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    As soon as the GST rates were announced a huge wave of curiosity hit across industry and trade bodies. Everyone is evaluating their position as a result of this change.
    So in this article, we bring you our analysis of these GST rates.
  1. GST Rate revision in 28th GST council meeting
  2. GST Rate revision in 25th GST council meeting
  3. GST Rate revision in 23rd GST council meeting
  4. GST Rates for goods and services with HSN

1. GST Rate revision in 28th GST council meeting

28th GST Council Meeting was held 21st July 2018. Rates for 45 Goods and 2 Services have been revised*. Click here to read all updates of the meet.

Recent Rate Changes on Goods

GOODS
S.NO Items New Rate Old rate
1 Rakhi (other than that of precious or semi-precious material )
Nil
18%
2 Sanitary Napkins 12%
3 Circulation and commemorative coins 5%
4 Raw material for broom 12%
5 Stone/Marble/Wood Deities 5%
6 Sal leaves and its products 18%
7 Khali dona 18%
8 Coir pith Compost 5%
9 Chenille fabrics and other fabrcis under 5801
5%
12%
10 Handloom dari
11 Phosphoric Acid (fertilizer grade only)
12 Handmade Carpets, Textile Floor, Coverings
13 Knitted cap/topi having retails sale value exceeding Rs. 1000
14 Kota Stones and Simliar Stones (other than polished)
18%
15 Ethanol for sale to oil marketing companies for blending with fuel
16 Solid Bio fuel pellets
17 Marine Engine 28%
18 Bamboo Flooring
12%
18%
19 Hand Operated Rubber Roller
20 Brass Kerosene Pressure Stove
21 Zip and Slide Fastener
22 Handicrafts (Excluding handmade)
23 Handbags including pouches and purses; jewellery box
24 Fuel Cell vehicle 28%
25 Televisions upto 68 cm
18%
28%
26 Glaziers’ putty, grafting putty, resin cements
27 Refrigerators, freezers, water cooler, milk coolers, ice cream freezer
28 Washing Machines
29 Food Grinders & mixer
30 Vacuum Cleaners
31 Paints and Varnishes (including enamels and lacquers)
32 Shavers, Hair Clippers
33 Hair Cleaners
34 Storage water heaters
35 Immersion heaters
36 Hair Dryers, Hand Dryers
37 Electric Smoothing irons
38 Scent Sprays
39 Toilet Sprays
40 Pads for application of cosmetics or toilet preparations
41 Lithium-ion batteries
42 Powder Puffs
43 Special purpose motor vehicles
44 Work Trucks (Self-propelled, not fitted with lifting or handling equipment)
45 Trailers & Semi trailers

 

List of Goods Exempt
Fortified Milk exempt 5%

Recent Rate Changes on Services

SERVICES

Rate Change

Services

New Rates

Old Rates

Supply of e-books

5%

18%

Supply of Multimodal Transportation

12%

Nil

 

List of Services Exempt
Senior Citizens
1. Sevices provided by Coal Mines provident fund organisation to the PF subscribers
2. Services provided by Old age home run by state government / central government to the citizens aged more than 60 years upto Rs. 25000
3. GST exempted on the administrative fee collected by National Pension System Trust
4. Services provided by an unincorporated body or non profit entiy registered under any law to own members upto Rs. 1000 per year of membership fees.

Agriculture/ Farmers 

1. Services by way of artificial insemination of livestock (other than horses)
2. Services provided by FSSAI to food businesses.
3. Services provided by way of warehousing minor forest produce
4. Services provided by the installation and commissioning by DISCOMS for extending electricity distribution network for agricultural use.

Banking/Finance/ Insurance

1. Reinsurance services provided to insurance scheme such as Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission

Government

1. Guarantees given by central/state government to their undertakings/PSUs.
2. Services provided by government to ERCC by assigning the right to collect royalty to mining lease holders.

Miscellaneous

1. Import of services by Foreign diplomatic missions/UN other international organizations
2. GST rate slabs will apply on the actual rate for hotel services instead of declared tariff.

