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Tax incentives to northeastern, Himalayan states extended till March 2027

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-08-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Industries in the northeastern and Himalayan states will continue to get tax exemption till March 2027, albeit as refund, under the current goods and services tax (GST) regime which was rolled out on 1 July, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.

“Within the framework of the GST Act each industry will be entitled to its own refund mechanism during this particular period (31 March 2027),” he said after the Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Industries in the northeastern and Himalayan states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand under the previous excise regime used to get 10-year tax exemption, he said.

As per the scheme, industries which commenced operations during the period got excise tax holiday for 10 years, he said, adding that there is a separate residuary period for every industry because of commencement of production and their consequent entitlement of 10-year exemption.

Under the new GST regime, there is no provision for exemption but there is one section under the Act which permits refunds.

“Therefore, refund would be permitted through direct benefit transfer (DBT). The sunset clause of these exemption has been extended to 2027. 4,284 industrial establishment will entitled to this benefit. Budgetary provision for this Rs27,413 crore,” he said.

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