GST rates cut: Washing machines to sanitary napkins, what gets cheaper

New Delhi: The GST Council on Saturday, August 11 cut tax rates on 88 items, including footwear, refrigerator, washing machine and small screen TV, while the widely demanded sanitary napkins have been exempted from the levy.
The highest tax bracket of 28 per cent has been rationalised further with rates on daily-use items like perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries, hair dryers, shavers, mixer grinder, vacuum cleaners, lithium ion batteries, being lowered to 18 per cent. The revised tax rates will come into effect from July 27.
A look at the items that got cheaper.
GST on commodities slashed to 0%:
Sanitary Napkins, Supply of services by old-age homes
GST on commodities slashed from 28% to 18%:
Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Washing Machines, Televisions (up to 68 cm), Vacuum Cleaners, Paints, Hair Shavers, Hair Curlers, Hair Dryers,Scent Sprays, Lithium-ion batteries used in mobile phones and electric vehicles.
GST on commodities slashed from 18% to 12%:
Handbags including pouches and purses; jewellery box, Wooden frames for painting, photographs, mirrors etc, Ornamental framed mirrors, Brass Kerosene Pressure Stove, Art ware of iron.
GST on commodities at 5%:
Ethanol, Solid biofuel pellets, Handmade carpets and other handmade textile floor coverings (including namda/gabba),Hand-made braids and ornamental trimming in the piece.

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