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India GST negotiation battles

  • Nov 20, 2016 | Richard Asquith

India GST negotiation battles

In the run-up to the 2017 implementation of a Goods and Services Tax in India, the Centre government and States continue to fail to conclude key administrative terms.

Currently, negotiations has stalled around whether the Centre or State administers the assessees, the taxable person responsible for paying the GST.  The States are looking to remain responsible for assessees with an annual turnover below Rs 1.5 core.

Further talks will take place this week. It is hoped that GST can be implemented in April 2017. However, there is an increasing possibility of a slip in the timetable to September 2017.  The new consumption tax will replace the existing VAT, CENVAT, Service Tax, Professional Tax and many other overlapping taxes and levies.

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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 can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 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.