2. GST Rate revision in 25th GST council meeting

Latest Update:

As per 25th GST Council meeting on 18th January 2018

*Note that Rate changes, Exemptions and other proposals made shall be given effect once the Notifications are issued for the same.

GST council has made the much-awaited announcements around tax rates on various categories of goods on 18th January 2018 at Vigyan Bhavan, Delhi. There has been a hype around these rates for a while and now these rates are finally in the public domain!

Rates for 29 Goods and 53 Services have been revised*. Click here to read all updates of the meet.

  • Goods taxed at 0%- Vibhuti, De-oiled rice bran and parts used to manufacture hearing aids
  • Reduced from 28% to 18%- Old and used motor vehicles [medium and large cars and SUVs] without ITC, Public transport Buses that run on Biofuel, Services of joy rides, Go-karting
  • Reduced from 28% to 12% –Old and used motor vehicles [other than medium and large cars and SUVs] without ITC
  • Reduced from 18% to 12% –Drinking water packed in 20 litres bottles, Drip irrigation system, sprinklers, Biodiesel, Sugar boiled Confectionery, Services of construction of metro / mono-rail, mining of petrol crude
  • Reduced from 18% to 5% –LPG for household use, Tamarind Kernel Powder, Mehendi paste in cones, Raw materials and Consumables needed for Launch vehicles/satellites, Services of Tailoring
  • Reduced from 12% to 5%-Velvet fabric( Without Refund of ITC), Articles of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials
  • Reduced from 3% to 0.25%-Diamonds and precious stones
  • Rate Increased from 0% to 5%-Rice bran (other than de-oiled rice bran)
  • Rate Increased from 12% to 18%-Cigarette filter rods
  • Services included in the Exemption List: 
      • Providing information under RTI Act, 2005
      • Legal services provided to Government
      • Admission to, or conduct of examination provided to all educational institutions including any service of conducting entrance examinations  on collection of entrance fees

    Admission to, or conduct of examination provided to all educational institutions including any service of conducting entrance examinations on collection of entrance fees

3. GST Rate revision in 23rd GST council meeting

Latest Update:-

As per 23rd GST Council meeting on 10th November 2017

Rates for 178 items have been reduced from 28% to 18%. Click here to read all updates of the meet.

  • GST Rate for manufacturers and traders under composition scheme is 1 %
  • Reduced from 28% to 18% W.e.f. 15th Nov 2017 – Shampoo, Perfume, tiles, watches
  • Reduced from 28% to 12% – Wet grinders, tanks
  • Reduced from 18% to 12% – Condensed milk, refined sugar, diabetic food
  • Reduced from 12% to 5% – Desiccated coconut, idli dosa batter, coir products
  • Reduced from 5% to Nil – Duar meal, khandsari sugar, dried vegetables
  • For Restaurants within hotels, and room tariff less than Rs. 7,500 the GST rate is 5%. Also, the credit of  ITC paid on inward supplies cannot be taken.
  • For Restaurants within hotels, and room tariff greater than Rs. 7,500 the GST rate is 18% and credit of  ITC paid on inward supplies can be availed.
  • Outdoor catering continues to be charged at 18% with the availability of ITC on inward supplies.

 

We already know that the GST slabs are pegged at 5%, 12%, 18% & 28%. According to the latest news from the GST council, the tax structure for common-use goods are as under:

