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UBS: India's Gold GST Of 3% 'Relatively Subdued Outcome'

Industry News 10:17:25AM Jun 06, 2017 Source:kitco news

Monday June 05, 2017 09:23
UBS analysts are calling weekend developments in India, including announcement of a 3% goods and services tax on gold, as “a relatively subdued outcome” and “encouraging.” The GST tax was at the lower end of the range of expectations of 2% to 5%, the bank points out. No change was made to the gold import tax of 10%. “The GST on gold therefore brings the total tax bill for gold slightly higher to 13% (10% import duty plus 3% GST) from 12% previously (10% import duty plus 1% excise tax plus 1% VAT),” UBS says. “We think this outcome should be supportive enough for the ongoing recovery of core gold demand in India to continue. The removal of this policy uncertainty should also allow the local gold market to now focus on adjusting to the current environment, where the government continues to push the industry towards the formal sector.”

By Allen Sykora of Kitco News; asykora@kitco.com

Key Words:  UBS   India gold imports 

UBS: India's Gold GST Of 3% 'Relatively Subdued Outcome'

Industry News 10:17:25AM Jun 06, 2017 Source:kitco news

Monday June 05, 2017 09:23
UBS analysts are calling weekend developments in India, including announcement of a 3% goods and services tax on gold, as “a relatively subdued outcome” and “encouraging.” The GST tax was at the lower end of the range of expectations of 2% to 5%, the bank points out. No change was made to the gold import tax of 10%. “The GST on gold therefore brings the total tax bill for gold slightly higher to 13% (10% import duty plus 3% GST) from 12% previously (10% import duty plus 1% excise tax plus 1% VAT),” UBS says. “We think this outcome should be supportive enough for the ongoing recovery of core gold demand in India to continue. The removal of this policy uncertainty should also allow the local gold market to now focus on adjusting to the current environment, where the government continues to push the industry towards the formal sector.”

By Allen Sykora of Kitco News; asykora@kitco.com

Key Words:  UBS   India gold imports