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GST: Daal, chawal price will not increase but cigarettes, air travel may cost more

GST: Daal, chawal price will not increase but cigarettes, air travel may cost more
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Foodgrains

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council's announcement of the 4-slab tax structure of GST on Thursday will impact the prices of most commodities in the market.

The government seems to have tried to ensure that essential commodities such as food grains do not see a price rise. Foodgrains like rice and wheat have been exempted with 0% tax rate on these products.


GST: Daal, chawal price will not increase but cigarettes, air travel may cost more
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Soap, oil, toothpaste

The prices of soap, shampoo, oil, toothpaste and other consumer goods is likely to decrease with these products placed under the 18 % slab, which is lower than the current rate of Central and state taxes.  


GST: Daal, chawal price will not increase but cigarettes, air travel may cost more
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Cigarettes, tobacco products

Cigarettes and tobacco products are likely to see a price rise with the products placed under 28% tax slab but will be levied with additional cess.


GST: Daal, chawal price will not increase but cigarettes, air travel may cost more
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White Goods

Current effective rate of tax is 30 to 31% on television sets, smartphones, air conditioners and other similar products. The prices of these products are likely to drop with them coming under the 28% tax slab.


GST: Daal, chawal price will not increase but cigarettes, air travel may cost more
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Hotels

Staying in a hotel could become more expensive with the service tax likely to go up to 18% from 14%


GST: Daal, chawal price will not increase but cigarettes, air travel may cost more
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Air travel

Service tax rise could also mean a rise in the cost of air travel. Your flight tickets could become more expensive.


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Insurance

Similarly, insurance premiums could increase with the possible increase in the service tax.