‘Educations is not going to be expensive under GST’ : Arun Jaitley

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New Delhi : The Centre today denied such claims. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said claims that education is going to be
expensive after GST rollout are “unsubstantiated.” Jaitley further said no change has been made in any item or services
related to the education sector in the GST era, except to reduce the tax rate on certain items.

“There is no change made on any subject relating to education in the GST era, except to reduce the tax rate on certain
items…Rather tax rate has been reduced on certain items of education including school bags etc,” Jaitley said. According
to the Centre, education is going to become cheaper as several items, which were taxed earlier, have been kept out of GST
ambit.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Finance said services provided by an educational institution to students, faculty
and staff are exempt. These include a) pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school or equivalent;
b) education as a part of a curriculum for obtaining a qualification recognised by any law for the time being in force; c)
education as a part of an approved vocational education course.

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Some more exempted services include: transportation of students, faculty and staff services provided to an educational
institution (providing pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school or equivalent); catering,
including any mid-day meals scheme sponsored by the Centre, State or Union territory to an educational institution
providing education up to higher secondary school or equivalent; security or cleaning or housekeeping services
performed in such educational institutions; services relating to admission to, or conducting of examination by, such
institutions, up to higher secondary.

“Education up to Higher Secondary School level does not suffer GST on output services and also on most of the
important input services. Some of the input services like transport, canteen etc. provided by private players to educational
institutions were subject to service tax in the pre-GST era and the same is continued in GST regime,” said the statement.

Under GST, services by institutions registered under section 12AA of Income Tax Act by way of charitable activities
relating to advancement of educational programmes or skill development for abandoned, orphaned or homeless
children; physically or mentally abused and traumatized persons; prisoners; persons over the age of 65 years residing in a
rural area are also exempt from GST.


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