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Feeling hungry, thinking of eating parathas; be ready to pay 18% GST on ready-to-eat parathas

The Gujarat Appellate Authority of Advance Ruling (GAAAR), on Thursday, approved the ruling of 18% GST on ready-to-eat parathas.

By wasmulhaq 
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Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Appellate Authority of Advance Ruling (GAAAR), on Thursday, approved the ruling of 18% GST on ready-to-eat parathas.

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The two-member bench comprising Vivek Ranjan and Milind Torawane believe that parathas are totally different from plain chapatti or roti and can’t come under the category of plain chapatti or roti.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted sharply to GAAAR’s decision and said that “Even the British did not impose tax on food items.”

Kejriwal further added, “GST is the biggest reason behind the increasing prices of essential commodities being levied by the Union government. The GST should be reduced so that people can come out of sky-touching inflation.

The Gujarat Authority of Advance Ruling (AAAR) has revealed that the merit classification of parathas is at HSN 21069099 and has held that 18% GST is applicable.

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The fact that Heading 1905 exclusively applies to ready-to-eat goods has not been highlighted, much like in the GST Tariff and HSN Explanatory Notes to Chapter 19. The appellant mentioned that pizza bread covered by Heading 1905 is likewise eligible for a reduced rate of duty and that rusk and toast are all subject to 5% GST.

Parathas, according to the appellant, are comparable to roti or chapatti, which are classified under Heading 1905 and subject to 5% GST. According to the AAAR, all paratha varieties share wheat flour as their main ingredient, along with other elements including water, edible vegetable oil, salt, antioxidants, potatoes, vegetables, radish, onion, methi, etc. However, only wheat flour and water are used to make ordinary roti or chapatti. Therefore, ingredients used in the paratha and roti or chapatti are totally different, and their composition is different as well.

 

 

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