GST Rate on Goods as Recommended by The GST Council in Its 37th Meeting

The 37thGST Council met in Goa today under the Chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman  . The meeting was also attended by Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Anurag Thakur besides Chief Minister of Goa Shri Pramod Sawant,  Finance Ministers of States & UTs and seniors officers of the Ministry of Finance .

The council   took the following decisions in respect to rates relating to goods.

  1. GST rates reduction, –
  2. 18% to 12% on parts of Slide Fasteners
  3. 18% to 5% on Marine Fuel 0.5% (FO)
  4. 12% to 5% on Wet Grinders(consisting stone as a grinder)
  5. 5% to Nil on:-
  6. Dried tamarind
  7. Plates and cups made up of leaves/ flowers/bark
  8. 3% to 0.25% on cut and polished semi- precious stones
  9. Applicable rate to 5% on specified goods for petroleum operations undertaken under Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP)

 

  1. Exemptions from GST/IGST on:-

 

  1. imports of specified defence goods not being manufactured indigenously (upto 2024)
  2. supply of goods and services to FIFA and other specified persons for organizing the Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup in India.
  3.  supply of goods and services to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for specified projects in India.

 

 

  1. GST rates have been recommended to be increased from, –
  1. 5% to 12% on goods, falling under chapter 86 of tariff like railway wagons, coaches, rolling stock (without refund of accumulated ITC). This is to address the concern of ITC accumulation with suppliers of these goods.
  2. 18% to 28% +12% compensation cess on caffeinated Beverages

 

  1. Measures for Export Promotion
  1. Exemption from GST/IGST:-
  1. at the time of import on Silver/Platinum by specified nominated agencies
  2. supply of Silver/Platinum by specified nominated agency to exporters for exports of Jewellery,
  1. Inclusion of Diamond India Limited (DIL) in the list of nominated agencies eligible for IGST exemption on imports of Gold/ Silver/Platinum so as to supply at Nil GST to Jewellery exporters.
  1. A uniform GST rate of 12% on Polypropylene/Polyethylene Woven and Non- Woven Bags and sacks, whether or not laminated, of a kind used for packing of goods (from present rates of 5%/12%/18%)

 

  1. GST concession in certain cases for specific period: –
  1. Exemption to Fishmeal for the period 01.07.17 to 30.09.19. There were doubts as regards taxability offishmeal in view of the interpretational issues. However, any tax collected for this period shall be required to be deposited.

 

  1. 12% GST duringthe period 1.07.2017 to 31.12.2018, on pulley, wheels and other parts (falling under Heading 8483) and used as parts of agricultural machinery.

 

  1. Passenger vehicles of engine capacity 1500 cc in case of diesel, 1200 cc in case of petroland length not exceeding 4000mm designed for carrying upto 9 persons attract compensation cess of 1% for petrol and 3% for diesel vehicle. Council recommended same compensation cess rate for vehicles having these specifications (length and engine capacity) but designed for carrying more than 10 persons but upto 13 persons. (Presently these vehicles attract compensation cess at the rate of 15%)

 

  1. Other miscellaneous Changes:
  • Aerated drink manufacturers shall be excluded from compositionscheme.
  • Option to pay GST at the rate of 18% on transaction value at the time of disposal of specified goods for petroleum operations (on which concessional GST rate of 5% was paid at the time of original supply) provided that the goods are certified by Director General Hydrocarbon(DGH) as non-serviceable.
  • Restriction on refund of compensation cess on tobacco products (in case of inverted duty structure)
  • Prescribing modalities for allowing concessions on spare parts imported temporarily by foreign airlines for repair of their aircraft, while in India in transit in terms of the Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation.
  • Certain other changes of technical nature for the sake of clarity in application of notification.

 

  1. Clarifications as regards applicability of GST rate in respect of certain goods recommended by GST Council which inter-alia includes: 
      1. Mere heating ofleguminous vegetables (gram/lentil) for removing moisture, or to soften and puff it or removing the skin, and not subjecting to any other processing or addition of any other ingredients (salt, oil etc.) would be classified under HS code 0713.
  1. All “mechanical sprayers” falling under HS Code 8424 would attract 12% GST.
  2. Parts like Solar Evacuation tubes for solar power based devices like solar water heater, solar steam, generation systems, would be eligible to 5% GST rate.
  1. Exclusive parts and accessories suitable for use solely or principally with a medical device (falling under headings 9018, 9019, 9021 or 9022) would fall in respective headings and attract GST at the concessional rate of 12%.
  2. Almond milk is classifiable under HS code 22029990 and attracts GST rate of 18%.
  3. Imported stores for Navy would be entitled to exemption from IGST

The rate changes shall be made effective with effect from 1st October, 2019.

 

[This note presents the decision of the GST Council in simple language for ease of understanding, which would be given effect to through Gazette notifications/circulars, which shall have force of law.]

