Seeks to amend Service Tax Rules, 1994 so as to,

Central Government vide Notification No. 2&3/2017-ST, Dated: January 12, 2017 has:

i. amended the definition of Aggregator provided in rule 2(1) (aa) Service Tax Rules, 1994 so as to exclude such person from the aggregator who enables a potential customer to connect with persons providing services by way of renting of hotels, inns, guest houses, clubs, campsites or other commercial places meant for residential or lodging purposes subject to the conditions specified therein.

ii. specified that the person complying with the sections 29, 30 or 38 read with section 148 of the Customs Act, 1962 as the person liable for paying service tax in case of services provided or agreed to be provided by a person located in non-taxable territory to a person located in non-taxable territory by way of transportation of goods by a vessel from a place outside India up to the customs station of clearance in India.

Similarly, for reverse charge, Notification No.  30/2012-ST has been amended w.e.f. 22.01.2017 so as to specify that the person complying with the sections 29, 30 or 38 read with section 148 of the Customs Act, 1962 as the person liable for paying service tax in case of services provided or agreed to be provided by a person located in non-taxable territory to a person located in non-taxable territory by way of transportation of goods by a vessel from a place outside India up to the customs station of clearance in India.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE)

NOTIFICATION No. 2/2017-Service Tax

New Delhi, the 12th January, 2017

G.S.R. 25(E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1), read with sub-section (2) of section 94 of the Finance Act, 1994user2

(32 of 1994), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Service Tax Rules, 1994,namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Service Tax (Amendment) Rules, 2017.

(2) They shall come into force on the 22nd day of January, 2017.

2. In the Service Tax Rules, 1994, in rule 2, in sub-rule (1),‑

(i) in clause (aa), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-

“Provided that aggregator shall not include such person who enables a potential customer to connect with persons providing services by way of renting of hotels, inns, guest houses, clubs, campsites or other commercial places meant for residential or lodging purposes subject to following conditions, namely:-

(a) the person providing services by way of renting of hotels, inns, guest houses, clubs, campsites or other commercial places meant for residential or lodging purposes has a service tax registration under provision of these rules; and

(b) whole of the consideration for services provided by such service provider is received directly by such service provider and no amount, which forms part of the consideration of services of such service provider, is received by the aggregator directly from either recipient of the service or his representative.”;

(ii) in clause (d), in sub-clause(i), after item (EEB), the following item shall be inserted, namely:-

“(EEC) in relation to services provided or agreed to be provided by a person located in non-taxable territory to a person located in non-taxable territory by way of transportation of goods by a vessel from a place outside India up to the customs station of clearance in India, the person in India who complies with sections 29, 30 or 38 read with section 148 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) with respect to such goods;”.

[F. No. 354/42/2016-TRU]

(Anurag Sehgal)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Note:- The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide notification No. 2/94-Service Tax, dated the 28th June, 1994 vide number G.S.R. 546 (E), dated the 28th June, 1994 and last amended vide notification No. 53/2016-Service Tax, dated the 19th December, 2016 vide number G.S.R. 1155 (E), dated the 19th December, 2016.

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