The cars we drive say a lot about us.
- Alexandra Paul
Working very hard and saving money for that dream car? Well, its popularly believed that GST could pour cold water on your dreams. Goods and Services tax, popularly known as GST, is one indirect tax, for the whole of India. GST is considered to be the biggest reform, since India got her independence.
GST will come into effect from July 1st 2017. If you are looking to buy that new small car after July 1st 2017, you might well be disappointed. Small petrol cars will be taxed at 28% + 1% Cess. Small diesel cars will be taxed at 28% + 3% Cess. This could push the price of that dream small car...Higher, Right? That's what everyone's saying OR...Is there more to this?
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A hybrid car looks to significantly improve mileage, reduce emissions and overcome the shortcomings of an electric car. Before GST, Total Tax + VAT + Other levies was around 43%. Hybrid vehicles will attract GST tax of 28% + 15% cess. So No Change here.
Manufacturers of Hybrid vehicles are very disappointed with so high a GST tax rate. They believe that the Government should have put hybrid cars in a lower GST Slab. Hybrid cars require a lot of investments in hybrid technology and systems to control emissions and reduce environment pollution. Do you think Hybrid cars should have fallen in a lower GST slab?
Looking to buy a luxury car? There's reason to smile. GST could bring down prices of luxury cars. Luxury cars are subject to very high taxes. Taxes are very high at 55%. After GST, luxury cars will be slotted in the 28% GST slab + 15% cess. Yes, your new luxury car will be taxed at only 43%, instead of a massive 55%. This 12% reduction in tax might make your luxury car a little cheaper.
So, your new luxury car will be a little cheaper after GST. Right?
Some media reports are carrying this message, Small cars will be costlier after GST. This news must have got you in a panic. The new small car you plan to buy in a few months, might get costly. What to do?
This news should make your heart feel a little lighter. The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tells you...Don't believe all media reports you hear. Arun Jaitley tells the media .... Report responsibly. He says, "I saw a misleading report on small cars to cost more after GST."
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says that he too has read the misleading media reports that small cars will cost more. Small cars are currently taxed at 31% and 29%. After GST small cars will be taxed at 28% + 3% cess, 28% + 1% cess. So exactly the same rate has been maintained. How could small cars cost more?
Buy your dream small car before July 1st or buy it after July 1st, it's going to cost the same.
You can heave a big sigh of relief. Your dream small car will not cost more after GST. If you are looking to buy a luxury car, you might find its price coming down after GST. Be Wise, Get Rich.
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