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 GST to pave way for better E-commerce

GST to pave way for better E-commerce

Updated On:25-April-2016

The Implementation of GST will definitely resolve various issues regarding the taxation and the logistics in E-Commerce. The e-commerce space has rapidly evolved but several challenges have surfaced primarily in areas of taxation, logistics, payments, internet penetration and skilled man power, the CII-Deloitte report on 'e-commerce in India - A Game Changer for the Economy' said.

In taxation, for example, the lack of a uniform tax structure leads to several issues such as double-taxation or impediments in the free flow of goods across the country. However, the ensuing Goods and Services Tax (GST) is expected to help in overcoming these challenges through a uniform tax structure," it said.

It added that clearly defined rules for e-commerce transactions in GST and a consultative approach while framing these rules will be favorable to both, the government as well as e-commerce companies.
It also said timely and effective implementation of programmes like Digital India, Make in India, Startup India and Skill India will support the e-commerce ecosystem to overcome the challenges related to ineffective rural internet penetration and lack of skilled manpower.

"Unutilized business losses of e-commerce companies should not be lost even if the shareholding of the company changes by more than 49 per cent. Increasing the number of years within which the tax holiday can be availed by startups in the e-commerce industry," it suggested.

"The indirect tax laws need to be evolved and re-designed to consider the changing business dynamics of e-commerce since the activities involve high volume and low-value supplies," it said adding a central committee needs to be constituted to oversee the implementation of a conducive environment
States and local bodies should ensure that a comprehensive tax is uniformly interpreted, and implemented for facilitating the growth of the sector, besides GST laws should take into consideration the actual nature of the transaction to determine tax liability of the sellers.

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