10 taxes we pay in India – The layman’s guide

POSTED BY manish ON April 5, 2016 COMMENTS (93)

There are many different kinds of tax paid by us in India; however we don’t have a lot of clarity on each kind of tax and what it means. Hence I thought I will give a brief overview of the overall India taxation system. So in this post I will explain various kind of taxes one by one and their categories.

taxes in India

Direct Tax vs. Indirect Tax

Before explaining each kind of taxes, first understand that there are two categories of taxes, which are called direct tax and indirect tax.

Direct Tax – As the name suggests, Direct taxes are those taxes which are directly paid by the person/entity to the government. The best example for this is – Income Tax, where we have to pay the income tax on our earned income to the govt directly at the end of the financial year.

The direct taxes are the one which pinches the investor’s maximum because they clearly see it going out of their pocket.

Indirect Tax – Indirect taxes are those kind of taxes, which are collected by govt from the intermediary or manufacturer, but eventually which is passed to the users only. So we pay these taxes also from our pocket, however it’s taken from us in a very indirect way by included it in the price of the product itself. So we always hear the final price (price + tax) and it does not pinch us a lot because most of the times we don’t even realize that we are paying that tax.

A good example of this is “Service tax”. So when you go to a restaurant, you can see that the service tax is added to the bill and you make the payment for it. The hotel then pays this service tax to the govt only.

direct vs. indirect tax in India

Jurisdiction of Taxes – Central , State and Local

You already know that India has federal structure and there are govt’s at center and different states and they have to arrange for their own income from various sources. So taxes fall under 3 jurisdictions, which is

  • Central Govt
  • State Govt
  • Local Govt

So some taxes go to the central govt and some go to state govt and few goes to the local city municipality. Below chart gives you a crisp idea about it.

taxes in India

10 types of Taxes we pay in India

We will now see various kinds of taxes we pay in India. I will explain each of them. We will first see the major taxes which impact us in a big way and which are the major taxes from which govt gets the revenue, then we will see the other taxes in brief

1. Income Tax

The tax which everybody is aware is Income tax. This is levied on the income earned in a year by an individual or a business body. The 12 month period considered for the taxation is from Apr 1st to Mar 31. The incomes is categorized under 5 heads namely

  1. Salaries
  2. House property
  3. Business Income
  4. Capital Gains
  5. Others

A person has to hence, find out all their income and see which heads they are falling into. For most of the people who are salaried class, it’s only one head “Salary” and a bit on the “Others” section like interest income from FD, saving bank account or dividend incomes.

The income tax for Individuals is calculated based on the different slabs, which are as follows

Income Tax Slab rate

So if a person salary is 8 lacs per year, there will be no tax on the first 2.5 lacs, Then 10% tax will be applicable on the income from 2.5 lacs to 5 lacs, which will be 25,000 and 20% on the income from 5 lacs to 8 lacs, which is Rs 60,000 , totaling his income tax to Rs 85,000 for the year.

Below is a snapshot of income categories and number of people who fall under them along with the % share of their income tax as of 2012

income-tax-distribution-India

Income tax is something which almost everyone is aware about because one has to deal with it directly.

2. VAT (Value Added Tax)

VAT is an indirect tax levied by a state when some good is sold within the state. So if some goods is sold within Karnataka (Bangalore -> Mysore), the Karnataka Govt will levy VAT on the goods sold.

VAT is a tax which is not very visible to a common man in their day to day life, but its present in almost every sector and goods. Each small thing which we consume today has gone through multiple stages of production and VAT is paid at each stage by the manufacturer and eventually the final consumer pays for it (Bundled within MRP)

For example, when you buy a mobile phone, you also pay the VAT, which goes to the govt, but paid by seller. The seller actually gets a lesser amount. For example in the below example, you can see the invoice of an Asus Zenfone mobile bought online by my wife. You can see that out of Rs 10790 which was paid, Rs 1325 (14%) was the VAT which went to the govt.

vat on mobile

Note that VAT rates are subject to states, hence the rates change from one state to another. This is the reason why some goods are cheaper in one state and expensive in another.

