The Tax System in India: Could Reform Spur Growth?

The Tax System in India: Could Reform Spur Growth?

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This paper assesses the effects of India's tax system on growth, through the level and productivity of private investment. Comparison of India's indicators of effective tax rates and tax revenue productivity with other countries shows that the Indian tax system is characterized by: (1) a high dependence on indirect taxes, (2) low average effective tax rates and tax productivity, and (3) high marginal effective tax rates and large tax-induced distortions on investment and financing decisions. The paper finds that the most recently proposed package of reforms would improve tax productivity and lower the marginal tax burden and tax-induced distortions. But firms that rely on internal sources of funds or face problems borrowing would continue to face high marginal tax rates.THE INDIAN TAX SYSTEM: STYLIZED FACTS AND ISSUES The Tax System The authority to levy taxes in India is ... The central government levies direct taxes such as personal income tax (PIT) and corporate tax (CIT); indirect taxes such as customs and excise duties and a service tax; and a ... The exemption threshold of Rs. 111, 250 (US$2, 472) results in a relatively narrow tax base of about 40 million anbsp;...

Title:The Tax System in India: Could Reform Spur Growth?
Author:Hélène Poirson
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2006-04-01


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