Restaurants to levy 5% GST from today

Restaurants to levy 5% GST from today

Eating in restaurants will be cheaper from now on. Similarly, buying beauty products, wooden furniture, sanitary ware and a host of items will cost less after the government issued a notification for implementation of new GST rates on 211 items from Wednesday.

The GST Council in its meeting on November 10 had decided to reduce rates of 178 items and put them in the 18% tax slab from the existing 28%.  Thirteen items were moved to the 12% slab from the 18% and six were moved from 5% as nil tax regimes. It also reduced tax on restaurants to 5% barring the starred ones.

Certain goods on which GST rates were slashed from 28% to 18% include wire, cables, ply wood, furniture, mattress, bedding and similar furnishing, suitcase, vanity cases, brief cases, travelling bags and other hand bags, detergents, washing and cleaning preparations, shampoos, hair cream, room deodrisers and perfumes.

Those which were reduced from 28% to 12% include wet grinders consisting of a stone as grinder, condensed milk, refined sugar and sugar cubes, curry paste, mayonnaise and salad dressings, mixed condiments and mixed seasoning, diabetic, medicinal grade oxygen, printing ink, hand bags and shopping bags of jute and cotton

Rates of puffed rice chikki, peanut chikki, sesame chikki, revdi, tilrevdi, khaza, kazuali, groundnut sweets gatta, kuliya were brought down from 18% to 5%.

Desiccated coconut, narrow woven fabric including cotton newar, idli, dosa batter, finished leather, coir products were brought down from 12% to 5%.

Certain dried vegetables such as sweet potatoes, maniac, unworked coconut shell, fish frozen or dried (not put up in unit container bearing a brand name) and khandsari sugar were put in the nil rate category.

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