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Scratching your head over GST? Here's help

Explainer for youThinkStock Photos
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Explainer for you
The Lok Sabha has passed 4 GST-related laws, marking another step towards the rollout of the single national tax on July 1.

The country now faces a race to get ready for GST in the next three months.

ET explains
All you need to knowThinkStock Photos
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All you need to know
Central Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017 Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017 Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Bill, 2017 Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017
What does it mean?ThinkStock Photos
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What does it mean?
20 lakh annual revenue threshold for GST. Tax rate capped at 40% (20% central, 20% state). Anti-profiteering measures to ensure lower taxes passed to consumer.

2.5% flat rate compounding scheme for small businesses with turnover up to Rs 50 lakh

Centre can exempt some goods from CGST

Compensation to states for loss of revenues for five years

Cess on luxury and sin goods to create a compensation fund

Tax collected at source on CST capped at 2% (1% central, 1% state)

Registration in every state; no single registration

I-GST provides for levy of tax on interstate supply of goods Provision to set up GST appellate tribunal
Bills in Rajya SabhaPTI
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Bills in Rajya Sabha
The bills will now be sent to Rajya Sabha

Being Money Bill, unlikely to face any issues in the Upper House.
State LegislationsThinkStock Photos
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State Legislations
States will need to pass the state GST law
Rates
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Rates
Rates to be assigned to each good and services-5, 12,18, 0r 28%.

GST council to decide based on recommendation of a committee of officials.

Rate to be fixed at closest to current tax levied on a good.
RulesBCCL
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Rules
Detailed rules to be framed based on the laws. GST council to approve the rules on March 31
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Training and implementation
Training of centre and state offi cials in GST laws and procedures. Well tested IT infrastructure.

Registration of businesses for GST
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