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Interest Hammer on assessee- Illustrated

Interest on Service Tax is charged in accordance with the provisions of Section 75 of Finance Act 1994. Rate of Interest up to 01/10/2014 is simple interest of 18% per annum on delayed payment of tax (3% concession is available to small service providers). But with the Budget 2014 there is a major change in the rate of interest as shown in the table below. This change in interest rate is hammer on the assessee (although 3% concession is available to the small service provider).

S No

Period of delay

Rate of Simple Interest


Up to six months



More than six months and up to one year

24% for this period


More than one year

30% for this period

As per illustration given in TRU the modified interest rates are applicable for the period of delay prior to 01/10/2014 also. But according to canons of law the interest rate(s) existing during the period of delay is the applicable rate of interest. This can be illustrated as under :-

Situation 1:

Service Tax outstanding (Rs. 1,00,000):


Service Tax paid on :


Total delay is 18 months.

Interest calculation shall be as follows:

For period 01/10/2014 to 31/03/2015, Interest rate for 1st six months is 18% p.a.

₹ 9,000

For period 01/04/2014 to 30/09/2015, Interest rate for next six months is 24% p.a.

₹ 12,000

For period 01/10/2015 to 31/03/2016, Interest rate for balance period is 30% p.a.

₹ 15,000

Total amount of Interest

₹ 36,000

Situation 2:

Service Tax outstanding (Rs. 1,00,000):


Service Tax paid on :


The total period of delay is 20 months. As there is change in interest rate with effect from 01.10.2014, therefore, the interest is to be charged in the following manner :-

For period from 01/04/2013 to 30/09/2014 interest rate applicable is 18% p.a. On 01/10/2014 the period of delay elapsed was 18 months, therefore according to new provisions as effected from 01/10/2014 the interest rate for the balance period of two months should be charged at 30% p.a.

Thus, Interest amount is:-

For period 01/04/2013 to 30/09/2014: 18 months @ 18% p.a. :

27,000 Rs.

For period 01/10/2014 to 30/11/2014: 02 months @ 30% p.a. :

5,000 Rs.

Total Interest

32,000 Rs.

Situation 3:

Service Tax outstanding (Rs. 1,00,000) :


Service Tax paid on :


Total delay is 7 months.

Interest calculation shall be as follows:

Interest shall be calculated in 3 parts:

From 01/07/2014 to 30/09/2014: 3 months @ 18% p.a.

₹ 4,500

From 01/10/2014 to 31/12/2014 : 3 months @ 18%

(Since period of delay already completed three months, therefore on 01/10/2014 there left only three months in first slab of 6 months)

₹ 4,500

From 01/01/2015 to 31/01/2015: 1 month @ 24% p.a.

₹ 2,000

Total Interest

₹ 11,000

Thus in my view the interest should be charged as illustrated above. Contrary views are welcomed.

CA Akash Phophalia

Office No 3, Second Floor

Amrit Kalash, Residency Road

Near Bombay Motor Circle




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