GST rate likely to be over 12 pc: Finance Ministry

The Finance Commission (task force) had recommended an overall GST rate of 12 per cent "but it is likely to be higher than that", Revenue Secretary Sunil Mitra said at a CII seminar here.

He, however, clarified that he is not talking about the Central GST but the combined tax at the Union and state governments' level.

The task force had recommended five per cent GST rate at the Central level and seven per cent at the state level.

GST was earlier scheduled to be implemented from April 1 2010, but now the Cent
GST will replace most the indirect taxes at central and states levels like service tax, excise duty, VAT, and local levies.

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