Indian Indirect tax payers have been greeted with a bouquet of complexities from the time immemorial. These taxpayers were in need of a single flower as antidote, which they now see budding in form of Model GST law released by the Union Government. The proposed scheme of GST aims to reduce the existing intricacies in administration of multiple indirect taxes. The much debated beauty and barriers of GST as a unified tax on goods and services has finally come to the rescue of taxpayers in the form of model GST law, framed by the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers.
The model law is designed in a manner that it can also be used by the states as blue print for state GST. At the outset, the model law proposes its applicability to whole of India and provides that different dates may be appointed for different provisions of the Act. The draft law appears to be largely premised on the existing state VAT laws and an attempt has been made to reconcile the philosophies of existing Central Excise, VAT and Service tax laws.