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GST to boost commodity bourses growth: MCX

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The proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is expected to come into effect from next April, would address many taxation issues faced by the commodity bourses, a top (MCX) official has said.

"I understand will be the solution to many of the concerns pertaining to taxes," MD and CEO Lamon Rutten told PTI in a pre-IPO meeting.

"GST will also bring uniformity across the country in taxes or charges levied on bourses," he said.

There are a few states which levy taxes on commodity futures trading.

Rutten said futures instruments were treated as physical papers and not financial instruments despite being hedging tool. The non-agri commodity futures attract excise duty.

It is expected that the GST roll out will also encourage official financing into the commodity bourses.

Rutten is optimistic about the future of and said business volumes would jump once banks were allowed by RBI to hedge their exposures and introduction of other derivative products like options in commodities and indices.

A bank' participation requires RBI's approval, while amendments to the Forward Contract Regulation Act (FCRA) is equired for introduction of 'options' products.

Meanwhile, MCX will hit the capital market on February 22 with 6.4 million shares from its existing shareholders.

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