GST impact on FMCG: The Finance Ministry has announced that a five percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be applicable on branded cereals such as Kellogg’s. The five percent GST on cereals will only be applicable on cereals which have been registered with the Register of Trademarks, while other cereals will remain exempt from GST. The Finance Ministry issued a clarification after doubts were raised over the meaning of registered brand names. A statement issued by the Finance Ministry read, ”A GST rate of five percent will not be applicable to the supply of goods unless the brand name or the trade name is actually on the Register of Trademarks and is in force under the Trademarks Act, 1999,” as reported by newswire agency IANS.
According to a PTI report, supply of such goods, when put up in unit container and bearing a registered brand name would attract CGST. The clarification comes amid doubts being raised with regard to the meaning of registered brand name for the purpose of GST.
The Goods and Services Tax which was rolled out by the government on first July has replaced 17 indirect taxes and 22 cesses with a single pan-India tax regime. Meanwhile, the tax rate for restaurants has gone down, as per the new tax regime the tax rate on restaurants has been reduced from 20.5 percent to 18 percent. Non-air conditioned restaurants will have to pay a levy of 12 percent. Restaurants which have a license to serve liquor will also be taxed at 18 percent, according to an Indian Express.