Government has decided to fix the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate at 5 percent for all restaurants and not give them input tax credit
New Delhi, November 11 (PTI): The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) today said GST Council’s decision to cut tax rate for restaurants to 5 percent without input tax credit will help restaurants across India rationalise tariffs.
Welcoming the move by the council, the apex industry body said it had sought bringing down GST rate on restaurants to 12 percent with input tax credit or at 5 percent without input tax credit. “We are extremely thankful to the government for making these much required changes in the GST regime. This will help restaurants across India rationalise tariffs,” FHRAI President Garish Oberoi said in a statement.
The government today decided to fix the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate at 5 percent for all restaurants and not give them input tax credit. It also decided that restaurants in starred-hotels will charge 18 percent tax with input tax credit, those in lower category hotels to charge 5 percent GST without ITC.
Commenting on the development, Deloitte India said in a statement that a uniform tax rate of 12 percent doing away with tax rate distinction between AC and non AC restaurants is welcome, but the critical issue of input tax credit eligibility cannot be ignored.
EY India said that the GST rate changes announced today is one more positive step in this direction towards streamlining the rates, reducing complexity and increasing compliance.
“We welcome the reduction in GST slab from a very high 18 percent in an A/C restaurant to 5 percent without any distinction of the air-conditioning. This is certainly historic. However, the very concept of ITC is central to GST, which is to prevent cascading of taxes,” NRAI Vice President Rahul Singh said.
GST recommendations will benefit people, strengthen tax structure: Modi
November 11 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that recommendations made by the GST Council will benefit citizens and add strength to the tax structure.
“The recommendations made by the GST Council today will further benefit our citizens and add strength to the GST. These recommendations are in spirit of the continuous feedback we are getting from various stakeholders on GST,” Modi said in a series of tweets.
In another tweet, he said: “Jan Bhagidari is at the core of our working. All our decisions are people-inspired, people-friendly and people-centric. We are working tirelessly for India`s economic integration through GST.”
In a major revamp of the GST tax structure, the GST Council on Friday removed 178 items from the highest 28 per cent category while cutting the tax on all restaurants outside starred-hotels to 5 per cent but withdrawing input credit facility for them. Industry welcomed the changes saying these would boost consumer demand.
Only 50 products, including luxury and sin items, white goods, cement and paints, automobiles, aeroplane and yacht parts have been retained in the top 28 per cent slab.