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Centre denies reports of GST council planning to raise 5 pc tax slab to 8 pc

Government sources said the central government has categorically denied media reports which claimed that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council is planning to increase the tax slab from five per cent to eight per cent.

Sources confirmed to ANI that there is no such proposal from the council, this news is speculation and there is no truth in it.

Currently, GST has a four-tier slab structure of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent. In addition, gold and gold ornaments attract a tax of three per cent.

Last year, the GST Council constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) on rate rationalization under the chairmanship of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, comprising West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tarakishore Prasad. Huh.

Sources said the GoM is yet to prepare its report on rationalization of rates and it is yet to be submitted to the GST Council.

The date for the next meeting of the GST Council is also yet to be confirmed as the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is also the Chairperson of the GST Council, is currently in the USA to attend the Spring Meeting organized by the International Monetary Fund and on April 18, World Bank, G-20 meetings as part of his official visit to USA starting from 2022 in addition to other associated investment meetings.

The last GST Council meeting, which was the 46th Council meeting, was held on December 31, 2021.

Essential goods are either exempted or taxed at the lowest slab of five per cent, while luxury and demerit items have the highest tax rate of 28’s. On top of the highest slab, cess is levied on luxury and demerit items.

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