When contacted, Tata Starbucks spokesperson said: “As a responsible organization, Tata Starbucks conducts its business ethically and complies with all the local laws and regulations.” The company, since its entry in October 2012, operates around 140 outlets across Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Pune and Kolkata. GST rate on restaurants was slashed to 5 per cent without benefit of credit on inputs with effect from November 15, 2017. Before that the tax rate was 18 per cent with input tax credit (ITC). Following that, restaurants were supposed to adjust their base price after taking into account the unavailability of credit on input. However, there have been complaints from customers that restaurants have hiked their base price of the products in such a way that the final sale price remained the same both before and after GST rate cut.
“According to estimates the unavailability of ITC benefits can push up the cost of product by 10-12 per cent. However, in some cases we have seen that the base price has been increased by as much as 85 per cent,” one of the source said.
After studying the books of accounts of a company, the DGAP gives its report to the NAA for further action. If the NAA finds a firm guilty of profiteering then the amount profiteered has to be refunded to consumers by the company. In case where the consumers cannot be identified, the amount has to be deposited into the consumer welfare fund of the Centre and states. In February, the NAA had found another restaurant chain Jubilant FoodWorks, the operator of Dominos Pizza in India, guilty of not passing on GST-cut benefit of Rs 41.42 crore on sale of some pizza products.
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