GST Rates reduced for certain Services. 13 Decisions taken in 20th GST Council Meeting held on 5 Aug. 2017;

Rate ReduGST Rates reduced for certain Services. 13 Decisions taken in 20th GST Council Meeting held on 5 Aug. 2017;

The CBEC has published list of decisions taken in the 20th GST Council Meeting held on 5th August 2017, including amendment/ reduction of GST rates in respect of certain services, clarifications on certain issues, exemption of certain services, etc., as under:

1. Job work services in respect of the textiles and textile products (including MMF yarn, garments, made-ups, etc. falling in Chapters 50 to 63): GST Rate reduced from 18% or 5% to 5%

2. Services by way of printing of newspapers, books (including Braille books), journals and periodicals where only content is supplied by the publisher and the physical inputs including paper used for printing belongs to the printer: GST Rate reduced from 18% (with full ITC) to 12% (with full ITC) 

3. Services by way of printing of newspapers, books (including Braille books), journals and periodicals using physical inputs owned by others (including an unregistered publisher/supplier): GST Rate reduced from 18% (with full ITC) to 5% (with full ITC) 

4. Works contract services provided to Government, local authority or governmental authority and in respect of post-harvest storage infrastructure for agricultural produce, mechanized food grain handling system: GST Rate reduced from 18% (with full ITC) to 12% (with full ITC) 

5. Margin/commission payable to Fair Price Shop Dealers by Central/ State Governments:  GST Rate reduced from 18% (with full ITC) to Nil 

6. Admission to planetarium: GST Rate reduced from 28% (with full ITC) to 18% (with full ITC) 

7. Rent-a-cab service: Allowed option of 12% GST with full ITC. 5% GST with no ITC will also continue

8. Goods Transport Agency Service (GTA): Allowed option of 12% GST with full ITC under forward charge. 5% GST with no ITC will also continue. (However, the GTA has to give an option at the beginning of financial year) 

9. In case of small house-keeping service providers (plumbers/carpenters) providing services through Electronic Commerce Operators (ECO), liability to pay GST placed on ECO

10. Partnership firm or a firm includes LLP (Limited liability Partnership) for the purposes of levy (including exemption therefrom) of GST on legal services

11. To clarify that legal services (including representational services) provided by an individual advocate or a senior advocate or a firm of advocates (including LLP) provided to a business entity in taxable territory are covered under reverse charge mechanism

12. Goods required by FIFA and Services provided by and to FIFA and its subsidiaries in connection with FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted in India in 2017 shall be exempted from GST

13. New crop insurance schemes Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) introduced from Kharif 2016-17 in place of National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS), and Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWCIS) introduced in place of Weather Based Crop Insurance Schemes , shall be extended exemption from GST.

CBEC Communication on Decisions taken in GST Council Meeting dt. 5 Aug. 2017

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