India – Goods and Services Tax(GST) Overview


Goods and Services Tax(GST) is a destination based tax applicable for supply of goods and services or both administered concurrently by the Center and State Governments through out the value chain except:

  • Exempted goods and Services => Very few items with common list for CGST and SGST.

Find below the quick snapshot of the proposed GST Structure:

Following 3 new tax types got proposed in GST:
CGST (Central Goods and Services Tax)
SGST (State Goods and Services Tax)
IGST (Integrated Goods and Services Tax)

GST Rates are based on Revenue Neutral Rates. Following are the proposed rate types and the rates are not yet finalized as on the blog posted date:

1. Merit rate => For essential goods and services.
2. Standard rate => For goods and services in general.
3. Special rate => For precious metals and for specified goods and services.
4. Zero rate => For exports, supply to EOU/SEZ etc.

Goods and Services outside the purview of GST:

  • Alcohol for Human consumption =>  will continue with State Excise and VAT
  • Electricity => will continue with Electricity Duty
  • Petroleum Products => will continue with the current tax structure, likely to be brought under GST regime later
  • Tobacco products expected to be taxed under the GST regime along with Excise dutyGoods and Service Tax

GST is considered the largest indirect tax reform in India and will replace multiple indirect taxes that are administered by the Central and State Governments.

The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), has been tasked by the Government of India with building and maintaining the centralized, national level government IT infrastructure required for GST.

In reference to the Government of India’s roll out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) planned for April 2017, the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) team has already put a plan in place and the details of the same shall be shared shortly in the next post.

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