No room for revising GST rates: CBEC chief

| | Updated on: May 29, 2017




GST will make India a tax-compliant society: Jaitley

“There is no room for revising Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates fixed on various goods and services,” said Vanaja Sarna, Chairperson, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

“The GST Council is meeting on June 3 to fix rates for goods which have been left out.

“Revision of rates may come up, but chances of that happening are remote,” she told reporters on the sidelines of National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) facility inauguration.

Acknowledging that CBEC is getting representations, Sarna said, “We have got and keep getting numerous representations from industries and businesses. The Governing Council will take the final decision when it meets on June 3.”

She further said, “At this stage, it will be very difficult to say if the Council will actually reopen any of the rates because of the time factor involved in bringing out the GST.

“One must remember, if you open up any of these, then there will be no stop to revisionary demands.”

Sarna said even though an anti-profiteering agency has not been set up to curb industry taking undue advantage to create arbitrage before the rollout of GST on July 1, the government will have the rights to question arbitrary hikes in prices.

“The anti-profiteering agency is yet to be set up, but we will have all the rights to question the industry against hiking prices arbitrarily,” she said.

Tax compliant: Jaitley

Earlier in the day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, speaking after inaugurating National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) facility, said “GST regime will make India more tax-complaint society.”

Training academies like NACIN are crucial for a tax-complaint society as it forges a proper co-ordination between taxation authorities (Centre and state governments) and the tax payer. The amalgamation of various indirect taxes is itself a monumental taxation change, which requires officials to upgrade their skills and knowledge, Jaitley said.

New complex

NACIN, Bengaluru, established in 2002 for training officers of the Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax posted in Karnataka and Kerala, has moved into the new complex constructed at a cost of ₹49 crore.

The training facility is expected to train the officers of Central Board of Excise and Customs and officers of the VAT Department in the new GST regime.

According to DP Nagendra Kumar, Principal Additional Director-General of Central Excise, the new complex, built as per the GRIHA norms and is a grade-IV green building, has six lecture halls to accommodate 250 people, a residential hostel block consisting of over 100 rooms, two computer labs, electronic library.”

He further said the building is equipped with solar power generation of 160 kw, biodegradable waste management system.

Published on January 12, 2018

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