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Online Courses for Docs Must Come Under GST: AAR

Mumbai: An AAR has ruled that online courses specifically targeted at doctors and mandated by the medical council should face Goods and Services Tax (GST), complicating the question of the taxation of education and even medical services.

Both medical care and education are outside the gamut of the GST framework.

The Karnataka AAR said that online education courses cannot be considered to be covered under the definition of a medical facility even if the course is mandatory for doctors.

Also, this is not a professional course and more along the lines of executive education and should be subject to GST, the AAR ruled.

Cmepedia Gerda provides services to doctors to maintain the professional standards as required by the law and guidelines by the Medical Council, as per the AAR ruling announced in February.

The online institute wanted clarity as to whether the paid educational content, which is used by healthcare professionals or students to fulfil a mandatory demand by their professional body or institute, is exempt from Goods and Services Tax.

And if the fee charged for the online portfolio management of healthcare professionals is exempt from GST. S-ET

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