GST Rates Structure

Tax Rates Products
0%
Milk Kajal
Eggs Educations Services
Curd Health Services
Lassi Children’s Drawing & Colouring Books
Unpacked Foodgrains Unbranded Atta
Unpacked Paneer Unbranded Maida
Gur Besan
Unbranded Natural Honey Prasad
Fresh Vegetables Palmyra Jaggery
Salt Phool Bhari Jhadoo
5%
Sugar Packed Paneer
Tea Coal
Edible Oils Raisin
Domestic LPG Roasted Coffee Beans
PDS Kerosene Skimmed Milk Powder
Cashew Nuts Footwear (< Rs.500)
Milk Food for Babies Apparels (< Rs.1000)
Fabric Coir Mats, Matting & Floor Covering
Spices Agarbatti
Coal Mishti/Mithai (Indian Sweets)
Life-saving drugs Coffee (except instant)
12%
Butter Computers
Ghee Processed food
Almonds Mobiles
Fruit Juice Preparations of Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts or other parts
of Plants including Pickle Murabba, Chutney, Jam, Jelly
Packed Coconut Water Umbrella
18%
Hair Oil Capital goods
Toothpaste Industrial Intermediaries
Soap Ice-cream
Pasta Toiletries
Corn Flakes Computers
Soups Printers
28%
Small cars (+1% or 3% cess) High-end motorcycles (+15% cess)
Consumer durables such as AC and fridge Beedis are NOT included here
Luxury & sin items like BMWs, cigarettes
and aerated drinks (+15% cess)

In addition to the above, a few other items were mentioned in the Council’s announcement of rates. These items, and the applicable rates on them are as follows:

GST-Rates

 

 

  • Sugar, Tea, Coffee and Edible oil will fall under the 5 per cent slab, while cereals, milk will be part of the exempt list under GST. This is to ensure that basic goods are available at affordable prices. However, instant food has been kept outside this bracket so, no relief for Maggie lovers!
  • The Council has set the rate for capital goods and industrial intermediate items at 18 per cent. This will positively impact domestic manufacturers as seamless input credit will be available for all capital goods. Indeed, it is time for “Make In India”.
  • Coal to be taxed at 5 percent against current 11.69 percent. This will prove beneficial for the power sector and heavy industries which rely on coal supply. This will also help curb inflation. Expect a good run for Coal India tomorrow.
  • Toothpaste, hair oil, and soaps will all be taxed at 18 percent, where currently they are taxed at 28 percent. Most of the cosmetics and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands should get the benefit of this tax reduction. After all, Fair and Lovely might seem fairer in its pricing from now on!
  • The ‘mithai’ from the neighbouring sweet shop might lose some of its flavor as Indian sweets will now be taxable at 5 per cent. If you have a sweet tooth, this could hurt your pocket a wee bit in the coming days.

Plus, it was announced that:

  • for restaurants serving alcohol, the tax bracket will be 18 per cent
  • education, healthcare are going to be exempted from GST
  • services on Non-AC restaurants will be 12 per cent

If you want to know more about the GST rates & HSN codes, please check the below table.

