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Decisions at 45th GST Council Meeting

Decisions at 45th GST Council Meeting

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Decisions at 45th GST Council Meeting

The 45th GST Council Meeting was held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 17th September 2021, under the chairmanship of the Union Finance & corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. The Finance Ministers of different States & UT’s along with Senior Officers from the Union and the State Governments also participated. And there were certain major decisions taken during the meeting which has been enlisted below:

  1. Covid-19 Relief Measure

The Covid-19 relief measure was given in the form of GST rate concessions by;
i) Extension of concessional rates of GST was given for the following drugs from 30th September 2021 to 31st December 2021, namely:

  1. Amphotericin B -nil
  2. Remdesivir – 5%
  3. Tocilizumab -nil
  4. Anti-coagulants like Heparin – 5%

ii) GST was reduced to 5% on the following drugs which are pertaining to the Covid-19 Treatment up to 31st December 2021, namely:

  • Itolizumab
  • Posaconazole
  • Infliximab
  • Favipiravir
  • Casirivimab & Imdevimab
  • 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose
  • Bamlanivimab & Etesevimab

It is to be noted that these concessions are provided only with respect to the drugs included in the Covid-19 treatment and no other medical equipment included in the same is given within this ambit of reduced GST rate.
GST Rate Changes in Relation to Goods and Services which shall come to effect from 1st October 2021

B.i) Goods

SL. NO. ITEMS APPLICABLE RATE OF GST
1. Retro fitment kits for vehicles like car, buses used by the disabled 5%
2. Fortified Rice Kernels for schemes like ICDS etc. 5%
3. Medicine Keytruda for treatment of cancer 5%
4. Biodiesel supplied to OMCs for blending with Diesel 12% 5%
 
5%
5. Ores and concentrates of metals such as copper,
iron, zinc, aluminiumand few others
18%
6. Specified Renewable Energy Devices and parts
 
12%
7. Bags,boxes, packing containers of paper, cartons, etc.
 
18%
8.
 
Waste and scrap of polyurethanes and other plastics 18%
9.
 
All kinds of pens 18%
 
10.
 
Railway parts, locomotives & other goods provided in the Chapter or Part 86 12% 18%
 
18%
11. Varied goods of paper like cards, catalogue,
printed material (Chapter 49 of tariff)
 
18%
12.
 
IGST levied on the importing of medicines for own use, namely
i. Zolgensma for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
ii. Viltepso for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
iii. Extra or other medicines or drugs used in treatment of muscular
atrophy recommended by Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare and Department of
Pharmaceuticals.
NIL
13. IGST exception on goods sold at Indo-Bangladesh Border haats NIL
14. 14. Unintended waste generated during the production of fish meal except for Fish Oil Nil (for the Period 1.07.2017 to 30.09.2019)

 

     B.ii) Services

SL. NO. ITEMS APPLICABLE RATE OF GST
1. Validity of GST exception on transport of goods by vessel and airfrom India to somewhere external to India is available up to 30.9.2022.
 
 
NIL
2. Facilities by way of grant of National Permit to goods carriages on payment of fee
 
 
NIL
3. Skill exercise and teaching for which Government bears 75% or more of the spending made
[presently exception applies only if Govt funds 100%].
 
NIL
4. Services that are connected to AFC Women’s Asia Cup 2022.
 
NIL
5. Licensing facilities/theright to broadcast and demonstrate original films,sound recordings, Radio and Television programmes [ to bring equality
between distribution and licencing services]  
 
18%
6. Printing and copying services of recorded media where content
isprovided by the producer (to bring it on equality with Colour printingof images from film or digital media)
 
18%
7. Exception on leasing of rolling stock by IRFC to Indian Railways taken back.
 
8. E Commerce Operating Platforms are being made liable to pay tax on following services providedthrough them
(i) transport of customers or passengers, by any type of motor vehicles through it [w.e.f. 1st January,
2022] (ii) restaurant or eatery services provided through it with some exceptions [w.e.f. 1st January,
2022]  
9. Regarding the IGST exception relating to importing of the products on lease. And GST on such import of goods on lease is paid on the lease amount, so as to allow this exemption even if
(i) such goods are moved to a new lessee in India upon finishing or termination of lease; and
(ii) the lessor situated in SEZ pays GST below the forward charge.

