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Capital Gains – Complete Guide

Capital gains was first introduced in 1946 and was in operation only for a short period, that is, in respect of capital gains which arose during the period from 1st April, 1946 to 31st March, 1948. Later it was modified and reintroduced for the purpose of alleviating economic inequalities by the then Finance Minister Shri T.T. Krishnamachari in November 1956 by imposing a tax on capital gains made on or after the 1st April, 1956.

Capital gains is one of the import sources of income under the income tax law. In case of income from salaries, house property, business or profession or other sources where a reasonable understanding of the provisions is sufficient to arrive at income from these heads. However, for computing income from capital gains, a thorough understanding of the provisions is essential:

  • Amalgamation [Section 2(1B)];
  • Capital asset [Section 2(14)];
  • Demerger [Section 2(19AA];
  • Demerged Company [Section 2(19AAA];
  • Fair Market Value [Section 2(22b)];
  • Long Term Capital Asset [Section 2(29A)];
  • Long Term Capital Gain [Section 2(29B)];
  • Resulting Company [Section 2(41A)];
  • Short Term Capital Asset [Section 2(42A)];
  • Short Term Capital Gain [Section 2(42B)];
  • Slump Sale [Section 2(42C)];
  • Transfer [Section 2(47)];
  • Zero Coupon Bonds [Section 2(48)]; etc.

The provisions of Income Tax Act or Rules has not covered various types of transactions that are taking place recently. In such cases apart provisions of income tax law, we need to have understanding of latest judgements.

Formulae of capital gain = Capital Asset x Transfer:

Chargeability of a transaction to capital gains as per section 45(1) arises only on its conformity to the above formulae. That means, the asset transferred [Section 2(47)] is a capital asset [section 2(14)] which results into capital gains under section 45.

Note: Amalgamation and demerger are special cases and are to be dealt separately.

Transactions not regarded as transfer: Section 47 of the Income Tax Act provides for certain transaction though transfers, but not regarded as transfers chargeable under section 45(1).

Year of chargeability: Capital gains is chargeable to tax in the previous year in which the capital asset has been transferred. The exception or the special cases where the chargeability or its payment differs to some other previous years are provided in section 45(1A), section 45(2) and section 45(5).

Type of capital assets: There are two types of capital assets. They are:

  • Short Term capital asset; and
  • Long Term capital asset.

The gain / Loss on transfer of a short term capital asset is treated in the income tax law as short term capital gain. Which is chargeable to tax at normal rates except in case of listed securities and chargeable to tax at a special rate of 15% as per section 111A. In same manner the gain / loss on transfer of a long term capital asset is treated as long term capital gain. Which is chargeable to tax at special rate of 20% as per section 112.

The inputs required for computation of capital gains. The below important information is required for computation of capital gains:

  1. Cost of acquisition [Section 48];
  2. Cost of improvement [Section 48];
  3. Period of holding [Section 2(42A)] for the purpose of indexation of long term capital asset;
  4. Indexed cost of acquisition [Section 48];
  5. Indexed cost of improvement [Section 48];
  6. Full value of consideration [Section 49] read with section 50C / section 50D;
  7. The amount of exemptions u/s 10 and deduction as per sections 54 to 54H, if any.

Real estate transactions

There are no vivid provisions in the income tax law to deal with development agreements entered by the land owners with the developers of properties. Sub-clause (v) of section 2(47) just says “any transaction involving the allowing of the possession of any immovable property to be taken or retained in part performance of a contract of the nature referred to in section 53A of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882”.

Though land owner transferred only certain share of land to the developer, it is in practice by the tax payers to consider total extent of land as transfer and landowner’s share of superstructure value (that is going to build) as per stamp value authority on the date of development agreement, as full value of consideration. It is good to exchequer, if this practice is voluntary and taxpayers made the payment consciously. Such mode of computation is presented by tax authorities to the tax practitioner who in turn insist upon their clientele to comply accordingly. This computation is very unfair upon the tax payers as they compelled to pay tax though they do not receive any money. As no money received by the taxpayers, they have no opportunity to avail the benefits under sections 54 to 54H.

The reason for this anomaly is because of the capital gains provisions of the income tax law are incomprehensive to deal with. The law does not provide for what extent of land amounts to transfer i.e. share allocated to developer or total extent of land. Also, there is no clarity on full value consideration, whether share of superstructure value or land value (both as per stamp value authority). Considering superstructure value is punitive step upon the tax payer. This lacuna is unnoticed for the past several years. Hope its rectification in the years to come.

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All About LLP

All About LLP (Limited Liability Partnership Firms)

here you will find all about LLP (Limited Liability Partnership), it is a corporate entity formed under the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 and one of its important characteristics is that its partners have limited liability (unlike partnership firms registered under the Indian Partnership Act, 1932). Though a partnership, an LLP has perpetual succession and separate legal existence from its members. Thus, an LLP is a corporate structure that combines benefits of both, a company and a partnership firm. As the compliance cost for a LLP is much lower than other forms of business and because of its greater flexibility, LLP can be a good option for foreign entities to start business in India. This form of business is best suited to service industry, as well as small and medium scale enterprises.

