India: CMA calls for lower tax on cement

India: CMA calls for lower tax on cement
Published: 24 December 2014


India’s Cement Manufacturers Association has urged the government to lower the overall tax on cement by 20-25 per cent.

In a pre-Budget representation, the industry body said despite being a core industry, overall taxes hover around 60 per cent, comparable with luxury goods while other key industries such as coal and steel are subject to considerably lower tax rates. Excise duty is levied at 12 per cent apart from an additional INR120/t, while duty on other core items is around five per cent.

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