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CAIT says 2% extra tax on foreign e-comm majors will ‘level playing field’

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The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has welcomed the Budget proposal to impose 2% extra tax on foreign e-commerce companies whether engaged in business of sale of goods or providing services, acceptance of offer for sale, placing of purchase order, acceptance of purchase order, payment of consideration or supply of goods and services partly or wholly.

As per a statement, it has also been clarified in Budget 2021 that the tax will be applicable for consideration of sale of goods, irrespective of whether the provider owns the portal, and consideration of provisions of services irrespective of whether services are provided or facilitated by e-commerce operators.

The provision, which has been made in Budget 2021 will be applicable retrospectively on all foreign companies which are engaged in sale of goods or providing services through any online mode. These companies will have to pay 2 per cent extra w.e.f. from April 1, 2020.

National president of CAIT, B.C. Bhartia, and secretary general, Praveen Khandelwal, while appreciating the move, said that the proposal expands the definition of “online sale of goods” and “online provision of services”, thereby eliminating all confusions regarding what could be the true definition of e-commerce in India.

CAIT has welcomed the conceptual construct of this provision even as it studies its fine print. The provision amply reflects the intent of the government to crackdown on the the unholy business practices of global e-trailers to monopolise and control Indian e-commerce and retail trade, CAIT said .

Bhartia and Khandelwal informed that the introduction of equalisation levy is meant to create a level playing field and to prevent circumvention of tax laws on the digital transactions.

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