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Service Tax changes in the Budget effective from April 18

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New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) The Finance Act, 2006 (No.21 of 2006) has received the assent of President A P J Abdul Kalam on April 18 and will be effective from that date.

The effect of the various provisions of the Finance Act relating to levy of service tax are explained as under: Service tax leviable on taxable services under section 66 of the Finance Act, 1994 has been increased from 10 per cent to 12 per cent with effect from the date of the assent of the President, according to an official release here today.

In addition to 12 per cent, Education Cess at the rate of 2 per cent of 12 per cent such as 0.24 per cent is also leviable. The total tax leviable on taxable services thus works out to 12.24 per cent of the value of taxable services.

The following sections of the Finance Act, 2006 come into force with effect from the date of the assent of the President: Section 66A - charge of service tax on services received from outside India.

Section 67 - valuation of taxable services for charging service tax.

Section 73(1A) - payment of service tax after issue of show cause notice.

Section 73A - service tax collected from any person to be deposited with Central Government.

Section 73B - interest on amount collected in excess.

Section 73C - provisional attachment to protect revenue in certain cases.

Section 73D - publication of information in respect of persons in certain cases.

Section 76 - penalty for failure to pay service tax.

Section 87 - recovery of any amount due to Central Government.

Section 93A - power to grant rebate.

Section 94(2) - power to make rules.

Section 96(C)(2)(f) - application for Advance Ruling.

Section 66A provides charging of service tax on taxable services received from outside India, from the recipient of services in India, under reverse charge method. Services received in India are taxable under Sections 66A, 93 and 94 read with Taxation of Services (Provided from Outside India and Received in India) Rules, 2006.

Services received by individuals other than for the purpose of use in business or commerce, are not chargeable to service tax.

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