June 28, 2017 / 2:29 AM / 2 months ago

Factbox: India's complex Goods and Services Tax

A banner promotes Goods and Services Tax (GST) clearance sale as customers walk out of an electronic shop at a market in New Delhi, India, June 22, 2017. Picture take June 22, 2017.Adnan Abidi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is launching a new national Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1 that will unify its $2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into a single market for the first time.

The GST embodies the principle of "one nation, one tax, one market", according to the government. But in practice the Indian version is more complex and will be tougher to comply with than is the case in many other countries.

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Here's how the Indian GST compares with its counterparts in Asia:


Standard rates: 5, 12, 18, 28 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: Yes

Filing: Three times monthly and once annually. Separate returns required for each state in which a company operates


Standard rate: 10 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: No

Filing: Quarterly; monthly for large businesses


Standard rate: 6 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: No

Filing: Quarterly or monthly for larger businesses


Standard rate: 15 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: Yes

Filing: Half yearly, every two months or monthly, depending on the size of the business


Standard rate: 7 percent

Exemptions: Yes

Reduced rates: No

Filing: Typically every three months

Source: KPMG Asia Pacific indirect tax country guide; Indian government

Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Alex Richardson

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