GST for computers and laptops


In the contemporary digital era, laptops have become an irreplaceable and essential tool for individuals across diverse domains, encompassing business, employment, and education. With technology reigning supreme and continuing to shape our lives, it is imperative to thoroughly contemplate the potential ramifications of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on laptops and computers.

  • This article aims to delve into the intricacies of the GST rate applicable to computers and laptops, unraveling its impact on consumers and the industry.
  • As per the latest tax regime, the GST rate on laptops has experienced an increase, resulting in a slightly elevated effective tax rate of 18%.
  • Consequently, this adjustment may lead to a marginal escalation in laptop prices, which warrants careful consideration for those intending to make a purchase in this category.
  • To elucidate the impact of the GST rate on consumers, let us examine a specific case. Suppose an individual intends to acquire a DELL Inspiron 15, 3000 series laptop valued at Rs. 35,000. Taking into account the GST rate of 18%, the total cost of the laptop will amount to Rs. 41,300, thereby implying a GST burden of Rs. 6,300.
  • In light of this information, consumers and stakeholders alike should be cognizant of the revised GST rate and its implications when contemplating investments in laptops and computers. 
Types of Goods GST Rate
Laptops 18%
Desktop monitors (<32 inches) 18%
Desktop monitors (>32 inches) 28%
Hard drives 18%
Pen drives 18%
Optical drives 18%
Printers 18%
Keyboards 18%

GST Rate for Computers, Laptops & Associated Devices

  • Computers, laptops, and other related devices are assigned the Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) code 8471, and they fall under Chapter 84 of the HSN.
  • Specifically categorized under the heading “Automatic Data Processing Machines and Units,” these items are subject to a Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate of 18%.
  • The term “automatic data processing machine” as defined in the HSN Chapter refers to any equipment capable of storing processing programs and essential data, programmable according to user requirements, performing arithmetic computations as specified by the user, and executing processing programs without the need for human intervention.
  • It’s important to note that a data processing machine system may consist of multiple separate units, and any unit that connects to such a system will be classified under HSN code 8471 if it meets certain conditions.
  • These conditions include being exclusively or primarily used in an automatic data processing system, connecting to the central processing unit, and accepting or delivering data in a form usable by the system.
  • Consequently, devices such as keyboards, mice, and USB storage devices also fall within the purview of HSN code 8471.

Types of GST Rate for Computers and Laptops

For laptops, desktops, and their associated accessories, different types of GST apply, including CGST (Central Goods and Services Tax), SGST (State Goods and Services Tax), and IGST (Interstate Goods and Services Tax).

  • The total GST applicable to these products is calculated by combining the CGST (50%) and SGST (50%).
  • Therefore, the 18% GST rate on laptops, desktops, and their accessories is effectively equivalent to 9% CGST and 9% SGST.
  • In the case of interstate transfers of these goods, such as e-commerce transactions involving movement across state borders, IGST is applicable at a rate of 18% on the products and services.
  • It’s essential for businesses and consumers to be aware of these GST rates while engaging in the purchase or sale of computers, laptops, and related devices to ensure compliance with tax regulations and make informed financial decisions.

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