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VAT to be implemented from June 1

April 08, 2003 20:04 IST

At least 16 states, accounting for 75 per cent of the country's trade and industry, agreed on Tuesday to implement value-added tax from June 1, even as traders sought Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's
intervention to block it.

The decision to implement VAT was taken at the meeting of the Empowered Committee of Finance Ministers, chaired by Asim Das Gupta, finance minister of West Bengal.

States which agreed to implement VAT from June are Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Haryana, Assam, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tripura, Goa and Meghalaya. VAT was to come into affect from April 1, 2003 but the implementation was deferred following protests from some states and the trading community.

Union territories of Pondicherry and Daman & Diu also decided to go ahead with the new tax regime from June.

States, which did not agree to introduce VAT from June include Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Himachal

Union revenue secretary C S Rao was among those present during the meeting, and later told reporters that the Centre would compensate for the loss of revenue, if any, during the first year of the implementation of VAT.

As part of the package, the Centre has promised to reduce Central Sales Tax from 4.0 to 2.0 per cent after VAT is implemented by the states.

The Centre has already promised to fully compensate revenue loss of the states in the first year and provided Rs 700 crore (Rs 7 billion) for 2003-04 in the Budget.

Coinciding with the meeting, traders held an anti-VAT rally in the capital and later a delegation met Vajpayee to
demand modification of the harsh provisions.

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Sub: uniformity of VAT

Ture sprit of VAT can be had only when all the States impliment the VAT.More so, when the rates of tax are common in all ...

Posted by saradaramesh

Sub: vat

i think the Govt.s would have done better had they imposed vat on manufacturers only. traders should not be burdened with tax formalities, its helps ...

Posted by nick

Sub: VAT implementation on June 1, 2003

I must say it's been the most confusing (in)decision....I fail to see an effective VAT system on June 1, with states like Delhi and Rajasthan ...

Posted by Kaushik Guhathakurta

Sub: implementation of vat from 1st june,2003

It is utter confusing stage of affair and mockery played by Central govt of india last one month. In fact the the success of vat ...

Posted by jibak majumdar

Sub: With several issues lingering in the air.

A startlingly disappointing meeting this chaired by Asim Das. A very superflous approach to this issue of VAT. Too many questions remain unanswered. Either we ...

Posted by p chandra


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