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GST Exemption available to Food & Drinks supplied by Educational Institution to Students: CBIC [Read Order]

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The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has clarified that the supply of food and drinks by the educational institutions to its students would attract 5 percent GST.

There were some ambiguities regarding the tax rate applicable to such services since the Explanation 1 to Entry 7 (i) of Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate) contained the words “school, college”. Due to this, doubts were raised on whether the supply of food and drinks by an educational institution to its students is eligible for exemption under Notification No. 12/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 Sl. No 66, which exempts services provided by an educational institution to its students, faculty, and staff

To resolve the issue, the Board clarified that the supply of all services by an educational institution to its students, faculty, and staff is exempt under Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017, Sl. No. 66. Such services include the supply of food and beverages by an educational institution to its students, faculty, and staff.

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“As stated in explanation 3 (ii) to Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 Chapter, Section, Heading, Group or Service Codes mentioned in column (2) of the table in Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 are only indicative. A supply is eligible for exemption under an entry of the said notification where the description given in column (3) of the table leaves no room for any doubt. Accordingly, it is clarified that supply of food and beverages by an educational institution to its students, faculty, and staff, where such supply is made by the educational institution itself, is exempt under Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017, vide Sl. No. 66 w.e.f. 01-07-2017 itself,” the board said.

However, it further reiterated that such supply of food and beverages by any person other than the educational institutions based on a contractual arrangement with such institution is leviable to GST@ 5%.

“In order to remove any doubts on the issue, Explanation 1 to Entry 7(i) of Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 has been amended vide Notification No. 27/2018-Central Tax (Rate) dated 31.12.2018 to omit from it the words “school, college”. Further, heading 9963 has been added in Column (2) against entry at Sl. No. 66 of Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017, vide Notification No. 28/2018-Central Tax (Rate) dated 31.12.2018,” it added.

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