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Effective rate of Service tax from 15th November, 2015 is 14.50%.

Central Government has imposed a new levy in the name of Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC). (Notification No. 21/2015 – Service Tax dated 06th November,2015).

Rate of SBC is 0.50% and it will be levied on the value of taxable services.  Now the new rate of service tax plus SBC would be 14.50%. Kindly charge 14.50% on the invoices raised on or after 15th November, 2015.

Kindly note the below points in connection of SBC: -

1.    It is not leviable on exempted services and services stated in negative list. (Notification 22/2015 – Service Tax dated 06th November, 2015)

2. SBC would be levied on value of taxable services instead of service tax as it is not a cess on Service Tax.

3. It needs to be separately mentioned on the invoices, accounted separately in the books of account and paid separately under separate accounting code.

4. Proposed accounting code for payment of SBC is 0044-00-506. New code will be notified shortly.

5. Vide Notification 24/2015-ST dated 12th November,2015, SBC is applicable as it is on the services mentioned under Reverse Charge Mechanism under Notification No. 30/2012-ST dated 20th June 2015. It means service recipient is liable to pay SBC on the value of taxable services it receives and paid to vendor.

6. Abatements stated in Notification 26/2012-ST dated 20th June, 2012 applies as it is on SBC in the same manner as it applies for service tax. Example: In case of Rent-a-Cab Service, Service Tax+ SBC would be 40% X (14% +.50%) = 5.80% (5.60% +.20%). (Notification 23/2015 – Service Tax dated 06thNovember, 2015)

7. SBC has cascading effect. It is not cenvatable as it not integrated into Cenvat Credit Chain. Credit of SBC cannot be availed and SBC cannot be paid by utilizing credit of any other duty or tax.

8. As SBC is a new levy, Rule 5 of the Point of Taxation Rules would be applicable in this case.

Case Study

Provision of Service Date

Invoice Date

Payment Date

Applicability of SBC


Before 15thNovember,2015

Before 15thNovember,2015

Before 15thNovember, 2015



Before 15thNovember,2015

Invoice raised within 14 Days (i.e. upto 29thNovember, 2015)

Before 15thNovember, 2015



Before 15thNovember,2015

After 15thNovember, 2015

After 15thNovember, 2015



After 15thNovember,2015

Invoice raised after 14 Days (i.e. upto 29th November, 2015)

Before 15thNovember, 2015


9. In case of services where valuation is done at special rate like Works Contract,  Restaurant services, SBC would be computed by multiplying the    value determined in accordance with the respective rules [Rule 2A, 2B or 2C of Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006] with [14%+0.5%]. (Notification 25/2015 – Service Tax dated 06th November, 2015)

10  In case of special rates given by sub rule (7), (7A),(7B) or (7C) of Rule 6 of Service Tax Rules (i.e. Air Travel Agent, Life Insurance Premium, purchase and sale of foreign currency and services by lottery distributors / selling agents), there is option to pay SBC as determined as per the following formula : - Service Tax Liability [calculated as per sub-rule (7), (7A),(7B) or (7C)] X 0.5% / 14%

Gaurav Arya
Chartered Accountant


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