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E-commerce definition too wide in GST dispensation as it may cover commodity exchanges: Assocham

The government must clearly outline the scope of 'e-commerce' under the GST, as the current definition can include even commodity derivatives exchanges where there is no actual delivery of goods, an industry body has said.


The term 'e-commerce' may get misinterpreted in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) law, industry chamber. Assocham said, it has been left so wide that it could go well beyond Amazon or Flipkart marketplace platforms and may even cover the commodity exchanges," it said.


Chamber has sought clarity from government to remove uncertainty among businesses as the law is set for a rollout either in July or September."The scope of the term ''electronic commerce' is very wide and does not restrict itself to cover electronic marketplace service providers like Amazon, Flipkart.''It covers all businesses where the supply of goods /services is through a digital or electronic network,"


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"The commodities exchanges cannot be treated as electronic commerce operator in their legal capacity as well as in common parlance."


It has also sought clarity on treatment of goods and services under GST for exports, gems and jewellery, MSME sector, banking and telecom.


"The Assocham would like a seamless and flawless roll out of the GST to infuse a sense of confidence among the consumers, trade and industry. Eventually, the GST should become a showpiece of our reforms,”The Central GST, one of the components of the law, is silent on exemptions provided on interest on loans."The exemption under services tax, which exempts interest, should be replicated under GST," it said.


GST is unification of multiple indirect taxes into a single law


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