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India-Textile industry hoping rates will be reduced to 12%

Published: Jun 19, 2017

Textile industry, gstThe textile industry is hoping that the GST Council, which is expected to meet today, would consider reducing GST rate on manmade fibres, filaments and yarns to 12 per cent. It feels that the independent weaving unit may have to incur additional cost of over Rs 2 lakh per annum.

 

At the 16th GST Council meeting on June 11, 2017, it was announced that 18 per cent would be the GST rate for manmade fibres, filaments and yarn. The council has also decided not to allow refund of accumulation of input tax credit at fabric stage that attracts only 5 per cent GST rate.

 

M Senthilkumar, chairman, Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA), said that the textile industry is hoping for the GST Council at its meeting held on Sunday that it would consider the representations and reduce the GST rate on manmade fibres, filaments and yarns from 18 per cent to 12 per cent and also would include garments, made-ups and other sewn products related to job work under five per cent GST rate of service tax.


He has stated that there will be “huge” accumulation of excess credit with 18 per cent GST rate on yarn and only 5 per cent GST rate and non-refund of accumulated input tax credit at fabric stage. He said that this would significantly increase the fabric cost and seriously affect the independent spinning and weaving units, including the powerloom sector.
 
He added, even with 12 per cent GST rate on yarns, the additional cost would be Rs 1.3 lakh per loom per year, thus creating an unhealthy competition between the composite and independent weaving units.
 
He has stated that the government could have classified the entire textile value chain under 5 per cent GST rate to avoid such problems or refund the accumulated input tax credit at every stage so that the cost is not increased, a level playing field is created and proper compliance is ensured.
 
SIMA said the differential rates and non-refund of accumulated input tax credit would not only affect the industry, but also lead to wrong declarations and corruption.
 
SIMA urged the government to discourage any loophole for wrong declaration and corruption and pleaded for refund of accumulated input tax credit at the fabric stage to protect the interest of powerloom sector and also meet the clothing needs of poor masses of the nation with reasonable tax burden.
 
He further appealed to the GST Council to include garments, made-ups and other sewn textile products job work under 5 per cent GST rate for service tax, as these segments create 100 to 150 jobs per crore of investment, ensuring large-scale employment for the rural masses, especially women folks.
 
Source: Business Recorder.
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