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Fact Check: The GST rate is determined on the basis of the products purchased, not the total bill amount; false claim viral

Vishvas News in its investigation found that this claim is false. GST rates are not based on the total bill amount on purchases made. The GST rates vary depending on the type of product purchased and the rates for each product category are decided by the GST Council. The claim made in the post is false.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: August 1, 2022

New Delhi (Vishvas News). Several posts are going viral on social media with claim that the GST rates on purchases made from any shopping mart vary depending on the total billed amount. In the post, customers have been told that there is no GST on the purchase of below Rs 1000. Vishvas News in its investigation found that this claim is false. GST rates are not based on the total bill amount on purchases made. The GST rates vary depending on the type of product purchased and the rates for each product category are decided by the GST Council. The claim made in the post is false.

What is Viral?

Facebook user ‘Max Service’ shared the viral post, which read, “IMP INFORMATION While shopping in Big Bazaar, D-Mart, Spencers, and Other Shopping Malls, pay attention to your billing… Get EVERY BILL SEPARATE for every Rs. 1000/-!!! because the GST slab breakdown is as follows:
0 to 10000% GST

1000 to 1500- 2.5% GST

1500 to 2500- 6% GST

2500 to 4500-18% GST

Please share with all and family… your friends “

Investigation

Let us tell you that GST is an indirect tax that the customers have to pay while purchasing goods or services like food, clothing, electronics, items of daily necessities, transportation, travel etc. The rates of GST for various goods and services in India are divided into four main slabs, which are- 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent.

These rates are decided by the GST Council. Apart from this, there are many such services and goods, which have been kept out of the preview of GST. Read more information on this topic here.

To begin our investigation of this post, we did a keyword search. We found a post on Dmart’s Facebook page in which information was given about this subject. The post read, “Dear DMart Shopper, There being a certain news being circulated on social media that GST rates differ on the basis of bill value. This news is completely false. Please do not believe in them. GST rates are applied on each product and rates for each product is based on definition as per rules defined by the tax authorities of the government of India. GST rates are not based on bill value. DMart Team.”

We also found a tweet from Big Bazaar in this regard stating that “GST is levied on individual products and not on the total bill.”

We contacted CA and tax law expert Navneet Sharma regarding this matter. He confirmed that this post is fake. “GST is levied on individual products and not on the total bill. GST rates vary depending on the type of product purchased and the rates for each product category are decided by the GST Council headed by the Union Finance Minister. If you break your shopping bill into small pieces, it will not affect your total GST,” he said.

This post was shared on Facebook by a user named Manoj Moirangthem Sinha. The page has 1.4 K followers.

Conclusion: Vishvas News in its investigation found that this claim is false. GST rates are not based on the total bill amount on purchases made. The GST rates vary depending on the type of product purchased and the rates for each product category are decided by the GST Council. The claim made in the post is false.

  • Claim Review : IMP INFORMATION While shopping in Big Bazaar, D-Mart, Spencers, and Other Shopping Malls, pay attention to your billing… Get EVERY BILL SEPARATE for every Rs. 1000/-!!! because the GST slab breakdown is as follows:
  • Claimed By : Max Service
  • Fact Check : False
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