5% GST on Supplies by College Hostel Mess/ Canteen: CBEC Clarification

CBEC Clarifies about Applicability of 5% GST on Supplies/ Services Provided by Hostel Mess/ Canteen of Colleges/ Educational Institutions

CBEC has clarified that supply of food or drink, by an educational institution/ college (through hostel mess or canteen) to staff/ students, is taxable @ 5% under GST (without ITC), as under:

CBEC Circular No. 28/02/2018 GST dt. 8 Jan. 2018

1. Queries have been received seeking clarification regarding the taxability and rate of GST on services by a college hostel mess. The clarification is as given below:

2. The educational institutions have mess facility for providing food to their students and staff. Such facility is either run by the institution/ students themselves or is outsourced to a third person. Supply of food or drink provided by a mess or canteen is taxable at 5% without Input Tax Credit [Serial No. 7(i) of notification No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) as amended vide notification No. 46/2017-CT (Rate) dated 14.11.2017 refers]. It is immaterial whether the service is provided by the educational institution itself or the institution outsources the activity to an outside contractor.

Corrigendum dt. 18 Jan. 2018 to CBEC Circular No. 28/02/2018 GST dt. 8 Jan. 2018

In Para 2 of the said circular,


“It is immaterial whether the service is provided by the educational institution itself or the institution outsources the activity to an outside contractor.”


“2.1 If the catering services is one of the services provided by an educational institution to its students, faculty and staff and the said educational institution is covered by the definition given under para 2(y) of notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate), then the same is exempt. [Sl. No. 66(a) of notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) refers]

2.2 If the catering services, i.e., supply of food or drink in a mess or canteen, is provided by anyone other than the educational institution, then it is a supply of service at entry 7(i) of notification No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) [as amended vide notification No. 46/2017-CT (Rate) dated 14.11.2017] to the concerned educational institution and attracts GST of 5% provided that credit of input tax charged on goods and services used in supplying the service has not been taken, effective from 15.11.2017.”

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