Apple cannot receive special exemptions after GST implementation: Government

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 10 Oct 2017
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GST places a four-tier structure to tax items classified according to their categories, separate exemptions are done away with and are no more possible.

Apple cannot receive special exemptions after GST implementation: Government

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Apple will not be receiving any tax breaks and concessions under the indirect tax imposition of GST, reported PTI. This is due to the fact that the government is pushing its efforts for Make in India initiative, instead of importing goods and products.

“With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in place, giving separate exemptions to anyone is not possible,” the source of the report said. GST was rolled out on July 1 and it implements a uniform four-tier structure on goods and services across the country. It also does away with exemptions, which Apple had sought for setting up its manufacturing plant in India. 

The Cupertino based company had asked the government for a 15-year tax exemption on import of components and other equipments and to wave off the 30 percent local sourcing norms for setting up its own retail stores.

Apple recently had a disagreement with TRAI over the inclusion of its Do Not Disturb app on the App Store as the  DND app is said to violate the privacy of Apple users. The app asks for sharing sensitive information such as call logs, SMS, location, contacts and more along with permissions, which, again is against the company’s privacy policy. Apple had twice refused to list TRAI’s DND app on the app store and risked the government’s ire. The company is reportedly in talks with TRAI to reach an agreement for resolving the issue.

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