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GST Council-Appointed GoM Meeting Today; To Discuss GST Rate Rationalisation

A group of ministers (GoM) is headed by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai-led.

A group of ministers (GoM) is headed by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai-led.

The panel has time to submit its final report on various GST issues before the next GST Council meet, which is going to take place on June 28-29 in Srinagar

The GST Council-appointed group on ministers (GoM), headed by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, is meeting on Friday (June 17) to discuss pruning the list of exempted items, plan to shift rate slabs, and proposal to correct the inverted duty structure in textiles. The GoM was set up in September last year by the GST Council to suggest ways for augmenting revenue by rationalising tax rates and correcting anomalies in the tax structure.

The panel, which was given time to submit its final report before the next GST Council meet, is likely to discuss a proposal to shift rate slabs from the current five per cent to seven or eight per cent; and from 18 per cent to 20 per cent. It might also discuss pruning the list of exempted items under the GST regime and also the proposal to correct the inverted duty structure in textiles.

An inverted duty structure refers to a situation where the tax rate on inputs purchased is higher than that on finished goods.

Currently, there are four GST slabs — 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent, and 28 per cent. The 18 per cent slab has 480 items, from which about 70 per cent of the GST collections come. Apart from this, there is an exempt list of items like unbranded and unpacked food items that do not attract the levy.

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Karnataka, Goa and Kerala are GoM member states. The panel last met in November 2021. Its recommendations, once finalised, will be placed before the Council in the next meeting for a final decision.

The GST Council, which is the highest decision-making body under the GST regime, will meet during June 28-29 in Srinagar. “The 47th meeting of the GST Council will be held on June 28-29, 2022 (Tuesday & Wednesday) in Srinagar,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said in a tweet.

Interestingly, the Supreme Court last month in its ruling said the GST Council is only a recommendatory body and its recommendations are not binding on the Centre or states. The court held that the recommendations of the GST Council will have a persuasive value. The Court also held that both Parliament and the state legislatures can equally legislate on the matters related to GST.

GST Collections in May hit an amount of Rs 1,40,885 crore, which was a 44 per cent year-on-year jump. However, it was a drop of 16 per cent as compared to the GST collections in April. The gross GST revenue collected in May 2022 was Rs 1,40,885 crore, of which CGST is Rs 25,036 crore, SGST is Rs 32,001 crore, IGST is Rs 73,345 crore (including Rs 37469 crore collected on import of goods) and cess is Rs 10,502 crore (including Rs 931 crore collected on import of goods).

The gross GST revenue collected in the month of May 2022 is Rs 1,40,885 crore of which CGST is Rs 25,036 crore, SGST is Rs 32,001 crore, IGST is Rs 73,345 crore (including Rs 37,469 crore collected on import of goods) and cess is Rs 10,502 crore (including Rs 931 crore collected on import of goods).

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first published:June 17, 2022, 10:43 IST