GST Exemption for Handicraft Goods

Scope of Exemption: Intra-state supplies of handicraft goods exempted from excess central tax under section 9. Definition of Handicraft Goods: Predominantly handmade with minimal machinery involvement. Possess aesthetic, cultural, or ethnic significance, distinct from mechanized goods.

Exempted Items and Rates: Handcrafted candles, handbags, carved wood products, wooden frames, statuettes, mats, coir articles, and more. Rates vary from 1.5% to 6% based on item classification.

Effective Date: Notification effective from July 27, 2018. Issuing Authority: Signed by Gunjan Kumar Verma, Under Secretary to the Government of India.

Promotion of Artisans: Supports artisans by reducing tax burden on traditional craftsmanship. Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Encourages the preservation and promotion of India's rich cultural heritage through handicrafts. (Gunjan Kumar Verma) Under Secretary to the Government of India