NEW DELHI: The Cabinet today cleared four supporting GST legislations, paving the way for their introduction in Parliament as early as today.
The four supporting legislations — the Compensation Law, the Central-GST (C-GST), Integrated-GST (I-GST) and Union Territory-GST (UT-GST)- would be introduced as Money Bill, sources said.
“The GST legislations have been cleared by the Cabinet. These would be introduced in Parliament this week, could be even today,” a source said.
The GST legislations were the only agenda in today’s meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sources said the four legislations would be taken up for discussion together in Parliament. Once approved by Parliament, the states would start taking their SGST bill for discussion and passage in the respective state assemblies.
The GST Council, in its previous two meetings, had given approval to the four legislations as also the State-GST (S-GST) bill. While the S-GST has to be passed by each of the state legislative assemblies, the four other laws have to be approved by Parliament.
Passage of all the legislations would pave the way for introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1.
The government is hoping the C-GST, I-GST, UT-GST and the GST Compensation laws will be approved in the current session of Parliament and the S-GST by each of the state legislatures soon.
While a composite GST will be levied on sale of goods or rendering of services after the new indirect tax regime is rolled out, the revenue would be split between the Centre and the states in almost equal proportion.
This is because central taxes like excise and service tax and state levies like VAT will be subsumed in the GST.
While the C-GST will give powers to the Centre to levy GST on goods and services after Union levies like excise and service tax are subsumed, the I-GST is to be levied on inter-state supplies.