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GST impact at a glance: Here is how key sectors of economy will be affected

Sectoral impact of GST, which aims to facilitate seamless input credit flow across supply chain

Khalid Anzar  |  New Delhi 

GST impact: Most sectors remain neutral, print media takes 5% tax hit

In one of its biggest reforms, India implemented the (GST) with effect from July 1, 2017. But what will be its impact on key sectors of the economy?

In in the long run, is expected to simplify and rationalise taxes, shift trade from the unorganised to the organised segment, and improve efficiency in the system.

is likely to keep effective tax rates intact for most sectors. However, this would have a material implication for those companies that have the pricing power to absorb the change in rate and not pass on the burden to consumers, or those that will see an impact of an increase / decrease in tax and consumer pricing would impact volume growth and corporate earnings.

A research report by Motilal Oswal focuses on the impact of on key sectors and here are the highlights of the report


The impact of on companies dealing with paints, biscuits and cigarettes remains neutral as the duty incidence is broadly maintained at current tax rate and therefore there is no major impact. Also, the impact of on toothpaste, adhesive and soaps companies remains positive and the reduction in duty rates may be passed on to generate volume benefits or may be partially retained by the companies to improve margins.


The impact of on largely remains neutral and the bifurcation of duty rates based on cubic capacity (cc), engine variant, length and ground clearance of vehicles simplifies the tax structure even further. The entry-level two-wheelers and small sub-4 meter manufacturers could derive some volume benefit on reduction in tax rate under by 2-3per cent.


Information technology and Telecom

While the IT sector see the rise in duty rates by 3%, the same would be offset by availability of input tax credit and therefore the sector remains neutrally impacted because of the

The competitive intensity in telecom sector remains all time high and therefore the rise in duty rates by 3% under would be absorbed by the companies.

Print Media

is one of the key sectors that would be impacted negatively under the The rise of tax rates from 0 per cent in current tax rates slab to 5 per cent on 2/3 of revenue, cushioned by input tax available on half of costs under affects the severely.





First Published: Tue, July 04 2017. 21:30 IST