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IT hardware firms wary: monitors, projectors, data cables dearer under GST

28 % GST seen as 'draconian' as consumers need to pay 14% tax under existing law

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The industry hailed the government's move to scale down goods and services rate for printers to 18 per cent but expect business to be impacted because of a high 28 per cent rate imposed on computer monitors and projectors.

The Manufacturers Association for IT (MAIT) has said that existing inventory of computer monitors, projectors and data cable running into a few thousand crores will suffer due to an increase of rate on them from around 14 per cent charged from end consumers at present, to 28 per cent under the new regime.

"We thank the for considering the request on computer printers by keeping the rate at 18 per cent. However, the proposed rate of 28 per cent on monitors, projector and data cable will adversely impact the value chain. It is going to hit dealers and manufacturers alike. We expect a slowdown in business once the regime starts," MAIT President Nitin Kunkolienker told PTI.

He said that all dealers get credit based on existing maximum retail price inclusive of taxes.

"As per Legal Metrology Act, a dealer cannot increase prices beyond the MRP. He can only reduce it. Customers have to effectively pay around 14 per cent tax. If the fixes a rate of 28 per cent on monitors etc, then who will pay rest of the 14 per cent? At 28 per cent the becomes draconian. The should consider this situation urgently," Kunkolienker said.

Under the GST regime, a tax of 18 per cent will be levied on personal computers and a rate of 28 per cent on monitors, which will hit local manufacturers.

"It will be difficult to sell standalone monitors as they will be expensive than the ones purchased with a set of personal computers. This will adversely impact manufacturers of monitors. The price of monitors, printers, data cable will go up in the same proportion as the hike in taxes," Kunkolienker said.

First Published: Sun, June 11 2017. 22:51 IST