The government on Saturday slashed the Integrated GST rate on oxygen concentrators for personal use to 12 per cent, from 28 percent earlier, for two months till June 30. “IGST on Import of Oxygen Concentrators for personal use has been reduced from 28 percent to 12 percent to bring IGST rate on such personal imports at par with commercial imports of the same,” the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) tweeted.
This reduced IGST rate for imports of concentrators for personal use shall be applicable up to June 30.
The government had last month waived customs duty on import of medical grade oxygen, oxygen concentrator, and related equipment.
Under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the tax levied on consumption of goods or rendering of service is split 50:50 between the Centre and the state.
On inter-state movement of goods as well as imports, an Integrated-GST or IGST is levied, which accrues to the Centre. The amount paid as IGST can be utilized by businesses for claiming credit while making CGST or SGST payments at the time of actual sale.
The government on Friday had allowed imports of oxygen concentrators for personal use through post, courier or e-commerce portals under the gift category amid increasing demand for oxygen due to rising COVID-19 cases.
Demand for oxygen-related equipment has been increasing in the wake of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
India reported a record of over 4.01 lakh new COVID-19 infections and 3,523 deaths on Saturday.