CLARIFICATION ISSUED IN THE MATTER OF SERVICE TAX
PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Dated: June 9, 2015
CLARIFICATION ISSUED IN THE MATTER OF SERVICE TAX; ONLY AIRCONDITIONED OR AIR-HEATED RESTAURANTS TO PAY SERVICE TAX; RESTAURANTS, EATING-JOINTS OR MESSES WHICH DO NOT HAVE THE FACILITY OF AIR-CONDITIONING OR CENTRAL AIR-HEATING IN ANY PART OF THE ESTABLISHMENT ARE EXEMPT FROM SERVICE TAX.
At present, Service Tax is chargeable on services provided by restaurants, eating-joints or messes which have the facility of air-conditioning or central air-heating in any part of the establishment at any time during the year in relation to serving of food or beverages. Restaurants, eating-joints or messes which do not have the facility of air-conditioning or central air-heating in any part of the establishment are exempt from service tax. In other words, only air-conditioned or air-heated restaurants are required to pay Service Tax.
In respect of such air-conditioned or air-heated restaurants which are required to pay Service Tax, 60% of the value is to be deducted from the total amount charged while applying the rate of Service Tax and tax is to be calculated on the balance 40%. With the increase in the rate of Service Tax to 14% (subsuming the Education Cesses) with effect from 1.6.2015, the effective rate of tax will be 5.6% of the total amount charged. Prior to 1.6.2015, when the rate of Service Tax was 12.36% (including Education Cesses), the effective rate was 4.94%.