Speech made by the Finance Minister at the meeting with the Empowered Committee of State Finance on the Goods and Service Tax (GST) on 21 July 2010.
- Exemption threshold for both goods and services under Central Goods and Service Tax (“CGST”) and State Goods and Service Tax (“SGST”) to be INR 10 lakh
- Threshold for small dealers under both CGST and SGST to be INR 50 lakh or INR 1 crore.
- Review of the existing exemptions from Central Excise Duty to be done so that the list of goods exempt from CGST is aligned to the goods exempt from SGST
- 99 items currently exempt from Value Added Tax (“VAT”) to be exempt from both CGST and SGST
- In the first year of GST implementation, lower rate for goods to be 6% and standard rate to be 10% under CGST and SGST. Services to be charged at the rate of 8% under both CGST and SGST
- The adoption of above rates would ensure a single rate for CGST and SGST in the range of 12% to 20% in the first year of GST introduction
- During the second year of implementation of GST, lower rate for goods to be maintained at 6% and standard rate to be reduced to 9% under both CGST and SGST. However, such reduction to be subject to revenue receipt of the Centre and the States during this period
- During the third year of GST implementation, lower rate for goods to be increased to 8% and the standard rate to be reduced to 8% for both CGST and SGST. However, the CGST and SGST rate for services to be retained at 8%
- The implementation of above rate in a phased manner would lead to a single CGST and SGST rate for both goods and services
Compensation to States
- Centre may increase the amount of compensation to the States on account of adoption of GST as recommended by Thirteenth Finance Commission if need arises
- Centre to fully compensate the states for their revenue loss on account of Central Sales Tax (“CST”) reduction during the year 2009- 10 and to release the balance amount to the states immediately
- Centre to compensate States for subsuming (into GST), purchase tax on food grains, which would be provided along with VAT compensation for the next four years