India: GST

GST: A year of learning and attainment


Two key issues that will engage the attention of policymakers are the tax rates and the dispute settlement mechanism It’s been a year since the goods and services tax (GST) came into force, though, the nation surely has come a long way from the uncertainty and doubts permeating the political climate and business...

It’s unclear what the announcement is likely to be, but, there is anticipation that clarity would emerge on the following contentious issues :

1. Current policy doesn’t allow franchise model for multi brand retailing; govt wants to allow only serious investors who are willing to commit USD 100 million at the miminum in ‘owning’ retail outlets, to join the bandwagon.

2. Investors are not allowed to acquire existing back-end infrastructure; requirement is to develop and invest in green field investment up to a minimum of 50 percent of total FDI

3. Multi brand entity cannot leverage on local sourcing done by existing manufacturing /Whole sale venture.

Separately, insofar as single brand retailing is concerned, besides sourcing condition restriction, there is no clarity on whether products sold under sub-brand of internationally known brand can be allowed or not.

The OECD report The report sets out a rather bold, ambitious plan on the entire gamut of cross border tax issues that would impact MNC’s and in my view, fundamentally alter the manner in which MNC’s have to comply with compliance requirement. The report would result in a fundamental overhaul as its seeks to introduce...