GST rationalisation to continue in future depending on revenue buoyancy: FM

Tax rate benefits to lower inflation

by Arjit Singh Bhambra

Rationalisation of tax rates under GST would continue in future depending on revenue buoyancy, according to finance minister Arun Jaitley. He added that procedural simplification will continue based on the scope of improvement and as recommended by the GST council and the fitment committee. The minister expects that with the recent lowering of rates on about 200 items [see here], tax rate benefits will be passed on to consumers. This will eventually result in lower inflation. The minister also asserted that while there is an initial reluctance towards GST, businesses are more likely to accept and adapt to the new regime in the medium and long term.

References
1. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/finance-minister-arun-jaitley-hints-at-further-rejig-of-gst/articleshow/61634542.cms
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
4.8 +0.0
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
97.2 -0.2
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
96.5 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
98.2 -0.5
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17
New projects 4.01 2.11 1.18 0.84
Completed projects 1.95 0.86 1.03 0.90
Stalled projects 0.74 2.67 0.67 0.92
Revived projects 0.86 0.30 0.29 0.20
Implementation stalled projects 0.33 0.69 0.73 0.58
Updated on: 23 Jan 2018 12:20PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17 Dec 17
All listed Companies
 Income 10.2 9.7 7.9 10.7
 Expenses 11.9 10.0 9.2 10.3
 Net profit 16.1 -19.8 -20.0 16.1
 PAT margin (%) 6.0 5.3 5.4 14.2
 Count of Cos. 4,460 4,389 4,313 183
Non-financial Companies
 Income 11.8 10.3 7.7 10.6
 Expenses 15.6 10.6 7.8 10.5
 Net profit -2.3 -25.2 -7.9 15.0
 PAT margin (%) 6.2 5.2 6.1 14.4
 Net fixed assets 6.9 9.0
 Current assets 2.7 78.0
 Current liabilities 8.8 10.6
 Borrowings 4.9 10.1
 Reserves & surplus 6.3 4.8
 Count of Cos. 3,448 3,407 3,348 135
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 23 Jan 2018 12:21PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17
All Companies
 Income 10.0 5.3 1.4 6.6
 Expenses 9.9 5.4 1.5 7.1
 Net profit -2.5 1.6 -12.6 18.7
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 3.2 2.9 5.7
 Assets 12.3 9.4 9.8 8.3
 Net worth 9.6 8.7 10.8 7.2
 RONW (%) 6.1 6.1 5.1 8.3
 Count of Cos. 24,439 24,353 22,049 8,816
Non-financial Companies
 Income 9.7 4.5 0.5 6.4
 Expenses 9.4 4.6 -0.3 7.6
 Net profit -3.1 -5.5 12.5 11.8
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 2.1 2.6 5.3
 Net fixed assets 11.7 13.3 15.6 7.3
 Net worth 8.2 7.1 11.2 5.3
 RONW (%) 5.0 4.9 5.4 9.0
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.1 0.8
 Interest cover (times) 2.0 1.9 2.0 2.9
 Net working capital cycle (days) 69 67 65 52
 Count of Cos. 19,688 19,805 18,467 6,761
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 21 Jan 2018 12:27PM

Data added for HPI at Assessment prices and HPI at Market prices