Sunday , February 26 2017

States demand Rs 90,000 crore compensation to pass GST

Earlier it was agreed that a Rs 55,000 crore GST recompense fund would be created by levying cess


New Delhi: The GST Council meeting on Tuesday got hit over states demanding taxation rights for sales in high seas and demand that more things should be brought under cess to recompense them with revenue loss of around Rs 90,000 crore post demonetisation.

The 8th meeting of GST council did not even take up the matter of dual control on Tuesday another contentious holding up GST roll out. Earlier it was agreed that a Rs 55,000 crore GST recompense fund would be created by levying cess on drawback or sin goods and luxury items.

Though, states now claim that after demonetisation the recompense amount is expected to go up to Rs 90,000 crore as most states have seen revenue decline of up to 40 per cent.

Amit Mitra stated tax revenue in November 2016, the month of demonetisation, contracted by (-)2 per cent. “Every state stated their taxes have fallen by 30-40 per cent.  Every states compensation would go up. We had firstly estimated that at most 5 states would need recompense, because 14 per cent rate of growth others would achieve,” he stated.

“Today many states would need recompense. If you need Rs 80,000-90,000 crore, instead of Rs 55,000 crore, where will it come from? That’s a double whammy. States are interested that Centre should stick to its constitutional commitment,” Mr Mitra stated.

Alternative issue that came up was that coastal states constrained for rights to levy GST on trade of goods within 12 nautical miles offshore, holding up finalising of the draft law for levy of Integrated-GST on inter-state trade.

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