India GST: Reactions still mixed six months later

    Jan 10, 2018 @ 07:15 AM / by Meleah Paull

    New Delhi, India as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Meleah Paull.

    Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India

    Six months after the introduction of the national Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India, reactions to the measure are still mixed. The “one nation, one tax” policy was intended to make trade among India’s twenty-nine states and seven union territories easier and faster.

    Supporters argue that the reform brings transparency to India’s taxation and that a unified tax will increase trade within India as well as internationally. Detractors have said that the government was not ready for such a major overhaul, as evidenced by technology errors and fluctuating revenue collection.

    Simplicity: To be or not to be?

    They have also complained that the new system is no simpler than the old one. Still, the GST Council is pushing ahead, calling for a new electronic waybill (e-way) system to begin on a voluntary basis in January with a staggered introduction, then to become mandatory in late spring for transactions over 50,000 rupees. Redoubled efforts for invoice matching are also intended to reduce tax evasion. On-site AIRINC surveys found that prices were up since the GST roll-out. As the GST transition continues, AIRINC will continue to monitor the news and survey on-site to track changes as they happen.

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    Meleah Paull

    Written by Meleah Paull

    Meleah joined AIRINC in 2015 as a surveyor and became an analyst in 2017. Her primary responsibilities include conducting international pricing and housing surveys and analyzing the returned data. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington and her M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. In addition to English, Meleah speaks some Italian and Slovene. She is based in Cambridge, MA.