The Goods and Services Tax (GST) continues to be a dynamic and evolving aspect of India’s tax landscape. As we navigate through 2024, several key developments and updates have come to the forefront. Here’s a comprehensive look at the latest GST news that businesses and individuals should be aware of:

  1. GST Rate Changes

In a recent meeting, the GST Council decided to make several rate adjustments to streamline tax structures and promote economic growth. Significant changes include:

  • Textiles and Apparel: The GST rate for textiles and apparel has been revised from 5% to 8%. This move aims to increase revenue and rationalize the tax structure within the sector.
  • Healthcare Products: To make healthcare more affordable, the GST rate on select medical devices and health-related products has been reduced from 12% to 5%.
  1. E-Invoicing Mandate Expansion

E-invoicing, which started as a requirement for large businesses, is now being extended to smaller enterprises. From April 1, 2024, businesses with a turnover exceeding ₹5 crore will need to generate e-invoices. This extension aims to improve compliance and reduce tax evasion by enhancing transparency in business transactions.

  1. GST Return Filing Simplifications

The GST Council has proposed several changes to simplify the return filing process. These include:

  • Quarterly Returns: Small taxpayers can now opt for quarterly return filing, easing the compliance burden.
  • Auto-populated Forms: Improvements in the auto-population of forms GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B to reduce manual entry errors and enhance accuracy.
  1. Input Tax Credit (ITC) Restrictions

The government has introduced stricter measures to curb fraudulent ITC claims. Taxpayers can now avail ITC only if their suppliers have filed their GST returns and paid the taxes. This change emphasizes the importance of dealing with compliant suppliers to ensure seamless ITC claims.

  1. GST on Online Gaming and Casinos

In a bid to regulate the burgeoning online gaming and casino industry, the GST Council has levied a 28% GST on online gaming, casinos, and horse racing. This decision aims to bring uniformity and increase revenue from these sectors.

  1. GST Amnesty Scheme

To encourage compliance and clear backlogs, the government has introduced a GST Amnesty Scheme. Taxpayers with pending GST dues can clear their liabilities by paying a reduced penalty. This scheme is expected to benefit many small and medium businesses that have struggled with compliance in the past.

  1. Focus on Digital Transformation

The GSTN (Goods and Services Tax Network) continues to enhance its digital infrastructure. Recent upgrades include a more robust and user-friendly portal, real-time data analytics, and AI-driven fraud detection mechanisms. These improvements aim to make the GST system more efficient and taxpayer-friendly.

  1. Sector-Specific Reforms

Several sector-specific reforms are underway to address industry-specific challenges. For instance:

  • Real Estate: The GST Council is considering changes to reduce the burden on homebuyers and boost the real estate sector.
  • Automobile Industry: Proposals to rationalize GST rates on electric vehicles and components to promote the adoption of green technology.


The GST landscape in India continues to evolve with the changing economic environment and government policies. Staying updated with these changes is crucial for businesses and individuals to ensure compliance and optimize their tax strategies. The recent updates reflect the government’s intent to simplify the GST system, enhance compliance, and support economic growth.