Following is a letter our Sikh Center sent to Finance Minister in India Arun Jaitley regarding the GST bill, for the benefit of your readers:
“During my last visit to India, I was happy to learn that there was a national tax bill called Goods and Services Tax, which was approved in the Parliament. It is an awesome idea the finance ministry initiated and one step for a better reform. I was attending a seminar on the same GST in the Chandigarh press club. Lot of questions was answered at the two-hour discussions. Few tax experts highlighted the merits and demerits of this bill.
“I want to bring to your notice that there was nothing I found related to tax information for foreign Indians or NRIs in this new bill. For example, if any visitor buys a product worth Rs. 100,000 and pay approximately Rs. 10,000 towards GST, how will it be refunded to that person while leaving the country?
“We will be thankful to you for your reply to this query please, which is the question of the community and the frequent visitors to India.”
Harjinder Singh Sandhawalia
Sikh Center of Seattle