Changes in Service Tax by Union Budget 2017-18 (Finance Bill 2017)

A. Changes/Amendments related to Negative List

  • The Negative List entry in respect of “services by way of carrying out any process amounting to manufacture or production of goods excluding alcoholic liquor for human consumption”, is proposed to be omitted. However, the same entry is being placed in exemption notification No. 25/2012-Service Tax dated 20th June, 2012. Consequently, the definition of ‘process amounting to manufacture’ [clause (40) section 65B] is also proposed to be omitted from the Finance Act, 1994 and is being incorporated in the general exemption notification. (Clauses 120 & 121 of the Bill refers)

Clause 40 of section 65B omitted -Definition

(40) “process amounting to manufacture or production of goods” means a process on which duties of excise are leviable under section 3 of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944), [or the Medicinal and Toilet Preparation (Excise Duties) Act, 1955(16 of 1955) ] or any process amounting to manufacture of [*       *          * ], opium, Indian hemp and other narcotic drugs and narcotics on which duties of excise are leviable under any State Act for the time being in force;

Clause (f) of section 66D omitted-Negative List

(f)       services by way of carrying out any process amounting to manufacture or production of goods excluding alcoholic liquor for human consumption;

B. Changes/Amendments related to Mega Exemption Notification

  • Services provided or agreed to be provided by the Army, Naval and Air Force Group Insurance Funds by way of life insurance to members of the Army, Navy and Air Force under the Group Insurance Schemes of the Central Government is being exempted from service tax from 2nd February, 2017.

New clause

26D. Services of life insurance business provided or agreed to be provided by the Army, Naval and Air Force Group Insurance Funds to members of the Army, Navy and Air Force, respectively, under the Group Insurance Schemes of the Central Government;

  • The exemption vide S. No. 9B of notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20.06.2012, is being amended so as to omit the word “residential” appearing in the notification. The exemption remains the same in all other respects. S. No. 9B of notification No. 25/2012-ST exempts services provided by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) by way of two year full time residential Post Graduate Programmes (PGP) in Management for the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), to which admissions are made on the basis of the Common Admission Test (CAT), conducted by IIM.

9B.Services provided by the Indian Institutes of Management, as per the guidelines of the Central Government, to their students, by way of the following educational programmes, except Executive Development Programme,— 

(a) two year full time residential Post Graduate Programmes in Management for the Post Graduate Diploma in Management, to which admissions are made on the basis of Common Admission Test (CAT), conducted by Indian Institute of Management;

  • Under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), exemption from service tax is being provided in respect of the amount of viability gap funding (VGF) payable to the selected airline operator for the services of transport of passengers, with or without accompanied belongings, by air, embarking from or terminating in a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) airport, for a period of one year from the date of commencement of operations of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) airport as notified by Ministry of Civil Aviation.
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New Clause

“23A. Services provided to the Government by way of transport of passengers, with or without accompanied belongings, by air, embarking from or terminating at a Regional Connectivity Scheme Airport, against consideration in the form of Viability Gap Funding (VGF):

Provided that nothing contained in this entry shall apply on or after the expiry of a period of one year from the date of commencement of operations of the Regional Connectivity Scheme Airport as notified by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.” 

  • Services by way of ‘carrying out any process amounting to manufacture or production of goods excluding alcoholic liquor for human consumption’ are proposed to be omitted from the negative list (Clause 121 of the Bill refers) and such exemption is being continued by incorporating them in the general exemption notification (Notification No. 25/2012-ST as amended by notification No. 07/2017-ST, dated 2nd February, 2017 refers).

Existing Entry of mega exemption Notification

30.Carrying out an intermediate production process as job work in relation to—

(i) agriculture, printing or textile processing;

(ii) cut and polished diamonds and gemstones; or plain and studded jewellery of gold and other precious metals, falling under Chapter 71 of the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986);

(iii)any goods excluding alcoholic liquors for human consumption,] on which appropriate duty is payable by the principal manufacturer; or

(iv)processes of electroplating, zinc plating, anodizing, heat treatment, powder coating, painting including spray painting or auto black, during the course of manufacture of parts of cycles or sewing machines upto an aggregate value of taxable service of the specified processes of one hundred and fifty lakh rupees in a financial year subject to the condition that such aggregate value had not exceeded one hundred and fifty lakh rupees during the preceding financial year;

Proposed Entry (from enactment of Finance Act 2017)

30.Services by way of carrying out,-

(i) any process amounting to manufacture or production of goods excluding alcoholic liquor for human consumption; or 

(ii) any intermediate production process as job work not amounting to manufacture or production in relation to –

(a). agriculture, printing or textile processing;

