In the Union Budget, 2015, an increase in the rate of Service Tax from 12% to 14% had been proposed from a date to be notified. The Finance Bill, 2015 has since been enacted and the Central Government has notified 1st June, 2015 as the date from which the rate of 14% would become applicable. The provisions levying Education Cess and Secondary and Higher Education Cess would also cease to have effect from same date i.e. 1st June, 2015, as the same would be subsumed in the service tax rate of 14%. Certain other changes have also been notified with effect from 1st June, 2015. However, the date of giving effect to the provisions relating to imposition of a Swachh Bharat cess on all or any taxable service will be done in due course.

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0 responses to “CBEC Press release regarding increase in Service Tax”

  1. A. Gangatharan says:

    You need not show against EDU.cess and she cess in the st-3 return – leave those columns blank and save and submit.

  2. A. Gangatharan says:

    Add the edu.cess of 2% and she cess of 1% with the service tax of 12% and use the same for payment.

  3. manjunath KC says:


    Education cess and SH & Ed cess is adjustable on basic payable notification issued. But my question is How to show utilisation on ER-1 returns?

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