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India GST: Sweeping tax reform introduced

June 30, 2017 4:19 pm

India has replaced its numerous federal and state taxes with the Goods and Services Tax (GST), designed to unify the country into a single market.

The historic overhaul of the existing tax legislation was carried out at a special midnight session of parliament.

India says introducing GST will cut red tape and increase tax revenues, fuelling economic growth.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says the reform will help the economy grow by 2%.

But businesses have been asking for more time to implement changes, worried that they are not ready for the move to the new system.

Many do not even have a computer to register on the GST network.

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