IEP Chandigarh, July 12
Punjab Finance, Planning, Excise and Taxation Minister Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema on Wednesday said that Punjab’s case for amendment of section 10 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Act was vociferously argued while identifying the structural imperfection in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system during the 50th meeting of the GST Council held in New Delhi this Tuesday.Disclosing this in a press communique issued here, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema said that the approval of the proposal for the clear definition of place of supply in Business to Consumer transaction (B2C) over the counter supplies in accordance with the principle of destination-based consumption tax was successfully reasoned. He said that this amendment has been expected to have a strong beneficial impact on the GST revenue of the State.Taking up the cause of preventing evasion of tax in the scrap sector, Cheema said that the state government proposed a broad-based consultative meeting comprising major stakeholders including representatives of both trade and industry as well as that of tax administration so that suitable pro-active solutions can be envisaged for the said sector. “Speaking on the issue of taxation of online gaming, the impact it has on the youth of the country and the cause of concern the unregulated mushrooming of this sector can have on the social fabric of the country was highlighted”, said the Punjab Finance Minister while adding that the state government fervently supported the proposal for taxing online gaming at 28% and the tax to be paid on the face value rather than on the gross gaming revenue. “While discussing the proposal for the pruning of the present exemption being given to the services provided to the government and local bodies, we boldly stated that such pruning will have an adverse impact on the capacity of the State government as well as Local Government bodies including panchayat and municipalities in providing basic services to the public and therefore the said agenda requires further introspection and no decision should be taken in a hurried manner. Taking a cue from the said argument, the GST council has deferred the said agenda”, he added.