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GST Rate Cut: What Gets Cheap?

IndianMoney.com Research Team | Updated On Friday, March 09,2018, 04:07 PM
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GST Rate Cut: What Gets Cheap?


The GST Council has decided to give you and other consumers a major relief from taxes. The GST Council has cut tax rates on 178 items. Only 50 items have been left behind in the 28% GST slab. The GST Council has taken a major decision. Only sin and demerit goods have been left behind in the 28% GST slab.

Demerit goods are those goods whose consumption is discouraged. The remaining goods have been shifted to the 18% GST slab.

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GST Rate Cut: What Gets Cheap?


Yes...178 items have been shifted from the 28% GST slab to the 18% GST slab. This is going to make a number of items of daily use...cheap. Let's take a look at some of these items which will become cheap after this shift.


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1. Food and edibles will become cheap


If you love chocolates, there's reason to smile. Cocoa products, chocolate, chewing gum, non-alcoholic beverages, coffee, custard powder and wafers have been shifted from the 28% GST slab to the 18% GST slab.


2. Grooming products have gone cheap


If you are the beauty conscious kind, this news will make you jump with joy. Skincare products, hair dye, shampoo, shaving cream, polishes, soap, detergent and washing powder, razors and blades, aftershave, mattresses, leather clothing, wigs, artificial fur, dental hygiene products, creams and deodorants have been shifted from the 28% GST slab to the 18% GST slab.


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3. The construction industry has reason to smile


If you are looking to construct a house, there's reason to smile. Items used in construction like granite, marble, slate, mica, plaster, ceramic goods and glassware/sanitary ware have been shifted from 28% GST slab to 18% slab, making your house construction cheap.


4. Items made of wood and rubber have become cheap


Tyre tubes for bicycles and three wheelers/autos, plywood furniture and wallpaper will become cheap after being shifted to the 18% GST slab from 28% GST slab.


5. Personal accessories get cheap


You will soon find batteries, goggles and wristwatches cheap. These have been shifted from the 28% GST slab to 18% slab.


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6. Expect food items to become cheap


Your favorite pasta, condensed milk, refined sugar, curry paste will become cheap after being shifted from the 18% GST slab to 12% GST slab. Food items like dried vegetables and sweet potatoes, dried/frozen fish and coconut shell will be reduced from 5% to 0%.


7. Handicrafts get cheap


If you want to decorate your home with handicrafts, here's some good news. Bamboo/cane furniture, knitted hats, jute and cotton bags will become cheap after being shifted from the 18% GST slab to 12% GST slab.


8. Your medical bills could come down


If you spend a lot of time in hospitals and your medical bills are running high, there's reason to smile. Diabetic food, medical grade oxygen, spectacle frames have been shifted from the 18% GST slab to 12% slab.


9. Eating out will soon be cheap


If you are the kind who likes eating out, there's reason to smile. If you dine at an AC restaurant, you are charged an 18% GST. In a non-AC restaurant, it's a GST of 12%. Restaurants enjoy an input tax credit (ITC), which is a facility to set off the tax paid on inputs with the final tax.

But, restaurants have not passed this benefit to customers. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has removed the input tax credit benefit for restaurants. A uniform GST of 5% will be charged for all restaurants, irrespective of AC or non-AC. However, 5 star restaurants which charge more than Rs 7,500 a day as room tariff, will fall in the 18% GST slab, but will enjoy input tax credit.


10. Small industries could get a tax benefit


The Government wants to help small and medium enterprises in India, which are facing a huge tax compliance burden under GST. The GST Council has increased the threshold of the composition scheme from Rs 1 Crore to Rs 1.5 Crore on annual turnover.

A uniform tax rate of 1% will be charged under the composition scheme which allows you a quarterly filing of returns and payment of taxes.

You can heave a sigh of relief. Only luxury and demerit goods are left behind in the 28% GST slab. You will find pan masala, aerated water, cigarettes, cement, paints, ACs, perfumes, washing machines, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, cars, two-wheelers, yachts and aircrafts in this slab. Be Wise, Get Rich. 


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