Getting book industry and GST experts together

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Getting book industry and GST experts together
Moments from previous editions of Jumpstart

The publishing and printing industry is in a state of dilemma with the new tax structure affecting businesses. The German Book Office (GBO) in New Delhi wants an end to the GST conundrum and is getting the book industry and GST experts together for some solid brainstorming and problem-solving at this year’s Jumpstart, which has a lot in store for stakeholders. Called the GST Roundtable, the event which is to be held on 4 August 2017, will have the finest experts from the industry to deliberate on the matter, on which a lot still needs to be said and done.

In the backdrop of the 9th edition of the Annual Congress of Children’s content at Jumpstart, German Book Office is organizing the round-table on GST. In view of the current GST regime, publishers and printers have many questions about the taxation purview. With so many differing views on the newly implemented taxation laws, there are bound to be some problems during filing of returns. What needs to be seen is whether the tax officials will be lenient for the next few months or penalize businesses for unintended errors.

Decoding GST: The Jumpstart Round Table
This is an open round-table especially designed for clarifications on the matter of GST, to be held at the Seminar Hall, 1st Floor, India International Centre, New Wing. It will be moderated by Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, an international publishing consultant. The experts on the panel are Sanjay Garg, partner – Indirect Tax, KPMG India and Sujit Ghosh, partner at Advaita Legal. The round-table will center round the agenda ‘Book publishing and printing – GST Do’s & Don’ts.’ The round-table will be particularly helpful for printers, publishers, authors and publishing professionals.

Stakeholders interested in participating in this open house discussion can find more details at Jumpstart 2017. The event will take place on 4 August 2017, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at India International Centre, New Delhi.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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