CST (Central Sales Tax)

Note that VAT is a state level tax, however when a good is sold from one state to another, then the tax is called CST or Central Sales Tax which goes to the central govt.

So when a seller in Maharashtra sells some goods to a consumer in any other state (like Tamil Nadu), then it’s not the VAT, but CST which applies and it goes to the central govt wallet 🙂

3. Service Tax

Service tax is another very important tax which was introduced in year 1994. It’s a tax charges for providing services. Like in case of restaurants, when they serve us for food, they are providing us a service, hence we are charged service tax on a certain portion of bill amount.

In the same way, when you hire services of a consultant, they will charge you a service tax and pay it to govt. It depends if they have charged you the service tax on top of the fees or they have included the service tax in the price itself and tell you the final amount. In any case, service tax is to be paid to govt if the revenue of the service provider is more than 10 lacs in a financial year.

Increase in service tax revenue in India

Over the last decade service tax has become of the major tax collected by govt and it has been increasing year on year. It’s mainly because the number of services on which service tax is applicable has been increasing year on year in last decade and even the rate has increased. At this point of time the service tax applicable is 15% (including the swachh bharat cess of 0.5% and Krishi Kalyan cess of 0.5%).

Below you can see how the service tax revenue has increased in last 20 yrs.

service tax revenue growth india

 

Negative List concept in Service tax

Few years back, there was a list of services which was issued by govt, on which service tax was applicable, and if a service is not on that list, it was not applicable. However few years back, it’s changed and now a “negative list” concept in introduced, which means that service tax is now applicable on every service which exists.

Only on few services which are part of the negative list will be exempted from service tax.

Some of the services on which service tax is not applicable are

  • Services by Govt
  • Admission to entertainment events
  • Metered cabs, radio taxis or auto rickshaws

Service tax is now part of our day to day life. We eat in restaurants, stay in hotels, and take various kinds of services every month/year and if you calculate the total amount of service tax you pay, you will be amazed to see the number.

4. Excise Duty

Few years back, when I used to see the budget speech, I eagerly waited for the income tax related announcements and wanted to know is 80C limits have been raised or if tax limits are changed. I happily ignored “excise duty” related announcements because frankly speaking, it made no sense to me.

How does it matter if to me if the excise duty on mobile handsets was increased? I never understood what all that means. However now I know how important excise duty is for the govt and what is it related to common man.

Excise duty (also called CENVAT) is the tax which is levied by govt at the time of manufacturing of the goods. It’s as simple as that. It does not matter if you hire someone to manufacture the goods or you do it yourself, but if you manufacture some goods, you will have to pay the excise duty if your turnover exceeds Rs 1.5 crore.

Now obviously, the excise duty is a cost for the manufacturer and it’s eventually passed on to the consumer. If excise duty didn’t exist, the prices of the goods would come down by that much margin.

So assume you start manufacturing some goods at mass scale, and if it’s in the list of the “excisable goods”, which means goods on which excise duty applies, one has to pay the excise duty to the govt. So if we take example of cars, as it’s a big ticket items, even a slight change in excise duty means the prices go up by a big amount.

See the example below

excise duty on cars

Excise Duty on Petrol & diesel

Lets understand this better with petrol & diesel prices. The raw petroleum which is bought by the oil companies is the base price. After that when they refine it and convert it to the usable petrol and diesel, VAT and Excise duty is applied which increase the final price of the petrol, add to that the dealer commissions and we get the final price which we pay.

The chart below shows the breakup of the petrol prices (for the year 2014).

excise duty on petrol

Source : Livemint

Excise duty is one of the biggest revenue generators for the govt, because the amount of manufacturing which takes place all over the country is huge.

