The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will reduce the tax burden on traders, said MLA S R Mahesh.
He was addressing a special session on ‘Insight into GST’, organised by the Commercial Taxes Department, the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), the Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at B N Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences, Manasagangothri in the city on Monday. He said, “GST is a good move and will benefit taxpayers. The government must strengthen the working class with adequate facilities. As a large population of the country lives in rural areas, the authorities must organise awareness programmes and avoid the interference of middlemen.”
“Government can introduce welfare schemes for people only through tax collections, though the working class contributes enormously, the administration has failed to provide it adequate facilities such as proper infrastructure,” he added.
Additional Commissioner for Commercial Taxes B V Ravi said, “It is high time we had an insight into the GST. The GST is a system of indirect taxation, which merges 17 existing taxes into a single system of taxation. It was introduced by the Constitution Act of 2016 for the benefit of taxpayers.”
Joint Director for Commercial Taxes Basavaraju, Deputy Commissioner (Audit) D P Prakash, FKCCI Sales Tax Committee chairman B T Manohar, vice-president Sudhakar Shetty and MCCI president A S Satish and others were present.