The Finance Ministry has specified July 1 as the date from which service tax levy would be applicable on the eight new services brought under the tax net in Budget 2010-11. The eight new services include services of promoting, marketing or organising of games of chance, including lottery, health services undertaken by hospitals for employees of business organisation and health services provided under health insurance schemes offered by insurance schemes, services provided for maintenance of medical records of employees of a business entity and promoting a ‘brand’ of goods, services, events and business entity etc.
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The other new services include services provided by electricity exchanges and special services provided by builder to the prospective buyers such as providing preferential location.
Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry has exempted from service tax the distribution of electricity by an authorised person under the Electricity Act. It has also given service tax exemption on construction services provided for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Rajiv Awaas Yojana
The Revenue Department has also provided 75 per cent abatement on construction of complex services as well as commercial or industrial construction services. The abatement would not be available in cases where the cost of land has been separately recovered from the buyer by the builder or his representative