Rajasthan Government to reimburse tax dues to hotels and tour operators hit by COVID-19

This will come into effect from April 1 and will remain in force till June 30 and will not cover stand-alone restaurants and clubs.

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In a first, the Rajasthan Government has been decided to reimburse State Tax due and deposited by hotels and tour operators registered under Rajasthan Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017. With Covid-19 taking its toll on the hospitality sector, this order has come as a relief to the industry as other States are expected to do the same.

Rajasthan has been the first to announce complete lockdown barring essential and medical services from March 22-31 to contain the spread of Covid-19 and keep people safe. Since the State attracts significant number of domestic and international tourists, any such closure is bound to affect the hospitality sector as large.

The order for reimbursement of State Tax due and deposited to hotels and tour operators will come into effect from April 1 and will remain in force till June 30. This order will be applicable for taxable persons registered under the category of hotels, heritage hotels, resorts and tour operators. However, it will not cover stand-alone restaurants and clubs.

Beneficiaries will be entitled for reimbursement of State Tax due and deposited in the operative period in the manner as may be prescribed, provided no reimbursement under this order is available for SGST to be leviable and paid on rental or leasing services, including own or leased non-residential property.

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