Eating out gets cheaper as govt slashes GST rates on 211 items

Eating out gets cheaper as govt slashes GST rates on 211 items

Eating out, beauty products, wooden furniture, sanitary wares and a host of other items will cost less after the government issued a notification for implementing new GST rates on 211 items from Wednesday.

The GST Council had in its meeting on November 10 decided to reduce rates of 178 items and put them in the 18% tax slab from the existing 28%.

Thirteen items were moved to 12% slab and six were moved from 5% to zero tax slab. The council also reduced the tax rate on restaurants to 5%, barring star hotels.

After the notification was issued on Tuesday midnight, the retail prices of several goods came down. The companies will have to print the new prices on the goods identified by the council for a reduction in rates.

Certain goods on which the GST rates were slashed from 28% to 18% include wire, cables, plywood, furniture, mattress, bedding, suitcase, vanity cases, briefcases, travelling bags, handbags, detergents, washing and cleaning preparations, shampoos, hair cream, room deodorizers, perfumes and toilet waters

 

Items moved from 28% slab to 12% include wet grinders consisting of stone as grinder, condensed milk, refined sugar and sugar cubes,
curry paste, mayonnaise and salad dressings, mixed condiments and mixed seasoning, medicinal grade oxygen, printing ink, handbags and shopping bags of jute and cotton.

 

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

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

Dried vegetables like sweet potatoes, maniac, unworked coconut shell, frozen fish or dried (not put up in a unit container bearing a brand name) and khandsari sugar were put in the zero slab category.

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