NEW DELHI, March 20 - The Cabinet today cleared four legislations for implementing GST as the government sprints to meet the July 1 schedule to rollout the indirect tax reform which can add up to 2 per cent to India’s economic growth.The Bills on compensating states for loss of revenue from GST rollout in first five years as well as those enabling levy of the new tax on intra/inter state movement of goods and services will be introduced in Parliament this week.
The approval of Parliament, coupled with a separate one by all State Assemblies, will complete the legislative process for the roll out of one-nation-one-tax regime by merging Central taxes like excise duty and service tax as well as state levies like VAT.
The GST Council has already approved four-tier tax slabs of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent plus an additional cess on demerit goods like luxury cars, aerated drinks and tobacco products.
The work on for putting various goods and services in different slabs is slated to begin next month.
“The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the four GST related bills — The Central Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The CGST Bill), The Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The IGST Bill), The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 (The UTGST Bill) and The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to the States) Bill 2017 (The Compensation Bill),” an official statement said.
These will be introduced as Money Bills in the Lok Sabha this week.
“It could be even today,” a source said, adding that discussion on the four legislations could happen together. – PTI