Lok Sabha passes GST bills
Wed Mar 29 2017
Ramesh Sridharan (877 articles)

Lok Sabha passes GST bills

NEW DELHI India’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday passed key legislations, putting Asia’s third-largest economy on course to launch a nationwide goods and services tax (GST) from July.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley aims to roll out the new sales tax from July 1 that will subsume a slew of federal and state levies, transforming a nation of more than 1.2 billion population into a single market.

What Jaitley calls the biggest tax reform since independence in 1947 is expected to boost economic growth by about 0.5 percentage points in its first year of implementation.

The four bills, passed by the lower house, would next be presented before the upper house of parliament.

Proposed tax rates range from 5 to 28 percent, with 12 percent and 18 percent being the standard rates. It has not been decided yet which tax rates will apply to which categories of goods.

 

Ramesh Sridharan

Ramesh Sridharan

Ramesh Sridharan is our Stock Market Correspondent covering events and daily movements of stock markets in Asia. He is based in Mumbai

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