February 25, 2023
Pranjal Gupta

GST To Be Implemented on Midnight of June 30th; FM Denies Further Delays

The much-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) is set to be implemented in India from the midnight of June 30th, 2017. The GST is considered as the biggest tax reform in India since independence, and is expected to bring about a significant change in the way businesses operate in the country.

Many businesses have been eagerly awaiting the implementation of the GST, while some have raised concerns about its potential impact on them. However, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has reiterated that the GST will be implemented as per schedule and denied any further delays.

The Impact of GST on Small and Medium Businesses

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are expected to benefit significantly from the GST. The GST will replace multiple taxes and levies that businesses currently pay, such as VAT, service tax, excise duty, and others. This is expected to simplify the tax system and reduce the compliance burden on businesses.

The GST will also create a level playing field for businesses of all sizes. Currently, smaller businesses often face a disadvantage when competing with larger businesses, as they have to pay higher taxes due to their smaller turnover. However, under the GST, all businesses will pay taxes based on their turnover, regardless of their size.

Additionally, the GST will make it easier for SMBs to expand their businesses across different states in India. Currently, businesses have to comply with different tax laws in different states, which can be challenging and time-consuming. The GST will create a uniform tax system across the country, reducing the compliance burden for businesses.

Challenges Faced by SMBs in Adopting GST

While the GST is expected to bring significant benefits to SMBs, there are also challenges that businesses will need to overcome in order to adopt the new tax system. One of the main challenges is the lack of awareness and understanding about the GST among SMBs. Many businesses are still unclear about the various provisions of the GST, and how it will impact their business.

Another challenge is the need for businesses to update their IT systems and processes to comply with the GST. This can be a costly and time-consuming process, especially for smaller businesses that may not have the resources to invest in IT infrastructure.

Finally, businesses will also need to ensure that they are able to comply with the various compliance and reporting requirements under the GST. This may require businesses to hire additional staff or consultants to help them navigate the new tax system.


The implementation of the GST is a significant milestone in India's tax reform journey. While there are challenges that SMBs will need to overcome, the benefits of the GST are expected to far outweigh the costs. SMBs that are able to adapt to the new tax system and take advantage of the opportunities it presents are likely to see significant growth in the coming years.


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