 

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Input Tax Credit Utilization

Changes have been announced in the input tax credit utilization in the GST and now the taxpayers have to first utilize the input tax credit of IGST and then only utilize the other taxes input for offsetting the various tax liabilities in GST.

These changes are announced in the CGST Amendment Act 2018.

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26th Meeting of the GST Council meets & decides Extension of tax exemptions for exporters for six months

Sending a strong positive signal to the exporting community, the GST Council in its 26thmeeting held here today decided to extend the available tax exemptions on imported goods for a further 6 months beyond 31.03.2018. Thus, exporters presently availing various export promotion schemes can now continue to avail such exemptions on their imports upto 01.10.2018, by which time an e-Wallet scheme is expected to be in place to continue the benefits in future.

In a related development which would benefit the exporters, the Council reviewed the progress in grant of refunds to exports of both IGST and Input Tax Credit.  The Council appreciated that the pace of grant of IGST refund has picked up. Thereafter, the Council directed GSTN to expeditiously forward the balance refund claims to the Customs/Central GST/State GST authorities, as the case may be, for their immediate sanction and disbursal.

It may be recalled that in its meeting held on 06.10.2017 the Council had noted that exporters are experiencing difficulties of cash blockage on account of having to upfront pay GST / IGST on the inputs, raw materials etc. / finished goods imported / procured for purposes of exports. An interim solution was found by re-introducing the pre-GST tax exemptions on such imports. Additionally, for merchant exporters a special scheme of payment of GST @ 0.1% on their procured goods was introduced. Also, domestic procurement made under Advance Authorization, EPCG and EOU schemes were recognized as ‘deemed exports’ with flexibility foreither the suppliers or the exporters being able to claim a refund of GST / IGST paid thereon. All these avenues were made available upto 31.03.2018.

The permanent solution agreed to by the Council was to introduce an e-Wallet scheme w.e.f. 01.04.2018. The e-Wallet scheme is basically the creation of electronic e-Wallets, which would be credited with notional or virtual currency by the DGFT. This notional / virtual currency would be used by the exporters to make the payment of GST / IGST on the goods imported / procured by them so their funds are not blocked.

On 16.12.2017, Finance Secretary constituted a Working Group with representatives of Central and State Governments to operationalize the e-Wallet scheme. After reviewing the progress, the Council noted that whereas some preparatory work had been done, more needs to be done to address a large number of technical, legal and administrative issues that have been identified. The Council appreciated that this would require more time. The Council was also unanimous that there should be no disruption that may affect the exports. Accordingly, the Councilagreed to:

(a)        Defer the implementation of the e-Wallet scheme by 6 months i.e., upto 01.10.2018; and

(b)        Extend the present dispensation in terms of exemptions etc. which is available up to 31.03.2018, for a further 6 months i.e., upto 01.10.2018.

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GST Tip – 368

As per Rule 96A, if any registered person wants to supply goods or services without payment of integrated goods and service tax for export of goods or services, have to furnish Letter of Undertaking or Bond to the FORM GST RFD-11 to the jurisdictional Commissioner.

GST Revenue Figures – As on 25th September, 2017

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced on 1st of July, 2017. In the press release dated 29th August, 2017, it was reported that the total revenue of GST paid under different heads for the month of July, 2017 (upto 29th August) was Rs. 92,283 crore. Out of the total GST collection of Rs. 92,283 crore, the total CGST revenue was Rs. 14,894 crore, SGST revenue was Rs.22,722 crore, IGST revenue was Rs.47,469 crore (of which IGST from imports was Rs.20,964 crore) and Compensation Cess was Rs.7,198 crore (of which Rs.599 crore is Compensation Cess from imports). Many assessees have been filing the returns for July 2017 belatedly and till 31st August, 2017 and the total GST paid for July is Rs. 94,063 crore.

  1. The last date for payment of GST as well as filing of GSTR 3B return for the month of August 2017 was 20th September, 2017. The total number of tax payers who were required to file monthly returns for August 2017 is 68.20 lakhs, of which, as on 25th September, 2017, 37.63 lakh GSTR 3B returns have been filed.
  2. The total revenue of GST paid under different heads (upto 25th September, 2017) is Rs. 90,669 crore. The total CGST revenue is Rs. 14,402 crore, SGST revenue is Rs. 21,067 crore, IGST revenue is Rs. 47,377 crore (of which IGST from imports in August 2017 is Rs. 23,180 crore) and Compensation Cess is Rs.7,823 crore (of which Rs. 547 crore is Compensation Cess from imports in August 2017).
  3. The above figures obviously do not include the GST to be paid by 10.24 lakh assessees who have opted for the composition scheme. Additionally, there are still a number of assessees who have not filed their return either for July or August, 2017. The increase in the above stated figures will be informed in due course.

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