TV, smartphone, fridge, gold coins: What gets expensive after GST

Luxury cars to become cheaper
With the Parliament clearing the way for four crucial GST bills in its April session, India’s landmark tax reform is all set for its rollout on July 1. While it is expected that most goods may become cheaper after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, quite a few services and some goods will become more expensive after the tax comes into effect. It is also expected that the Indian economy will see an inflationary effect immediately after the implementation of the GST.

The current taxes are levied on account of central excise duty rates, embedded central excise duty rates, service tax post-clearance embedding, VAT rates or weighted average VAT rates, cascading of VAT over excise duty and tax incidence on account of CST, Octroi, Entry Tax, among others.

Here are some goods that will be expensive after GST:

Luxury cars to become cheaper (Prices are ex-showroom for Delhi. Valid till June 30 (revised based on the cut that kicks in from July 1 due to GST))

Mercedes S-Class Maybach 500

 Current: Rs 1.87 crore
After GST: Rs 1.80 crore 

Audi A4 (Technology TDI)

Current: Rs 43.30 lakh
After GST: Rs 36.99 lakh

Audi A6 (Technology TDI)

Current: Rs 53.75 lakh
After GST: Rs 46.49 lakh

Mercedes CLA

Current: Rs 32 lakh
After GST: Rs 30.6 lakh

Audi Q3 (Premium TDI)

Current: Rs 34.20 lakh
After GST: Rs 30.49 lakh

Audio Systems/Home theatres

Consumers pay 23 to 28 per cent tax on these currently. Some states charge 5 per cent octroi over and above this. Audio systems could become marginally dearer at places that don't charge octroi, like Delhi. For places that do, like Mumbai, prices could fall marginally. Some retailers say they might not pass on the added cost to consumers.

All prices are MRP; prices after GST are estimates.

BeoLab 90

Current: Rs 75 lakh (for a pair)
After GST: Rs 78.75 lakh

Bose Lifestyle 650

Current: Rs 4 lakh
After GST: Rs 4.19 lakh

Televisions

Consumers pay 23 to 28 per cent tax on these currently. Some states charge 5 per cent octroi over and above this. Television sets could become marginally dearer at places that don’t charge octroi, such as Delhi. For places that do, like Mumbai, prices could fall marginally.

All prices are MRP; prices after GST are estimates.

LG OLED 77W7

Current: Rs 30 lakh
After GST: Rs 31.5 lakh

Samsung Q9F QLED TV

Current: Rs 24.99 lakh
After GST: Rs 26.24 lakh

Refrigerators

 
Consumers pay 23 to 28 per cent tax on these currently. Some states charge 5 per cent octroi over and above this.  Refrigerators could become marginally dearer at places that don't charge octroi, like Delhi. For places that do, like Mumbai, prices could fall marginally.

All prices are MRP; prices after GST are estimates

Samsung RF28K9380SG 

Current: Rs 2.65 lakh
After GST: Rs 2.78 lakh

LG GR-D35FBGHL

Current: Rs 3.35 lakh
After GST: Rs 3.51 lakh 

Mobile phones

(Mobile phones are taxed at 13.5 per cent currently. After GST, this will increase to 18 per cent. But if phones/components are made in India, they could be taxed lower. Most luxury phones are made outside India and could look at a price rise of around 3.5 per cent)

All prices are MRP; prices after GST are estimates

Vertu Signature Touch for Bentley
Current: Rs 16.59 lakh
After GST: Rs 17.17 lakh

ANTIQUE GOLD COINS
(The tax burden on collectors of antique coins increases from 1 per cent to 5 per cent once GST kicks in)

Gupta, Chandragupta II 

(c. 375-414), gold dinar, archer type; seated Laxmi on reverse; 7.9 gmCurrent: Rs 18,180After GST: Rs 18,900

 

EIC, Madras Presidency, Pagoda; obv: temple design with nine stars on each side; reverse: standing Vishnu ex-mount; 5.9 gmCurrent: Rs 24,240After GST: Rs 25,200

 

Awadh, Saadat Ali (1798-1814), Mohur, Lucknow; 10.6 gmCurrent: Rs 22,725After GST: Rs 23,625

Courtesy: http://www.farokhtodywalla.com/index.htm


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