37th GST Council meeting

Published on September 21, 2019
Current context: The 37th GST Council meeting, chaired by Finance & Corporate Affairs, Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took place in Goa on 20th September 2019.
37th GST Council meeting
  • Important decisions taken at the meeting are:
    • The council has decided to link Aadhaar with the registration of taxpayers under GST and is in the process to make Aadhaar number mandatory for claiming refunds.
    • No GST will be charged for hotel rooms having tariffs of up to 1,000 Rupees per night.
    • Hotel rooms whose tariff ranges between 1,001 to 7,500 Rupees, will be levied with 12% GST instead of the existing 18%.
    • A hotel room will be charged with 18% GST those having the tariff of 7,500 Rupees and above from the existing 28%.
    • 28% tax plus 12% compensation cess will be charged on caffeinated beverages instead of the existing tax rate of 18%.
    • A tax of 12% instead of the existing 5% has been put on railway wagon and coaches.
    • 12% tax is levied on the woven/non-woven polyethene bags.
    • The council has cut the tax rate to 0.25% from 3% for cut and polished semi-precious items.
    • GST Council recommends lowering 12% cess on vehicles of 1,500 cc diesel, 1,200 cc petrol having the capacity to carry up to 13 people.
    • Import of specified defence goods not being manufactured indigenously have been exempted from GST/IGST till 2024.
    • GST on marine fuels has been reduced to 5% from 18%.
    • All the above changes in the tax rates are made effective from 1st October 2019.

Question: 

Q.1 Which document has been made mandatory under GST to be linked during the registration of taxpayers?
a. Personal Identification Number
b. Aadhaar
c. House number
d. None of them

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