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Let revenue stabilise, will consider merging slabs of 12 & 18%: Sushil Modi

He said only 50 items remained in the top 28 per cent tax slab now

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

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Council member Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday said he is in favour of letting the tax revenues stabilise before the panel considers a further rationalising of slabs.

"Let stabilise and tax buoyancy come, then the Council will look into rationalising or merging tax slabs of 12 and 18 per cent," Modi, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, said in his address to Chamber of Commerce members here.

He said after the Councils previous meeting at Guwahati last month, 90 per cent of the tax slab-related issues have been resolved and the rest too will be sorted soon.

He said only 50 items remained in the top 28 per cent tax slab now.

However, he remained bullish that for both the Centre and states will grow and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime will stabilise.

He acknowledged that most of the problems are being faced now by the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and the textiles sector as they were exempted from paying taxes in the past under the value-added tax (VAT) regime.

Once the system stabilises, the Council will look into bringing petroleum products, electricity duty and property stamp duty into the fold, he said.

Speaking about return filing, he said despite teething problems, the issues are reducing.

"Network issues are reducing. 13 lakh returns are being filed and in one hour, the network is capable of handling one lakh returns," he said.

He urged the industry to pass the benefits of tax reduction and also said the anti-profiteering committee has already been formed.

Chamber President Sitaram Sharma said there are still a lot of network and credit-related issues that need to be sorted out.

First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 15:15 IST