GST or Goods and Services Tax came into effect on 1st July 2017 by subsuming the repetitive tax structure of the previous regime and bringing transparency and accountability in the taxation system.
The implementation of this new tax regime has left a considerable effect on the prices of several commodities, of which gold accrues enormous importance due to its national and international demand.
Under the new tax regime, the GST on gold was fixed at 3% with an additional 8% tax on the making charges and import duty of 10%. Later, the making charges tax was revised and reduced to 5%. As a whole, the yellow metal has become expensive by 0.75% in the post-GST era.
A primary reason that accounts for the rising gold price is 10% import duty. However, traders have managed to evade that by importing gold from countries like South Korea, with which India shares the Free Trade Agreement.
Gold has always been one of the most significant investment options for Indians. The high liquidity of gold and its consistent value makes it a popular option for investment purposes. It also acts as a hedge against fluctuations in the market. Gold can either be pledged in the form of a gold loan or it can be sold to meet urgent financial deficits. It pays to be aware of the value of gold to prevent unscrupulous activities by the lenders or jewelers. It is not very complicated to calculate the value of the gold. The weight and the purity of the gold will have to be tested at an assaying laboratory. There are two methods to calculate the purity of the gold. It can be denoted in percentage or in karat.
Gold is one of the most valuable metals known to humankind, and it can be used for multiple purposes. Besides, making jewellery, gold is also commonly used to avail funds during a financial crunch.
Thus, it is vital to measure the purity of gold to make the most of its equity. Following are some of the ways.
It constitutes one of the most common ways to determine the quality and purity of gold. Denoted by “K”, this measurement system depends on a scale that ranges from 0 to 24. For instance, a god article of 1 Karat means that that particular gold item consists of 1 part of gold and 23 parts of other metals or alloys. It also means, the closer to 24K, the purer the gold.
Most gold articles, including jewellery, come with an inscription called “hallmark” that carries the symbol of gold purity, its fineness, date of manufacturing, etc. Most countries, including India, have mandated gold jewellers to carry the BIS hallmark.
Besides these, most traders use conventional acid test or use an electronic gold tester to determine gold purity accurately.
Irrespective of the method, assessing gold purity is essential for both buyers and traders.
'Karat' represents the proportion of gold present in an alloy. It indicates the fineness of gold, which implies that the higher the karat, the more the purity of gold.
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