Four years of Credit Conflict

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Four years of Credit Conflict

Gunjan Pande – [2021] 132 218 (Article)

In 2017 the Indirect Tax regime was completely transformed with the introduction of Good and Service Tax (hereinafter “GST”) in India. At its inception, GST was hailed as a path-breaking reform that endeavored to make a common national tax market. With this reform, multiple indirect taxes like Excise duty, Value Added (hereinafter “VAT”), Central Sales Tax (hereinafter “CST”), luxury tax, etc. were subsumed under GST thereby increasing the scope for raising revenue more neutrally and transparently. A very promising aspect of GST, that most stakeholders were looking forward to was the seamless availability of Input Tax Credit (hereinafter “ITC/GST Credit”) to the taxpayers.

Unlike the erstwhile regime, which did not allow for cross-credit of VAT against CST/Excise or vice versa, GST on the other hand imposed a single tax levy and allowed for complete and comprehensive set-off of input tax on goods and services thereby reducing the overall cost by eliminating the cascading effect of tax across the entire value chain. The aspect of a seamless free flow of credit in a common tax system had expected to create ease in carrying out business by comprehensive and wider coverage of tax and easier set off of the same against subsequent inputs purchased by the business/proprietor. The reduced cost of production was expected to reduce inflation in the economy and make Indian produce more competitive in the international markets.

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