Himachal CM tables legislation to amend taxation on goods carried by road

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 Himachal Pradesh Chief Minsiter Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who holds the portfolio of Finance, tabled a legislation in the state assembly, seeking to amend taxation on the goods carried by the roads to omit the provision to levy tax on account of distance covered.

The Himachal Pradesh Taxation Amendment (on Certain Goods Carried by Road) Act, 2023 was tabled in the state assembly after the lunch break by the Chief Minister on Thursday.

He said that the parent act of the year 1999 was enacted to provide for levy of a tax on certain goods carried by road in the State to validate certain taxes imposed on goods carried by road and for certain other matters connected therewith.

The Chief Minister said that amendment was necessary in order to simplify the taxation procedure for the stakeholders, the distance clause is being omitted so that the tax may be levied on uniform rates, without taking into account the distance covered.

The Chief Minister also tabled other bills to make provision and amend the HP GST act to levy taxation on the betting, casinos, gambling, horse racing, lottery and online gaming.

Sukhu said that close on the heels of the central government carrying out amendment to the Central Goods & Services Tax Act. 2017, the amendment to the Himachal Pradesh Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 is in order to have uniformity across the country, he added.

The bill is likely to come up for discussion during the ongoing Monsoon session of the state assembly.

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