CBEC Clarification on Taxability of Unstitched Salwar Suits under GST

The CBEC has issued clarifications on the issues relating to Taxability/ Classification of Unstitched Salwar Suits, i.e. Cut pieces of Fabrics, under GST, as under:

Taxability of Unstitched Salwar Suits: CBEC Clarification Circular 13/13/2017 GST dt. 27 Oct. 2017

1. Doubts have been raised regarding the classification of Cut pieces of Fabrics under GST.

2. It has been represented that before becoming readymade articles or an apparel, the fabric is cut from bundles or thans and sold in that unstitched state. The consumers buy these sets or pieces and get it stitched to their shape and size.

3. Fabrics are classifiable under chapters 50 to 55 of the First Schedule to the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 on the basis of their constituent materials and attract a uniform GST rate of 5% with no refund of the unutilized input tax credit.

4. Mere cutting and packing of fabrics into pieces of different lengths from bundles or thans, will not change the nature of these goods and such pieces of fabrics would continue to be classifiable under the respective heading as the fabric and attract the 5% GST rate.

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