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KYC not needed for buying jewellery above Rs 50,000

Jewellers and consumers will not have to keep record of PAN and Aadhar for purchases above Rs 50,000

Dilip Kumar Jha  |  Mumbai 

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In a major relief for bullion and jewellery retailers, the government has rescinded applicability of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on purchases of precious ornaments above of Rs 50,000.

In a notification issued on Friday, the said, “The government has received representations from various associations in the gems and jewellery sector with respect to certain incongruities in the August 23, 2017 notification wherein in precious metals, precious stones and other high-value were notified as persons carrying on designated business and professions under the PMLA. After considering various aspects of the issue, the government has decided to rescind the said notification.”

The notification further added, “A separate notification after due consideration of points raised and wider stakeholder consultation in this regard, shall be issued separately.”

The jewellery sector was reeling under severe stress since demonetisation of high-value currency notes in November last year. Jewellers reported a sharp decline of over 50-60 per cent decline in sales due to the implementation of the and tax (GST) since July 1 this year. This was because the effective duty under was around 0.75 per cent higher than the applicable duty before Besides, the applicability of PMLA proved to be another thorn in the side of the gems and jewellery sector.

“Rescinding of this notification is a big relief for jewellers and would help them do good business this festive season,” Surendra Mehta, National Secretary, Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA).

Jewellers normally await good business during the ongoing Diwali festivals which contribute around 30-35 per cent of their annual jewellery business. This year, however, Diwali festivals remained dull so far due to the lack of orders from consumers.

Under the PMLA, consumers needed to tender permanent account number (PAN) card and Aadhar card for purchasing of jewellery above Rs 50,000. At the current price, consumers were able to not more than 15 grams weight of jewellery without tendering their know your customer (KYC) details including and Aadhar cards.

“A large chunk of jewellery is purchased by women who save money from their monthly household expenses. Hence, women do not want to tender their and Aadhar details for purchasing jewellery. Such class of consumers, therefore, remained absent from active With de-notification of PMLA applicability, jewellers would be able to offer festive discounts in making charges to attract customers. We expect a good business this Diwali,” said Kumar Jain, director, Umedmal Tilokichand Zaveri, a bullion dealer and jewellery retailer in Zaveri Bazaar here.

purchases of Rs 2 lakh and above will require submitting details under the income tax provisions.

First Published: Sat, October 07 2017. 01:50 IST
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