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GST reduced tax rates, doubled taxpayer base to 1.24 cr: Finance Ministry

GST reduced tax rates, doubled taxpayer base to 1.24 cr: Finance Ministry

The Finance Ministry on Monday said GST has reduced the rate at which people have to pay tax, helped increase compliance and doubled taxpayer base to 1.24 crore.

In a series of tweets, on the first death anniversary of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the ministry said before goods and services tax ( GST), the combination of value-added tax (VAT), excise, sales tax and their cascading effect resulted in high standard rate of tax up to 31 per cent.

“It is now widely acknowledged that GST is both consumer and taxpayer-friendly. While the high tax rates of the pre- GST era acted as a disincentive to paying tax, the lower rates under GST helped to increase tax compliance,” the ministry said.

The number of assessees covered by the GST at the time of its inception were about 65 lakh. Now the assessee base exceeds 1.24 crore

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