What is GST Council in India ?

By | September 29, 2016

Q  What would be the role of GST Council?

Ans. A GST Council would be constituted comprising the Union Finance Minister (who will be the Chairman of the Council), the Minister of State (Revenue) and the State Finance/Taxation Ministers to make recommendations to the Union and the States on

(i) the taxes, cesses and surcharges levied by the Centre, the States and the local bodies which may be subsumed under GST;

(ii) the goods and services that may be subjected to or exempted from the GST;

(iii) the date on which the GST shall be levied on petroleum crude, high speed diesel, motor sprit (commonly known as petrol), natural gas and aviation turbine fuel;

(iv) model GST laws, principles of levy, apportionment of IGST and the principles that govern the place of supply;

(v) the threshold limit of turnover below which the goods and services may be exempted from GST;

(vi) the rates including floor rates with bands of GST;

(vii) any special rate or rates for a specified period to raise additional resources during any natural calamity or disaster;

(viii) special provision with respect to the North-East States, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand; and

(ix) any other matter relating to the GST, as the Council may decide.

Q  What is the guiding principle of GST Council?

Ans. The mechanism of GST Council would ensure harmonization on different aspects of GST between the Centre and the States as well as among States. It has been provided in the Constitution (one hundred and first amendment) Act, 2016 that the GST Council, in its discharge of various functions, shall be guided by the need for a harmonized structure of GST and for the development of a harmonized national market for goods and services.

Q How will decisions be taken by GST Council?

Ans. The Constitution (one hundred and first amendment) Act, 2016 provides that every decision of the GST Council shall be taken at a meeting by a majority of not less than 3/4th of the weighted votes of the Members present and voting. The vote of the Central Government shall have a weightage of 1/3rd of the votes cast and the votes of all the State Governments taken together shall have a weightage of 2/3rd of the total votes cast in that meeting. One half of the total number of members of the GST Council shall constitute the quorum at its meetings.

Education Guide on Goods & Service Tax (GST)


S. No. Title of the Post
1. Goods and Services Tax (GST): An Overview
2 Levy of GST & Exemption from Tax
3. GST Registration
4. Meaning and Scope of Supply
5 Time of Supply
6 Valuation in GST
7. GST Payment of Tax
8 Electronic Commerce under Goods & Service Tax (GST)
9 Job Work under Goods & Service Tax (GST)
10 Input Tax Credit under Goods & Service Tax (GST)
11 Concept of Input Service Distributor in Goods & Service Tax (GST)
12 Returns Process and matching of Input Tax Credit under GST
13 Assessment and Audit under GST
14 Refund under GST
15 Demands and Recovery under GST
16 Appeals, Review and Revision in GST
17 Advance Ruling in Goods and Service Tax (GST)
18 Settlement Commission in Goods and Service Tax (GST)
19 Inspection, Search, Seizure and Arrest under GST
20 Offences, Penalty, Prosecution & Compounding in GST
21 Integrated Goods & Service Tax (IGST) Act Overview
22. Place of Supply of Goods and Service under GST
23. Frontend Business Process on GST Portal
24. Transitional Provisions in Goods & Service Tax (GST)


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