Applicability of service tax for builders

I need one clarification regarding applicability of service tax for builders.  A builder  constructs residential apartments and offer to the public.  The total number of apartments is 8.  Whether he needs to collect service tax along with the sale value.  kindly refer with notification if any

M.Com, Finance Manager

Service tax is not payable if the apartment is sold after completion subject to some conditions. However, service tax is applicable if the apartment is booked and agreement is entered into during construction. In this case, relevant services that are applicable are construction of residential complex and works contract service. There is a view that former is applicable when the company is only developing/constructing the property owned by the service recipient. Works contract service is applicable in cases where there is transfer of property in goods involved in execution of the contract which is leviable to tax as sale of goods. While the rate under former service is 3.09% on the basic price provided land cost is included in the service value, the rate under works contract service is 4.944% on construction value of the sale price.

As the methods in vogue are different, comparing only service tax with others may not be advisable in all cases and buyers are advised to be guided by overall cost of their unit as compared to similar units in the neighborhood and other factors like quality, reputation of the developer, amenities and project approvals


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Thank you for your reply.  Again my question is the builder constructs and enter into an agreement for the sale and the flats are books by paying advances in stages.  In that case, whether the builder is to collect service tax from the buyers.  There was a provision that the service tax is applicable for above 12 units.  whether there is any subsequent amendment to that

M.Com, Finance Manager


whether service tax is applicable for builders who built  165 flats having carpet area under 65 Sq.Meteres


Please reply at an earliest

Mayur DAVE


Student Others

If you are staying in any luxury hotels or service apartments you can pay more that 1000 per day, you have to pay 12.7% service tax in that money.

project finance

I work in a construction company. We given a RCC contract to sub-contractor.

material and labour is managed my sub-contractor.

I want to know how to calculate service tax liability for sub- contractor and rate of tax.



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