Some of the products that are now out of the 28 per cent tax group are shampoo, chocolates, beauty products, furniture, sanitaryware and construction items such as marble and granite, media reported.
In a series of tweets after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the GST Council has chose to slash tax slabs for 178 items from 28 per cent to 18 per cent, Chidambaram said that the rate has been "capped" at 18 per cent.
A letter from the Finance Ministers of the Congress-ruled States to Mr. Jaitley, who heads the Council, would set the tone for discussions in the meeting. GST was being charged on existing rates. The GST on two items - armoured fighting vehicles and wet grinders- have been reduced from 28 % to 12 %.
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13 items have been moved from 18% to 12%, 6 items from 18% to 5%, 8 items from 12% to 5%, 6 items from 5% to nil, the FM said.
Summary: New DelhiWith the Goods and Services Tax (GST) slashed for over 200 items, the decision that has foodies in Delhi elated is the reduced rates for AC restaurants, which could make eating out cheaper.
The Council met in Assam's Guwahati earlier in the day.
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Currently, 12 per cent GST on food bill is levied in non-AC restaurants and 18 per cent in the air-conditioned ones.
While speaking to ANI, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, "A consistent pressure put by the Congress especially by vice-president Rahul Gandhi and also finance minister has finally worked on some items".
In case of restaurants within hotels with room rants less than Rs 7500, the GST rate will now be five per cent without ITC benefit.
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The Congress had demanded a cap of 18 per cent for all taxes under the Goods and Services Tax regime. Deadlines for return filing have too been extended for all categories of tax-payers, which will be soon uploaded in the government website.