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GST Council may cut rates today: Restaurants, traders keep fingers crossed

Council expected to cut rates on A/C restaurants from 18% to 12%, deal with the issue of benami properties.

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Illustration: Ajaya Mohanty

With the 23rd meeting of the (GST) on the cards, exporters, small traders and those in the restaurant business are hoping for a much-needed relief to come their way.

The GST Council meeting, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is likely to witness deliberations on a number of topics, including extended liberalisation given to small traders, rate cuts on A/C restaurants from 18 to 12 per cent, and the issue of benami properties.

Additionally, the council is also expected to shed light upon the issues faced by the SME sector on account of the new taxation scheme and issues related to the fixture of maximum retail price or MRP on various goods.

The council is also expected to slash tax rates on various goods of common consumption such as handmade furniture, shampoo, sanitary ware, plywood, stationery articles, and play instruments, among others. It is also likely to deliver its decision on the proposal for big businesses to file GST returns quarterly instead of monthly, and raising the sales ceiling for small businesses from Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.5 crore, thus enabling them to capitalise on the are among the proposals before the GST Council.

The council is also expected to throw light on the recommendations proposed by a panel of ministers to reduce tax rates under the to 1 percent.

In the previous meeting, the council had decided to give an option to taxpayers to avail the if their turnover is less than Rs. 1 crore, as against the previous limit of Rs. 75 lakh.

Under the composition scheme, the tax rate for traders of goods will be 1 per cent, 2 per cent for manufacturers and 5 per cent for restaurants and suppliers of food or drinks.

Further, it was decided that the with an annual turnover of Rs. 1.5 crore will be allowed to file quarterly returns.

The 23rd will be held in Guwahati.

First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 09:41 IST