GST Council meet to discuss key changes

The Goods Service tax committee is meeting on Friday, the 17th of September, to discuss key issues regarding changes. The council will be holding its first physical meeting since the wake of the covid 19 pandemic and is taking up talks of whether or not to include petrol and diesel in the ambit, among other things. The meeting led by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Seetharaman. The committee will also be discussing the extension of compensation for states beyond 2022, and continuation of educed tax on Covid 19 essentials and other relief materials. This will include extending the reduction of taxes everyday essentials, oxygen cylinders/concentrator, Remdesivir, Tocilizumab, Amphotericin B until December 31st of this year.

The Kerala High Court had directed to include Petrol and Diesel prices within the ambit of the GST and the meeting is expected to come out with key decisions that could drastically bring down the price of petrol and Diesel for consumers. However, this will centralize the revenue and the states will lose its part. Kerala finance minister K N Balagopal and Deputy Chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar have expressed their absolute disagreement with the move to include the two under the GST. The council is also likely discuss including food delivery systems under the GST, which will make food delivery applications such as Zomato and Swiggy under a 5 per cent GST slab.

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