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GST Council Recommends Significant Changes in Tax Rates and Compliance Measures

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
GST Council Recommends Significant Changes in Tax Rates and Compliance Measures
Recommendations aim to simplify taxation and benefit various sectors
New Delhi:  The 50th meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council concluded with several significant recommendations aimed at streamlining tax rates and improving compliance measures. Led by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Council addressed various sectors and proposed changes that would have a far-reaching impact on businesses and consumers.

One of the key recommendations is the taxation of Casino, Horse Racing, and Online gaming at a uniform rate of 28% on the full face value. This move seeks to standardize the tax treatment of these activities across the country and ensure a level playing field.

The Council also proposed the establishment of the GST Appellate Tribunal, which would serve as an effective forum for resolving disputes related to GST. The notification of the tribunal is set to take effect from August 1, 2023, providing taxpayers with a dedicated platform for appellate proceedings.

In a significant step towards promoting healthcare accessibility, the Council recommended exempting cancer-related drugs, medicines for rare diseases, and food products for special medical purposes from GST tax. This exemption aims to ease the financial burden on patients and ensure the availability of essential medical supplies.

Furthermore, the Council approved rate reductions on four items. Uncooked, unfried & extruded snack palettes, fish soluble paste, LD slag, and imitation zari thread will see a decrease in tax rates. The tax rate on uncooked, unfried & extruded snack palettes and fish soluble paste has been reduced from 18% to 5%. LD slag, previously taxed at 18%, will now be at par with blast furnace slag at a 5% tax rate. Similarly, the tax rate on imitation zari thread has been brought down from 12% to 5%.

In addition to these changes, the GST Council proposed several measures to streamline compliance in the GST system. These measures aim to simplify processes, enhance transparency, and reduce the compliance burden on businesses. The specific details and implementation of these measures will be announced in due course.

The recommendations of the GST Council hold significance for various sectors and stakeholders. They reflect the government's commitment to improving the ease of doing business, promoting healthcare accessibility, and ensuring a fair and efficient tax system.

The proposed changes in tax rates and compliance measures will now undergo necessary deliberations and formalities before being implemented. Businesses and consumers can expect these changes to positively impact their operations and contribute to a more simplified and transparent tax regime.

As the recommendations move forward, further updates and clarifications are expected to be provided by the concerned authorities. Stay tuned for more information on the implementation and implications of these GST Council recommendations.