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GST Council sets tax rates for lotteries, hotels
19 June 2017, 02:29 | Opal Carroll
Relaxation in return filing procedure for first 2 months of GST implementation
"The GST Council relaxes return filing timelines for July and August", said Mr. Jaitley.
Companies will have to file sale invoice for August with the GST Network by 20 September instead of 10 September earlier.
Rajeev Dimri, Leader, Indirect Tax, BMR and Associates LLP said: "This measure should significantly help in assuaging the concerns of inadequate readiness of GSTN being faced by the industry and confirms that preparedness of GSTN will not be a roadblock for the implementation of GST as was being anticipated by the industry".
#28% limit in hotels will start from Rs 7,500; between Rs 2,500- Rs 7,500 the rate will be 18%.
In the 17th edition of the GST council meet the panel discussed anti-profiteering, e-way bill rules, sets tax rate for lottery tickets, tax rates for hotels and for restaurants in hotels.
The Council chose to tax lotteries in two segments, with State-run ones attracting 12 per cent GST and the State- authorised 28 per cent. He further announced that the official launch of GST shall take place at midnight on June 30. "We believe that industry deserves some more time and assistance to get prepared for GST implementation", Assocham said.
As for the e-way bill, the GST Council was divided on the issue and chose to allow states to continue with their existing system. Till then states would continue with existing systems.
"State Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu should be reminded of his own write-ups and statements against", said Mattu. The provisional ID number will be the same for GSTIN (GST identification number). "They will have 30 days for GSTIN", Jaitley added.
The compliance burden and the tax's complex structure - it has four main rates ranging from 5 to 28 percent - have sparked fears of initial chaos. However, Uttarakhand will have it at Rs 75 lakh.
As per the draft, it is GSTN that would generate e-way e-way bills valid for 1-15 days, depending on distance to be travelled - one day for 100 km and 15 days for more than 1,000 km transit.
Jaitley said that no decision could be made today regarding the IGST on shipping vessels at 5 per cent.
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