Thursday, June 4, 2015

Service tax rate on restaurant service

Effective rate of Service tax has increased from 4.9% to 5.6%, no change in abatement & exemption continued for Non- Air-conditioned restaurants  

Ministry of Finance has issued a circular on 03.06.2015 to clarify the abatement rate on value of service included in restaurant bill after the increase in change of Service Tax Rate from 12.36% to 14% with effect from 1st June, 2015.

No change has been made in abatement and the rate of service tax on the abated value so effective service tax rate has increased from 4.9% to 5.6%. As valuation of service part is 40% as earlier in an activity of serving of food or drinks by a restaurant or eating joint having the facility of air- conditioning or central heating in any part of such establishment so effective rate of service tax is 14% of 40% of the total amount charged in a restaurant bill.

Further clarified that exemption of service tax shall continue in case of restaurant or eating joint is not having the facility of air-conditioning or central air heating in any part of the establishment.