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GST decreased tax charges, doubled taxpayer base to 1.24 crore: Finance ministry


NEW DELHI: The finance ministry on Monday stated GST has decreased the speed at which individuals need to pay tax, helped improve compliance and doubled taxpayer base to 1.24 crore.
In a collection of tweets, on the first death anniversary of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the ministry stated earlier than items and companies tax (GST), the mix of value-added tax (VAT), excise, gross sales tax and their cascading impact resulted in excessive commonplace charge of tax as much as 31 per cent.

“It’s now extensively acknowledged that GST is each client and taxpayer-friendly. Whereas the excessive tax charges of the pre-GST period acted as a disincentive to paying tax, the decrease charges beneath GST helped to extend tax compliance,” the ministry stated.

The variety of assessees lined by the GST on the time of its inception had been about 65 lakh. Now the assessee base exceeds 1.24 crore.
GST, which subsumed about 17 native levies, was rolled out on July 1, 2017. Jaitley held the finance portfolio within the first time period of the Modi authorities since 2014.
“As we keep in mind Arun Jaitley right this moment, allow us to acknowledge the important thing function he performed within the implementation of GST, which can go down in historical past as probably the most basic landmark reforms in Indian taxation,” the ministry tweeted.
The a number of markets throughout India, with every state charging a distinct charge of tax, led to very large inefficiencies and prices of compliance.
“GST has decreased the speed at which individuals need to pay tax. The income impartial charge as per the RNR (Income Impartial Fee) Committee was 15.three per cent. In comparison with this, the weighted GST charge at current, in line with the RBI, is barely 11.6 per cent,” the ministry stated.
Companies with an annual turnover of as much as Rs 40 lakh are GST exempt. Initially, this restrict was Rs 20 lakh. Moreover, these with a turnover as much as Rs 1.5 crore can go for the Composition Scheme and pay just one per cent tax.
“As soon as GST was applied, the tax charge on numerous objects was introduced down. As of now, the 28 per cent charge is nearly solely restricted to sin and luxurious objects. Out of a complete of about 230 objects within the 28 per cent slab, about 200 objects have been shifted to decrease slabs,” the ministry stated.
Additionally, the housing sector has been positioned within the 5 per cent slab, whereas GST on inexpensive housing has been decreased to 1 per cent.
“All processes in GST have been absolutely automated. Until now 50 crore returns have been filed on-line and 131 crore e-way invoice generated,” the ministry added.


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