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Cabinet Approves 4 GST Supplementary Bills

The Union Cabinet may approve bills to supplement the Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation on Monday.

Updated:March 20, 2017, 11:05 AM IST

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet approved bills to supplement the Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation on Monday.

The government will try to introduced these bills in Parliament this week as money bills.

A set of four supporting legislations -- the Compensation Law, the Central-GST or C-GST, Integrated-GST or I-GST and Union Territory-GST or UT-GST -- were passed by the Cabinet for approval of the legislature.

The GST Council, in its previous two meetings, had given approval to the four legislations as also the State-GST (S-GST) bill. While the S-GST has to be passed by each of the state legislative assemblies, the other four laws have to be approved by Parliament.

Once approved, levy of GST will get legal backing.

The government is hoping the C-GST, I-GST, UT-GST and the GST Compensation laws will be approved in the current session of Parliament and the S-GST by each of the state legislatures soon to help roll out the new indirect tax regime from July 1.

While a composite GST will be levied on sale of goods or rendering of services after the new indirect tax regime is rolled out, the revenue would be split between Centre and states in almost equal proportion.

This because central taxes like excise and service tax and state levies like VAT will be subsumed in the GST.

While the C-GST will give powers to the Centre to levy GST on goods and services after Union levies like excise and service tax are subsumed, the I-GST is to be levied on inter-state supplies.

The S-GST will allow states to levy the tax after VAT and other state levies are subsumed in the GST. The UT-GST will also go to Parliament for approval.

Sources said the Council has already finalised a four-tier tax structure of 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent, but the model GST law has kept the peak rate at 40 percent (20 percent to be levied by the Centre and an equal amount by states) to obviate the need for approaching Parliament for any change in rates in future.

Similarly, the cess to be levied on top of peak rate on selected demerit goods like luxury cars for creation of a corpus that will be used for compensating states for any loss of revenue from GST implementation in the first five years,
has been capped at 15 percent.

Sources said the government may attempt for all the four laws to be taken up for approval in Parliament together during the ongoing Budget session that ends on April 12.

(With PTI inputs)

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