The Govt. is making all efforts to stay to the timeline of 1st June for GST implementation. In the 15th GST Council meeting on 3rd June, 2017, the rates of 7 items were decided, including textiles, footwear & gold. All the states, except West Bengal , have also agreed to roll out Goods & Service Tax from 1st July, 2017. Following is that the status update on the GST Act and rules:

In the 15th GST Council meeting on 10th June, 2018, the GST Council lowered the tax rates for 68 items and raised the limit on turnover for composition tax payers from Rs. 50,00,000 to Rs. 75,00,000.

GST Acts

  • UTGST Act, CGST Act, IGST Act and Compensation to the States Act are passed within the court and have received presidential assent on 14th April, 2018. Following are the finalized Acts:
Compensation to the States Act
  • SGST Act has been passed in 25 states, the newest being Meghalaya.


GST rules finalized are:

New guidelines on Advance ruling, Appeals and revision, Assessment and audit, e-Way bill are still in draft.


GST formats are finalized and are given below:

Rate Schedule

Over 1200 goods and 500 services are assigned GST rates within the 4 tax brackets of fifty , 12%, 18% and 28%. There is also a Cess over and above the height rate of 28% on demerit and luxury goods. The finalised rate schedule of products and services is given below:

Goods Services
Goods decided in GST Council meeting on 18.5.’17
Rate schedule
Addendum to the Rate Schedule
Rate schedule
Goods decided in Council meeting on 3.6.’17
Rate schedule
Postscript to the Rate Schedule
Services under Reverse Charge
Goods decided in Council meeting on 11.6.’17
Rate schedule
Classification scheme for services
Compensation Cess rates Classification scheme for services
IGST exemption and concessions list
Approved in meeting on 3.6.’17
Approved in meeting on 11.6.’17

The next GST Council meeting is scheduled on 18th June, 2017, to debate issues associated with e-way bills and lottery.

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