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No GST on ‘Sarais’ held by religious or charitable trusts: CBIC

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs CBIC has said that certain sections of the media and social media are spreading the message that GST has recently been imposed with effect from 18 July 2022 even on ‘Sarais’ run by religious or charitable trusts which is not true. In a series of tweets, CBIC said, based on the recommendations of the 47th GST Council meeting,

GST exemption on hotel rooms having room rent up to one thousand rupees per day has been withdrawn and they are now taxed at 12 percent. It said, however, there is another exemption which exempts renting of rooms in religious precincts by a charitable or religious trust, where amount charged for the room is less than one thousand rupees per day.

CBIC said, this exemption continues to be in force without any change. It said, it has been stated that the three Sarais managed by SGPC in Amritsar have started paying GST with effect from 18th July 2022. These three Sarais are Guru Gobind Singh NRI Niwas,

Baba Deep Singh Niwas and Mata Bhag Kaur Niwas. It said, in this regard, it is to clarify that no notice has been issued to any of these Sarais. CBIC said these Sarais may have on their own opted to pay GST. It said, the precincts of a religious place, in terms of the notification, have to be given broader meaning to include a Sarai even if it is located outside the boundary wall of a complex of a religious place, in the surrounding area, and managed by the same trust or management.

CBIC said, this view has been consistently taken by the Centre even in the pre-GST regime. It said, State Tax authorities may also take the same view in their jurisdiction. It said, these Sarais managed by SGPC may therefore avail the exemptions in respect of renting of rooms by them.

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