Indian traders body known for taking us to stand for Indian small traders Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to withdraw the proposed GST tax on textiles.
In the GST Council meeting in late 2021, it was unanimously decided to defer the hike in the tax rate on textiles from 5 percent to 12 percent, and the matter was sent to the tax rate rationalization committee which will submit its report by February.
Currently, the textiles sector is being taxed at a 5 percent tax rate, the traders’ body said.
In a joint statement, CAIT National President B.C. Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said: “In a communication with Sitharaman, we said that the proposed hike, which is in abeyance stage, should be withdrawn in the larger interest of consumers of the country as such hike will load an extra burden of 7 percent tax rate on general consumers”.
It will also hit the traders by blocking their capital with the department in the shape of refunds statement further added.
There was no tax on textile or fabrics for a number of years, said the joint statement.
The increase in GST rates on textile will not only add to the financial burden on end-users but will also affect small businessmen badly and will encourage evasion of tax and various malpractices being undertaken by habitual offenders of the law, the trade body said.
Bringing the textile Industry back under the tax net itself was a big blow to the entire textile industry. The trade associations across India led by CAIT had made representations immediately after the last GST Council meeting.
Wherein it was proposed to correct the inverted duty structure on textile. It was requested by the trade and industry that the status quo be maintained at 5 percent and the rate should be reduced from 12 percent to 5 percent, wherever applicable, it said.
“This view of the traders was also supported by Union Textile Minister Piyush Goyal who categorically assured a CAIT delegation that Textile Ministry is in favor of keeping the textile under the tax rate of 5 percent and the Ministry has already informed the Finance Ministry about the view,” the statement said.