Actor Rahul Bose’s tweet on overpriced bananas costs JW Marriott Rs 25,000 fine

Charging Goods and Services Tax (GST) of Rs 67.50 on two bananas in JW Marriott here to actor Rahul Bose cost the hotel Rs 25,000. The Chandigarh Excise and Taxation Department on Saturday imposed a penalty on the high-end hotel for the unlawful collection of tax on a fresh fruit that is not chargeable.

The penalty comes following Bose’s tweet, saying: “You have to see this to believe it. Who said fruit wasn’t harmful to your existence? Ask the wonderful folks at @JWMarriottChd”

In an audiovisual post, he displayed a receipt that exposed that Rs 442.50 was charged on a fruit platter that comprised a nine per cent Central GST of Rs 33.75 and a nine per cent Union Territory GST of Rs 33.75.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Rajeev Chaudhary said the hotel has been penalized for unlawful collection of tax on bananas which come under the category of fresh fruits that are the tax-free item.

A price of Rs 12,500 was imposed under Central GST and Rs 12,500 under Union Territory GST.

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