GST Council Meet HIGHLIGHTS: The 47th GST Council, headed by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Chandigarh, discussed and decided on four GoM reports. These were rate rationalization committee; casino, horse trading and lottery, online gaming; IT taxation; and movement of precious metal. FM Nirmala Sitharaman said that online gaming, casinos, horseracing include gambling even if it is based on skill. Earlier in the day, the GST Council deferred a decision on the proposal to raise the GST on online gaming to 28% from 18% on skill gaming to bring it at par with chance games involving gambling and betting. FM added that council approved exemptions and inverted duty structure suggested by BS Bommai GoM. The Group of Ministers (GoM), which is tasked to submit the report on rate rationalisation, has been given three more months, said Tarun Bajaj, the Revenue Secretary, during the Finance Ministry’s press briefing.
Electric vehicles whether or not fitted with a battery pack, are eligible for the concessional GST rate of 5%. All fly ash bricks attract same concessional rate irrespective of fly ash content. Stones covered in S. No.123 of Schedule-I (such as Napa stones), even if they are ready to use and polished in minor ways [not mirror polished], attract concessional GST rate of 5%.
The Council directed that the Group of Ministers on Casino, Race Course and Online Gaming re-examine the issues in its terms of reference based on further inputs from States and submit its report within a short duration.
GST was exempted on specified food items, grains etc when not branded, or right on the brand has been foregone. It has been recommended to revise the scope of exemption to exclude from it prepackaged and pre-labelled retail pack in terms of Legal Metrology Act, including pre-packed, pre-labelled curd, lassi and butter milk.
“On the invitation of the Tamil Nadu finance minister, the next GST Council meeting will be held in Madurai,” Finance Minister Sitharaman said.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman press briefing ends
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Online gaming, casinos, horseracing include gambling even if it is based on skill. Council approved exemptions and inverted duty structure suggested by BS Bommai GoM, said FM Sitharaman
4th Group Of Ministers, headed by Kerala Finance Minister, is about movement of precious metals, such as gold, which was under discussion for quite some time; the report has been tabled and discussed: FM (PIB)
3rd Group of Ministers was on IT and Technology Related matters, headed by Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra; they have submitted report, going into great detail on corrections which can be done by the system: FM
2nd GoM discussed at this GST meeting is on Betting, Gambling, Casinos, Horseracing and Lottery, headed by Meghalaya CM; the GoM gave its final report on this, said FM (PIB)
Rate Rationalization Group headed by Karnataka CM, which also looked at exemptions and correction of inversions; exemption and correction of inversion were taken up at this GST meeting, rate rationalization yet to be taken up. PIB
The highlight of the two-day GST Council Meeting is that we could consider, discuss and decide on four GoM reports. The meeting did justice to the good work done by the Group of Ministers on four different matters, FM said.
FM Nirmala Sitharaman said that GST Council has not yet taken up rate rationalisation, and the GoM has been given more time for it.
FM Nirmala Sitharaman said that GST Council decided on four GoM reports, which were part of the core agenda of this meeting. a) Rate rationalisation committee, b) Casino, horse trading and lottery, online gaming, c) IT taxation, and d) Movement of precious metal
FM Nirmala Sitharaman began media briefing after 47th GST Council ended.
As per a Reserve Bank study, the weighted average tax rate under GST has declined from 14.4 per cent at the time of its launch to 11.6 per cent in September 2019. In order to meet the resource gap of the states due to short release of compensation, the Centre borrowed and released Rs 1.1 lakh crore in 2020-21 and Rs 1.59 lakh crore in 2021-22, as back-to-back loans to meet a part of the shortfall in cess collection.
GST was introduced from July 1, 2017, and states were assured of compensation for the revenue loss, till June 2022, arising on account of GST roll out. Though states’ protected revenue has been growing at 14 per cent compounded growth, the cess collection did not increase in the same proportion, COVID-19 further increased the gap between protected revenue and the actual revenue receipt including reduction in cess collection
While keeping land & immovable property and electricity outside the purview of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has impaired its construct, a series of steps taken after the legislation’s July 2017 launch, including addition to the list of exemptions, levy of tax without input credit in certain areas, “composition scheme” for small taxpayers and delays in correction of duty inversions in many segments have made the tax more complex. Read full story
The Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council on Wednesday deferred a decision on the proposal to raise the GST on online gaming from 18% to 28% on the skill gaming to bring it at par with chance games involving gambling and betting, Karnataka chief minister BS Bommai said. Read full story
Joining a growing chorus of state finance ministers for an extension of the GST compensation mechanism for 2-3 years, BJP-ruled state Uttarakhand’s finance minister Prem Chand Aggarwal on Wednesday said the Centre should either extend the mechanism or consider compensating his state as the five-year facility will end on Thursday. “Being a new state, we have limited sources of revenue. We will demand in the GST Council for an extension of the compensation scheme or in some other way compensate for the revenue loss. If not extended, we will have an annual loss of about Rs 5,000 crore,” Aggarwal said. Read full story