5. Customs Duty

Custom duty is the tax levied on the items imported from other countries to India or exported out of India. So when you buy something from Amazon US and want it to be shipped to India, you are actually importing it, and hence a custom duty will be charged separately.

Below is an duty rate for various products categories which is taken from this website

Category / Product to Import Total Duty Rate
Laptops, Notebooks, Computers 14.712%
Tablets, iPad 28.852%
Laptop Battery 23.852%
iPod, Music Players 28.852%
Software CDs and DVDs 10.300%
Computer Printers 14.712%
Electronics 28.852%
Hard Disk (internal) 6.300%
Hard Disk (external) 14.712%
Web Cameras 28.852%
Computer Processor 6.300%
Internet Modem 14.712%
Other Computer Peripherals 14.712%
Cables and Wires 23.852%
Television Sets (TV) 28.852%
Movie CDs, DVDs and Blue Ray 28.852%
Video Games and Game Consoles 28.852%
Mobile Phones ~18%
Phone Accessories 28.852%
Digital Cameras and Video Camcorder 28.852%
Camera Lens (Photography) 28.852%
Sports Equipment 14.712%
Books (Educational) Free (No duty)
Car Parts 28.852%
Toys and Games 28.852%
Stationery Items 28.852%
Cosmetic Goods 28.852%
Hand Watches (Wrist Watches) 28.852%
Sun Glasses 28.852%
Apparel (Clothes) 28.852%
Fashion Accessories 28.852%
Artificial Jewellery 28.852%
Shoes (Retail Price < 1k INR) 21.782%
Shoes (Retail Price > 1k INR) 28.852%
Kitchen and Dining 28.852%
Food Supplements, Body Building 28.852%
Medicine 28.852%

No Custom duty upto Rs 25,000 while travelling back to India

Note that if you are coming back to India, then upto Rs 25,000 worth of goods can be brought back without any custom duty, but beyond that you will have to pay the duty. This is applicable on most of the items. You can read more about this below in an answer given by Jai Veer on Quora

custom duty India rules

We have now covered major 5 taxes which needed more detailing and explanation, now we are going to see other taxes, but we will now see them in a crisp manner and not go too much into detail

6. Professional Tax

Professional tax is levied by the state govt for all the salaried employees and some professionals like CA, Lawyers etc. If you see your salary slip, you can see the amount of professional tax deducted. Note that the tax slab depends on the state in which you are working and the amount of salary you have per month.

Every state has different slab rates. Below is an example of few states.

professional tax slab

Many states do not have professional tax, for example – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and many more ..

7. Capital Gains tax

Capital gains tax is the tax which is levied on the gains which are arised by the sale of a capital asset like property, vehicle, jewelery, bonds, land or machinery.

This tax is not applicable each year, but only in the year when the capital asset is sold or transferred to some other party. The gains are categorized as either short term capital gains or long term capital gains depending on the duration you hold the property.

Here is a very good video on this topic which explains capital gains.

The calculation for this tax is not very straightforward and involves a bit of working, hence we are not covering it here. As of now, just understand that if you purchase a property at cost C , and sell if after some years at sale price S. Then your capital gains will be calculated and you will have to pay tax on that.

Cleartax has a very good tutorial on capital gain, which is worth reading if you want to learn in detail.

8. Entertainment Tax

Entertainment tax is the state level tax levied on the tickets for the cinema and other entertainment shows. It’s also levied on the stage shows, amusement parks and many sports activities. Most of us can relate the entertainment tax with the movie tickets. If you see your movie ticket closely, you will see that a good chunk of the cost goes into the entertainment tax.

Maharashtra charges one of the highest entertainment tax at 45% and I am not very happy with that because I am a movie buff 🙂 . However some relief for me, because I see a lot of Marathi movies too (which are exceptionally good most of the times) and which does have entertainment tax (regional movies generally don’t have entertainment tax in the home state).

Below you can see the slab rates for all the states in India for entertainment tax.

