Online shopping to be costlier in Himachal

Shimla, April 4 (IANS) Online shopping is slated to become costlier in Himachal Pradesh as the state government on Monday introduced an amendment bill to impose tax on all kind of transactions that are resulting in tax evasions.

Excise and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhary tabled the Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area (Amendment) Bill of 2016 in the assembly, making provisions to tax online business products.

With a view to tap the revenue potential of the ever-growing online shopping business, it is proposed that online purchases be brought under the ambit of the act and the person in-charge of such goods shall be liable to pay the tax on behalf of the importer, he said.

The bill is likely to be passed in the ongoing budget session before it is adjourned sine die on April 7.

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