Monday, January 23, 2017

24 January 2017: Incidence of Indirect Taxes: Who really pays taxes in India?

Frederico Gil Sander
Urmila Chatterjee
World Bank

Hisham Abdo, World Bank

The Indian government has embarked on an ambitious and historic tax reform with the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). By encompassing multiple state and federal indirect taxes into a single value added tax, the GST promises to create a single market for goods and services in India. While the efficiency gains from this reform are widely studied, little attention has been paid to its distributional implications. In fact, the incidence of the current tax policies is not well documented either. How is the burden of taxation distributed among income groups? Are the current indirect tax policies progressive or regressive in nature? How will the GST change the current distribution of tax burdens, and will it lead to greater or lesser equity? This BBL aims to provide answers to these questions by presenting preliminary results from the ‘Incidence of indirect taxes in India’ research project.

Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 01:30 P.M.

The World Bank,
70 Lodi Estate,
New Delhi-110003(INDIA)


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