Manufacturers in NE and Himalayan states demand GST refund from states

Business turning unattractive in absence of refunds

by Arjit Singh Bhambra

The manufacturing units in north-eastern (NE) and himalyan states are still perplexed by the ambiguity over the continuation of tax benefits under the GST regime, as per a report in Business Standard. Key concerns include reduction of 42 per cent in the tax benefit, unavailability of an appeals mechanism, and the restriction on refunds for job work in case of third-party manufacturing contracts. Recently, the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) notified guidelines allowing refunds up to 58 per cent of the CGST [see here]. The central government has further clarified that since 42 per cent of GST is passed on to states by way of devolution, it can not reimburse that portion. Manufacturing units have now approached the state governments for providing reimbursements and continuation of the tax benefits from their share of the GST. However, tax experts have suggested that the current scenario has rendered manufacturing unattractive in these states.

References
1. http://smartinvestor.business-standard.com/market/story-488888-storydet-Tax_benefit_cloud_over_plants_in_Northeast_hilly_states.htm#.Wd4BE1R95FQ
2. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/factory-units-in-northeastern-states-under-gst-benefit-cloud-117101001113_1.html
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
4.5 -0.1
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
96.5 +0.2
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
95.7 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
97.8 +0.5
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Dec 16 Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17
New projects 2.33 3.84 2.07 1.03
Completed projects 1.01 1.94 1.16 1.00
Stalled projects 1.14 0.73 2.67 0.67
Revived projects 0.18 0.67 0.30 0.29
Implementation stalled projects 0.83 0.33 0.68 0.62
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017 8:20PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Dec 16 Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17
All listed Companies
 Income 6.2 10.2 9.8 8.2
 Expenses 6.3 11.9 10.0 9.5
 Net profit 40.2 16.0 -19.6 -18.1
 PAT margin (%) 6.0 6.0 5.3 5.6
 Count of Cos. 4,509 4,444 4,325 4,177
Non-financial Companies
 Income 5.9 11.8 10.4 8.1
 Expenses 7.2 15.6 10.6 8.1
 Net profit 24.5 -2.3 -25.0 -5.4
 PAT margin (%) 6.2 6.2 5.2 6.4
 Net fixed assets 6.9 9.3
 Current assets 2.7 79.6
 Current liabilities 8.8 10.0
 Borrowings 4.8 10.6
 Reserves & surplus 6.3 5.3
 Count of Cos. 3,484 3,440 3,358 3,245
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017 8:20PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17
All Companies
 Income 10.0 5.2 1.1 6.7
 Expenses 9.9 5.2 1.2 6.9
 Net profit -2.3 1.4 -13.1 20.6
 PAT margin (%) 3.2 3.2 2.9 6.4
 Assets 12.3 9.4 9.7 8.6
 Net worth 9.6 8.7 10.6 7.9
 RONW (%) 6.2 6.1 5.1 9.2
 Count of Cos. 24,045 23,818 20,791 4,756
Non-financial Companies
 Income 9.7 4.3 0.1 6.7
 Expenses 9.3 4.5 -0.6 7.5
 Net profit -2.7 -5.8 11.6 14.6
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 2.1 2.6 6.3
 Net fixed assets 11.6 13.3 15.5 7.3
 Net worth 8.1 7.1 11.0 6.3
 RONW (%) 5.1 4.9 5.4 10.3
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.1 0.7
 Interest cover (times) 2.0 1.9 2.0 3.4
 Net working capital cycle (days) 69 67 66 49
 Count of Cos. 19,288 19,270 17,281 3,624
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 04 Dec 2017 11:59AM

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