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India steps to GST implementation

  • Sep 14, 2016 | Richard Asquith

India steps to GST implementation

With the main India legislation now ratified for the implementation of a new Goods & Services Tax (GST), a number of steps must be undertaken before a roll out.

These include:

  • Establish a GST Council to review and conclude on launch details
  • Resolving the overlap between the new Central, State and Integrated taxes
  • Agree a country-wide rate for the new consumption tax. This is likely to be between 16% and 18%
  • Putting in place a dispute resolution and appeals processes
  • Determining details of pricing policies and tax calculations on inter-state transfers of goods
  • Confirm how input VAT credits will be matched to output VAT payments - a complex and controversial requirement for VAT reporting
  • Agree on implementation date - potentially sometime in 2017

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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: richard.asquith@avalara.com. 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.