Who is the Chairman of the Goods and Services Tax Council? [2022]

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : July 25th, 2022

Nirmala Sitaraman, the Union Finance Minister, is the present Chairman of the GST Council. The GST Council is a joint forum of the Centre and the states, set up by the President as per Article 279A (1). The Governing body of the GST is the GST Council. 

Chairman of the GST Council

The Chairman of the GST Council is the Finance Minister. Currently, Nirmala Sitaraman, the Union Finance Minister, is the chairman of the GST Council. The GST Council has 2 members from the Center and 31 members representing the States and Union Territories. The 101st Amendment Act of 2016 paved the way for the introduction of Goods and Services Tax in India, and accordingly, the President issued the order in 2016 and constituted the Council.

According to Article 279, the GST Council is meant to “make recommendations to the Union and the states on important issues related to GST, like the goods and services that may be subjected or exempted from GST, model GST Laws”. The GST Council also decides on various rate slabs of GST.

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Who is the Chairman of GST Council FAQs

  • The Union Finance Minister acts as the chairperson of the GST council. Currently, Nirmala Sitaraman, the Union Finance Minister, is the chairperson/ chairman of the GST Council

  • Late Arun Jaitley was the first chairman of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, when it was implemented.

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