4. GST Rates for goods and services with HSN

Chapter 1 Live Animals, Bovine & Poultry
Chapter 2 Meat & Edible Offal of Animals
Chapter 3 Fish Meat & Fillets
Chapter 4 Eggs, Honey & Milk Products
Chapter 5 Non Edible Animal Products
Chapter 6 Live Trees & Plants
Chapter 7 Vegetables
Chapter 8 Fruits & Dry Fruits
Chapter 9 Tea, Coffee & Spices
Chapter 10 Edible Grains
Chapter 11 Milling Industry Products
Chapter 12 Oil Seeds, Fruit & Part of Plants
Chapter 13 Gums, Resins, Vegetable SAP & Extracts
Chapter 14 Vegetable Material & Products
Chapter 15 Fats, Oils & Waxes their Fractions
Chapter 16 Preserved/Prepared Food Items
Chapter 17 Sugar, Jaggery, Honey & bubble Gums
Chapter 18 Chocolate & Cocoa Products
Chapter 19 Pizza, Cake, Bread, Pasta & Waffles
Chapter 20 Edible Plants – Fruits, Nuts & Juices
Chapter 21 Tea & Coffee Extract & Essence
Chapter 22 Water – Mineral & Aerated
Chapter 23 Flours, Meals & Pellets
Chapter 24 Tobacco, Stemmed & Stripped
Chapter 25 Salts & Sands
Chapter 26 Mineral Ores & Slags
Chapter 27 Fossil Fuels – Coal & Petroleum
Chapter 28 Gases & Non Metals
Chapter 29 Hydrocarbons – Cyclic & Acyclic
Chapter 30 Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
Chapter 31 Fertilisers
Chapter 32 Tanning & Colouring Products
Chapter 33 Essential Oils, Beauty Products
Chapter 34 Soaps, Waxes, Polish products
Chapter 35 Casein, Albumin, Gelatin, Enzymes
Chapter 36 Propellants, Explosives, Fuses, Fireworks
Chapter 37 Photographic & Cinematographic Films
Chapter 38 Insecticides, Artificial Carbon & Graphite
Chapter 39 Polymers, Polyethylene, Cellulose
Chapter 40 Rubber, Plates, Belt, Condesnsed Milk
Chapter 41 Raw hides & Skins, Leather
Chapter 42 Trunks, Suit-cases, Vanity cases
Chapter 43 Raw Fur Skins, Articles of apparel
Chapter 44 Fuel wood, Wood Charcoal
Chapter 45 Natural Cork, Shuttlecock Cork
Chapter 46 Plaiting Materials, Basketwork
Chapter 47 Mechanical & Chemical woodpulp
Chapter 48 Newsprint, Uncoated paper & paperboard
Chapter 49 Printed Books, Brochures, Newspapers
Chapter 50 Silk Worm Coccon, Yarn, Waste & Woven Fabrics
Chapter 51 Wool materials & Waste, Animal Hairs
Chapter 52 Cotton materials, Synthetics & Woven fabrics
Chapter 53 Flex raw, Vegetable materials & Paper yarn
Chapter 54 Synthetic felaments, Woven fabrics & Rayons
Chapter 55 Synthetic felament tows & Polyster staple fiber
Chapter 56 Towels, Napkins, ropes & Netting materials
Chapter 57 Carpets & Floor coverings textile Handlooms
Chapter 58 Labels, Bades, Woven pile & Chennile, Terry towelings
Chapter 59 Rubberised textile fabrics, Convayer belts
Chapter 60 Pile,Wrap Knit,Tarry & Croched fabrics
Chapter 61 Men & Women Clothing
Chapter 62 Men & Women Jackets, Coats & Garments
Chapter 63 Blankets & Bedsheets
Chapter 64 Shoes & Footwear Products
Chapter 65 Hats & Accessories
Chapter 66 Umbrellas & Accessories
Chapter 67 Artificial flowers, Wigs & False Beards
Chapter 68 Monumental & Building Stones
Chapter 69 Bricks, Blocks & Ceramics
Chapter 70 Glasses, Mirrors, Flasks
Chapter 71 Pearls, Diamonds, Gold, Platinum
Chapter 72 Iron, Alloys, Scrap & Granules
Chapter 73 Iron tube, piles & Sheets
Chapter 74 Copper Mattes, Rods, Bars, Wires, Plates
Chapter 75 Nickel Mattes & Unwrought Nickel
Chapter 76 Unwrought Aluminium- Rods, Sheets & Profiles
Chapter 78 Unwrought Lead – Rods, Sheets & Profiles
Chapter 79 Unwrought Zinc – Rods, Sheets & Profiles
Chapter 80 Unwrought Tin – Rods, Sheets & Profiles
Chapter 81 Magnesium, Cobalt, Tungsten Articles
Chapter 82 Hand Tools & Cutlery
Chapter 83 Locks, Metal Mountings & Fittings
Chapter 84 Industrial Machinery
Chapter 85 Electrical Parts & Electronics
Chapter 86 Railway Locomotives & Parts
Chapter 87 Tractors & Motor Vehicles
Chapter 88 Balloons, Parachutes & Airlift Gear
Chapter 89 Cruise Ships & Boats
Chapter 90 Medical, Chemical & Astronomy
Chapter 91 Watches & Clocks
Chapter 92 Musical Instruments
Chapter 93 Military Weapons & firearms
Chapter 94 Furniture, Bedding & lighting
Chapter 95 Children Toys, Table & Board Games & Sports Goods
Chapter 96 Pencil Lighter Toiletries
Chapter 97 Paintings Decoratives Sculptures
Chapter 98 Machinery Lab Chemicals Drugs Medicines
Chapter 99 Services

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