18% GST on Classification of Testing of Purity of Gold: AAR [Read Order]

18% GST on Classification of Testing of Purity of Gold: AAR [Read Order]

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The Gujarat Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) ruled that 18% GST is applicable on classification of testing of purity of gold.

The applicant M/s. Uday Laxman Jadhav is registered under GST law. The applicant submitted that they are engaged in the providing services of Testing and Refinery of gold.

The applicant submitted that they receive gold jewellery or coins/ biscuits, after melting old jewellery from service recipients to refine pure gold and testing the purity of gold. All old gold jewellery or coins/biscuits collected by applicants are placed in a vessel made up of magnesium and heated and melted at a temperature between roughly 1000 and 12000 degree Celsius in the furnace.

During the process all metals absorb in the alloy and leave only gold and silver. The available gold and silver is heated in Nitric acid to separate the silver from gold. The remaining pure gold is weighted to determine the percentage of purity.

Upon completion of process and analysis, the applicant issued the certificate of purity of gold. After that, a certificate of purity with pure gold will be sent to the recipient of service. This pure gold is used by service recipients in the further process of making new jewellery or coins/biscuits.

The applicant sought the Advance Ruling on the various issues.

Firstly, whether services of refining of gold from old jewellery and coins/biscuits, and Conversion of old gold jewellery into coins/biscuits as per specification given by service recipient; Provided to registered person will be covered under the definition of job work under section 2 (68) of CGST Act, 2017. What is the classification and rate of tax for these services provided to registered people and unregistered persons.

Secondly, what is the classification and rate of tax for services of testing of purity of gold.

Thirdly, if the applicant renders the service of refinement of old gold jewellery or coins/ biscuit as well as testing the purity of gold, then it will be considered as composite supply? If yes, what is the rate of tax applicable on it?

The Coram consisting of Sanjay Saxena and Mohit Aggarwal observed that services provided will be covered under the definition of Job work under Section 2(68) of CGST Act, 2017 only when provided to a registered person and not as Job work when provided to unregistered person.

The Authority further ruled that the rate of GST for the above service provided to registered persons is 5% in terms of Sr. No. 26 (i) ( c) of Notification No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) dated June 28, 2017. The rate of GST for the service provided to unregistered persons is liable to 18% in terms of Sr. No. 26 (iv) of Notification No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) dated June 28, 2017.

The AAR held that the classification of testing of purity of gold is 9983 and GST rate is liable to 18 % in terms of Sr. No. 21 of Notification No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) dated June 28, 2017.

“The service of refinement of old gold jewellery or coins/ biscuit as well as testing of purity of gold will be covered under Mixed supply in terms of Section 2(74) of CGST Act, 2017. The GST rate would be 18 %,” the AAR said.

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