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Towards GST: Choices and Trade-Offs

Amaresh Bagchi
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 41, No. 14 (Apr. 8-14, 2006), pp. 1314-1317
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4418045
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Abstract

What kind of Goods and Services Tax is under contemplation? Will it only replace CENVAT and the service taxes levied by the centre, leaving, the state VATs untouched? Or will it also displace the VATs now being levied by the states? These are important issues which have a vital bearing not only on the shape of trade taxation in the country but also on the federal structure of the polity envisaged in the Constitution and call for a more careful consideration than has taken place, so that choices are made with a clear-eyed view of the trade-offs.

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