The much anticipated ‘Goods And Services Tax’ has been rolled out from the 1st July in India, making the dream of ‘One Tax, One Nation’ a reality. As expected, a lot of hue and cries are being seen all across the country, mostly related to the MRP and supply of goods and commodities. The government is making all it’s effort to enlighten people about GST and is actively addressing all the doubts and rumours circulating in the air.
Valuation of MRP Goods in GST Regime
The Revenue Secretary Dr. Hasmukh Adhia said that a Central Monitoring Committee has been constituted to assess the situation of pricing and supply of commodities, after the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Adhia said meetings are being chaired every week with the aforementioned committee, headed by the Cabinet Secretary.
He said, “A committee has been constituted comprising 15 secretaries from departments that are in direct contact with consumers, to monitor commodity pricing and client groups. Although no field work is involved, officials will have to monitor four to five districts along with the assigned Link officer”.
When queried about the initial feedback received after the implementation of GST, Mr. Adhia revealed that the new taxation framework has been well received. He further also adds that situation is being closely monitored by the all the competent departments. “The GST has been well accepted. All state governments other than Jammu and Kashmir have complied with all norms. I would urge that if there is any difficulty, please give us feedback, since it is important for us to know. So far, no problems have been detected,” told Hasmukh Adhia.
Example of MRP valuation under GST
Let’s consider an example of ABC, a manufacturer, selling tools and valuation of supply under gst hardwares as polishers, drills, spades etc. It sells a polishers to XYZ a wholesaler. The MRP is Rs. 5,500 but XYZ sells it for Rs. 1000.
The invoice looked like
|Add: Excise @ 12.5%
|Add: VAT @14.5% (on subtotal)
Value of supply under GST
The value of goods or services supplied is the transaction value such that the price payable, which is Rs 1,000 in the example. Suppose that CGST=9% and SGST= 9%
|Add: CGST @9%
|Add: SGST @9%
|Add: VAT @14.5% (on subtotal)
GST on MRP or Discounted Price
Responding to question raised on the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of commodities under the GST, Avinash K. Srivastava, Secretary-Department of Consumer Affairs, clarified that all distributors and manufacturers must print the complete details of the original and revised MRP on the product. “The retailers must furbish all details of price and the revised rate. If there is an increase, an additional notification needs to be sent out, apart from printing both rates on the product packaging,” he said.
Adding to above statement, Adhia said dealers registered under the GST Composition Scheme do not have to show tax, while other registered dealers will have to clearly show the tax split up. He also revealed that while commodities do not attract any cess, but, vehicles crossing state borders will continue to be charged, unless they have a national permit. “22 states have removed check posts so far, and we are expecting the others to comply as well. The tax on vehicles is on crossing borders, and not on the goods being transported. Therefore, that will have to be paid,” said Adhia.
Query On Tamil Nadu Theatre Strike Issue
When queried about the Tamil Nadu theater owners strike against the additional tax levied by the local government body, Adhia clarified that state governments have additional power to tax firms and industries, on behalf of the municipal corporation. “Just like the Centre levies excise duty, state municipal bodies also have the power to levy taxes apart from GST,” he said.
Response On The Taxing Commodities For Physically Disabled
Clarifying the difference of opinion regarding taxing commodities used by those with physical disabilities, Adhia asserted that it would be beneficial since it would bring down import prices. “Our import would be affected if the tax rate is made zero. It is kept at 5 percent since import would be cheaper, and there would be no impact on the raw materials used to manufacture these products,” said Adhia.
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