GST to bring down prices of goods

Bangalore: Industry body ASSOCHAM said today the Goods and Services Tax (GST), likely to be introduced next year, would lead to buoyancy in government revenues by Rs 1.5 lakh crore and increase the GDP by 1.4 to 1.6 per cent.

With Indian economy integrating with world markets, manufacturers have to compete within and outside the country. To get a competitive edge, the introduction of GST would be a crucial reform to remove cascading of taxes, leading to reduction in prices of most manufactured goods by about 10 per cent, it said in a release here.

Once GST replaces all multiple taxes, it is going to be the biggest tax reform in independent India`s history, it said in a recent study titled `GST, Beyond Growth.` A simplified tax structure would lead to annual savings of Rs 1.2 lakh crore at the current nominal rate of GDP. Reduction in tax cost would lead to a favourable impact on tax compliance, economies of scale, supply chain efficiencies and thus higher economic growth, it said.

"The tax GDP ratio too may go up by 1.5 to 2 per cent with net revenue jumping by Rs 1.5 lakh crore a year", said the ASSOCHAM study. "The GST will create a single Indian common market and there will be no distinction between goods and services with seamless input tax credit allowed throughout the supply chain".