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Crucial GST Council meet today: Key things to expect

Rationalisation of rates of GST on real estate and lottery are on the agenda of the Council meet.

Crucial GST Council meet today: Key things to expect

New Delhi: The GST Council is once again expected to discuss on crucial issues in its meeting scheduled for Wednesday that will include discussion on GST rates on real estate sector and lottery.

The 33rd GST Council meeting is scheduled to be held via video conference with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with state finance ministers. The other members of the committee are West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Goa Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho, Karnataka Finance Minister Krishna Byre Gowda, Arunachal Tax and Excise Minister Jarkar Gamlin.

Rationalisation of rates of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on real estate and lottery are on the agenda of the Council meet.

The eight-member GoM, under Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, set up to look into the taxation of lottery in a meeting favoured a uniform GST rate of either 18 percent or 28 percent, but left it to the GST Council to take a final call. Currently, a state-organised lottery attracts 12 percent GST while a state-authorised lottery attracts 28 percent tax.

The GoM favoured hiking GST rate on the state-organised lottery to either 18 percent or 28 percent. While the GST rate on state-authorised lottery would be retained at 28 percent or brought down to 18 percent.

With regard to real estate sector, a state ministerial panel on GST rates for real estate sector had earlier this month suggested cutting GST on under-construction residential properties to 5 percent without ITC, from 12 percent currently. On affordable housing segment, it suggested that GST be slashed to 3 percent, from 8 percent.

Currently, GST is levied at 12 percent with input tax credit (ITC) on payments made for under-construction property or ready-to-move-in flats where completion certificate has not been issued at the time of sale.

With PTI Inputs