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Service Tax & Central Excise
Amendments effective from 1st June 2015

Service Tax

• Notification No.13/2015-ST dated 19.05.2015

Omits the definition of “Chit” from Notification No.26/2012-ST dated 20.06.2012 (Abatement Notification) as it has no relevance since vide Notification No.8/2015-ST dated 01.03.2015 they had omitted entry “services in relation to chit” in Abatement notification.

• Notification No. 14/2015-ST dated 19.05.2015

i. Omits the definitions of “Entertainment event” and “Amusement facility” from Section 65B of Finance Act, 1994

ii. Increase in rate of Service Tax from 12% to 14%.

iii. No Education Cess and Secondary and Higher Education Cess on service tax.

iv. Amendment in Negative List (Section 66D) - “Services by way of process amounting to manufacture or production of goods excluding alcoholic liquor for human consumption”

v. Betting, gambling and lottery shall not include the activity specified in Explanation 2 to the definition of “service” as per Section 65B (44) of Finance Act.

• Notification No.15/2015-ST dated 19.05.2015

Increase in rates of service tax (in case of Composition scheme) for service provided by Air Travel agent, Insurance service, Forex (money changing service) and service provided by lottery distributor and selling agent.

Air Travel Agent:

In the case of

Current Rate

New Rate

Domestic bookings of passage for travel by air

0.6% of the basic fare

0.7% of the basic fare

International bookings of passage for travel by air

1.2% of the basic fare

1.4% of the basic fare

Insurance Service:

Period

Current Rate

New Rate

First year

3%  of  the  gross  amount  of premium charged

3.5%  of  the  gross  amount  of premium charged

Subsequent Year

1.5% of the gross amount of premium charged

1.75% of the gross amount of premium charged

Money Changing:

For an amount

Current Rate

New Rate

Upto Rs.100,000

0.12% of the gross amount of currency exchanged or Rs.30 whichever is higher

0.14% of the gross amount of currency exchanged or Rs.35 whichever is higher

Exceeding Rs.1,00,000 and upto Rs.10, 00, 000

Rs.120 + 0.06% of the (gross amount of currency exchanged-Rs.1,00,000)

Rs.140 + 0.07% of the (gross amount of currency exchanged-Rs.1,00,000)

Exceeding Rs.10,00,000

Rs.660 + 0.012% of the (gross amount of currency exchanged-Rs.10,00,000) or Rs.6,000/- whichever is lower

Rs.770 + 0.014% of the (gross amount of currency exchanged -Rs.10,00,000) or Rs.7,000/- whichever is lower

Service provided by lottery distributor and selling agent:

Particulars

Current Rate

New Rate

Where the guaranteed lottery prize payout is > 80%

Rs.7000/- on every Rs.10 Lakh (or part of Rs.10 Lakh) of aggregate face value of lottery tickets printed by the organising state for a draw.

Rs.8,200/- on every Rs.10 Lakh (or part of Rs.10 Lakh) of aggregate face value of lottery tickets printed by the organising state for a draw.

Where the guaranteed lottery prize payout is < 80%

Rs.11000/- on every Rs.10 Lakh (or part of Rs.10 Lakh) of aggregate face value of lottery tickets printed by the organising state for a draw.

Rs.12800/- on every Rs.10 Lakh (or part of Rs.10 Lakh) of aggregate face value of lottery tickets printed by the organising state for a draw.

• Notification No.16/2015-ST dated 19.05.2015

i. Exemption of carrying out an intermediate production process as Job work in relation to alcoholic liquor for human consumption is removed from Notification No.25/2012-ST dated 20.06.2012 (Mega Exemption Notification), making such services as taxable.

ii. Consequently Notification No.25/2012-ST has been amended to provide exemption for the following:

a. Admission to museum, national park, wild life sanctuary, tiger reserve or zoo

b. Admission to exhibition of cinematographic film, circus, dance or theatrical performance including drama or ballet

c. Admission to any sporting event organised by a recognized sports body where the participating team or individual represent any district, state, zone or country.

d. Admission to award function, concert, pageant, musical performance, sporting event other than recognized sport event is exempted from levy of service tax provided consideration is not more than Rs.500/-

• Notification No.17/2015-ST dated 19.05.2015

Taxable services provided under Power System Development Fund Scheme of Ministry of Power are exempted from the whole of levy of service tax till 1st day of April 2017. Such exemption shall be eligible subject to production of Certificate before Central Excise Officer and other conditions.

Central Excise

• Notification No.14/2015-CE dated 19.05.2015

As per Rule 6(3) of the CENVAT credit Rules, 2004, the amount payable for exempted goods or services is enhanced from 6% to 7% of value of exempted goods or services.

• Notification No.15/2015-CE dated 19.05.2015

Refund of CENVAT credit under Rule 5B of CENVAT credit Rules:

A provider of service providing services under Section 68(2) of Finance Act and being unable to utilize the CENVAT credit availed on inputs and input services for payment of service tax on such output services, shall be allowed refund of such unutilized CENVAT credit subject to procedures, conditions, limitations and safeguards. Now, “Supply of manpower for any purpose and security services” are excluded from this notification.


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