 
With respect to point (8), in ‘B.ii’, it is to be noted that e-commerce operators shall now be held responsible or liable to pay taxes on the services like:

  • Transport of passengers, by any type of motor vehicles made using their platform from 1st January 2022.
  • Restaurant services which are provided through the platforms of e-commerce operator from 1st January 2022 and this majorly includes the food delivery applications like Swiggy and Zomato. Till date, the e-commerce operators who collected GST on the transactions were supposed to pay the same to the restaurants, who would then remit the same to the Government. But from 1st January 2022 onwards the e-commerce operators like Swiggy and Zomato shall be held liable to pay such GST collected to the Government.

Clarifications with regard to the GST Rate on Goods and Services

  C.i) Goods

SL. NO. GOODS/SERVICES RATE OF GST
1. Pure henna powder and paste (that have no additives)                5%
 
5%
2. Dried Distillers’ Grains with Soluble [DDGS], Brewers’ Spent Grain (BSG), and other such remains, falling under HS code 2303 5%
3. Laboratory substances or mixtures and other goods falling under heading 3822
 
12%
4. Scented or perfumed sweet supari and flavoured and coated Elaichi falling under heading 2106
 
18%
5. Carbonated and fizzy fruit drinks of fruit drinks and carbonated drinks with fruit juice
 
28% + Cess 12%
6. Tamarind seeds fall under heading 1209
 
Nil for Seeds used for Sowing
5% for Others
7. Outside batteries supplied along with UPS systems/inverter 28%
(Other than Lithium-ion batteries)
8. UPS/inverter
 
18%
9. Paper and paperboard containers, whether ridged or non-corrugated
 
18%
10. Fresh/dried nuts 5%/12%
11. Pharmaceutical goods falling under heading 3006 12%

 

         C.ii) Services

SL. NO. GOODS/SERVICES RATE OF GST
1. Coaching facilities that are provided to students by coaching institutions and NGOs under the central sector scheme of ‘Scholarships for students with Disabilities’
 
Exempt
2. Facilities by cloud kitchens/central kitchens are now covered under ‘restaurant service’
 
5%
3. Ice cream by parlours     18%
 
18%
4. Overloading charges at toll plazas
 
Exempt
5. Renting of vehicles like buses by state transport undertakings and local departments or authorities is now covered by the expression ‘giving on hire’
 
Exempt
6. Grant of mineral exploration and mining rights
 
18%
 
7. Permission to get admission to amusement parks with rides, etc.
 
18%
 
8. Admission to facilities that have casinos 28%
9. Alcoholic liquor for human consumption is not food and food products for the entry prescribing 5% GST rate on job work services in relation to food and food products. NA

 GoM to look after Rate Rationalization

GoM or a Group of State Ministers will be established by the Government for looking after the rate rationalization related issues so as to correct the inverted duty structure and to take necessary steps required with regard to the augment revenues.
An inverted and upturned duty structure is arising basically when the taxes on output or a final product is lower than the taxes on the inputs utilized, which would create an inverse accumulation of ITC which in most cases has to be refunded. And this has prompted or implied a major revenue outflow for the Government which made the Government analyse and relook the duty structure.
And other GoM will be setup for looking after the issues related with;

  • E-way bills,
  • FASTAGs,
  • Compliances,
  • Technology,
  • Plugging of loopholes,
  • Composition schemes and such other matters related thereto.

Petrol and Diesel not Included under the GST Regime:

The council has decided that petrol and diesel shall not be brought under the GST regime as the States vehemently opposed such an inclusion by raising concerns regarding the revenue earning of the states from such fuel sales.
But if the same is brought under the GST regime, then the prices of these fuels will become uniform as various other taxes like excise and VAT rates by Centre and State shall be eliminated and only GST shall become applicable. And this will also help in bringing down the prices of fuels which is now at record heights comparing to the recent past.
 
 
 
 

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