Lucknow: A big meet today of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, which includes the Centre and states, is expected to decide on bringing petrol and diesel within the ambit of indirect tax and reducing taxes on COVID-19 medicines. This is the first on-ground GST Council meeting in almost 20 months. The last meeting was held in 2019, before the pandemic
Finance Minister Smt. @nsitharaman will chair the 45th GST Council meeting at 11 AM in Lucknow today. The meeting will be attended by MOS Shri @mppchaudhary besides Finance Ministers of States & UTs and Senior officers from Union Government & States.@PibLucknow pic.twitter.com/FRuGQT2Cv6
— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) September 17, 2021
Petrol prices to come under GST?
One of the major proposals that the GST Committee is likely to discuss is whether to bring petrol and diesel under the GST regime or not. If the proposal gets the nod from the GST Council, then petrol is expected to sell at just Rs 75 per litre while diesel will retail at about Rs 68 per litre, according to estimates of SBI economists. However, such a decision is unlikely from the council.
GST concession on COVID-19 drugs
In June 2021, the GST Council had announced tax concessions on 11 COVID-19 drugs that were applicable till September 30. The Council is expected to extend the concession till December 31. Some of these drugs include Amphotericin B, Tocilizumab, Remdesivir and anti-coagulants like Heparin, among others.
Meanwhile, the council is expected to reduce the tax rates on certain drugs from the current 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Itolizumab, Posaconazole, Infliximab, Bamlanivimab & Etesevimab, Casirivimab & Imdevimab, 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose and Favipiravir are some of the drugs that could get cheaper after today’s decision.
Food delivery to get expensive?
Another proposal in front of the GST council suggests bringing food delivery services under GST. The suggestion if accepted is likely to make online food deliveries from Zomato and Swiggy a bit expensive.
However, on the other hand, the ex-chequer could gain about Rs 2000 crore from taxing food delivery services. Also Read: Neeraj Chopra shares ‘near death experience’, cool star asked his physio ‘Ro kyun rahe ho’, Watch
What else to expect?
The GST council will also review GST rates on 32 goods and 29 services. Some of the items include personal use medicines such as Zolgensma and Viltepso, solar PV modules, copper concentrate, carbonated beverage with fruit juice, coconut oil, scented sweet supari, oncology medicine, and diesel-electric locomotives