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GST Council- GST Rate Slabs

GST Council & Rate Slabs
On 18th October 2016, the Central Government has proposed various rate slabs in GST Council. It must be noted that the GST Council is meeting from 17th - 19th October 2016 to finalise GST rate slabs, Cess & concessions alongwith compensation.
GST Rate Slabs - The proposed GST rates  are as below :
i.6% - Food items and other necessities.
ii. 12% - Substantial Goods & Services 
iii.18% - Rest Of Goods & Services 
iv.26% - Luxury goods 
v. 4%- Precious metals like gold .
Cess
Aditionally, Cess has been proposed for demerit goods included selected luxury cars, tobacco , pan masala etc towards compensation to states.
Crucial Discussions
The following crucial discussions also hint a lot on GST rate structure  :
a. Concept of High GST Rate Limit - Highest Rate Limit Proposal @ 30% came from Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac with a condition that  state government can either  exempt or levy lower tax rates even highest slab is fixed.
b. Food Items - Special treatment to certain food items is likely to continue and it will be exempted from the tax as well.
c. Common Usage - 50 per cent of the items of common usage will be exempted.This will be also a measure to check inflation. 
Average GST Rate For Goods & Services
Goods - Average GST rate seems to be @ 6% & 12 % . Whereas, FMCG products shall attract GST rate @ 26% .
Services - GST rate may be @ 12% or 18% . 
For advance level GST , keep referring www.gstprofs.in

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