Friday, October 06, 2017

Lower state taxes on ATF, make fuel part of GST:SpiceJet chief

New Delhi: SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh made a pitch for a cut in state taxes on aviation turbine fuel (ATF), and bringing it within the ambit of the GST to make the Indian aviation sector the fastest growing in the world.

Speaking at the India Economic Summit of the WEF, he said that if the sector were the beneficiary of a favourable tax regime, there was no reason why India would not emerge as the fastest growing aviation market in the world in the next decade.

“If we have to increase connectivity and bring down cost - in aviation cost, the biggest item is aviation turbine fuel (ATF). So, we want that ATF cost to be reduced and states should reduce sales tax and bring it within GST so that we can claim input tax credit,” Singh said. “If it happens, then ATF prices will come down, fares will come down and the aviation sector will see growth.”

He also dwelt on concerns relating to the goods and services tax (GST) and hoped that these glitches will be sorted out over time.

“We found that the government was very receptive to hearing ideas. So, we are discussing with them and hopefully, there will be a solution,” Singh said.
06/10/17 PTI/The Hindu

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