India's GST still facing teething woes, 8 months on

News on the new GST regime being reported on TV in Mumbai last June. Even though the GST has simplified a complex system of multiple federal and state taxes, eight months into its launch, it is still plagued by issues like online portal glitches and
News on the new GST regime being reported on TV in Mumbai last June. Even though the GST has simplified a complex system of multiple federal and state taxes, eight months into its launch, it is still plagued by issues like online portal glitches and slow refunds.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

India introduced the goods and services tax (GST) in July last year to simplify a complex system of multiple federal and state taxes.

Eight months into its launch, teething troubles remain, even as the GST has subsumed dozens of other federal and state taxes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2018, with the headline 'India's GST still facing teething woes, 8 months on'. Subscribe