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Budget 2020: Can ACs, TVs, refrigerators get cheaper?

BusinessToday.In     January 31, 2020

Union Budget 2020 will be mostly focussed on reviving a slowing economy and boosting consumption. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who will be presenting her second budget has been consulting with various stakeholders in the run-up to the Budget 2020 to this end.

The Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) has suggested slashing of GST rates to boost demand and increase adoption of sustainable appliances. GST rates are decided by the GST Council, and there might not be an announcement on this by the FM. Nevertheless, CEAMA recommended slashing of GST rates on electronic goods.

GST rates for most appliances except air conditioners and large-screen television sets that are over 32 inches are in the 28 per cent GST rate bracket. Other products are clubbed in the 18 per cent bracket. The industry body has recommended 12 per cent rate for other electronics products and 18 per cent for ACs and large-screen televisions.

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CEAMA believes that ACs and large-screen TVs have a huge opportunity for growth and reduction in tax slabs would improve affordability and attract investment in component manufacturing.

Moreover, they also believe that Indian component suppliers struggle with Chinese competition. The body wants government to initiate measures to reduce input cost to make these components by waiving import duty.

The Modi government would aim to keep more disposable income in the hands of the taxpayers to spur consumption. Among the recommendations received by the government, slashing of income tax is high on the list. The finance ministry could announce new tax slabs in the Budget 2020.  In the run-up to the Budget 2020, FM Sitharaman and PM Modi urged netizens to send in their ideas and recommendations for the budget.

Also read: Budget 2020 Date: When is Union Budget, Expectations from Modi govt, Time, where to watch

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