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No GST on packaged foods if brand rights foregone

Author: IANS/Saturday, September 23, 2017/Categories: TRACKING THE GST

No GST on packaged foods if brand rights foregone

New Delhi, Sep 23 - Packaged food products will not attract Goods and Services Tax (GST) at 5% if the manufacturer declares to voluntarily forego any actionable claim or enforceable right on the brand name, the government has notified.

Following the decision of the GST Council earlier this month, "these notifications also provide that this 5% GST will, however, not apply if the person concerned voluntarily foregoes any actionable claim or enforceable right on such brand name," a Finance Ministry release said.

"These notifications, interalia, provide that 5% GST will apply if on brand name (as defined in the notification) an actionable claim or enforceable right in court of law is available," it said.

The entity concerned will have to file an affidavit to the effect that it is voluntarily foregoing actionable claim or enforceable right on such brand name with the jurisdictional Commissioner of Central Tax or State Tax, or the jurisdictional officer of Union Territory Tax, it added.

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