10 Everyday items changed since 1st July

1st July changed a lot of things in India. The following day, as I walked down the street and bought my regular cup of coffee I was greeted by a G.S.T. of 18%. My next few stops gave me a rough idea of items that had become costlier and those that had become cheaper. Take a look at my before and after report card for items under the G.S.T.

Items Before After Remark
Fresh Vegetables & Fruits


0% 0% Fresh and unprocessed fruits and vegetables have been exempted under GST But dry fruits and preparation from fruits and vegetables which were taxed at a rate of 5% earlier are now taxed at 12% and 18%.



Soap, Hair Oil, Toothpaste


28% 18% These consumer items have become cheaper by almost 9-10% passing on the benefit to the common man; however other items such as shampoo and deodorant have become costlier.
Cabspublic-service_23-2147506398 6% 5% Initially Ola and Uber bookings were taxed at 6% but under G.S.T they will come down by 1% making travelling by cabs cheaper. Other public transport remains unchanged after G.S.T.
Shampoo & Deodorant


26% 28% Though this is a personal hygiene product, the G.S.T. council smelled it as a luxury item and made personal hygiene more expensive.


14% 18% This industry already faced backslash post demonetization but now with G.S.T. , it will get affected further.
Tea & Coffee

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6% 5% Well your morning will definitely see a smile because tea and coffee becomes cheaper post G.S.T. But if you decide to sip on tea and coffee at a café you might have to pay extra due to 18% G.S.T. at air conditioned cafes and restaurants.
Milk & Eggsfresh-milk-box_318-50887 0% 0% Apart from milk and eggs a lot of other household items are exempt under G.S.T.
Movie Tickets





Tickets priced below Rs. 100 will be taxed at 18%. Initially there was service tax and entertainment tax on movie tickets, but now only G.S.T. of 28% will be applicable.
Mobile Billspayment-background-design_1212-511 (1) 15% 18% After G.S.T. tax rates on mobile bills have become 18%. This will be detrimental to this industry as they are already facing stringent competition from Reliance Jio. So the end user will face the burden of this increased tax.
Medicinesmedical-background-design_1325-82 4% 5% Most of the drugs mentioned under the 5% bracket are used to cure malaria, HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, and diabetes which were previously charged VAT around 4%.However, Ayurvedic drugs or medicines will become costlier under G.S.T. Source: clearTax

That was my first day with G.S.T. Tell us about yours in the comments section below!

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