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Arun Jaitley: Procedural simplification will be considered but 1% levy on gold purchases will stay

29 march 2016
Arun Jaitley, Finance minister, Government of India (GOI) has offered to walk the extra mile to ensure that small traders were not harassed, but made it clear that luxury items cannot go untaxed.
Indian jewellers have been on strike since March 3 in protest against the government’s decision to levy 1% excise duty on gold purchases introduced in the Budget.
“A luxury item must pay its share of taxes. So on procedural harassment, if they have any suggestions, I am willing to accept for simplification so that there is no harassment. I am willing to take an extra step. But indefinitely India cannot have a situation where luxury items go untaxed,” the finance minister said.
The finance ministry has also clarified that the 1% levy would be only for jewellers with turnover of `12 crore and above. Since artisans are not covered by this duty, they do not need to register, pay duty, file returns and maintain any books of account. “We have issued very strict guidelines. Only the primary manufacturers will be liable for excise, no job worker, no small trader etc. We have kept the threshold very high,” Jaitley said.
According to the finance ministry notification, the application for excise registration as well as returns can be filed online and field officers will provide hassle-free registration within two working days. There will be no physical verification of jewellers’ premises post-registration, and they would also not be required to declare their pre-budget stocks.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished