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Jewellery retailer Malabar Group urges govt to scale back tax charge

High import responsibility is the basis explanation for smuggling and tax evasion. (Representative picture)

Gold jewelry retailer Malabar Group has urged the federal government that tax charge, together with import responsibility on gold and GST, ought to be decreased to 7% to curb large-scale gold smuggling within the nation. This would additionally increase gold commerce and strengthen shopper confidence and demand for gold jewelry.

Malabar Group chairman MP Ahammed stated the federal government ought to create an enabling setting for the jewelry retail commerce to introduce MRP pricing within the section with none pricing break-up when it comes to GST or different taxes. MRP-based billed transactions, in a means, will make the jewelry retail commerce tax-compliant and increase the federal government’s tax assortment.

“At present, gold attracts 12.5% import duty and 3% GST and total duty and GST implication work out at 15.5%. Such high taxes have led to large-scale smuggling and tax evasion. Therefore, reducing import duty-GST implication to 7 % is an effective measure to prevent those industry malpractices,” he stated.

“High import duty is the root cause of smuggling and tax evasion. The government must assess the adverse impact of higher import duty on the jewellery trade and propose duty reduction to make both trade and consumption of gold transparent. Slashing duty and GST on gold is in line with the government’s move to curb unauthorised transactions in the trade. Bringing the jewellery industry under the purview of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act is a proof of the government’s effective decision-making. The trade expects similar swiftness from the ministry concerned to reduce import duty on gold,” he added.

Ahammed defined that though the tax and responsibility implication is 15.5% on gold, the precise implication involves round 20% after including the mining royalties. Several nations such because the US, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait have eradicated import responsibility on gold to curb gold smuggling.

The gold and diamond commerce collectively account for 7.5% of the nation’s GDP and 14% of the nation’s whole exports. About 60 lakh individuals are employed within the sector, he added.

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