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  Business   Economy  28 Jun 2017  GST in India vs its counterparts in Asian countries

GST in India vs its counterparts in Asian countries

REUTERS
Published : Jun 28, 2017, 12:38 pm IST
Updated : Jun 28, 2017, 12:38 pm IST

Goods and Services Tax in India will be rolled out at the stroke of midnight on July 1 and will usher in a new unified indirect tax regime.

Representational Image.
 Representational Image.

New Delhi: India is launching a new national Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1 that will unify its $2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into a single market for the first time.

The GST embodies the principle of "one nation, one tax, one market", according to the government. But in practice the Indian version is more complex and will be tougher to comply with than is the case in many other countries.

 

Here's how the Indian GST compares with its counterparts in Asia:

INDIA

Standard rates: 5, 12, 18, 28 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: Yes

Filing: Three times monthly and once annually. Separate returns required for each state in which a company operates.

AUSTRALIA

Standard rate: 10 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: No

Filing: Quarterly; monthly for large businesses

MALAYSIA

Standard rate: 6 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: No

Filing: Quarterly or monthly for larger businesses

NEW ZEALAND

Standard rate: 15 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: Yes

Filing: Half yearly, every two months or monthly, depending on the size of the business

 

SINGAPORE

Standard rate: 7 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: No

Filing: Typically every three months

Source: KPMG Asia Pacific indirect tax country guide; Indian government.

Tags: gst, asian countries, gst rates, exemptions, return filing, complex, indirect tax
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)