GST Rates On 27 Items Reduced: Jaitley


New Delhi: The GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday made a series of deliberations on the new tax regime to provide relief to thousands of small firms and exporters.

The meeting was the 22nd of its kind, held a day after Jaitley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah went into a huddle, reportedly to discuss the economy.

Speaking to reporters, Jaitley said, “GST doesn’t have exemptions, and hence there will be an e-wallet for each exporter with a notional advance refund amount. E-wallet for exporters to be implemented by 1st April 2018, till then they can file GST on the rate of nominal 0.1%,” said Jaitley.

Tax refunds of July and August for exporters to be processed from October 10, he said. GST rates of 27 items reviewed by the GST Council, including sliced dry mangoes, khakhra, unbranded namkeen, chapati have been been cut. E-way bill to be implemented from April 1, said the finance minister.

GST rate on some stationery items, diesel engine parts has been reduced to 18% from 28%.

Group of Ministers will study taxation regime for restaurants, especially on bifurcation on basis of AC & non-AC restaurants.

Jaitley said reverse charge mechanism for transactions between registered and unregistered businesses has been deferred till March 31, 2018.

Threshold for composition scheme in GST has been increased from Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1 crore so as to reduce compliance burden on medium and small taxpayers, Jaitley said.