Entertainment tax slab in India

9. Stamp Duty

Stamp duty is a kind of tax which is levied when a legal document is executed. Most of us can understand it in real estate terms. So when we buy a property and we execute the agreement to sale, the stamp duty is charged as a percentage of the property value which is mentioned in the agreement or the govt ready reckoner rates whichever is higher.

Most of the times this stamp duty is in range of 4-6% depending on the state. This stamp duty is paid every time a sale is made in property, which means if the same property exchanges hands 5 times in 10 yrs period, the govt will get the stamp duty 5 times. Below is the slab rate for stamp duty in various Indian states.

Note that this data is a bit old and there might be slight changes at present, so please consider the chart below only as a reference point.

stamp duty rates India

Hence, this way stamp duty becomes a revenue source for the state government.

10. Property Tax

Property tax is the tax paid by property owner every year. This tax is a local municipal level tax and the rate is decided by the local municipality. The amount of tax depends on various factors like the size of property, kind of property (residential or commercial), age of the property and many more.

Just for reference, in a city like Pune, I know that the property tax for a 2 BHK flat comes around Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 approx.

Conclusion

Apart from the taxes above, there are various other small taxes which are paid from time to time like toll tax, dividend distribution tax, securities transaction tax, luxury tax and Octrai. We have not covered them in this article, but you can read about them separately

Let us know what do you think about the tax system in India and if you feel you are over burdened with taxes?

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93 replies on this article “10 taxes we pay in India – The layman’s guide”

  1. Raunit Thakur says:

    Thanks to you Manish Ji for posting this it will give us many knowledge…..

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Thanks for your comment Raunit Thakur .. Please keep sharing your views like this..

      Manish

  2. RAGHUVEER ROHINE says:

    THANK YOU MANISH JI FOR YOUR VALUABLE RESEARCH AND PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT DIFFERENT TAXES.

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Thanks for your comment RAGHUVEER ROHINE .. Please keep sharing your views like this..

      Manish

  3. Nitin Gupta says:

    Thanks for the valuable information about Taxes. I work with software company but do not have much knowledge about taxes.

    Being as an Indian we must know how many taxes are in country and this article described some of them.

    Thanks to Author.

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Thanks for your comment Nitin Gupta .. Please keep sharing your views like this..

      Manish

  4. kri321shna says:

    Dear Manish,

    What is the present govt scheme about income declaration scheme 2016. what is about it? what is undisclosed assets? where we need to enter the data. can you please post clear understanding on this. it will be helpful to most of the people. Thank you so much.

    Krishna

    1. We are not aware of the details. Please search for this on net. There is abundant information !

  5. Pradipta says:

    Very very informative. Earlier I thought capital gain tax is taken by central govt but I was wrong. Thanks for sharing this article.

    1. Thanks for your comment Pradipta

  6. sreekar says:

    This article is very informative and thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for your comment sreekar

  7. Eshwar says:

    In India, your income is taxed, your expense is taxed and your savings is also taxed…

    1. Thanks for your comment Eshwar

  8. shailaja says:

    v v informative article.. and its not boring too

    1. Thanks for your comment shailaja

  9. lakshmipathy says:

    Quite informative..Thanks for the Article. Manish.

    1. Thanks for your comment lakshmipathy

  10. jessy says:

    very informative article,
    i wanted to ask my grandfather has a property in mumbai stated uner his name & has a will wherein he has stated my father to be the rightful owner after death. my question here is whether my father will have to pay stamp duty of 5% of value or is it better to get as a gift on a 500 rupees stamp paper.

