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Government rolls back 1 pc excise on cash purchase of gold jewellery

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The Narendra Modi-led NDA Government on Tuesday rolled back its Budgetary decision to impose 1 per cent tax collection at source (TCS) on cash purchase of gold worth Rs 2 lakh.

The threshold is now been raised to the earlier Rs 5 lakh with effect from June 1
The threshold is now been raised to the earlier Rs 5 lakh with effect from June 1

The threshold is now been raised to the earlier Rs 5 lakh with effect from June 1.

TCS of 1 per cent was imposed on cash purchase of jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh or more in 2012. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, revised the amount from Rs 5 lakh to 2 lakh during the Budget announcement this year.

The decision will prove to be a big relief to jewellers who went on a 45-day long strike on March 1 after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech in February proposed 1 per cent excise tax on non-silver jewellery. The strike had led to a massive pile up of stocks and jewellers have been struggling to clear these stocks.

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TCS introduced as a measure to curb tax evasion and check black money transactions is collected by the seller from the buyer at the time of sale and is deposited with the Government.

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The person from whom the TCS is collected gets credit for the same amount in his income tax return.