February 25, 2023

GST sub-panel to fix rates of individual goods by this weekend

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has constituted a sub-panel to fix the tax rates of individual goods. The sub-panel is expected to finalize the rates for different goods by this weekend. The aim of this sub-panel is to bring transparency in tax rates across various sectors and to ensure that the GST implementation is smooth and hassle-free.

The sub-panel consists of officials from the Centre and states, and will be chaired by the Revenue Secretary. The sub-panel will take into account the revenue implications of the rates and will also ensure that the rates are revenue-neutral.

The GST Council has already finalized the tax rates for 1211 items, and the rates for the remaining items will be finalized by the sub-panel. The Council has decided to categorize the items under four tax slabs, namely 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%. This move is expected to bring down the overall tax burden on consumers and will also help in reducing the prices of various goods.

What is GST?

GST, or Goods and Services Tax, is an indirect tax that has replaced many indirect taxes in India such as excise duty, VAT, and service tax. GST is a comprehensive tax levy on manufacture, sale, and consumption of goods and services at a national level. The implementation of GST in India has been a significant economic reform aimed at creating a common market across the country.

Benefits of GST

The implementation of GST is expected to bring a lot of benefits to the Indian economy. Some of the key benefits of GST are:

  • Elimination of multiple taxes: With the implementation of GST, the multiple taxes that were levied on goods and services will be consolidated into a single tax, making it easier to understand and comply with.
  • Reduction in prices: GST is expected to bring down the prices of goods and services as there will be a reduction in the overall tax burden on consumers.
  • Increased transparency: GST will bring greater transparency in tax administration as the entire process will be digitized, reducing the scope for corruption and leakages.
  • Promotion of exports: GST will make Indian goods and services competitive in the international market as they will be taxed at par with global standards.


The GST sub-panel's move to fix rates for individual goods is a step in the right direction. This move is expected to bring greater transparency and reduce the overall tax burden on consumers. GST is a significant economic reform that has the potential to transform the Indian economy. With the implementation of GST, India will be able to create a common market and improve its overall competitiveness in the global market.


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