GST rates: Govt starts media awareness drive for common man to prevent being fleeced by traders

New Delhi: The government has started its media blitzkrieg to tell the common man that the upcoming GST will reduce prices of most goods.

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in advertisements in leading dailies gave pictorial representations of items which are exempt from Goods and Services Tax and the ones which would attract lower tax of 5 percent.

The GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising his state counterparts, has already decided on tax rates of majority of the commodities. They have been put in slabs of 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent, with the exception of gold which will attract 3 percent GST.

GST, which will subsume 16 different levies, will be rolled out from 1 July.

The CBEC said salt, milk, gur, egg, curd, unpacked food grain and paneer, fresh vegetables, unbranded atta, maida, besan, honey, besides education and health services have all been exempted from GST.

"GST-Single tax to reduce prices of most products of mass consumption," it said.

 Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue secretary.  PIB image

Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue secretary. PIB image

the changed GST rates they will have to pay more. We have to educate them," Adhia had said.

Items like tea, sugar, coffee beans, edible oil, packed paneer, milk powder, brooms, domestic LPG and kerosene have been put in the 5 percent bracket.

"81 percent of the items to fall in/below 18 percent slab. Only 19 percent of the goods will attract GST above 18 percent," the CBEC said.

For items placed in 12 percent slab, the CBEC listed butter, ghee, mobiles, cashew, agarbatti, umbrella, fruit juice and sausages.

Hair oil, soaps, jams, soups, ice cream, capital goods and computers will attract a 18 percent levy.

Those placed in the 28 percent slab are custard powder, shampoo, perfume, make up items, chewing gum, motorcycle, cement and consumer durables.

The government has already said that the benefits of a reduced tax rate post GST should be passed on to consumers by way of price reduction.

The GST Council has decided to set up a committee comprising central and state tax officers to act on complaints of profiteering by industry post GST.

Updated Date: Jun 05, 2017 08:51 AM

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