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Definition of 'Service Tax'


Definition: Service tax is a tax levied by the government on service providers on certain service transactions, but is actually borne by the customers. It is categorized under Indirect Tax and came into existence under the Finance Act, 1994.

Description: In this case, the service provider pays the tax and recovers it from the customer. Service Tax was earlier levied on a specified list of services, but in the 2012 budget, its scope was increased. Services provided by air-conditioned restaurants and short term accommodation provided by hotels, inns, etc. were also included in the list of services.

It is charged to the individual service providers on cash basis, and to companies on accrual basis. This tax is payable only when the value of services provided in a financial year is more than Rs 10 lakh. This tax is not applicable in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

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