Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India

Background, Present Structure and Future Challenges

By M.M. Sury

The recently introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the biggest tax reform in the fiscal history of India. After missing several deadlines and overcoming almost a decade of political differences, the GST finally saw the light of day on July 1, 2017. Implementation of the GST leaves behind an inefficient, complicated and fragmented indirect tax system. The GST has subsumed a profusion of Central and State indirect taxes to create a single unified market. It is slated to make India a seamless national market, boosting trade and industry and, in turn, growth rate. The GST is expected to represent a leap forward in creating a much cleaner dual VAT. Common base and common rates will facilitate administration and improve compliance while also rendering manageable the collection of taxes on inter-State sales. By amalgamating a large number of Central and State taxes into a single tax and allowing set-off of prior-stage taxes, it would mitigate the ill effects of cascading or pyramiding and pave the way for a common national market. The ntroduction of the GST would also make India's products competitive in the domestic and international markets. This book explains various aspects of the GST in non-technical language for the benefit of a cross-section of readers, including teachers and students of economics, commerce, law, public administration, business management, legislators, business executives, and others interested in understanding the basics of the GST. [Subject: Business & Economics, India Studies, Taxation, Law, Public Policy]


Publication Date: 8/30/2017
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788177084573