Union Cabinet approves formation of GST Council

Sep 12, 2016 14:17 IST

The Union Cabinet on 12 September 2016 approved the process, formation and functioning of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council.

The council will consist of the Finance Minister and State Finance Ministers. It will make recommendations on important issues related to GST, including items and rates.

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The GST Council and its Secretariat will be set up as per the following details:

Creation of the GST Council as per Article 279A of the amended Constitution
Creation of the GST Council Secretariat, with its office at New Delhi
Appointment of the Secretary (Revenue) as the Ex-officio Secretary to the GST Council
Inclusion of the Chairperson, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), as a permanent invitee (non-voting) to all proceedings of the GST Council
Create one post of Additional Secretary to the GST Council in the GST Council Secretariat and four posts of Commissioner in the GST Council Secretariat

As per Article 279A of the amended Constitution, the GST Council shall consist of the following members:

Union Finance Minister 

Chairperson

The Union Minister of State, in-charge of Revenue of finance

Member

The Minister In-charge of finance or taxation or any other Minister nominated by each State Government 

Members

Background

On 8 September 2016, President Pranab Mukherjee had given his assent to the 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill. The Bill will pave the way for rollout of GST.

The new tax regime will do away with the indirect taxes. It will usher in one tax for the entire country.

Over 18 States have ratified the bill.

The GST is a single indirect tax, which will subsume most of the central and state taxes such as VAT, excise duty, service tax and central sales tax.

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