Health Care, Services Provided by Charities, Religious Persons, Independent Journalists, Sports persons Among Others also Exempted from Service Tax

In his Budget Speech, the Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that the Government has proposed to tax all services except those in the negative list. The list comprises 17 heads. The important inclusions in the negative list comprise all services provided by the Government or local authorities, except a few specified services where they compete with private sector. The list also includes pre-school and school education, recognized education at higher levels and approved vocational education, renting of residential dwellings, entertainment and amusement services and a large part of public transportation including inland waterways, urban railways and metered cabs. Presenting the Union Budget 2012-13 in LokSabha today, the Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that agriculture and animal husbandry enjoy a very important place in our lives. Practically all services required for cultivation, breeding, production, processing or marketing up to the stage the produce is sold in the primary markets are covered by the list.

The Finance Minister Shri Mukherjee further stated that in addition to the negative list, there is a list of exemptions which include health care, services provided by charities, religious persons, sportspersons, performing artists in folk and classical arts, individual advocates providing services to non-business entities, independent journalists, and services by way of animal care or car parking.

The Finance Minister Shri Mukherjee also announced exemption of the services of business facilitators and correspondents to banks and insurance companies. Construction services relating to specified infrastructure, canals, irrigation works, post-harvest infrastructure, residential dwelling, and low-cost mass housing up to an area of 60 sq.mtr. under the Scheme of Affordable Housing in Partnership are also included in the exemptions. Shri Mukherjee also proposed to raise the exemption for the monthly charges payable by a member to a housing society from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000.

“Negative list of services”

66D. The negative list shall comprise of the following services, namely:––

(a) services by Government or a local authority excluding the following services to the extent they are not covered elsewhere—

(i) services by the Department of Posts by way of speed post, express parcel post, life insurance and agency services provided to a person other than Government;

(ii) services in relation to an aircraft or a vessel, inside or outside the precincts of a port or an airport;

(iii) transport of goods or passengers; or

(iv) support services, other than services covered under clauses (i) to (iii) above, provided  to business entities;

(b) services by the Reserve Bank of India;

(c) services by a foreign diplomatic mission located in India;

(d) services relating to agriculture by way of—

(i) agricultural operations directly related to production of any agricultural produce including cultivation, harvesting, threshing, plant protection or seed testing;

(ii) supply of farm labour;

(iii) processes carried out at an agricultural farm including tending, pruning, cutting, harvesting, drying, cleaning, trimming, sun drying, fumigating, curing, sorting, grading, cooling or bulk packaging and such like operations which do not alter the essential characteristics of agricultural produce but make it only marketable for the primary market;

(iv) renting or leasing of agro machinery or vacant land with or without a structure incidental to its use;

(v) loading, unloading, packing, storage or warehousing of agricultural produce;

(vi) agricultural extension services;

(vii) services by any Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee or Board or services provided by a commission agent for sale or purchase of agricultural produce;

(e) trading of goods;

(f) any process amounting to manufacture or production of goods;

(g) selling of space or time slots for advertisements other than advertisements broadcast by radio or television;

(h) service by way of access to a road or a bridge on payment of toll charges;

(i) betting, gambling or lottery;

(j) admission to entertainment events or access to amusement facilities;

(k) transmission or distribution of electricity by an electricity transmission or distribution utility;

(l) services by way of—

(i) pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school or equivalent;

(ii) education as a part of a curriculum for obtaining a qualification recognised by any law for the time being in force;

(iii) education as a part of an approved vocational education course;

(m) services by way of renting of residential dwelling for use as residence;

(n) services by way of—

(i) extending deposits, loans or advances in so far as the consideration is represented by way of interest or discount;

(ii) inter se sale or purchase of foreign currency amongst banks or authorised dealers of foreign exchange or amongst banks and such dealers;

(o) service of transportation of passengers, with or without accompanied belongings, by—

(i) a stage carriage;

(ii) railways in a class other than—

(A) first class; or

(B) an airconditioned coach;

(iii) metro, monorail or tramway;

(iv) inland waterways;

(v) public transport, other than predominantly for tourism purpose, in a vessel of less than fifteen tonne net; and

(vi) metered cabs, radio taxis or auto rickshaws;

(p) services by way of transportation of goods—

(i) by road except the services of—

(A) a goods transportation agency; or

(B) a courier agency;

(ii) by an aircraft or a vessel from a place outside India to the first customs station of landing in India; or

(iii) by inland waterways;

(q) funeral, burial, crematorium or mortuary services including transportation of the deceased.

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0 responses to “Service Tax Exempted for Items on Negative List (Check List)”

  1. Virender Kumar says:

    Dear Sir, Kindly let me know, any survey conducted by the local authority (Govt) is in the negative list or not. Though the logic say any service by the local authority is the service in the interest of the public, therefore it was in the negative list

  2. Shyam lal says:

    Goods sent by road a private limited company to a manufacturing company who is liable to pay service tax whether service provider or service receiver. please provide notification number & section also

  3. purnachandra thejaswi says:

    is the milk product like Butter, Milk powder, ghee is comes under agricultural products or not please provide the details under which provisions we can get the tax exemption for these milk products?

  4. dikki52 says:

    what is trading of goods is it exempt from service tax. Brokergaes are they exempt

  5. G S Rao says:

    66D under item (a) ii) does the services such as steamer agency rendered by local agent to a ship is covered under negative list. Is this service is exempted. please elaborate. Appreciate your kind clarification

  6. Ravinder Khullar says:

    As per your article above
    “The Finance Minister Shri Mukherjee further stated that in addition to the negative list, there is a list of exemptions which include health care, services provided by charities, religious persons, sportspersons, performing artists in folk and classical arts, individual advocates providing services to non-business entities, independent journalists, and services by way of animal care or car parking.”

    In view of the provision of 66B wherein service tax is payable on all services except covered under Negative List prescribed under section 66D, under which provisions the above exemptions would be covered?

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