No tax on platform tickets, services by Railways: Big GST Council decisions

GST Council Meeting: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said biometric-based Aadhaar authentication would be rolled out to check fake invoicing.
No tax on platform tickets, services by Railways: Big GST Council decisions
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The 53rd GST Council meeting, chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, made a host of recommendations relating to taxation, tax exemption on services provided by Indian Railways and biometric-based Aadhaar authentication to check fake invoicing.

Sitharaman, addressing a press conference, said the Centre's intention was clear on bringing petrol and diesel under GST and left it to the states to come on board and decide the GST rate on fuel.

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The council has suggested a uniform 12% GST on all solar cookers, whether it has a single or dual energy source.

Services provided by Indian Railways to the common person, including sale of platform tickets, facility of retiring rooms, waiting rooms, cloakroom services, battery operated car services are now exempted from GST.

Hostels for students located outside educational institutions also exempted from GST. "The council has recommended exempting accommodation services having a value of supply up to Rs 20,000 per person per month. These services should be supplied for a minimum continuous period of 90 days," Sitharaman said.

The council has recommended a uniform rate of 12% on all milk cans, irrespective of the construction material.

A uniform GST rate of 12% will be applicable on all carton boxes and cases of both corrugated and non-corrugated paper or paper board. "This will in particular help the apple growers of Himachal Pradesh, J&K," the Finance Minister said.

All types of sprinklers, including fire water sprinklers, will attract 12% GST, Sitharaman said.

The Union Minister said biometric-based Aadhaar authentication would be rolled out on an all-India basis. "This will help us to combat fraudulent input tax credit claims made through fake invoices in the cases," she said.

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No tax on platform tickets, services by Railways: Big GST Council decisions

To help small taxpayers, the council has recommended extending the time limit to furnish the details and the returns in the form GSTR 4 from April 30 to June 30.

Source: India Today

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