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Goods & Services Tax

Impact on the Retail Industry

Retail business in India is a key pillar of the economy and accounts for about 10% of the GDP. The Indian retail market is estimated to be more than US$ 600 billion and one of the top five retail markets in the world by economic value.

The imminent implementation of Goods & Services Tax (GST) is expected to result in greater transparency, an improved flow of credit, and reduced trade barriers from a tax perspective. The timely release and revision of the draft GST model law, GST rules, and documentation templates reflect the government’s commitment and keenness to implement the GST law in India in 2017.

It is also widely agreed that GST will usher in a series of changes to how businesses will operate and the Retail Industry will be no exception. This thought piece highlights some of the key areas impacted and a number of changes that the industry will need to imbibe over the coming months to ensure that GST is effectively implemented.

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