Getting Pollution Certificate becomes costlier, vehicle owners to pay 18% GST

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Soon, the vehicle owners have to pay GST of 18% to get a pollution certification for their vehicles, as per the announcement made by the Authority for Advance Ruling (AAR).   The ruling has passed by the Goa bench on an application filed by Venkatesh Automobiles.   The application questioned whether the service provided for issuing ‘Pollution Under Control’ (PUC) certificate on behalf of the concerned State Government is exempted from the Goods and Services Tax or not.

Currently, every vehicle needs to have a PUC (Pollution Under Control) Certificate to prove that the emits of the vehicle are in alignment with the norms of pollution control authority.   A fine of Rs. 1000 or challan of Rs. 1000 may be imposed on any vehicle if found plying on road without a PUC.   PUC certificate is valid for six months from the date of issue and needs to renew in time.

The Authority for Advance Ruling said that the activity of issuance of pollution under control certificate for vehicles issued by the applicant is not covered under SAC and is covered under residual entry and hence the same should be taxed at 18% GST.

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