All purchases made online will attract a uniform Goods and Services Tax, likely to take effect from April next year, according to the model GST law approved by state finance ministers headed by West Bengal finance minister, Dr Amit Mitra.
According to a PTI report: Dr Mitra had served as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry before his avatar as Bengal Finance Minister.
The tax, in lieu of local levies, will be imposed at the first point of financial transaction. This clears the air on applicability of GST in e-commerce in cases where goods were being sold in one state but was being bought in another state.
The model GST law, which has 162 clauses and 4 schedules, has also suggested a jail terms of up to five years and fine for violation of the provisions of the statute.
It prescribes a threshold of Rs 9 lakh annual turnover for applicability of the new levy and Rs 4 lakh for businesses in North Eastern states including Sikkim.
Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers at their meeting today in Kolkata approved the model GST law.
“We request all stakeholders to give their suggestions/ comments to secretariat of Empowered Committee of FMs and or to finance ministry,” Adhia tweeted.
Government is hoping to get the Constitution Amendment Bill passed by Parliament in the upcoming Monsoon Session. It plans to roll out GST from April 1, 2017 that will subsume excise, service tax and all local levies.
Virtually all states have supported the idea of GST except Tamil Nadu which has some reservations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the meeting of Empowered Committee on the long awaited indirect tax reform.