GST on Gold, Silver and Processed Diamonds!

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Gold, which was minor than Industry Prospects of around 5 percent, will substitute a number of Federal and State Levies.

“In the case of Gold, keeping various factors in mind, because there was an extensive debate … We finally reached a consensus of taxing gold at 3 percent,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley voiced reporters in New Delhi after a meeting of the GST Council.

The council comprising Central and State Government Representatives is preparing the landmark Tax measure. Gold Jewellery, Silver and Processed Diamonds will also be taxed at 3 percent, while the tax on rough Diamonds will be 0.25 percent, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said.

The Gems and Jewelry Business is the World’s Second-Prime Gold Operator greeted the tax Percentage, Saying it will benefit the segment become more compliant and mature. “Currently, the Industry pays taxes around 2 to 2.5 percent, so 3 percent is almost as good as no impact,” Aditya Pethe, A Director at WHP Jewelers said. “With this taxation, many shambolic players will be encouraged to enter organized trade.”

Anticipating a higher tax rate, Indian jewellers have been restocking inventory, a move that was expected to hit imports of the metal in the second half of the year when gold demand is advanced due to festive season buying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is pinning hopes on the GST to boost economic growth that slumped to 6.1 percent in the quarter to March.

The Indian head of the World Gold Assembly believed the government’s conclusion on gold was an inspiring phase and would aid stabilize an industry in which millions are employed. But with customs duty of 10 percent, the total tax on gold is still high and will continue to have an impact on the jewelry industry, Somasundaram PR, Managing Director, India, World Gold Council, said in a statement.

“This may be a favorable time for the government to cut the import duty and bring down the total tax on gold significantly so unauthorized imports are totally eliminated and the industry embraces transparency in letter and spirit under GST,” he said.

The duty charged on cotton will be 5 percent, ready-made garments 12 percent and hand-rolled Indian cigarettes or bidis 28 percent, Jaitley said. Apparel costing less than 1,000 rupees and footwear below 500 rupees will attract a tax of 5 percent. New Delhi has already fixed tax for telecom and financial services at a uniform rate of 18 percent and transport services at 5 percent.

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