What is the Effect of GST on Pharma Industry?

Posted by albiabiocare on September 5th, 2017

GST (Goods and Services Tax) has rolled out last month and is making waves in the Indian industry. It is an advancement of multi-level taxation system which is providing additional benefits to PCD pharma companies as compared to other industries. This indirect tax system takes account of the consumption done through sale, production and consumption of goods and services at national level which mainly involves industries, companies and services sectors. The idea behind it is to abolish the tax levied of state as well as central government. It involves three components of GST:

  • State GST
  • Central GST
  • Integrated GST

There is elimination and combination of thirteen indirect taxes including:

  1. Value Added Tax (VAT)
  2. Service Tax
  3. Purchase Tax
  4. Tax applicable on lotteries
  5. Octroi Duty
  6. Food tax
  7. Luxury tax
  8. Commercial tax
  9. Entertainment tax
  10. Central Sales tax
  11. Entry tax
  12. Central Excise Duty
  13. Advertisement tax

Positive Impact of GST on PCD Pharma Companies

The costing and taxation system has become simple which has created a common market for everyone with equal opportunities. Due to discontinuation of Central Sales tax and Interstate transactions between two dealers, the traditional cost and distribution model has been replaced by supply chain efficiencies.

  • The life-saving important drugs and injections fall under the slab of 5%.
  • Pharma manufacturing generic/ dietary supplement companies/ branded formulations will see profits due to reduced taxation and low manufacturing cost.
  • The maximum GST on bulk drugs is 18% and around 5% & 12% at maximum.
  • The best PCD franchise company in India will find the freedom to discover strategic supply chain as well as distribution channels.
  • Another benefit is the reduction in the overall cost of technology. Previously, the technical machinery which was imported in the country by pharma companies was very costly and the duty which was levied was not allowed as a tax credit. However, with GST, the duty charged on the import of such equipment would be allowed as a credit.

Negative Impacts of GST

  • Many Ayurvedic products are in the slab of 12% to 28% as they are falling in the cosmetic range.
  • The indirect tax paid by pharma companies is increased by 60% (ignoring the tax credit), which will lead to higher working capital needs.
  • The MRPs of many essential drugs will increase by 4%.
  • Other pharma products and medical technology products are ranged between 5% to 12% with a total tax of 11.5% to 18%.

In short term, GST is a pain initially due to its implementation but will eventually become neutral. But in a long term, it will play a positive role for the best PCD franchise company in India.

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