GST has adversely impacted common man, small businessmen: Cong

GST has adversely impacted common man, small businessmen: Cong


GST has adversely impacted common man, small businessmen: Cong


New Delhi:  Criticising the Goods and Services Tax regime for adversely impacting the common man and small businessmen, the Congress today called on the Government to be sensitive to the woes of the people and implement the GST envisaged by the previous UPA. Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Kapil Sibal said,'Whenever this Government takes a decision to change the economic structure of the country, it has had an adverse impact on the common man and small businessmen. In this sense, after demonetisation, GST is the second big strike against the common man. 'We demand that the GST the previous UPA Government had envisaged be implemented by this Government.' Stressing that under the GST regime, the tax structure should be good and simple,' Mr Sibal said under the present system implemented by the NDA Government, there were multiple slabs of tax levied on the commodities. 'The GST had been envisaged by the UPA as a 'One Nation One Tax' system. However, under the system implemented by this Government there are multiple taxes. Further, the state governments have been given freedom to levy their own taxes. For example in Tamil Nadu, there is 18 per cent GST tax on tickets' prices below Rs 100. 'However, on the tickets' prices above Rs 100, there is 30 per cent tax imposed by the state government in addition to the GST of 18 per cent. All of this has added to the tax burden on the common man,' Mr Sibal said. The spokesperson said the GST had rendered 80 per cent of the traders, who have a turnover of less than Rs 20 lakh, unemployed as the big traders were not willing to deal with them. However, to get themselves registered under the GST system, these trade have to fill as many as 37 forms, he said the imposition of 28 per cent of GST on small cars had adversely impacted the common man as the makers of these vehicles had hiked the prices sharply. He said there has been an increase in tax on ietsms of use of the common man like cosmetics, footwear, kitchen ware, bisuits, wrist watches and sttionery. Mr Sibal said the GST had brought the business of logistics on a standstill. 'There has been a nearly 50 per cent dip in the business of logistics,' he said.

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