Decode The GST In Your Bill And Check Whether You Are Overcharged By Restaurant For Food And Drinks!

Decode GST



GST is widely perceived to be a big game changer in the Indian economy with its effects rippling across societies GST, which came into effect on July 1, subsumes 17 indirect taxes and 22 cesses at different rates across different states. Your bill before this tax reform had 3 prominent entries.

1. Service charge

2. Service tax

3. Value Added Tax


Now, all of these come under a single entry — GST.

The Centre brought out a GST breakup a few days back, explaining just exactly how your eating out bill gets impacted. Here's the lowdown:


1.Non-AC eateries (not serving liquor) will charge tax at 12% — CGST (6%) + SGST (6%), local delivery restaurants also fall under this.

2. AC restaurants (those serving liquor and those that don't) will charge tax at 18%

3. Non-AC eateries serving liquor will charge 18%.

4. Pre-packed and pre-cooked snacks sold from restaurants will attract 12% tax.


The table above indicates GST rates applicable to supplies made by restaurants in different circumstances. However actual GST incidence will be lesser due to increased availability of input tax credit. 

*This limit is Rs 50 lakh for Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.

Note: There is no GST on liquor or liquor products. GST is levied on food bill in a restaurant. Liquor will attract VAT, and not GST. So, if you order liquor along with food in a restaurant, you will be charged GST on your food and VAT on the drink you have.

The CBEC has further clarified that restaurant who have opted for composition scheme with an aggregate turnover of up to Rs 75 lakh will charge tax at the rate of 5% instead of 12 or 18%. No restaurant can charge GST at 28%. In fact, the tax department has asked restaurants, hotels and eateries to cut rates on food items to reflect the benefit of being able to set off tax paid on inputs under GST.

Is this GST revision a boon or curse? If it is affecting, why is that no one reacts? What is your opinion on GST? Share us in the comments.

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