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FinMin claims lower tax on entertainment services under GST

FinMin claims lower tax on entertainment services under GST

New Delhi- The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will lead to lower tax burden in several commodities, including packaged cement, medicaments, smartphones and medical devices, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday. Now under the GST bill, there is 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent tax slab; this might be reduced to 1 or 2 tax slabs. Puja samagri including haven samagri has been kept under the "nil" category, though exact formulation for the same is yet to be finalised. However, presently a total tax of more than 13.5% is levied on smart phones.

With a little more than a month remaining for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the country, the GST council has indicated that under the new tax regime there is huge scope for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to grow further. Apart from this, service tax is also charged at the rate of 15 percent. In addition, companies pay central sales tax, octroi and entry tax, among others. "As against this, the rate of GST approved by GST Council on these services is 18 percent", said the finance ministry.

Bridge to India calculates that the new tax regime will lift by 18% the photovoltaic (PV) module cost, add 3% to all service costs, and increase inverter costs by roughly 12%.

Philippine GDP slowed to 6.4 %
Services-accounting for about half of GDP-rose 6.8% from a year earlier, while the industrial sector expanded 6.1%. PSA data also showed that manufacturing buoyed the Industry sector by posting a year-on-year hike of 7.5 percent.


The proposed GST tax rate on medical devices including surgical instruments is 12%.

"Further, non-availability of input tax credit to tower infrastructure business will lead to huge impact on the cost of services and billing by Infrastructure Provider-1 to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), which will either be passed to consumers or it will further add on to the huge debt of TSPs due to the hypercompetitive market", it added.

The rate of entertainment tax on cable TV and Direct-To-Home (DTH) levied by states is in the range of 10 per cent-30 per cent in many states.


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