Service Tax Act
Section 66, 66A, 66BA, 66B, 66C, 66D, 66E and 66F

As on 24.10.2013

1[66. Charge of service tax

There shall be levied a tax (hereinafter referred to as the service tax) at the rate of twelve per cent. of the value of taxable services referred to in sub-clauses (a), (d), (e), (f), (g,) (h), (i), (j),(k), (l), (m), (n), (o), (p), (q), (r), (s), (t), (u), (v), (w), (x), (y), (z), (za), (zb), (zc), (zh), (zi), (zj), (zk),(zl), (zm), (zn), (zo), (zq), (zr), (zs), (zt), (zu), (zv), (zw), (zx), (zy), (zz), (zza), (zzb), (zzc), (zzd), (zze), (zzf), (zzg), (zzh), (zzi), (zzk), (zzl), (zzm), (zzn), (zzo), (zzp), (zzq), (zzr), (zzs), (zzt), (zzu), (zzv), (zzw), (zzx), (zzy), (zzz), (zzza), (zzzb), (zzzc), (zzzd), (zzze), (zzzf), (zzzg,) (zzzh), (zzzi), (zzzj), (zzzk), (zzzl), (zzzm), (zzzn), (zzzo), (zzzp), (zzzq), (zzzr), (zzzs), (zzzt), (zzzu), (zzzv), (zzzw), (zzzx), (zzzy), (zzzz), (zzzza), (zzzzb), (zzzzc), 2[(zzzzd), (zzzze), (zzzzf), (zzzzg), (zzzzh), (zzzzi), 3[(zzzzj), (zzzzk), (zzzzl), 4[(zzzzm), (zzzzn), (zzzzo), (zzzzp),(zzzzq), (zzzzr), (zzzzs), (zzzzt)5, (zzzzu), (zzzzv) (zzzzv) and (zzzzw)] of clause (105) of section 65 and collected in such manner as may be prescribed.] 6

1 Substituted (w.e.f. 01.06.2007) by s. 135 of the Finance Act, 2007 (22 of 2007).
2 Substituted (w.e.f. 16.05.2008) by s. 90 of the Finance Act, 2008 (18 of 2008)
3 Substituted (w.e.f. 01.09.2009) by s.113 of the Finance (No 2) Act, 2009 (33 of 2009).
4 Substituted (w.e.f. 01.07.2010) by s. 76 of the Finance Act, 2010 (14 of 2010).
5 Substituted (w.e.f. 01.05.2011) by s. 74 of the Finance Act, 2011 (8 of 2011).
6 Section 66 not applicable from 1-7-2012 vide Notification No 22/2012-ST dated 5-6-2012

[766A. Charge of service tax on services received from outside India, 8

7 Inserted (w.e.f.1.6.2012) by s.143 of the Finance Act, 2012 (23 of 2012).
8 Section 66 A not applicable w.e.f. 1-7-2012 vide Notification No 23/2012-ST dated 5-6-2012

(1) Where any service specified in clause (105) of section 65 is, - is, -

(a) provided or to be provided by a person who has established a business or has a fixed establishment from which the service is provided or to be provided or has his permanent address or usual place of residence, in a country other than India, and
(b) received by a person (hereinafter referred to as the recipient) who has his place of business, fixed establishment, permanent address or usual place of residence, in India, such service shall, for the purposes of this section, be taxable service, and such taxable service shall be treated as if the recipient had himself provided the service in India, and accordingly all the provisions of this Chapter shall apply:

Provided that where the recipient of the service is an individual and such service received by him is otherwise than for the purpose of use in any business or commerce, the provisions of this sub-section shall not apply:

Provided further that where the provider of the service has his business establishment both in that country and elsewhere, the country, where the establishment of the provider of service directly concerned with the provision of service is located, shall be treated as the country from which the service is provided or to be provided.

(2) Where a person is carrying on a business through a permanent establishment in India and through another permanent establishment in a country other than India, such permanent establishments shall be treated as separate persons for the purposes of this section.

Explanation 1. - A person carrying on a business through a branch or agency in any country shall be treated as having a business establishment in that country.

Explanation 2. - Usual place of residence, in relation to a body corporate, means the place where it is incorporated or otherwise legally constituted.]

[1 66B. Charge of Service Tax on services received from outside India.**** ]

1 Inserted (w.e.f 1.7.2012) by,w.e.f.1-7-2012 vide Notification No 19/2012-ST, dated 5-6-2012).

There shall be levied a tax (hereinafter referred to as the service tax) at the rate of twelve per cent. on the value of all services, other than those services specified in the negative list, provided or agreed to be provided in the taxable territory by one person to another and collected in such manner as may be prescribed. 2[***]

2 Explanation to Section 66 B omitted by the Finance Act 2013 w.e.f 10.05.2013.

3[ 66BA. Reference to section 66 to be construed as reference to Section 66B , -

3 Inserted by the Finance Act ,2013.

(1) For the purpose of levy and collection of service tax, any reference to section 66 in the Finance Act, 1994 or any other Act for the time being in force, shall be construed as reference to section 66B thereof.

(2) The provisions of this section shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of July, 2012."]

66C. Determination of place of provision of service-

(1) The Central Government may, having regard to the nature and description of various services, by rules4 made in this regard, determine the place where such services are provided or deemed to have been provided or agreed to be provided or deemed to have been agreed to be provided.

4 See place of provision of services Rule s2012 vide Notification No 28/2012-ST dated 20-06-2012 w.e.f 01.07.2012.

(2) Any rule made under sub-section (1) shall not be invalid merely on the ground that either the service provider or the service receiver or both are located at a place being outside the taxable territory.

