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Theme Park Visit to Attract 28% GST, Animal Slaughtering, Vet Clinics Exempt


Updated: May 20, 2017, 12:18 PM IST
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Theme Park Visit to Attract 28% GST, Animal Slaughtering, Vet Clinics Exempt
'Adlabs Imagica' theme park in Khopoli (REUTERS)

Srinagar: Animal slaughtering and services provided by veterinary clinics will be exempt from GST while visits to theme parks and sporting events like IPL will attract a levy of 28 percent under the new indirect tax regime kicking in from July 1.

Besides, supply of foods or drinks in outdoor catering, circus shows, classical dances, including folk dance, drama and theatrical performances, will attract a 18 percent tax rate under GST.

The GST Council over the two-day meeting on May 18-19 has decided to retain majority of the exemptions currently available in the service tax regime in the GST.

As per the list of services which will be subject to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), services provided by tour operators and leasing of aircraft will attract a 5 percent levy.

While economy class travel in airplane is likely to get cheaper with 5 percent tax, a similar lower levy has been decided for transport of passengers by air embarking from or terminating in a regional connectivity scheme airport.

Temporary transfer or permitting use of intellectual property (IP) will attract 12 percent GST-- the same rate as in respect of permanent transfer of IP.

These include education, healthcare, services provided by way of religious pilgrimages, charitable activities, those provided by the RBI and diplomatic missions situated in India.

Services provided by toll operators and transmission and distribution of electricity and residential house renting would be exempt from the GST.

The exempt services will also include animal slaughtering, banks giving loans or deposits and those provided by the veterinary clinics.

A senior advocate giving legal services to any person other than a business entity, or a business entity with a turnover of up to Rs 20 lakh in the preceding financing year will be exempt from goods and services tax.

Services of public libraries by way of lending of books, publications and retail packaging and labelling of fruits and vegetables which do not alter the characteristics of the fruit or vegetables are exempt.

The Council has also decided to exempt from the purview of GST the company Goods and Services Tax Network(GSTN) set up to build the IT network for the new indirect tax regime.

As per the list, non-AC restaurants will charge 12 percent GST on food bill.

The tax rate for AC restaurants and those with liquor licence will be 18 percent, while 5-star hotels will charge 28 percent GST.

Restaurants with Rs 50 lakh or below turnover will go under the 5 percent composition scheme.

Work contracts like white washing will be liable for a 12 percent GST.

Entertainment tax will be merged with service tax under the GST and a composite 28 percent levy will be charged on cinema services as well as gambling and betting at race course.

While the rate proposed for cinema halls is lower than 40 to 55 percent currently, it may not result in a reduction in tariffs on cinema tickets as states continue to hold right to levy local charges on them.

Hotels and lodges charging per day tariff of Rs 1,000 will be exempt from GST.

Rate for hotels with tariff of Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 per day would be 12 percent, while those with Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 would be 18 percent.

GST for hotels with tariff above Rs 5,000 will be 28 percent.

Non AC train travel, including in local trains and metro, has been exempt from GST, while AC train travel will attract 5 percent service tax, same as freight levy.

Five percent rate will also apply on rides taken from cab aggregators like Ola and Uber, which currently pay 6 percent tax.

Telecom and financial services will be tax edat a standard rate of 18 percent under GST.

But tax department estimates that the tax incidence on this will be unchanged at 15 percent after the input credit is taken on equipment by the service providers.

The GST Council finalised four tax rates of 5, 12, 18 and28 percent for services including telecom, insurance, hotels and restaurants under the biggest tax reform since the Independence.
The rates are in line with those finalised for goods.

With this, rates of all items except a handful including gold,have been decided ahead of the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1.

First Published: May 20, 2017, 12:18 PM IST
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