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Goods and Services Tax (GST) is now applicable to all goods and services transactions happening throughout the nation. This tax replaces the multitude of indirect taxes levied on goods, transport, and financial services across the country and states. While it has simplified indirect tax collection for the government and taxpayer, it impacts is yet to be fully understood.

What is GST?

GST is an indirect tax based on the destination of sale and value-added to the product or service. Unlike, earlier taxes which were multi-stage and created a problem of double taxation, GST is applicable only when a product or service is sold or provided.

The rate of GST depends on the type of service or product. A list of rates applicable under GST on different goods and services can be found here.

Old Central Taxes

Old State Taxes

Excise duty

Value added tax (VAT)

Service tax

Entry tax and octroy

Central surcharges and cess

Luxury tax

Special additional custom duty

Purchase tax

Additional customs duty or Countervailing Duty (CVD)

Taxes on thelottery, gambling, etc. State surcharges and cess

Table: GST Supersedes Multiple Taxes

How does It Affect Loans?

The applicable rate for financial services under GST regime is 18%. That means all the charges levied by the lender will be taxed at 18%. This was earlier service tax at 15%, thus your installments and financier’s fee increases slightly under GST.

Let’s see how your payments change under GST:

Business Loan

Old Tax Regime

GST Regime

Loan Amount

1 Crore

1 Crore

Processing Charges @ 0.25%



Service Tax/GST



Total Processing Fees Paid



Prepayment Penalty



Prepayment Charges



Service Tax/GST



Total Prepayment Charge Payable



Table: GST effect on Your Business Loan

Should You Worry?

The effect of GST might seem to make the business loan application a bit expensive, however, it’s overall effect is simplifying the indirect tax regime.Thus, if your business activity falls under GST, you can breathe easy as you will only need to file one indirect tax instead of multiple taxes.

Also, if you are selling goods in another state, you will be filing only one return for the GST collected from the sale in the other state. Unlike the earlier tax payments at multiple stages, anindirect tax on interstate sale is collected by the Central Authority and later credited to the state where it is due. So, the sellers can take it easy about paying multiple excise duties and VAT charges.

Here’s how GST simplifies the indirect tax for your business:

There are three types of GST applicable, based on the transaction type and location (of sale):

CGST (Central GST): Tax collected by the central government

SGST (State GST): Tax collected by the state governments for sale within the state

IGST (Integrated GST): Tax collected by the central government for inter-state sales (goods manufactured in one state sold in another)


Old Regime

New Regime



VAT + Central Excise/Service tax


Revenue shared between the Centre and the State


Central Sales Tax + Excise/Service Tax


Only central tax payable for inter-state sales

Table: Change of tax structure

Input Credit Applicable

While the tax rate may seem high, the final tax incidence on the consumer is lower. Also, the effort and complexity faced by businesses in adhering to multiple tax laws have reduced under GST. Thus, even the slight increase in financial services fee will not bite the business cash flows.

Also, the manufacturers, retailers, etc. get the credit for the tax paid on the input material they buy. This credit can reduce the tax incidence while filing the collected GST on thesale of goods. 

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