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GST on foodgrain: 5% tax only on branded cereals under trademark law

5% GST is applicable only on brand names which are in force under the Trade Marks Act, 1999

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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The five per cent and Services Tax (GST) rate will apply only on those branded which are registered with the Register of Marks, while others will remain exempted, the Ministry said on Wednesday.

The clarification comes as doubts were being raised over the meaning of "registered brand name".

"rate of five per cent will not be applicable to the supply of unless the brand name or name is actually on the Register of Marks and is in force under the Act, 1999," the Ministry said in a statement.

"The Central (CGST) rate on supply of certain goods, such as 'chena' or 'paneer', natural honey, wheat, rice and other cereals, pulses, flour of and pulses, other than those put up in unit container and bearing a registered brand name, is nil."

"Supply of such goods, when put up in a unit container and bearing a registered brand name attracts 2.5 per cent rate," it said.

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First Published: Wed, July 05 2017. 16:58 IST