Lower tax rates possible when all pays dues: Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal
The government can lower tax rates if people pay their dues sincerely, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said today.

"We can lower tax rates of GST, income tax and others if everybody pays taxes," Goyal said while addressing businesses at the 'EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards' here.

On the demand of businesses to lower tax rates, he said industry chambers ask for zero or five per cent tax the proposed GST regime.

"I wonder what revenue neutral rate it would be, if we will put every thing in zero or low rates. Do we have to make profit at the cost of the nation?," the minister said.

Goyal also appealed to the charter accountants to suggest their clients to pay their taxes.

Talking about the wind power tariff touching an all-time low of Rs 3.46 per unit without sops like accelerated depreciation, generation-based incentives and tax holidays, he said this auction was just for 1,000 MW and many more will come.

He also rubbished the advisory issued by an industry body to bidders to avoid bold bids in the wind power auction.

Speaking at the function, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government wants the businesses and investors to feel at home so that they can create a vibrancy in the economy and expand their business activities.

"We are ready to receive your thoughts on how the government can move forward and what all we can do," she said.

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