Pharma industry wants Budget to offer clarity on tax structure

The pharmaceutical industry has asked the government to bring in more clarity in terms of tax structure and provide incentives on research and development (R&D) as part of its budget 2017 wish-list.

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The industry players also want the government to provide a road map towards bringing down corporate income tax down to 25 per cent.

The Indian Drug Manufacturers Association (IDMA), a body comprising mostly home-grown pharma firms, said all excisable goods used for R&D purposes should be exempted from central excise duty.

“Introduce parity in the input (12 per cent) and output (6 per cent) rate of excise duty for pharmaceutical products,” it said.

The association has also suggested that the government allow utilisation of CENVAT credit for payment of service tax on reverse charge basis.

On the other hand, the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), representing mainly MNC pharma firms, said that with innovation being high on the government agenda, clarity must be provided for incentives under the National Intellectual Property Policy.

“As innovator company, we look forward to this with great excitement. However, greater clarity (is needed) on what elements will be considered for preferential tax incentives, whether it will apply to outsourced R&D, etc. Incentives are also necessary to boost manufacturing capacity of APIs, rather than depend on Chinese imports,” OPPI Director General Kanchana TK told PTI.

She further said the industry is looking forward to the end of the inverted duty structure as and when GST is implemented.

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