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The tourism sector seeks GST concessions for revival

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Ahead of the GST Council meeting on May 28, associations representing the tourist, travel, and hospitality market have actually urged the government and the primary financial consultant to rationalize GST across the tourism value-chains in order to help revival and recovery of the sector which has been badly affected by the pandemic.

The federation of associations in Indian tourist and hospitality (FAITH) stated the federal government must initiate the process of rationalizing and evaluating GST appropriate to the travel industry. It also suggested a variety of measures to restore India’s travel market.

A lot of countries that promote tourist as a pillar of their economy levy under 10% GST on tourism products. A similar demand was also made for restaurants, saying they ought to be enabled to charge 12% GST with complete input credit taxes and this need to be delinked from space tariffs where they are part of hotels.

FAITH stated hotels must also be allowed to charge Integrated GST to make it possible for seamless accessibility of credit to all travel agents and trip operators, which tour operators be enabled a special presumptive GST rate of 1.8% with full GST set-offs. Batting for tour operators and travel agents, a sector severely hit due to travel constraints in view of the pandemic, the industry body stated the federal government needs to enable them the option of checking out the “reseller model” for charging consumers because they are circulation arms for airline companies.

FAITH also said execution of the GST-Tax Refund for Tourists (TRT) Scheme ought to extend to all tourist products or services in India. “This will avoid India from exporting its taxes on tourists and will increase our global competitiveness in world tourist,” FAITH said. Emphasizing the existential crises the pandemic presented for the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry, it said the travel market needs to be permitted to get refunds of unutilized GST credit sitting with states to satisfy their liquidity requirements.

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