Indian GST rates

India operates 4 GST rates.  Certain goods and services are also zero rated and exempt.  Key rates are listed below:

India VAT rates

Rate Type Which goods or services
28% Higher Consumer durables, Air Conditioning, Automobiles, Cement, Chocolate, Accommodation above Rs 7,500
18% Standard

Telephony, Banking, Insurance, Accommodation between Rs 2,500 and Rs 7,499 per night, Restaurants with alcohol license, Entrance to Cultural and Entertainment events, Capital Goods, Heavily Processed Foods; Cinema tickets; TVs, Video cameras; Games consuls; Frozen vegetables and Engine parts

12% Standard Restaurants (non-air conditioned), Business Class air travel, Construction Intellectual Property temporary transfers, Dried Fruit, Confectionery. Frozen meat, other foodstuffs, Mobile phones, Accommodation between 1,000 and Rs 2,499 per night
5% Reduced Privately-provided Transport including Car Sharing, Advertising, Sugar, Tea and Coffee, Cooking Oil, Medicine
0% Reduced Basic foods, including: fish, meat, dairy, vegetables, bread, salt. Postal services. Books and newspapers. Accomodiation below Rs 999 per night

Latest Indian news

India cuts hotel GST Oct 2019

Sep 21, 2019  

India's GST Council has announced a range of tax stimuli, including a reduction in the Goods and Services Tax rate on hotel accommodation...

India cuts GST on range of supplies

December 28, 2018 

The Indian Goods and Services Tax Council has agreed on  to cut the GST rate on over 20 goods and services. The reductions, mostly from the 28% to 18% rate, will come in on 1 January 2019 

India simplified GST returns April 2019

December 06, 2018 

Following the technical issue on the July 2017 introduction of Goods and Services Tax in India, a new simplified GST return will be launched from April 2019