GST to boost commodity bourses growth--MCX

Category: Financial Services,  News Source: The Hindu Business Line,  Updated-On: Feb 21 2012


The proposed Goods and Services Tax, which is expected to come into effect from next April, would address many taxation issues faced by the commodity bourses, a top MCX official has said.

“I understand GST will be the solution to many of the concerns pertaining to taxes,” MCX MD and CEO Mr Lamon Rutten told PTI in a pre-IPO meeting.

“GST will also bring uniformity across the country in taxes or charges levied on bourses,” he said.

There are a few states which levy taxes on commodity futures trading.

Mr Rutten said futures instruments were treated as physical papers and not financial instruments despite being hedging tool. The non-agri commodity futures attract excise duty.

It is expected that the GST roll out will also encourage official financing into the commodity bourses.

Mr Rutten is optimistic about the future of commodity bourses and said business volumes would jump once banks were allowed by RBI to hedge their exposures and introduction of other derivative products like options in commodities and indices.

A bank’ participation requires RBI’s approval, while amendments to the Forward Contract Regulation Act (FCRA) is required for introduction of ‘options’ products.

Meanwhile, Multi Commodity Exchange will hit the capital market on February 22 with 6.4 million shares from its existing shareholders.

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