has not been disruptive in the last one year and exuded confidence that higher revenue collections would enhance the capacity of the government to rationalise tax rates going forward. Speaking on the occasion of the first anniversary of the GST rollout, the minister stressed that the best in terms of the impact of new tax regime on the GDP growth, ease of doing business, expansion of trade and industry, Make in India initiative and promoting honest business practices was yet to come. He also dismissed the idea of a single rate GST being advocated by Congress president Rahul Gandhi as “flawed” saying that it can only work in a country where the entire population has 'similar and high'…

File your property tax till July 15

File your property tax till July 15 The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has extended the last date for payment of property tax and availing the rebate of 15% from June 30 to July 15. North Corporation mayor Aadesh Gupta said this date has been extended to facilitate maximum property tax payers to pay their due property tax on time and avail the rebate of 15%. “We expect to collect double the revenue by extending the date for submitting the house tax for current financial year,” said Tilak Raj Kataria, leader of house. The Hindustan Times, 30th June 2018, New Delhi

Getting PAN is faster now with e-facility

Getting PAN is faster now with e-facility One can easily get PAN on real time basis now. The government on Friday launched the allotment of e-PAN. The facility will be available free of cost. This facility, open for a limited period of time, is available only for resident individuals holding a valid Aadhar. No physical document is required to be submitted and you simply need to fill your Aadhar and upload the signature, said a note from the income tax department. The Business Standard, 30th June 2018, New Delhi

India's external debt went up 12.4% to Dollar 529.7 billion in March

India's external debt went up 12.4% to Dollar 529.7 billion in March The external debt level, however, suffered from valuation loss after the US dollar depreciated against major currencies that time India's external debt increased 12.4 per cent in March 2018 from a year-ago figures, primarily on account of an increase in commercial borrowings, short-term debt, and deposits from non-resident Indians (NRIs). At the end of March 2018, India's external debt was at Dollar 529.7 billion, recording an increase of Dollar 58.4 billion over its level at the end of March 2017, the RBI said in a notification. The external debt level, however, suffered from valuation loss after the US dollar depreciated against major currencies that time. The dollar has started strengthening now. Excluding the valuation effect, the increase in external debt would have been Dollar 53.1 billion. The external debt to GDP ratio stood at 20.5 per cent at the end of March this year, higher than its level of 20.…