    1. It will just be transferred as GIFT, check a good lawyer on this.

    2. VM says:

      gifting of property(movable or immovable) or cash withing blood relation is exempted under income tax act as per explanation to section 56(2)(vii)

  11. Oscar says:

    Extremely informative article Manish Ji and the use of graphic layout makes it easy on the eyes too, whilst reading it on a smartphone screen.
    I should say after going through, i really feel for the people (not all) whose meager salary is being eaten into by various taxes and in return getting close to nothing, when it comes to QoL.
    Honestly, even though i shouldn’t be, i m really glad and happy that my salary is not being taxed at all and none of the indirect taxes are affecting my expenditure as I m quite lucky to have a job in Middle East. This article did really make me less depressive regarding my current payscale.
    Additionally, i would request you to provide an article regarding USED vehicles (2&4whl) import taxation and procedures when a person gets their vehicle to India from different countries. I believe the article will be much sort after as there are millions of NRIs wanting to bring their used vehicles back to India, if its economically feasible.
    Great Regards.

    1. Thanks for your comment Oscar

  12. PrashantBC says:

    Hi All,

    I took 2 LIC policies one Jeevan Anand for me and Jeevan Kishore for my Daughter.
    started the policy in 2013 december and have paid 3 premiums. my doubt is are these good and ok to continue.

    If i decide to surrender since i have done 3 premium payments how much will i get

    1. I dont think these are good choices. Its better to surrender them. Talk to LIC on the surrender amount !

  13. bemoneyaware says:

    A simple but detailed explanation of taxes especially indirect taxes.

    1. Thanks for your comment bemoneyaware

  14. ShafiqueFaizy says:

    Talking of taxes, I think you should also talk about various subsidies our country is receiving and how our higher echelons are busy in the balancing/juggling act. Then may be the picture will become broader and clearer. Any ‘act’ being passed in the parliament undergoes rigorous scrutiny for the perceived good intentions it is supposed to vet. Of course, India is a free country and there are loopholes galore.

    1. Thanks for sharing that ShafiqueFaizy

  15. Abhay says:

    Dear Manish

    This is a very well researched article. Must have spend hours writing and researching. I run a blog on microfinance myself and understand what goes into writing an article like that.

    I am not surprised to know that the middle class is being bled by the politicians.

    Sigh… Death and Taxes are inevitable. Looks like it’s time to start a company in Panama.

    Regards

    Abhay

    1. Yea , I have spent good time to write it 🙂

  16. Raja says:

    Hi Manish
    Very informative update .great job keep it coming for common honest tax payers .
    I am SMB I earn consultancy fees form various projects . For earning form Overseas also we now pay 15% Service tax from our pocket as the overseas payer is not concerned with our local service tax . Over and above that i end u paying income tax in 30% bracket . So that total tax contributions exceed 45% . Cannot be the service tax be treated as my expense ?

    1. I think you should meet a CA for your case ! .. 45% tax is too much !

  17. Srinivas says:

    Good article.

    While reading I got a doubt. At what level of taxes, will people will not crib? The answer obviously is 0%. Above that, at any level, some one or the other will crib.

    That said, the percentage one pays as tax varies between 0 to 35% and not 50-60%. This is because basic exemptions are available for all citizens. However, that seems high, all the same.

    Government revenue comes from direct taxes i.e. income tax from individuals and corporations and indirect taxes. Of these income tax forms a sizeable chunk. However, of the individuals in India, less than 5 percent are paying income tax and in that too, about 90% are earning below 10 lakhs per annum.

    As regards expenditure of government, it goes under 3 major heads. Administration, infrastructure and for helping disadvantaged. The disadvantaged constitute a huge chunk in India, because of various reasons. administration is big and government is not able to reduce this cost. A result of this will be on infrastructure, which will be cribbed by middle class only. Present government is taking some measures to reduce government expenditure and increase the income of individual. These two measures, should in the long run, help in improving infrastructure and make middle class also happy.

    1. Murali says:

      People will not crib if they get adequate returns (in terms of good governance, security, administration etc) for the taxes that we pay. In India, taxpayer generally does not get anything in return (for ex: you pay road tax when you buy a car, but you need to pay toll whenever you want to drive on highways).

