India Raises Gold Tax a Third Time

India, the world’s biggest gold user, raised the tax on imports for a third time this year to curtail demand and contain a record current-account deficit that’s weakened the rupee to an all-time low.
The tariffs on gold and platinum imports were increased to 10 percent from 8 percent, while the levy on silver was boosted to 10 percent from 6 percent, the Ministry of Finance said in a notification tabled in parliament today. Taxes on shipments of gold concentrates, ores and dore bars will rise to 8 percent from 6 percent, while the duty on silver dore bars will climb to 7 percent from 3 percent, the ministry said in a statement.
Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram plans to curtail gold imports to 850 metric tons this year to reduce the current-account deficit and boost capital inflows by allowing state-run financial companies to issue “quasi-sovereign” bonds to finance infrastructure investments. The deficit, mainly fueled by crude oil and bullion imports, is the biggest risk to the $1.9 trillion economy, according to the central bank. The rupee fell to a record low of 61.8050 per dollar Aug. 6.

via Bloomberg

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
Alfonso Esparza