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No TDS on Service Tax if shown separately

Posted @ January 28, 2014, 11:54 pm under (TDS on Certain Payments)

Pursuant to an important judgement of the Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court, in the case of Commissioner of Income Tax (TDS), Jaipur Vs. M/s. Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure [2013 (8) TMI 12 – RAJASTHAN HIGH COURT] holding that if as per the terms of the agreement between the payer and the payee, the amount of service tax is to be paid separately and was not included in the fees for professional services or technical services, no TDS is required to be made on the service tax component u/s 194J of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Earlier, vide Circular No. 4/2008 dated 28-04-2008 it was clarified that tax is to be deducted at source under Section 194-I of the Act, on the amount of rent paid/payable without including the service tax component. Representations/letters has been filed to CBDT seeking clarification whether such principle can be extended to other provisions of the Act also.

CBDT has examined the matter afresh and clarified vide Circular No. 1/2014 dated 13-1-2014 (Produced Below) -“TDS under Chapter XVII-B of the Income-tax Act, 1961 on service tax component comprised of payments made to residents” that wherever in terms of the agreement/contract between the payer and the payee, the service tax component comprised in the amount payable to a resident is indicated separately, tax shall be deducted at source under Chapter XVII-B of the Act on the amount paid/payable without including such service tax component.

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Related Circular is as follows:-

CIRCULAR NO. 1/2014 [Dated 13.1.2014]

Subject: TDS under Chapter XVII-B of the Income-tax Act, 1961 on service tax component comprised in the payments made to residents - clarification regarding

The Board had issued a Circular No.4/2008 dated 28-04-2008 wherein it was clarified that tax is to be deducted at source under section 194-I of the Income-tax Act, 1961, on the amount of rent paid/payable without including the service tax component. Representations/letters has been received seeking clarification whether such principle can be extended to other provisions of the Act also.

2. Attention of CBDT has also been drawn to the judgement of the Hon'ble Rajasthan High Court dated 1-7-2013, in the case of CIT (TDS) Jaipur v. Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure (Income-tax Appeal No.235, 222, 238 and 239/2011), holding that if as per the terms of the agreement between the payer and the payee, the amount of service tax is to be paid separately and was not included in the fees for professional services or technical services, no TDS is required to be made on the service tax component u/s 194J of the Act.

3. The matter has been examined afresh. In exercise of the powers conferred under section 119 of the Act, the Board has decided that wherever in terms of the agreement/contract between the payer and the payee, the service tax component comprised in the amount payable to a resident is indicated separately, tax shall be deducted at source under Chapter XVII-B of the Act on the amount paid/payable without including such service tax component.

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