CBIC Govt Discount On GST Associated With Religious Places Hotels ANN

GST Indirect Tax: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and...

GST Indirect Tax: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has clarified that the exemption from GST continues as before on renting of rooms in sarai or rest houses attached to religious places. The board has rubbished the media reports claiming that the government has imposed GST on rest houses and inns attached to religious places.

It has been said in the tweet that according to the decision taken in the 47th meeting of the GST Council held in Chandigarh, if a room of less than Rs 1000 is booked in an ordinary hotel or rest house, then the exemption of GST already issued on it will be abolished. It was given and it was decided to levy 12 per cent GST. But according to the board, this decision does not apply to rest houses attached to any religious place. If a room is booked in these rest houses for less than Rs 1000, then the exemption of GST already issued on it continues even today.

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CBIC termed the reports as baseless
In fact, there were reports of GST being charged for taking rooms in 3 inns and rest houses located around the Golden Temple of Amritsar and notices were given by the board to these three rest houses. The board has called these reports absolutely false and baseless.

information on social media
It was being said in social media and in some sections of the media that three inns run by Shri Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in Amritsar have started paying GST from 18th July. These include Guru Gobind Singh NRI Niwas, Baba Deep Singh Niwas and Mata Bhag Kaur Niwas. The board has made it clear that no notice has been sent to these three and all three have started paying GST on their own. The notification of 28 June 2017 has also been tweeted by the board, in which this exemption was mentioned. The board has urged these three inns to take advantage of the GST exemption. On the same issue, Raghav Chadha, Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab, met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday.

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