E-commerce major Flipkart has expressed concern over a clause relating to tax collection at source in the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill.
“We believe that TDS process that has been recommended about holding some tax and paying that on behalf of the seller, that I think is something that will be very difficult for us to implement in practise,” Executive Chairman, Flipkart, Sachin Bansal was quoted by PTI as saying.
Flipkart had earlier said that the said clause would prove detrimental to lakhs of small and medium sellers who do business on e-commerce platforms.
This clause, which is not applicable to offline sellers, would hurt the working capital requirement for these sellers as they work on small margins to provide affordable rates to consumers, it had said.
Bansal also met Industries Minister R V Deshpande. Calling it a courtesy meeting Bansal was quoted by PTI as saying, “I wanted to tell him about the activities in the internet space, especially in Karnataka as Bengaluru is at the center of the Internet revolution that is happening in India.”
“I have made some broad suggestions, broad thoughts were discussed and we have exchanged ideas,” he was quoted by PTI as saying.
He also clarified that Flipkart’s tax issues with the state government were not discussed in the meeting.
To a question, Bansal said Flipkart would continue to invest in Karnataka. “Absolutely… we have about 5,000 people working here right now, our head count is growing and we will continue to grow over here. We have lot of presence here; we have warehouses in the state. So we will continue to invest,” he was quoted by PTI as saying.
On his lessons as a Chairman, Bansal was quoted by PTI as saying: “Definitely it has become more external focused, but I am very much involved in the day-today operations as well.”
“I am also looking after mentoring of senior leaders in the company, as well as creating a positive ecosystem around Flipkart and some new partnership that you will hopefully see in the coming days,” he added.
He said the key partnerships would be in seller as well as investor front.
To a question on the overall trend in e-commerce with pull back in investment and challenges lying ahead, Bansal said overall these are financial cycles that happen.
“In the whole world I think the internet sector itself is going through a down cycle, but as the positive cycles do not last for ever, the down cycle also do not last for ever, so it will come back,” he was quoted by PTI as saying.