    2. Hi Srinivas

      Thanks for your sharing your valuable comment on this topic. Please keep sharing your views in future also

      Manish

  18. Atit Jariwala says:

    in GST, minimum proposed rate is 18% which means as consumer we will end up paying 3% more than current rate of 15%. Similarly, many products on which 12-15% of VAT is applied. Not sure with GST, whether it will also go upto 18%.

    GST will be beneficial to common people & consumer only if manufactures & companies pass on benefits to consumers otherwise be ready to pay more for indirect taxes.

    1. As I have no knowledge of GST, cant comment on it at the moment

  19. Sabarish says:

    Once again you proved your knowledge. Thanks for your article.

  20. devendra says:

    very good and informative article.layman can also understand indirect tax which we pay daily without bothering.

  21. Sakshi says:

    Nice article Manish… Thanks for your time in consolidating & sharing it at right time…. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment Sakshi

  22. Vijay says:

    Nice article. Informative.??
    One correction Capital Gains Tax is collected by Central Government and not by State Government.

    It is a direct tax. Capital Gains Tax is administered by Income Tax department, Which works under Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Govt of India.

    1. Thanks for your comment Vijay

  23. Manish says:

    I had recently been for dinner at an international Pizza joint, and when I saw the bill, it was beyond the amount documented in the menu card.

    When looking up the receipt, and enquiring with the floor manager, I came to know that the additional amount evied was due to GAS TAX (AERATED DRINK TAX) which was imposed on the pitcher of cold drink that was ordered.

    Not sure who -i.e. restaurant, state government, central government will get that tax amount !

    1. I am not sure what that tax is, but surely it would be a valid tax

      1. Joel says:

        its carbon tax and its levied very famously in a hut which serves pizzas.

        1. Not aware about it .. Also google does not tell me anything about it ! . Do you have any snapshot of reference reading ?

    2. Sahil says:

      Are you talking about the 20% tax which is levied on drinks (aerated/non-aerated/alchol)?

  24. Nagamohan says:

    Dear Manish

    Good Article as always, Educational CESS, SwachBharat CESS, Krish Kalyan CESS all these CESS either should have any purpose or some balance sheet highlighting the activities carried out with that money collected.Till now there is no clarity given by the government on activities carried out on Educational CESS collected.

    Regards

    Nagamohan M

    1. Thanks for your comment Nagamohan

    2. Kshitij says:

      As per my knowledge Education cess is something that is used for education. Remember about 10 years when the extra seats for reservations were given(even in IIT and IIM) the education was increased to its current value.

  25. Abhishek says:

    Very nice and Informative article Manish!!!
    Like you I am also a software engineer deeply interested in finance.
    Taking a leaf out of your book, I have also started writing personal finance blog on my fb page
    I will be glad if you can visit once at below link

    https://www.facebook.com/moneydomatter

    1. Glad to know that Abhishek ..

  26. Vishnu says:

    Very good article 🙂

    I think the limit for the value of goods to bring from abroad to India has been increased from 25,000 to 45,000 which also excludes one laptop regardless of the value.

    1. Is it? I didnt knew about it ? Can you confirm it ?

      1. Vishnu says:

        Hi Manish,

        2 months back, I downloaded the PDF from indian customs website. I dont have the URL, but it definitely says the below line.

        Used personal effects (excluding jewellery) required for satisfying daily necessities of life – Free

        Other articles carried on person or in accompanied baggage
        (a) if stay abroad is for more than three days – 45,000
        (b) if stay abroad is upto three days – 17,500

        One laptop computer (notebook computer) over and above the said free allowances mentioned above is also allowed duty free if imported by any passenger of the age of 18 years and above.

        1. Thanks for sharing that. I will correct it in article !

          1. SUNDAR says:

            Yes indeed the limit is 45,000 now as mentioned by Vishnu.

