Exporters allege states of delaying tax refunds under DDS

Ambiguity over GST benefits impacts pricing of exports

by Arjit Singh Bhambra

Exporters are facing difficulty in recovering their tax refunds under the duty drawback scheme (DDS) from state governments post implementation of GST, according to the Federation of Indian Export Organisations. Under DDS, customs and excise duties on inputs and service tax in respect of input services get neutralised. The delays in refunds are increasing the woes of exporters who are facing cash crunch. Issues like mismatch in HSN code numbers and tax on duty scrips are further aggravating the problems. Exporters costs have risen by up to 1.25 per cent (FOB) after GST, according to the organisations estimates. Due to the ambiguity about incentives available under GST, exporters are finding it difficult to fix their pricing strategy for the EU and the US market.

References
1. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/gst-woes-exporters-allege-no-duty-drawback-refund-from-states-117091300906_1.html
2. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/exporters-in-serious-fiscal-crisis-due-to-gst-refunds-delay/articleshow/60482451.cms
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Consumer Sentiments Index
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New projects 2.38 1.50 2.97 1.68
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All listed Companies
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 Expenses 1.9 6.4 11.9 10.5
 Net profit 14.6 40.3 17.0 -18.4
 PAT margin (%) 6.9 6.1 6.1 5.4
 Count of Cos. 4,500 4,502 4,423 4,199
Non-financial Companies
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 Expenses -0.2 7.3 15.6 11.0
 Net profit 26.6 24.6 -1.9 -23.7
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 Net fixed assets -9.2 7.6
 Current assets 8.1 2.2
 Current liabilities 11.6 8.6
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 Reserves & surplus 8.4 6.5
 Count of Cos. 3,481 3,487 3,435 3,281
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All Companies
 Income 12.6 10.0 5.0 1.0
 Expenses 12.8 9.9 5.1 1.2
 Net profit 1.0 -2.2 1.1 -15.2
 PAT margin (%) 3.5 3.2 3.2 3.0
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 Net worth 9.6 9.6 8.8 7.7
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 Count of Cos. 25,932 23,621 23,131 19,375
Non-financial Companies
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 Expenses 12.3 9.3 4.3 -0.6
 Net profit -8.4 -2.4 -6.3 6.5
 PAT margin (%) 2.4 2.2 2.1 2.7
 Net fixed assets 12.9 11.6 13.1 13.9
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