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Andy Mukherjee

Amazon and Alibaba Have a Lousy New Job

The nationwide levy will create a huge single market, and a trial for e-commerce companies.

Jeff Bezos should hate the new job Amazon just got hired for: collecting taxes in India. And before Jack Ma can rub his hands in glee, his Indian e-commerce investment, Snapdeal, has been drafted too.

Blame it on GST. India's decade-long effort to introduce a nationwide goods and services tax to replace a bewildering array of levies imposed by 29 state governments was successfully concluded late Wednesday in New Delhi. The GST will now be part of the Indian constitution, though its implementation could take anywhere between a year and 18 months.