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GST Council cuts rates on 23 items, rationalises 28% slab

Updated : December 24, 2018 06:41 AM IST

In a relief to the common man, the GST Council Saturday cut rates on 23 commonly used goods and services, including TV screens, movie tickets and power banks.

The annual revenue implication of the rate cuts would be Rs 5,500 crore, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

The council rationalised the 28 percent slab by bringing down the tax rate on seven items in the highest tax bracket, thereby leaving only 28 items in the slab.

Briefing reporters after the 31st GST Council meeting here, Jaitley said rate rationalisation is an ongoing process."28 per cent bracket is gradually moving to sunset... The next target will be rate rationalisation in cement as and when affordability improves," he said.

Now, the 28 percent slab is restricted to only luxury and sin goods, apart from auto parts and cement -- tax rates on which could not be cut due to the high revenue implication.

GST on movie tickets costing up to Rs 100 was cut to 12 per cent from 18 per cent, while tickets over Rs 100 will attract 18 per cent tax, against 28 per cent earlier. This will have a revenue implication of Rs 900 crore.

Monitors and TV screens up to 32-inches and power banks will attract 18 per cent GST, as against 28 percent earlier.

The new tax rates will come into effect from January 1, 2019.

GST Council approves the formation of Group of Ministers 

The council also approved the proposal to form a seven Member Group of Ministers (GoM) to

Study the revenue trend, said a press release. As per the release, the GoM will look in to various revenue trends including the analysis of the reasons for structural patterns affecting the revenue collection in some of the states.

“The study would include the underlying reasons for deviation from the revenue collection targets vis a vis original assumptions discussed during  the  design  of  GST  system, its implementation and  related structural issues,” the release stated.

The release also added that the GoM members will be assisted by the committee of experts from Central Government, State Governments and the NIPFP (National Institute of Public Finance and Planning).

(With PTI Inputs)
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