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[CBEC] Clarifications — GST On College Hostel Mess Fees

Department of Revenue (Tax research Unit) vide Circular No. 28/02/2018-GST dated 08th January 2018, has issued some clarifications regarding GST on College Hostel Mess Fees. The contents of the said circular is reproduced as under:–

"1. Queries have been received seeking clarification regarding the taxability and rate of GST on services by a college hostel mess. The clarification is as given below:

2. The educational institutions have mess facility for providing food to their students and staff. Such facility is either run by the institution/ students themselves or is outsourced to a third person. Supply of food or drink provided by a mess or canteen is taxable at 5% without Input Tax Credit [Serial No. 7(i) of notification No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) as amended vide notification No. 46/2017-CT (Rate) dated 14.11.2017 refers]. It is immaterial whether the service is provided by the educational institution itself or the institution outsources the activity to an outside contractor.

3. Difficulty if any, in the implementation of this Circular may be brought to the notice of the Board."

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