'Uniform GST rates 12% set to reduce compliance burden' for 'MMF Textiles' sector

'Uniform GST rates 12% set to reduce compliance burden' for 'MMF Textiles' sector

23 November 2021, Mumbai:

Removal of inverted tax structure on MMF Textiles value chain and uniformity of rates brings relief to textiles sector, says the government.

The government has notified uniform Goods & Services tax (GST)rate at 12% on MMF, MMF yarn, MMF fabrics and apparel, which has addressed the inverted tax structure in the MMF textile value chain, said government on Monday.

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The changed rates will come into effect from January 1, 2022. This will help the MMF segment grow and emerge as a big job provider in the country, said Ministry of Textiles.

"The Textiles & Apparel (T&A) industry was having long pending (first under sales tax then, under VAT and finally under regime) demand for removal of inverted tax structure on manmade fibre (MMF) value chain.

The on MMF, MMF Yarn and MMF Fabrics were 18%, 12% and 5% respectively. The taxation of inputs at higher rates than finished products created build up of credits and cascading costs. It further led to accumulation of taxes at various stages of MMF value chain and blockage of crucial working capital for the industry.

"Though there is a provision in law to claim the unutilised Input Tax Credit (ITC) as a refund, but there were other complications and resulted more compliance burden. The inverted tax structure caused effective increase in rate of taxation of the sector.

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The world textiles trade has been moving towards MMF but India was not able to take advantage of the trend as its MMF segment was throttled by inverted tax regime," the ministry further said.

This 12% uniform GST rate is likely to contribute positively to the growth of the sector in the following ways:

i) The uniform rate of 12% for entire value chain of MMF textiles sector will be benefiting and save lot of working capital. It will reduce the compliance burden of the industry players. This is a welcome step by the Government with no inversion.

ii) The uniformity of GST rates will be helpful to resolve the ITC residues that accumulated due to the inverted tax structure earlier.

iii) The uniformity in the GST rates shall 12% GST on job work related to dying and printing services will benefit the industry to absorb and recover unutilised ITC.

iv) The significant portion of MMF products (output) is expected to be exported, it will lend a better scope for encashing the untilised ITC. Also since tax on input will get refunded, on output (export) which will be zero rated, it would not add to cost and make exports competitive.

v) Uniform 12% GST will help the industry having huge portion of piled up opening ITC by enabling them to encash the same progressively

"Differential rates for garment creates problem in compliance of tax regime.

MMF garment cannot be identified easily and cannot be taxed differently, hence there is need for uniform rate. Uniform rate makes it simple and since there is so much high potential of value addition in garment segment that the increase in rate is likely to be absorbed in value addition. It will provide clarity to the industry and settle, once and for all, the issues caused by inverted tax structure," the ministry said. Business Standard

(The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff)

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