Press release for incentive for digital payments & change in GST Rate


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Press release for incentive for digital payments & change in GST Rate

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PRESS RELEASE

04th May 2018

PRESS NOTE IN RESPECT OF CHANGES IN GST RATE

[As per discussions in the 27th GST Council Meeting held on 4 th May, 2018]

1. Incentive to promote Digital Transactions:

a) Keeping in view the need to move towards a less cash economy, the Council has discussed in detail the proposal of a concession of 2% in GST rate [where the GST rate is 3% or more, 1% each from applicable CGST and SGST rates] on B2C supplies, for which payment is made through cheque or digital mode, subject to a ceiling of Rs. 100 per transaction, so as to incentivise promotion of digital payment.

b) The council has recommended for setting up of a Group of Ministers from State Governments to look into the proposal and make recommendations, before the next Council meeting, keeping in mind the views expressed in GST Council.

2. Imposition of Sugar Cess over and above 5% GST and reduction in GST rate on ethanol :

a) Keeping in view the record production of sugar in the current sugar season, and consequent depressed sugar prices and build-up of sugarcane arrears, the Council discussed the issue of imposition of sugar cess and reduction in GST rate on ethanol in great detail.

b) The council has recommended for setting up of a Group of Ministers from State Governments to look into the proposal and make recommendations, within two weeks, keeping in mind the views expressed in GST Council in this regard.

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