State finance ministers reach consensus on GST
On the second day of a meeting of the Empowered Committee of state finance ministers here, the state governments accepted the changes in GST design and formed three sub-committees that would sort out revenue neutral tax rate, dual control of traders and integrated GST.
Chairman of the Empowered Committee (EC) of the state finance ministers and Bihar deputy chief minister, Sushil Kumar Modi said India can now look forward to GST, but refused to spell a timeframe for its roll out.
On Monday, a major hurdle was removed after state governments agreed to a compensation of Rs 34,000 crore for phasing out Central Sales Tax (CST).
Speaking to The Indian Express, Modi said it was for the Centre to decide when the Bill can be passed. “There was broad consensus over GST. The Central government has agreed to bring in the necessary changes in the Constitution Amendment Bill,” he said. “There were some areas of disagreement for which these three sub-committees have been set up.”
Modi said of the three sub-committees, the first will look into the issue of revenue-neutral tax rate and place of supply rules. The second would look into dual control of traders.
“The Empowered Committee is of the opinion that small traders and dealers should not be
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