Rs.70 bn compensation to states on account of reduced sales tax

February 10th, 2011 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Ambika Soni New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The government Thursday approved Rs.7,029 crore (over Rs.70 billion) as compensation to states for losses incurred on reducing central sales tax (CST) during the current fiscal.”The cabinet has also approved to make on account payment of compensation to the states, pending finalisation of the guidelines, for revenue loss incurred by states in year 2010-11 because of reduction in CST rate,” an official statement said.

CST is levied when goods are transported from one state to another. It was reduced from four percent to three percent in 2007-08 and further brought down to two percent in 2008-09 after the introduction of value added tax.

“The financial implication of this proposal is estimated at approximately Rs.7,029 crore,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

“About Rs.3,000 crore are likely to be released in the current fiscal while the remaining amount of Rs.4,029 crore would be released in the next fiscal,” Soni added.

However, states are estimating the losses on account of the reduction in CST rate to be around Rs.20,000 crore and have been demanding more compensation from the federal government.

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