GST to stabilse soon, expect fewer slabs in future: CEA

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian at Parliament on 31 January 2017.

File Photo: Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian at Parliament on 31 January 2017.

Assuring that the new tax regime of GST will stabilise soon, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian said going forward we may have fewer rates by “collapsing” 12 per cent and 18 per cent tax slabs into one.

He said the new tax regime, rolled out from July 1, will stabilise in the next six to nine months and become a “model” for other countries.

“I am confident that over the next six to nine months the system will stabilise. It will also be a model for other countries to emulate…

“Then over time, the 12 per cent and 18 per cent rate can probably be collapsed into one rate. So over time we will see fewer rates. We would not ever have one rate because that is too difficult to achieve,” he said at an event organised by ICAI on Friday.

The Chief Economic Advisor, however, admitted that there were some technical glitches in the filing systems under the regime as states have different IT systems and these issues are being addressed by the GST Council.

Subramanian described the GST implementation as a “transformational fiscal reform” that the country had not seen in the past.

“The Centre and every state has its own tax officials and own IT system. I can’t tell you how complicated the system is. So the fact is the transitional glitches, I think, is not surprising. Perhaps I think we could have done better.

“But the most important thing for the GST Council is to decide all these things and take corrective action,” he said when asked about technical glitches the taxpayers were facing.

(With inputs from PTI)