GST Taxation

GST rates on goods

Commodities GST RATE
Essential farm produced mass consumption items like milk, cereals, fruits, vegetable, jaggery (gur), food grains, rice and wheat NIL
Common use and mass consumption food items such as spices, tea, coffee, sugar, vegetable/ mustard oil; newsprint, coal and Indian sweets NIL
Silk and jute fibre NIL
Gold, Silver and Processed Diamonds 3%
Railway freight 5%
Pharma (Life saving drugs) 5%
Footwear up to Rs. 500 5%
Cotton and natural fibre 5%
Packaged foods like pickles, tomato sauce, mustard sauce and fruit preserves 12%
Ayurvedic and homeopathy medicines 12%
Processed foods 12%
Fruit juices, live animals, meats, butter & cheese 12%
Mobile phones 12%
Readymade garments 12%
Computer printers 18%
Footwear above Rs. 500 18%
All FMCG goods like hair oil, soaps, toothpaste and shampoos; chemical and industrial use intermediaries 18%
LPG stoves, military weapons, electronic toys 18%
Pastries, cakes, pasta, ice creams, soups 18%
Man made fibre and yarn 18%
White and brown goods like TV, refrigerator, AC, washing machines, microwave ovens; soft drinks and aerated beverages 28%
Cement 28%
Perfumes, revolver, pistols 28%
Chocolates, chewing gum, waffles containing chocolate 28%
Luxury and de-merits goods and sin category items e.g. tobacco, pan masala 28% + cess
Small cars - petrol driven 28% + 1% cess
Small cars - diesel driven 28% + 5% cess
Cigarettes 28% + 5% cess
Luxury cars 28% + 15% cess
Heavy bikes, Luxury yachts, private jets 31%

GST Rate Structure


We already know that the GST slabs are pegged at 5%, 12%, 18% & 28%. According to the latest news from the GST council, the tax structure for common-use goods are as under:

Tax Rates Products
5% Edible oil, sugar, spices, tea, coffee (except instant)

Coal (instead of current 11.69%)

Mishti/Mithai (Indian Sweets)

Life-saving drugs

12% Computers, Processed food
18% Hair oil, toothpaste and soaps (currently at 28%)

Capital goods and industrial intermediaries (big boost to local industries)

28% Small cars (+1% or 3% cess)

Consumer durables such as AC and fridge

Luxury & sin items like BMWs, cigarettes and aerated drinks (+15% cess)

High-end motorcycles (+15% cess)

Beedis are NOT included here

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