            Here is the PDF link from Central Board of Excise and Customs:

            http://www.cbec.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/guide_for_travellers/trvler-guide_ason05feb2015.pdf;jsessionid=9ACCF8874C4BCE003BA182FC80D608D6

            1. thanks for sharing that. I didnt knew that

  27. Shravan says:

    Hi Manish,

    Very Informative article on various taxes.

    Great job in putting in simple and easy to understand language which is unique skill.

    Thanks,
    Shravan

    1. Thanks for your comment Shravan

  28. HS says:

    Superb article Manish. Something that every layman will easily be able to comprehend. Thanks for this.

    1. Glad to know that HS ..

  29. Amit says:

    I agree, we pay so high tax but still we do not get proper facilities like Hospitals, School etc.
    Even the infrastructure is poor, there is problem of water, roads electricity, public transport etc.

    Anyways, nice article, very informative.

    1. Thanks for your comment Amit

  30. Sangita says:

    Great article. Thanks Manish

    1. Thanks for your comment Sangita

  31. livarghe says:

    Is professional tax goes to state government or to the local government?.can you please confirm?

  32. VEERASWAMY says:

    Capital Gain Tax is the tx levied by Central Govt.

    The funny thing (irony) is: Despite so many taxes, people in this country accumulates wealth – thanks to lop-holes in the tax laws and unethical practices ( of course – with the conivence of officials and poliicians).

    1. Anjan says:

      Only rich people are able to evade taxes by exploiting loopholes. Only us middle class people have no choice but to pay taxes through the nose. I have said this before and I will say it again, we pay approx 55-60% of our income as taxes directly or indirectly. Even after taxing us to high hell, the government still feels it is not getting enough and wants to tax our retirement funds.

      India is perhaps one of the most oppressive tax countries out there today. We get so little benefit for the massive amount of taxes we pay, it’s not even funny.

      1. Hi Anjan

        It would be a good exercise to find out how much % of our money goes into taxes (direct or indirect) . YOu mentioned 55-60% , have you done any calculations on that?

        Would you like to do a small study on that, we can publish it here on this blog

        Manish

        1. Anjan says:

          Manish, I am basing this on a rough calculation from my end. Of course this percentage will vary from person to person as not everyone is in the same tax bracket. Also how much indirect taxes one pays depends on one’s spending habits and the type of goods he is buying. So I don’t think it is possible to arrive at any exact figure but mine is a rough figure for someone in the 30% tax bracket. Such people can be easily expected to pay 25-30% additional in the form of indirect taxes which are numerous.

    2. Thanks for your comment VEERASWAMY

  33. Mukesh says:

    Very nice write up and informative. That too at the start of financial year 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment Mukesh

  34. Vaibhav says:

    Excellent article! Can you talk about GST and how it will change the indirect taxes?

    1. I am not having much info/knowledge about GST 🙂

  35. deepak says:

    kindly update me on regular basis frim these instruments and services

  36. SSimha says:

    Nice articles overall Manish for everyone

    1. Thanks for your comment SSimha

  37. Brajesh says:

    Very nice article with lot of information in very simple word.

    i have one query, you have mentioned Radio Taxi come in negative list of service tax. Then how OLA, or Uber are charging service tax to customer

    1. hmm.. not sure very sure of that!

      1. SSimha says:

        The service tax on Cabs is about 5.6% – I believe it varies slightly between states (though not so very sure if it varies). Similarly now in restaurants they are required to have a ratio breakup for VAT on the Food item ordered / served & the service tax on the service portion for the service (it looks a bit complex and that is where arises some non-compliance by outlets

    2. Som says:

      May be it depend upon the licence type as taxis from OLA or Uber are not registered under Radio taxi permit.

  38. sharath says:

    Very detailed article on taxes.
    Examples are great.. and Segregation of Central, state and local gave a new perspective. Good one Manish.

  39. AP says:

    Good write-up!

    Will be helpful for those lost in the tax jargon that gets thrown around a lot.

    1. Thanks for your comment AP

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