GST Council meet on Friday, may announce new measures to boost digital payments, cut tax rates

GST Council meet on Friday, may announce new measures to boost digital payments, cut tax rates

India News

A year after demonetisation, India is getting ready to give digital payments yet another push. It could consider providing incentives in the goods and services tax (GST) regime for payments that are settled electronically. The GST Council meeting on Friday is likely to consider a proposal in this regard, a senior government official told ET. “There is a thinking that digital transactions need to be incentivised… The council will look at what could be done,” the person said. The council could take up the proposal along with steps to cut GST on some items from the top 28% rate besides easing the compliance burden for businesses. As far as digital payments are concerned, the council has the option of incentivising merchants and customers. Under the proposal, benefits in terms of credit or exemption could be provided within central and state GST to encourage such transactions. A merchant could, for instance, get credit for digital payments that can be adjusted against GST liabilities. Consumers, on the other hand, could be incentivised through lower tax when payments are made digitally.