Govt’s GST relief measures: Highlights

* GST rate on 27 items reduced.
* GST on unbranded Ayurvedic medicines has been reduced from 12% to 5%.
* Tax rate for man-made yarn has been reduced to 12% from 18%. The decision will have an effect on textiles.
* The council will try to implement the e-way bill by April 1, 2018.
* Traders will pay 1%, manufacturers 2% and restaurants 5% under the composition scheme.
* Refund cheques for July exports will be processed by Oct 10 and refund cheques for August exports will be processed by Oct 18.
* Those who have up to Rs 1.5 crore turnover will file quarterly returns, not monthly returns.
* Compliance burden of medium and small taxpayers in GST being cut; eligibility of composition scheme raised to Rs 1 crore.
* E-wallet for each exporter to be made and notional amount as advance refund will be given. It will be initiated on 1 April 2018.