F.NO.354/59/2006-TRU

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Tax Research Unit

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Circular No. 83/1/2006-ST
4th July, 2006.

Sub: Levy of service tax on banking and financial services – Services provided by Department of Posts – Reg.

            I am directed to say that the scope of levy of service tax on “banking and other financial services” defined under section 65(12) of the Finance Act, 1994 and classifiable as taxable service under section 65(105)(zm) of the Finance Act, 1994 has been examined in the context of certain services provided by the Department of Posts. 

2.         The issue is whether or not services such as money orders, operation of bank accounts, issue of postal orders provided by Department of Posts are liable to service tax under section 65(12) read with section 65(105)(zm) of the Finance Act, 1994, as amended.

3.         Banking and other financial services are defined under section 65(12). Such services provided to a customer by a banking company or a financial institution including a non-banking financial company or any other body corporate or any other person to a customer are liable to service tax under section 65(105)(zm).   The expression ‘any other person’ appearing in section 65(105)(zm) is to be read ejusdem generis with the preceding words. The expression ‘other financial services’ appearing under section 65(12)(a)(ix) is a residuary entry and includes those services which are normally rendered by banks or financial institutions.

4.         Hence, banking and other financial services provided by a banking company or a financial institution or a non-banking financial company or any other service provider similar to a bank or a financial institution are liable to service tax under section 65(105)(zm) of the Finance Act, 1994. Department of Posts is not similar to a bank or a financial institution and hence does not fall within the category of any other similar service provider.

5.         In view of the foregoing, it is clarified that services such as transfer of money through money orders, operation of savings accounts, issue of postal orders provided by the Department of Posts are not liable to service tax under section 65(105)(zm) read with section 65(12) of the Finance Act, 1994.

F. NO. 354/59/2006-TRU

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