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India extra e-retailing VAT

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  • 19 March 2016 | Richard Asquith

India extra e-retailing VAT

The western Indian state of Gujarat (population 60 million) is imposing additional VAT on goods sold to its citizens online from out-of-state.

This will act as an ‘entry VAT’ for online retail across state borders. The aim is to prevent e-retailers from having an unfair price advantage over traditional retailers if they source goods from outside of Gujarat.

The state senate will ratify the proposal next.

The major online platforms in India include: Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.