(b). cut and polished diamonds and gemstones; or plain and studded jewellery of gold and other precious metals, falling under Chapter 71 of the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986);

(c). any goods excluding alcoholic liquors for human consumption, on which appropriate duty is payable by the principal manufacturer; or

(d). processes of electroplating, zinc plating, anodizing, heat treatment, powder coating, painting including spray painting or auto black, during the course of manufacture of parts of cycles or sewing machines upto an aggregate value of taxable service of the specified processes of one hundred and fifty lakh rupees in a financial year subject to the condition that such aggregate value had not exceeded one hundred and fifty lakh rupees during the preceding financial year;

New Definition in Mega Exemption Notification

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(ya) “process amounting to manufacture or production of goods” means a process on which duties of excise are leviable under section 3 of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944), or the Medicinal and Toilet Preparation (Excise Duties) Act, 1955(16 of 1955) or any process amounting to manufacture of opium, Indian hemp and other narcotic drugs and narcotics on which duties of excise are leviable under any State Act for the time being in force;

C. Abatement Notification No. 26/2012-ST dated 20-06-2012: NO CHANGE

D. Reverse Charge Mechanism: NO CHANGE

E. Changes/Amendments related to Valuation Rules: 

  • Rule 2 A of Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006 is being amended with effect from 01.07.2010 so as to make it clear that value of service portion in execution of works contract involving transfer of goods and land or undivided share of land, as the case may be, shall not include value of property in such land or undivided share of land (Clause 128 of the Bill refers).

F. Changes/Amendments related to Retrospective Exemptions

  • Service tax exemption to taxable services provided or agreed to be provided by the Army, Naval and Air Force Group Insurance Funds by way of life insurance to members of the Army, Navy and Air Force under the Group Insurance Schemes of the Central Government, is being made effective from 10th day of September, 2004, the date when services of life insurance became taxable (Clause 127 of the Bill refers).
  • Benefit of the exemption notification No. 41/2016-ST dated 22.09.2016 is being extended with effect from 1.6.2007, the date when the services of renting of immovable property became taxable. Notification No.41/2016-ST dated 22.09.2016, exempts one time upfront amount (called as premium, salami, cost, price, development charges or by whatever name) payable for grant of long-term lease of industrial plots (30 years or more) by State Government industrial development corporations/undertakings to industrial units from Service Tax (Clause 127 of the Bill refers).

G. Changes regarding Authority for Advance Ruling: 

  • Clause (d) of section 96A is being amended so as to substitute the definition of “Authority” to mean the Authority for Advance Ruling as constituted under section 28E of the Customs Act, 1962.
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Proposed: Clause (e) section 28E of Customs Act 1962

“Authority” means the [Authority for Advance Rulings (Central (e) Excise, Customs & Service Tax)] constituted under section 28F;

Existing: Clause (d) of section 96A of finance Act 1994

[(d)“Authority” means the Authority for Advance Rulings, constituted under sub-section (1), or authorised by the Central Government under sub-section (2A), of section 28F of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962).]

  • Section 96B relating to vacancies not to invalidate proceedings is being omitted. 

SECTION 96B.Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate proceedings. — No proceeding before, or pronouncement of advance ruling by, the Authority under this Chapter shall be questioned or shall be invalid on the ground merely of the existence of any vacancy or defect in the constitution of the Authority.

  • Sub-section (3) of section 96C is being amended so as to increase the application fee for seeking advance ruling from Rs.2500/- to Rs.10,000/- on the lines of the Central Excise Act.
  • Sub-section (6) of section 96D is being amended so as to provide New time limit of 6 months (earlier 90 days) by which Authority shall pronounce its ruling on the lines of the Central Excise Act.
  • A new section 96HA is being inserted so as to provide for transferring the pending applications before the Authority for Advance Rulings (Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax) to the Authority constituted under section 245-O of the Income-tax Act from the stage at which such proceedings stood as on the date on which the Finance Bill, 2017 receives the assent of the President.

H. Other Changes  

  • Exemption withdrawn of cess paid under Research and Development Cess Act, 1986: Notification No. 14/2012-ST dated 17-03-2012 exempts the taxable service involving import of technology from so much of the service tax leviable thereon as is equivalent to the amount of cess payable on the said import of technology under the Research and Development Cess Act, 1986. Consequently, with effect from the enactment of the Finance Bill, 2017, the exemption from service tax under notification No. 14/2012-ST would be not available to a taxable service involving import of technology on which Research and Development Cess is not payable. Full service tax along with cesses (Swachh Bharat Cess and Krishi Kalyan Cess) would be applicable to such taxable service.