What is excise tax?
Excise tax is a tax that is levied on the manufacture or sale of certain goods. The most common excise taxes are levied on tobacco, alcohol, and gasoline. Excise taxes are often embedded in the price of the product, meaning that the consumer pays them indirectly. While excise taxes are not typically very high, they can add up to a significant amount of revenue for the government.
How excise duty is charged?
Excise duty is a tax that is charged on certain goods that are manufactured in the country. The manufacture of these goods is considered to be a privilege, and the excise duty is levied in order to generate revenue for the government. The amount of excise duty that is charged on a product depends on the value of the goods, and the tax is typically payable by the manufacturer.
Excise Tax vs GST
The primary difference between an excise tax and GST, or Goods and Services Tax, is in the type of goods that each applies to. An excise tax, which is paid by a manufacturer or importer, is intended for luxury items such as alcohol, tobacco, and gasoline. On the other hand, a GST is placed on nearly all consumer goods sold within a country; it is paid by retailers or other final-stage sellers of goods or services.
Furthermore, an excise tax often has multiple stages with specific rates at each stage. By contrast, the rate for GST is usually uniform across the board, regardless of how many stages are involved in the process.