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Rödl & Partner, press release from March 30, 2017

India is reforming its sales tax system. The Indian House of Commons (Lok Sabha) decided on March 29, 2017 to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST). It is expected to come into force on July 1, 2017 or September 1, 2017 at the latest.

Although the Indian opposition rejects the law in its concrete form, it will not be able to stop it despite its majority in the Indian upper house (Rajya Sabha). The approval of the House of Lords is not required for the law introduced as the so-called “Money Bill”. The House of Lords can propose changes, but they do not need to be taken into account.

It is therefore almost certain that India - after many attempts - will now implement the largest tax reform since its independence in 1947. When exactly the GST starts will be decided by the government in the coming weeks. A start after September 15, 2017 is not possible for legal reasons.

The GST will revolutionize and modernize sales tax law in India. It will replace a large number of different and sometimes cumulative types of tax and cover all services, both the provision of services and the delivery of goods. In detail, the GST will be technically divided into three components - a central government tax, a state tax and an overarching tax. The subdivision follows the federal structure of India. It means no additional tax burden for the Indian economy and is a great simplification compared to the current system.

"GST will allow Indian companies to concentrate more on their business again than on filling out forms and tax returns," says Tillmann Ruppert, lawyer and associate partner in the India team of the international consulting and auditing company Rödl & Partner. “The fact that the GST is due to start in a few months is forcing Indian companies to hurry. You have to convert your IT, your accounting and your calculations to a completely new system in a very short time. "

Rödl & Partner accompanies and analyzes the introduction of the GST with a specialist group made up of German and Indian specialists. The results are incorporated into a continuously updated FAQ. It answers the most pressing questions of German companies and their Indian subsidiaries about GST. The text is available in German and English.


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