Scrap turnover tax, textile trade tells Kerala

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on February 19, 2014 Published on February 19, 2014

Textile and garment dealers in Kerala have demanded withdrawal of turnover tax on textiles, a proposal which has been announced in the State Budget for 2014-15.

A meeting of the Kerala Textile and garments Dealers Welfare Association held in Thrissur has resolved to stop purchases from April 1 in protest.

Flight of trade

Ban on purchases will be officially declared in the next meeting of the State Council to be held at Ernakulam by end of next month, last of the financial year.

Being largely a consumer State, Kerala depends entirely on supplies of textiles and readymades from neighbouring States to meet its demand.

The tax will lead to flight of trade to these States where same products are available at a cheaper rate, say TS Pattabhiraman and K Krishnan, office-bearers of the Association.

The State stands to lose a substantial volume of business in this manner, a spokesman quoted them as saying.

TN, AP withdraw

No other State levies tax on textiles. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh introduced value-added tax but had to withdraw it in the face of protest from trade and general public. The association also noted with concern the proposal to introduce turnover tax of two per cent on ‘textile articles.’

Considering the levy across wholesalers, dealers, distributors and retailers, this would lead to a 10 per cent rise in textiles for consumers.

The State will also be put to disadvantage as visitors to the South compare prices in individual States with a view to striking the best bargain.

Published on February 19, 2014
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