Automobile Dealers Body Seeks Rollback Of GST Amendments
Cars, pedestrians, carts and motorcycles move down a congested street in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)

Automobile Dealers Body Seeks Rollback Of GST Amendments

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Seeking a rollback of the amendments in the Goods and Service Tax Act, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations said the changes will have a major impact on their already poor cash flows on the back of slowing sales.

The automobile dealers body feels that the insertion of a new Section 49A of the GST Act puts an “unwaranted burden” on their working capital requirements, as they are already hit by slowing sales which began from last September.

Under the changes, effective January, Integrated GST credit has to be first utilised and when such credit is exhausted only then the credit of Central GST and State GST if any, would be utilised against output tax liability, FADA said.

“The federation earnestly appeals to the prime minister, finance minister and the GST Council to urgently re-look at this amendment,” FADA said as these changes will have a serious impact on their sustainability.

The automobile retail trade industry is around Rs 5 lakh crore with around 25,000 dealers.

“The inclusion of a new Section 49A in Section 49 of the GST Act will impact the method of tax payment and thus will have major impact on the cash flow of auto retail industry,” it said.

According to the federation, majority of auto dealers purchase vehicles from original equipment makers on Integrated GST and sell it to the end-customers on State GST which they will not be able to set off by utilising the existing credits as under the new law, Integrated GST has to be used first for setting off Integrated GST followed by Central GST and the remaining for State GST.

This will create additional working capital requirements worth Rs 1 crore for four-wheeler dealers and Rs 50 lakh for two-wheeler dealers on a monthly basis, the federation said.

The federation said their members are also facing blocked input tax credit, available in books of account forcing them to have additional working capital. There are also issues like additional cost of working capital in the form of interest and reduced profitability, FADA said.

Also read: GST Collection For January At Rs 97,247 Crore

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