Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday introduced that the GST Council has determined to increase the concessional charges on medicine utilized in COVID-19 remedy until December 31, 2020. The earlier deadline was September 30.
On June 12, the GST Council, chaired by Ms Sitharaman had decreased the tax charges on many of the COVID-19 medicines and gear and introduced that no tax might be levied on the medicines for treating Black Fungus.
The Revenue Department of the Finance Ministry had mentioned that the GST charges are lowered for 18 Covid-related provides and concessional charges.
The tax minimize was based mostly on suggestions by a Group of Ministers amid the pandemic, whose crippling results on the economic system has additionally harm family finance, the GST Council – a constitutional physique that decides charges for the GST – had mentioned.
The Council had determined that no tax might be levied on medicines just like the monoclonal antibody Tocilizumab and Amphotericin B, used for treating Black Fungus, a fungal illness that impacts individuals contaminated with Covid.B. Earlier, the GST charges on these medicines stood at 5 per cent.
The Council had additionally minimize charges on anti-coagulants equivalent to heparin and Remdesivir – a drug for treating COVID-19, from 12 per cent to five per cent.
Additionally, tax charges on fuel, electrical, different furnaces for the crematorium, together with their set up have been decreased from 18 per cent to five per cent.
The GST charges on ambulances have been decreased from 28 per cent to 12 per cent. The tax charges readily available sanitiser was lowered from 18 per cent to five per cent, whereas charges on temperature examine gear was decreased from 18 per cent to five per cent.
Covid vaccines, nonetheless, proceed to be charged a GST of 5 per cent. There have been additionally no tax cuts on uncooked materials for Covid testing kits.
There have been no modifications within the GST fee of some gadgets being charged at 18 per cent, equivalent to RT-PCR machines, RNA extraction machines and genome sequencing machines. Genome sequencing kits which can be being charged at 12 per cent will continued to be charged on the identical fee.