The union government which is under tremendous pressure from the recent failures of “demonetisation” and GST, has slashed the prescribed rates on certain consumer items and services. The move which comes in the wake of Gujarat elections is supposed to rejuvenate the failing industries and encourage consumer confidence. The 23rd GST Council meeting, held in…
Cashless economy embodies the ultimate end product of cohesive social structuring. The idea itself represents the zenith of technological and economic amalgamation. When citizens deal in electronically chronicled cash networks as their sole means for monetary transactions, it is a sign of social upliftment. It means that as a species, humanity has travelled a fair…
The manufacturing sector contributes 17% to the country’s overall GDP of which 45% of the manufacturing sector’s output is contributed by the SME sector alone. The SME sector forms an integral part of the Indian manufacturing sector and enjoyed a sheltered existence with a high tariff on imports, fiscal incentives and a monopoly on the manufacture of certain goods. However, the reform era beginning 1991 opened India to trade agreements with other countries that proved advantageous to organizations that held a monopoly in their respective trades. To help with this and augment the global competitiveness of the Indian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), the Government of India in partnership with the MSME ministry launched a set of schemes under the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP). These schemes which began to be implemented in 2006 aim to give these enterprises a competitive edge to survive in a liberalised economy.
Amidst the entire economic crisis across the globe, India is demonstrating hope with determined growth targets, supported by a slew of important projects like “Make in India”, “Digital India”, etc. The biggest tax reform since Independence, the Goods and Service Tax (GST), is all set to transform the Indian tax system.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is expected to act as the much-needed catalyst for economic growth in India and is expected to alter the indirect taxes levied on goods and services within the economy and also eliminate the cascading effect of the tax system. GST has created high anticipation not only in India but also among all the neighboring and developed economies of the world. India will be playing a vital role in the global economy in the coming years because of GST implementation. Among all the rumours about the negative impact of this bill on the SME sector, would the pros outweigh all the cons?
We wanted to give our readers something informative yet different and thought what better way for that than with a quick recap of the major events from 2016 to early 2017 from across the globe, India and us at KredX. 2016 has been quite a rollercoaster ride for the world and us in India. From terrifying events to groundbreaking changes and new opportunities, it certainly was a mixed bag of emotions. Let’s take a look back at some of the most impactful stories from the last year and early 2017.
With India shifting towards a cashless economy, digital payments are the need of the hour. The government has introduced several schemes and projects to further provide an impetus to the fast-growing digital payment sector of the country. To think that RTGS, NEFT, NECS, Mobile Payments, ATMs were introduced only in the 2000’s, India certainly has come a long way since then in mobile and digital payments! Recently, KredX had an opportunity to chat with the mastermind responsible for the introduction of these payment services in India, Dr. R. B. Barman, who is also an advisor to KredX.
As the country inches closer to the final rollout of GST, economists, financial experts and entire industries are preparing themselves for the potential impact GST would have on the various sectors. GST, touted as one of the most revolutionary bills to ever be implemented, is expected to benefit the common man and make a positive impact on most industries barring a few. Let’s take a quick look at the tax rates and tax slabs recently announced by the GST Council.
With GST right around the corner, it’s probably time you get your small business registered under it. The government of India recently extended the last date of GST registration for businesses to 30th April 2017. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to go about this enrollment process.
Tech giant, Apple Inc.’s plans to set up an iPhone SE manufacturing plant in Bengaluru is still in talks. The iPhone maker’s request for tax relief and exemption from customs duty on imported components and equipment for 15 years is being looked into by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of Finance. The PMO is expected to make the final decision about the proposal, though it is expected to be a favorable one. If Apple has its way, would it have a positive impact for the country and the SME industry in particular?
On 19 December 2014, the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill was introduced in the Parliament for the first time. GST promised a unified market and an unparalleled economic growth that India had never witnessed before. But amidst all that, the idea of GST in the years since it was first introduced, underwent multiple changes at the hands of bureaucratic committees. It is common for reforms of this magnitude to be debated over and continuously evolve, but will the decision to introduce six different tax rates instead of a single tax rate dilute the effect of GST?