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08 Jul 2017

Government launches GST Rate Finder App to check rates

Government launches GST Rate Finder App

The government launched an app, first of its kind- the GST Rate Finder App which helps users to find rates of GST for various goods and services.

The app has been developed by the Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC).

"If you are in a market, a restaurant or anywhere you can easily check what GST rate is," CBEC chairperson Vanaja Sarna said.

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Government launches GST Rate Finder App
How do you download the GST Rate Finder App?

Downloading the App

How do you download the GST Rate Finder App?

The GST Rate Finder App can be downloaded on any smartphone and it works in offline mode too.

In the android phones, the app can be found on the Google Play store.

Once you search the app in the Play store, press install and the app will be downloaded on your phone.


How to use the app?

After downloading the app, open it and write the product name to be searched.

After the user writes product name in the search box, he/she can scroll down the list of description and when any specific item on list is clicked, it'll show GST rate of the same.

The search can be made based on description of goods or HSN chapter or section/heading number.

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Government takes a step forward to help people know GST


Government takes a step forward to help people know GST

The government has not only launched the mobile app but the CBEC has also provided a GST rate finder on its website to help the taxpayers know the applicable GST rate on their supplies of goods and services.

The taxpayers can easily search any of the following-Central GST, State GST, Union Territory GST rate and Compensation Cess on an item.

Govt.'s initiatives

Government's initiatives to familiarize consumers, traders on GST

To educate and impart information regarding GST, the government has taken a number of steps.

It started a series of GST "masterclasses" which addressed queries and clarified any doubts regarding the new tax regime.

These materclasses are an hour-long program which are held for six days a week. They are telecasted live on Doordarshan along with live webcasts.

Revenue Secretary Adhia conducts these classes.

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