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Under manpower services – Provident fund and bonus paid shall be included in taxable service and service ta x shall be charged . Section 67 of the Finance Act, 1994- Valuation of S ervices In case of “Laxmi Construction v Commissioner in CESTAT Allahabad” 2016 STR561, Tribunal Allahabad It is decided that provident fund, statutory payab le by appellant for taxable services provided to client and bonus amount paid to them as incentive , though not pre-fixed as periodicity and quantum , constitute additional rem uneration received and includable in total consideration received for service tax purpos e . Fact of the Case 1. PF consist of contribution made by employee and employer. Employer contribution has been received from Hindalco industries and fully pa id to the PF Commissioner. It is not wages or salary , hence not part of consideration f or services rendered. 2. The bonus payment are incentive for workers. It is not fixed amount and as such can not be added to taxable consideration. 3. The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in case of Inter continental Consultants and Technocrats P ltd. held that the expenditure or cost incurred f or service provided can not be considered as gross amount charged for such servic es. 4. The amendment has been made in Section 67 of the Finance Act,1995 through Finance Act,2015 to the effect that the gross consideration for taxable services shall include all reimbursable expenditure or cost incurred and charg ed by the service provider. Though CBEC letter dated 28.02.2015 stated that the amendm ent is to give effect to the intention of the legislature that such inclusion ar e always to be made, such intention can not be ground for giving to the same prior to such amendment; 5. Ld. AR of the revenue reiterated the finding of the lower Appellate Authority. 6. We have heard both the side and examined appeal records. The short points for decision is the correctness of inclusion of PF and bonus in the gross consideration for service tax . We find that the Ld. Commissioner App eal already waived the penalties imposed on the appellants invoking the provision of Section 80 of the Finance Act,1994. 7. We find the similar issue came up for considerat ion by the tribunal in case of Neelav Jaiswal and brother v Commissioner of Central Excis e , Allahabad-2014(34 STR 225 8. The above decision of the tribunal was also refe rred to by the Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad in case of HM Singh and Co. V Comissioner of Custom, Cntral Excise and Service Tax-2015 9. Considering the above discussion , we found no m erit in the present appeal and accordingly dismiss the same. About the Author: Author is practicing chartered accountant in Gurga on and having specialisation in Service Tax and Haryana VAT. He can be reached at ca.sanjeevkumar@hotmail.com. Phone : 0124- 4271552.


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