66D. Negative list of services:

The negative list shall comprise of the following services, namely:--
(a) services by Government or a local authority excluding the following services to the extent they are not covered elsewhere -
(i) services by the Department of Posts by way of speed post, express parcel post, life insurance and agency services provided to a person other than Government;
(ii) services in relation to an aircraft or a vessel, inside or outside the precincts of a port or an airport;
(iii) 5transport of goods or passengers; or

5 . exempted for railways w.e.f.02.07.2012 to 30.09-2012 vide Notification No 43/2012-ST dated 02.07.2012

(iv) support services, other than services covered under clauses (i) to (iii) above, provided to business entities;

(b) services by the Reserve Bank of India;
(c) services by a foreign diplomatic mission located in India;
(d) services relating to agriculture by way of -
(i) agricultural operations directly related to production of any agricultural produce including cultivation, harvesting, threshing, plant protection or 6[***)testing;

6 seed omitted by Finance Act ,2013 w.e.f 10.5.2013

(ii) supply of farm labour;
(iii) processes carried out at an agricultural farm including tending, pruning, cutting, harvesting, drying, cleaning, trimming, sun drying, fumigating, curing, sorting, grading, cooling or bulk packaging and such like operations which do not alter the essential characteristics of agricultural produce but make it only marketable for the primary market;
(iv) renting or leasing of agro machinery or vacant land with or without a structure incidental to its use;
(v) loading, unloading, packing, storage or warehousing of agricultural produce;
(vi) agricultural extension services;
(vii) services by any Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee or Board or services provided by a commission agent for sale or purchase of agricultural produce;
(e) trading of goods;
((f) any process amounting to manufacture or production of goods;

(g) selling of space or time slots for advertisements other than advertisements broadcast by radio or television;
(h) service by way of access to a road or a bridge on payment of toll charges;
(i) betting, gambling or lottery;
(j) admission to entertainment events or access to amusement facilities;
(k) transmission or distribution of electricity by an electricity transmission or distribution utility;
(l) services by way of -
(i) pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school or equivalent;
(ii) education as a part of a curriculum for obtaining a qualification recognised by any law for the time being in force;
(iii) education as a part of an approved vocational education course;

(m) services by way of renting of residential dwelling for use as residence;
(n) services by way of -
(i) extending deposits, loans or advances in so far as the consideration is represented by way of interest or discount;
(ii) inter se sale or purchase of foreign currency amongst banks or authorised dealers of foreign exchange or amongst banks and such dealers;

(o) service of transportation of passengers, with or without accompanied belongings, by -
(i) a stage carriage;
(ii) 1 railways in a class other than -

1. Exempted w.e.f.02-07-2012 to 30-09-2012 vide Notification No43/2012-ST ,dated 02-07-2012

(A) first class; or
(B) an air-conditioned coach;

(iii) metro, monorail or tramway;
(iv) inland waterways;
(v) public transport, other than predominantly for tourism purpose, in a vessel of less than fifteen tonne net; and
(vi) metered cabs, radio taxis or auto rickshaws;

(p) services by way of transportation of goods -
(i) by road except the services of -
(A) a goods transportation agency; or
(B) a courier agency;

(ii) by an aircraft or a vessel from a place outside India to the first customs station of landing in India; or
(iii) by inland waterways;

(q) funeral, burial, crematorium or mortuary services including transportation of the deceased.

66E. Declared Services.

The following shall constitute declared services, namely:--

(a) renting of immovable property;
(b) construction of a complex, building, civil structure or a part thereof, including a complex or building intended for sale to a buyer, wholly or partly, except where the entire consideration is received after issuance of completion-certificate by the competent authority.

Explanation. - For the purposes of this clause, -

(I) the expression "competent authority" means the Government or any authority authorized to issue completion certificate under any law for the time being in force and in case of non-requirement of such certificate from such authority, from any of the following, namely:--
(A) architect registered with the Council of Architecture constituted under the Architects Act, 1972; or
(B) chartered engineer registered with the Institution of Engineers (India); or
(C) licensed surveyor of the respective local body of the city or town or village or development or planning authority;

(II) the expression "construction" includes additions, alterations, replacements or remodeling of any existing civil structure;

(c) temporary transfer or permitting the use or enjoyment of any intellectual property right;
(d) development, design, programming, customisation, adaptation, upgradation, enhancement, implementation of information technology software;
(e) agreeing to the obligation to refrain from an act, or to tolerate an act or a situation, or to do an act;
(f) transfer of goods by way of hiring, leasing, licensing or in any such manner without transfer of right to use such goods;
(g) activities in relation to delivery of goods on hire purchase or any system of payment by instalments;
(h) service portion in the execution of a works contract;
(i) service portion in an activity wherein goods, being food or any other article of human consumption or any drink (whether or not intoxicating) is supplied in any manner as a part of the activity.

66F. Principals of interpretation of specified descriptions of services or bundled services.

(1) Unless otherwise specified, reference to a service (herein referred to as main service) shall not include reference to a service which is used for providing main service.

(2) Where a service is capable of differential treatment for any purpose based on its description, the most specific description shall be preferred over a more general description.

(3) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), the taxability of a bundled service shall be determined in the following manner, namely:--

(a) if various elements of such service are naturally bundled in the ordinary course of business, it shall be treated as provision of the single service which gives such bundle its essential character;
(b) if various elements of such service are not naturally bundled in the ordinary course of business, it shall be treated as provision of the single service which results in highest liability of service tax.

Explanation. - For the purposes of sub-section (3), the expression "bundled service" means a bundle of provision of various services wherein an element of provision of one service is combined with an element or elements of provision of any other service or services.;

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