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81% goods under 18% tax bracket, 4 tax slabs for goods and services finalised under GST

Tax on gold not decided; healthcare and education exempted under new regime

IANS  |  Srinagar 

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The Goods and Services (GST) Council concluded its latest round of meetings on Friday with the decision to apply the same four rate slabs for services as for goods, exempting, however, healthcare and educational services from the purview of the

Speaking to reporters here following the meeting, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said that no consensus could be reached on the rate to apply to gold and that the next meeting of the Council has been fixed for June 4.

The council on Thursday approved the rates for 1,211 items, of which 7 per cent will be exempted, 14 per cent will be in the 5 per cent slab, 17 per cent in the 12 per cent category, 43 per cent in the 18 per cent segment, while 19 per cent of goods will go into the top bracket of 28 per cent.

"Services, which are at currently taxed 15 per cent will be fitted into the 18 per cent bracket. However, services will get the benefit of input credit for the goods used, so the real incidence of taxation will be lower than the headline rate," Isaac added.

He said that while "luxury services" would attract the highest rate of 28 per cent, health and education services would be exempt categories.

"Telecom services would continue to be taxed at the same rates of the past. Not in a single case has there been an increase in taxes from before," he added.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the media here on Thursday, after the first day of the council meeting, that "there is no increase in taxes on the items considered today. In fact, for many of them, taxes have come down."

An overwhelming 81 per cent of items will attract a of 18 per cent or below. Only 19 per cent of items will be taxed at the highest rate of 28 per cent.

Jaitley said that while the overall basket of taxes will see a reduction, he hoped for greater buoyancy because of greater efficiency and less evasion.

"On many commodities, there would be a reduction because of the cascading effect, but we are banking on the hope that because of a better system and less evasion there would be buoyancy," he said.

In a major measure of support to industry, the rate for capital goods, as well as industrial and intermediate items have been set at 18 per cent.

Commenting on the Council's deliberations, a senior analyst said the rates announced were along expected lines.

"However, it seems a lot of work is yet to be done. Exemptions and issues related to reverse charge mechanism have not been finalised, and looks doubtful that it will be done in a day," said Taxmann.com Senior Consultant V.S Datey.

"Thus the chances of introducing by July 1 appears doubtful," he added.

"Companies would now quickly want to compute/re-compute the impact of rate change, if any, on their products and consequential change in their related margins," Partner in international accounting firm KPMG in India Harpreet Singh said in a statement here.

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81% goods under 18% tax bracket, 4 tax slabs for goods and services finalised under GST

Tax on gold not decided; healthcare and education exempted under new regime

Tax on gold not decided; healthcare and education exempted under new regime

The Goods and Services (GST) Council concluded its latest round of meetings on Friday with the decision to apply the same four rate slabs for services as for goods, exempting, however, healthcare and educational services from the purview of the

Speaking to reporters here following the meeting, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said that no consensus could be reached on the rate to apply to gold and that the next meeting of the Council has been fixed for June 4.

The council on Thursday approved the rates for 1,211 items, of which 7 per cent will be exempted, 14 per cent will be in the 5 per cent slab, 17 per cent in the 12 per cent category, 43 per cent in the 18 per cent segment, while 19 per cent of goods will go into the top bracket of 28 per cent.

"Services, which are at currently taxed 15 per cent will be fitted into the 18 per cent bracket. However, services will get the benefit of input credit for the goods used, so the real incidence of taxation will be lower than the headline rate," Isaac added.

He said that while "luxury services" would attract the highest rate of 28 per cent, health and education services would be exempt categories.

"Telecom services would continue to be taxed at the same rates of the past. Not in a single case has there been an increase in taxes from before," he added.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the media here on Thursday, after the first day of the council meeting, that "there is no increase in taxes on the items considered today. In fact, for many of them, taxes have come down."

An overwhelming 81 per cent of items will attract a of 18 per cent or below. Only 19 per cent of items will be taxed at the highest rate of 28 per cent.

Jaitley said that while the overall basket of taxes will see a reduction, he hoped for greater buoyancy because of greater efficiency and less evasion.

"On many commodities, there would be a reduction because of the cascading effect, but we are banking on the hope that because of a better system and less evasion there would be buoyancy," he said.

In a major measure of support to industry, the rate for capital goods, as well as industrial and intermediate items have been set at 18 per cent.

Commenting on the Council's deliberations, a senior analyst said the rates announced were along expected lines.

"However, it seems a lot of work is yet to be done. Exemptions and issues related to reverse charge mechanism have not been finalised, and looks doubtful that it will be done in a day," said Taxmann.com Senior Consultant V.S Datey.

"Thus the chances of introducing by July 1 appears doubtful," he added.

"Companies would now quickly want to compute/re-compute the impact of rate change, if any, on their products and consequential change in their related margins," Partner in international accounting firm KPMG in India Harpreet Singh said in a statement here.

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81% goods under 18% tax bracket, 4 tax slabs for goods and services finalised under GST

Tax on gold not decided; healthcare and education exempted under new regime

The Goods and Services (GST) Council concluded its latest round of meetings on Friday with the decision to apply the same four rate slabs for services as for goods, exempting, however, healthcare and educational services from the purview of the

Speaking to reporters here following the meeting, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said that no consensus could be reached on the rate to apply to gold and that the next meeting of the Council has been fixed for June 4.

The council on Thursday approved the rates for 1,211 items, of which 7 per cent will be exempted, 14 per cent will be in the 5 per cent slab, 17 per cent in the 12 per cent category, 43 per cent in the 18 per cent segment, while 19 per cent of goods will go into the top bracket of 28 per cent.

"Services, which are at currently taxed 15 per cent will be fitted into the 18 per cent bracket. However, services will get the benefit of input credit for the goods used, so the real incidence of taxation will be lower than the headline rate," Isaac added.

He said that while "luxury services" would attract the highest rate of 28 per cent, health and education services would be exempt categories.

"Telecom services would continue to be taxed at the same rates of the past. Not in a single case has there been an increase in taxes from before," he added.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the media here on Thursday, after the first day of the council meeting, that "there is no increase in taxes on the items considered today. In fact, for many of them, taxes have come down."

An overwhelming 81 per cent of items will attract a of 18 per cent or below. Only 19 per cent of items will be taxed at the highest rate of 28 per cent.

Jaitley said that while the overall basket of taxes will see a reduction, he hoped for greater buoyancy because of greater efficiency and less evasion.

"On many commodities, there would be a reduction because of the cascading effect, but we are banking on the hope that because of a better system and less evasion there would be buoyancy," he said.

In a major measure of support to industry, the rate for capital goods, as well as industrial and intermediate items have been set at 18 per cent.

Commenting on the Council's deliberations, a senior analyst said the rates announced were along expected lines.

"However, it seems a lot of work is yet to be done. Exemptions and issues related to reverse charge mechanism have not been finalised, and looks doubtful that it will be done in a day," said Taxmann.com Senior Consultant V.S Datey.

"Thus the chances of introducing by July 1 appears doubtful," he added.

"Companies would now quickly want to compute/re-compute the impact of rate change, if any, on their products and consequential change in their related margins," Partner in international accounting firm KPMG in India Harpreet Singh said in a statement here.

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