ABATEMENT RATE IN SERVICES TAX AMENDED WEF 01.07.2012 NT 20 DT 20.06.12

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In old system in case of specific services deductions are allowed from gross receipt received from customer to get the taxable service value. This deduction is called abatement in service tax .This has been continued in new system also but with revised rate of abatement.

Generally it is assumed that if abatement is availed then service provider can not claim Cenvat credit . But this is not correct in all cases . So one has to check all the conditions placed against the abatement rules. 

Cenvat credit may be divided in three categories.
  1. Cenavt credit on capital goods
  2. Cenvat credit on Input Goods
  3. Cenvat credit on Input services. 
so while availing your abatement you should ensure that Cenvat credit as allowed under condition is availed .New rat of abatement applicable from 01.07.2012 has already been notified vide notification 13/2012 dated 17.03.2012 but now revised notification has been issued 26/2012 dated 20.06.2012

Updated List of Abatement Rates wef 01.04.2015 


Notification No. 26/2012- Service Tax
New Delhithe 20th June, 2012
G.S.R….. (E). - In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 93 of the Finance Act, 1994 (32 of 1994) (hereinafter referred to as the said  Act), and in supersession of notification number 13/2012- Service Tax, dated the 17th March, 2012, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R. 211 (E), dated the 17th March, 2012, the Central Government, being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby exempts the taxable service of the description specified in column (2) of the Table below, from so much of the service tax leviable thereon under section 66B of the said   Act, as is in excess of the service tax calculated on a value which is equivalent to a percentage specified in the corresponding entry in column (3) of the said Table, of the amount charged by such service provider for providing the said taxable service, unless specified otherwise, subject to the relevant conditions specified in the corresponding entry in column (4) of the said Table, namely;-
Table
Sl.
No.
Description of taxable
service
Percent-
age
Conditions
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
1
Services in relation to financial leasing including hire purchase
10
Nil.
2
Transport of goods by rail
30
Nil.
3
Transport of passengers, with  or without accompanied belongings by rail
30
Nil.
4
Bundled service by way of supply of food or any other article of human consumption or any drink, in a premises ( including hotel, convention center, club, pandal,shamiana or any other place, specially arranged for organizing a function) together with renting of such premises
70
(i) CENVAT credit on any goods classifiable under Chapters 1 to 22 of the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986) used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
5
Transport of passengers by air, with or without accompanied belongings
40
CENVAT credit on inputs and capital goods, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
6
Renting of hotels, inns, guest houses, clubs, campsites or other commercial places meant for residential or lodging purposes.
60
Same as above.
7
Services of goods transport agency in relation to transportation of goods.
25
CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
8
Services provided in relation to chit
70
Same as above.
9
Renting of any motor vehicle designed to carry passengers
40
Same as above.
10
Transport of goods in a vessel
50
Same as above.
11

Services  by a tour operator in relation to,-
(i)  a package tour
25
(i) CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
(ii) The bill issued for this purpose indicates that it is inclusive of charges for such a tour.
(ii)  a tour, if the tour operator is providing services solely of arranging or booking accommodation for any person in relation to a tour

10
(i) CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
(ii) The invoice, bill or challan issued indicates that it is towards the charges for such accommodation.
(iii) This exemption shall not apply in such cases where the invoice, bill or challanissued by the tour operator, in relation to a tour, only includes the service charges for arranging or booking accommodation for any person and does not include the cost of such accommodation.
(iii) any services other than specified at (i) and (ii) above.
40
(i) CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
(ii)The bill issued indicates that the amount charged in the bill is the gross amount charged for such a tour.
12.
Construction of a complex, building, civil structure or a part thereof, intended for a sale to a buyer, wholly or partly except where entire consideration is received after issuance of completion certificate by the competent authority
25
(i) CENVAT credit on inputs used for providing the taxable service has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
(ii)The value of land is included in the amount charged from the service receiver.


Abatement available to developers of complex, building or civil structure is being reduced from the existing 75% to 70% in following cases:-
  • a. Residential properties having a carpet area above 2000 sq ft and where amount charged is equal to or more than Rs. 1 crore,
  • b. Commercial properties. 
(Notification No. 02/2013-ST dated 1st March, 2013 applicable wef 01.03.13)




Explanation. –

A.     For the purposes of exemption at Serial number 1 -

                        (i)      The  amount charged shall be an amount, forming or representing as interest, i.e. the difference between the installments paid towards repayment of the lease amount and the principal amount contained in such installments;

                      (ii)      the exemption shall not apply to an amount, other than an amount forming or representing as interest, charged by the service provider such as lease management fee, processing fee, documentation charges and administrative fee, which shall be added to the amount calculated in terms of (i) above.


B.     For the purposes of exemption at Serial number 4 -

The amount charged shall be the sum total of the gross amount charged and the fair market value of all goods and services supplied in or in relation to the supply of food or any other article of human consumption or any drink (whether or not intoxicating) and whether or not supplied under the same contract or any other contract, after deducting-

(i) the amount charged for such goods or services supplied to the service provider,  if any; and
(ii)  the value added tax or sales tax, if any, levied thereon:             
         Provided that the fair market value of goods and services so supplied may be determined in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles.           
       C.  For the purposes of exemption at Serial number 12 –
      The amount charged shall be  the sum total of the  amount charged for the service including the fair market value of all goods and services supplied by the recipient(s) in or in relation to the service, whether or not supplied under the same contract or any other contract, after deducting-

(i) the amount charged for such goods or services supplied to the service provider, if any; and
(ii) the value added tax or sales tax, if any, levied thereon: 
  Provided that the fair market value of goods and services so supplied may be determined in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles.           
 2.   For the purposes of this notification, unless the context otherwise requires,-

a.       “chit” means a transaction whether called chit, chit fund, chitty, kuri, or by whatever name by or under which a person enters into an agreement with a specified number of persons that every one of them shall subscribe a certain sum of money (or a certain quantity of grain instead) by way of periodical installments over a definite period and that each subscriber shall, in his turn, as determined by lot or by auction or by tender or in such other manner as may be specified in the chit agreement, be entitled to a prize amount,

b.      "package tour" means a tour wherein transportation, accommodation for stay, food, tourist guide, entry to monuments and other similar services in relation to tour are provided by the tour operator as part of the package tour to the person undertaking the tour,
c.       “tour operator” means any person engaged in the business of planning, scheduling, organizing, arranging tours (which may include arrangements for accommodation, sightseeing or other similar services) by any mode of transport, and includes any person engaged in the business of operating tours,
3.  This notification shall come into force on the 1st day of July, 2012.
[F.No. 334 /1/ 2012-TRU]

(Rajkumar Digvijay)
Under Secretary to the Government of India 




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