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We reach the conclusion that the Lab Manual being published by the applicant which comprises bulk of instructional /educational printed material as per syllabus of Educational Board and which also contains some blank pages for the students to practice or Write, would be classified under GST Tariff heading 4901 as printed books which currently carry a Nil rate of tax.

Shanti Prime Publication Pvt. Ltd.

Classification of supply — section 98(4) of CGST/Punjab GST Act, 2017 –The applicant industry is manufacturing the Lab Manuals called “Books” printed/published in accordance with the specified syllabus issued by CBSE for class VI to class XII which is written by the authors as per prescription by Educational Boards. The printed material is in book form which is covered under chapter 4901 attracting nil duty at entry no. 119 of Schedule of Exempted goods in accordance with ntfn no. 12/2017. The Applicant submitted Application for Advance Ruling to know “whether the Lab manuals generally for class 6th to 12th printed by printing/publishing industry as prescribed by education boards & written by author(s), is a tax free product falling under heading 4901 attracting nil duty”. The Authority ruled out that “the Lab Manual being published by the applicant which comprises of a bulk of instructional /educational printed material as per syllabus of educational board and which also contains some blank pages for the students to practice or write, would be classified under GST Tariff heading 4901 as printed books which currently carry a Nil rate of tax”.Evergreen Publication (India) Ltd. [2018] 3 TAXLOK.COM 65 (AAR-Punjab)