Currently, GST is levied at 12% on food at non-AC restaurants, while it is 18% for air-conditioned ones. And restaurants were taking advantage of customers by charging 18% or more GST, not to mention service charges, and even on MRP water bottles that already have taxes included in their price!
From today, make sure you refuse to pay any restaurant more than 5% in taxes. It need not matter if the restaurant is AC or Non-AC. This 5% includes both central and state GSTs together at 2.5% each. Also, make sure water bottles or any other items with MRP aren't overcharged or taxed again under GST. Service charge if any cannot also be charged a GST.
The government has decided to reduce GST on restaurants to 5% to directly pass on the benefits to consumers as restaurants failed to pass on their input tax credit benefits to consumers by reducing prices when GST was at 12 and 18% for ac / non-ac restaurants respectively.
Always remember a restaurants service charge is NOT mandatory - you can ask for a full waiver or discount if you are not satisfied with the service or if you want to TIP the waiter individually.
A restaurant bill should ideally look like this:
|Total Food Price||200|
|GST (on Food Price @ 5%)||10|
|Water Bottle (By MRP)||20|
(at say 10% on food + water = 220)