31st GST Council meet: Computer monitors, power banks likely to get cheaper

New Delhi: Computer monitors, power banks and uninterruptible power sources (UPS) are likely to get cheaper after the ongoing 31st Goods and Services Tax (GST) council meeting being held in the national capital.

According to sources, computer monitors would soon be moved to the 18 percent tax slab from the earlier 28 percent slab. Furthermore, sources said divulged that the tax cut on monitors is aimed at equalization with LED TV due to interchangeable use.

Meanwhile, power banks and UPS are also likely to be shifted to the 18 percent tax slab, sources said.

Ahead of the meeting, Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu had said attempts to integrate tax rates has been the goal of the GST Council.

“Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) also wants that rates of GST be around 18 percent. It is good if bare minimum products are kept in the 28 percent slab, keeping in mind the scope of the GST. GST council and all the representatives of the country and the state will decide in the interest of the country rising above politics,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said a proposal has been put forth regarding reducing works contracts service tax to its lower limit.

The GST Council sub-committee reports on sugar, disaster cess are also likely to be taken up in the meeting.

In the 30th meeting, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley via video conferencing, the agenda revolved around the administerial progress made in the GST system. Discussions also took place on the necessity to levy cess in case of exigencies.