Are half-baked anti-profiteering rules a nightmare in the making?
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Are half-baked anti-profiteering rules a nightmare in the making?

Businesses are worried whether anti-profiteering rules under GST would lead to witch-hunting by taxmen.

business Updated: Jun 21, 2017 10:40 IST
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Finance minister Arun Jaitley with parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar at a press conference on GST in New Delhi on Tuesday, June 20.(PTI)

In the current format, the government’s anti-profiteering rules on the goods and services tax (GST) raise more questions than answers. While the intent is to curtail inflation post-GST implementation, the notification suffers from a lamentable lack of clarity on many aspects, increasing uncertainty for businesses.

To begin with, the law would be applicable to all businesses irrespective of their nature or revenue. Since businesses are already struggling to brace for the 1 July deadline, tax experts say it would have been better if these provisions were restricted to those having oligopolistic markets or ones where a significant inflationary spiral is expected due to GST.

“The concern at this point in time is whether the sweeping provisions provided in the law can be effectively enforced without affecting business confidence. Also, every reduction in tax rates or increase in input tax credit may not lead to a corresponding reduction in prices as there could be simultaneous upward movement of costs of raw material or forex swings,” said MS Mani, senior director (indirect tax) at advisory firm Deloitte India.

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First Published: Jun 21, 2017 10:39 IST