Union Budget 2022: ACMA seeks lower GST on auto components

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New Delhi: According to a report in Zee News, Auto components industry body ACMA on Tuesday said it has urged the government for a uniform GST rate of 18 percent on all auto parts to curb the impact of counterfeits in the aftermarket operations.

In its pre-Budget recommendations, the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) also asked the government to consider upward vision of RoDTEP (Remission of Duties and Taxes on Export Products) rates as the rate notified for the sector at 1 percent or lower is inadequate to cover the incidence of unrefunded taxes and duties borne on export products.

“The auto component industry, being an intermediary, has recommended for a uniform GST rate of 18 percent on all auto components,” ACMA President Sunjay Kapur said in a statement.

The industry has significant aftermarket operations that are plagued by grey operations and counterfeits due to the high 28 percent GST rate, the report said.

“A moderate rate of 18 percent will not only address this challenge but will also enhance the tax base through better compliance,” the report said.

With the focus of the government on the environment, energy security, and vehicular safety, he said it is imperative for the auto components industry to invest in newer technologies and create capacities to meet the growing domestic demand for such products.

“Facilitating investments for capacity building and encouraging R&D and new product development will step in the right direction by the government,” the report said.

He also welcomed the government’s policy announcements on the production linked incentive (PLI) schemes for ACC (advanced chemistry cell) battery, auto and auto components, and extension of the FAME-2 scheme.

These steps were very timely and “will facilitate the Indian automotive sector in becoming integral to global automotive value chains as also staying relevant”, the report said.

“The automotive industry is witnessing one of the most challenging, yet interesting times, ever. Disruptions due to the pandemic, new technologies and regulations are redefining mobility,” he added.

On its demand for upward revision of RoDTEP rates, ACMA said the current rate is deterring the competitiveness of the Indian auto component industry.

Seeking reintroduction of investment allowance at 15 percent for manufacturing companies that invest more than Rs 25 crore in plant and machinery, ACMA said, “This will motivate manufacturers to invest in new technologies, specifically e-mobility and its components/ ancillaries related to plant and machinery.”

Drawing the attention of the government to encourage domestic R&D and testing, ACMA said retaining the weighted tax deduction on R&D expenditure is critical.

“The 2016-17 Budget reduced weighted deduction benefit from 200 percent to 150 percent and has further restricted the deduction to 100 percent from 1st April 2020,” the report said.

Besides these recommendations, ACMA said it has also put forth several suggestions in order to ease the ‘cost of doing business’ in India. (Zee News)