Leasing of vehicles purchased prior to July 1 will attract a tax equivalent to 65 percent of the current applicable GST rate for a period of 3 years, the government said today. The GST Council, comprising Union Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley and state finance ministers, in its last meeting on October 6 had decided to levy concessional rate for a leased
vehicle. "Leasing of vehicles purchased and leased prior to July 1, 2017, would attract GST at a rate equal to 65 percent of the applicable GST rate (including Compensation Cess)," the finance ministry said in a statement.
Also, such vehicles when sold will attract GST of 65 percent of the applicable GST (Goods and Services Tax) rate,
including compensation cess. Sale of vehicles by a registered person who had procured the vehicle prior to July 1, 2017, and has not availed any input tax credits of central excise duty, VAT or any other taxes paid on such motor vehicles, will also be subject to 65 percent of applicable GST rate, it added. These rates would apply for a period of three years with effect from 1st effect from 1st July 2017.
The effective GST rate on mid-size cars will be 45 percent, and on large cars, it would be 48 percent. The rate will be 50 percent on sports utility vehicles (SUVs), which include cars with length exceeding 4,000 mm and having a ground clearance of 170 mm and above.