Domino’s in trouble over GST cuts

NEW DELHI, Jul 29 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Pizza chain Domino’s has got caught in the crosshairs of anti-profiteering authorities for not passing on a cut in goods and services tax to consumers. Anti-profiteering provisions make it compulsory for companies to pass on any benefits from a lower GST rate to consumers. 

The Directorate General of Anti-Profiteering found that Domino’s had not reduced the prices of all its food products after the GST Council cut the tax rate on restaurants last November, and instead passed on the benefit selectively. 

“An investigation report has been issued,” said a government official privy to the development. In India, Jubilant FoodWorks operates Domino’s restaurants under a franchise deal with American chain Domino’s Pizza Inc. 

AJubilant spokesperson said the company believes it passed on the benefits. “The company has received a copy of the investigation report submitted by the Director General Anti-Profiteering (DG) to the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA). However, JFL believes it has passed on the benefit on account of reduction of GST rates to the customers and accordingly will represent its case before NAA,” the spokesperson said in an email response to ET’s questions. 

The GST Council in its November 15, 2017 meeting slashed tax rate for restaurants to 5% from 18%. An investigation by the Directorate General of Anti-profiteering, previously called the Directorate General of Safeguards, found that the chain did not pass tax benefits to all consumers. 

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