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GST Council to meet again on November 3-4 to decide rate structure

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 18:24
GST Council to meet again on November 3-4 to decide rate structure

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The GST Council will meet again on November 3-4 to take decision on the Goods and Services Tax rates, which will have four slabs.

Talking to reporters after the end of the second day meeting of GST Council here, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "We have converged towards a consensus and announcement will be made after next GST Council meeting."

"GST rate structure will be decided in the next meeting of the Council on Nov 3-4," FM said.

The GST Council that kicked off its three-day meeting yesterday reached a consensus on state compensation and the base year will be 2015-16.

The meeting reached at a consensus on the way states would be compensated for any loss of revenue from implementation of the new indirect tax regime from April 1, 2017.

The Finance Ministry has set the November 22 deadline for building consensus on all the issues in the Council for rollout of the new indirect tax regime from April 1, 2017.

Talking to reporters yesterday after the end of the first day meeting, Arun Jaitley said, "The meeting has arrived at a consensus on definition of revenue to compensate states for their losses due to implementation of GST".

Stating that the input tax credit will be a part of revenue, Jaitley added, "The rate structure should be such that it do not lead to further CPI inflation and both states and Centre can discharge their duties.""The rate should be revenue-neutral so that there is no need to burden consumers with additional tax," he said.

Jaitley said the rate structure should be such which do not lead to further inflation and both states and Centre have adequate funds to discharge their duties.He said states getting lower revenue than this would be compensated by the Centre.

He said the decisions in the GST Council meetings have been taken by making consensus on each issue."The council has reached a consensus on state compensation and the base year will be 2015-16," said Kerala Finance Minister K.M. Mani while talking to reporters after the meeting here.

With Agency Inputs

 

First Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 18:04
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