Laptops and Desktops Set to Get More Expensive under GST

Laptops and desktops get expensive

With GST set for a July 1 release, consumers are set to pay more for laptops and desktops as these goods have been placed in the 18% tax slab. Presently, these goods are taxed at a rate of 14-15%. The industry believes that this decision would have a counter effect on Digital India drive. In fact, the Manufacturers Association for Information Technology was lobbying for a 12 per cent rate to help boost IT penetration in the country and make laptops and desktops cheaper. Peripheral products such as monitors and printers would attract a tax rate of 28%. Moreover, the industry harbours concerns that the inverted duty structure would in fact make imports cheaper.

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