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Now, GST on the Langar ?

Tuesday - September 4, 2018 2:38 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

In a case, the GST court of Maharashtra keeps selling of religious books and Langar under GST

SEP 04 (WTN) - If you remember, the few months ago people protested against the GST on the Langar in Amritsar's Golden Temple. After that the Congress government of Punjab had given up its share of GST on Langar in the Golden Temple. But now a new controversy can arise after the decision of the GST court of Maharashtra. Why are we saying this? Let's tell you.

Actually in Maharashtra, the GST court has ruled in a case that religious texts, religious books and DVDs selling and service of Dharamsala and Langar will be within the purview of GST. The court said in its important decision in a case that since the sale of these goods and services is a business so they can’t be tax-free, assuming the bailout.

According to information received from the media, this case related to the GST court of Maharashtra came against Shrimad Rajchandra Adhyatmik Satsang Sadhana Kendra. In this entire case, the kendra had argued before the court that their main work is the spread of religious and spiritual education; hence their work should not be concluded as business.

With their argument, the institution had claimed that in carrying out their main responsibility for religious propaganda, they do the work of hospice and Langar, including religious texts, magazines, music CDs, so this work should be kept out of the GST area.

For your information, let you know that under section 2 (17) of the CGST Act, trusts related to religion, if undertaken in any work where money is taken for any item or service, then it will be classified as a business category. And at that rate of 18 percent GST will be charged.

After considering this whole matter, the GST court of Maharashtra has ruled that the camp is registered under the section 12A of Income Tax as a charitable organization. That's why charitable works can’t be excluded from the GST scope.

For your information, let you know that the GST act only mentions religious books, but the religious book has not been classified in some way. That is, in such a situation, it is clear that if a religious institution or trust sells religious texts after the decision of the GST court of Maharashtra then it will have to give GST

But, for your information, let you know that in the act, the matter is mentioned in the context that if an institution holds a book / book / amenity for public use under any public library then in such a situation, it will be excluded from the GST.

After the decision of the GST court of Maharashtra, it can be said that if a religious body now sells religious texts like the Geeta, the Quran and the Bible, then these will be kept under the GST. But it does not seem so easy. Because the way GST was facing a lot of opposition to the Langar, it will also be opposed.


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