Salient Features Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
minimum number of partners 2 Designated partners. . At least one of designated partners must be resident in India
Compliance Requirements Annual Return Filing in-form 11. No Board Meetings
Conversion Cannot be converted into a Company
Statutory Audit IF turnover is more than 40 lakhs or contribution is more than 25 lakhs
Tax Audit If turnover is more than 1crore
Closure/dissolution Can be initiated voluntarily, • By the Partners, or • By the Order of the Tribunal

For foreign investors:

Compliances under FEMA, 1999: It should be noted that foreign investment is permitted in an LLP only if the LLP is engaged in activities where (a) 100% foreign equity ownership is permitted under automatic route and (b) there are no performance conditions prescribed under the FDI  Policy. For example, an LLP engaged in construction development or industrial parks will  not be eligible to receive foreign direct investment (FDI) since there are “FDI-linked performance conditions” for the sector even though 100% FDI under automatic route is permitted in the sector.

Therefore, an intending foreign investor must go through all the conditions subject to which a LLP can be formed in India.

Steps for incorporation:

 Approving Authority: Registrar of Companies (RoC) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

  1. Obtaining DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) of proposed partners from any licensed Certifying Authority.
  2. Obtaining and Registering DIN (Director Identification Number)/ DPIN (Designated Partner Identification Number) of proposed partners: It is mandatory for proposed partners to obtain DIN/ DPIN under the Companies Act, 2013. DIN/ DPIN can be applied electronically in Form DIR-3 on the website of Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), along with required documents and filing fee. As per General Circular No. 44/2011, the Ministry, vide notification dated 5th July, 2011, had integrated the Director’s Identification Number (DIN) with Designated Partnership Identification Number (DPIN)

III. Applying for availability of name: The fore most step in formation of an LLP is to apply for availability of name in Form 1 which has to be filed with MCA for reservation of name of the proposed LLP along with Details of business activity and Proposed monetary value of partner’s contribution.

  1. Filing of incorporation documents: Once the name of proposed LLP has been approved, incorporation documents, which include subscriber’s statement including consent, details of partners, Registrar’s reference number for name approval, Proof of address of registered office of LLP etc. are required to be filed in e Form 2.
  2. Drafting and execution of LLP agreement: LLP Agreement is one of the most crucial documents as it governs the rights and duties of partners. It may be drafted as per the convenience and mutual understanding among partners of LLP. Various aspects covered under the agreement may include amount and manner of contribution, rights and duties of partners, description of business of proposed LLP, etc.
  3. Drafting & Filing of LLP agreement: LLP is formed once the Form 2 is approved by the Ministry. LLP agreement governs the rules regulating the actions of the members of the LLP setting out the powers of the LLP. Various aspects covered under the agreement may include amount and manner of contribution, rights and duties of partners, description of business of proposed. It should be then filed within 30 days of incorporation of LLP in Form 3.

Post incorporation compliances (immediately after incorporation)

Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999

  1. Obtaining FIRC (Foreign Inward Remittance Certificate): As soon as the amount of consideration from foreign investor is received in India, authorised dealer bank will issue FIRC
  2. Reporting to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI): LLP is then required to report to RBI (through its authorised dealer) in Form FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT-LLP(I), along with other documents, within 30 days of the receipt of amount of consideration.

Quick Easy Approach For Foreign Companies And Citizens

Often a foreign company / citizen or Non-Resident Indian wishes to start operations in India very quickly. Delays in getting digital signature and DIN lead to the company incorporation process getting delayed. During such times, it may be a good option to follow the following steps:

  • Two Indian resident-citizens (A and B) who already have PAN and DIN incorporate an

Indian company with the name, objects and authorized capital as required by the promoter based abroad.

  • A and B are the initial directors of the new Indian company.
  • As and when the foreign promoter has completed all the formalities related to DIN etc., A and B transfer all shares held by them in the new company to the foreign promoter.
  • After transfer of shares, new directors are appointed. Immediately thereafter, both A and B resign as directors.
  • In case it is so required, either A or B can continue as a Director to comply with the requirements of resident director.

Either A or B or both can continue to hold one share each of Rs. 10 as long as so required by the foreign promoter.

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Practical Guide to Consolidation of Accounts

Did you know?

– Before Companies Act 2013, only listed company was required to do Consolidation. AS 21 says that if a company is required to do consolidation then consolidation is required to be done as per criteria set up in AS 21. hence here is the practical guide to Consolidation of Accounts.

– Earlier only listed companies was required to do consolidation as listing agreement required the same but with companies act 2013, sec 129 has defines financial statement to include CFS.

Consolidation requirement under Companies Act, 2013 (‘Act, 2013’)

Section 129 (3) read with Rule 6 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 (Rules) provides manner of consolidation of financial statements of subsidiaries pursuant to Schedule III of the Act, 2013 and the applicable Accounting Standards.

As per AS 21, Consolidated Financial Statement (CFS) is required to be prepared only for a‘group’ of enterprises under the control of a parent.

As per the scope of AS-23 and AS-27 the application of equity method/proportionate method for consolidation of accounts of associate/ joint ventures respectively is required only when a company prepares consolidation under AS 21

The term ‘group’ has been defined in AS 21 as follows:

‘A group is a parent and all its subsidiaries.

The explanation to Section 129 (3) clearly states that for the purposes of this sub-section, the word “subsidiary” shall include associate company and joint venture

Therefore, as per Section 129 of the Act, 2013 read with rules thereof, consolidation of financial statement is required in case a company is having subsidiary or associate or joint-venture company.

There is another view which believes that CFS is not required if there is no subsidiary as Sec 129 requires consolidation to be done as per AS 21, but as per our view the applicability of CFS is governed by Sec 129 and not AS 21, AS 21 only prescribes the method once CFS is required to be done under any statute.

In this regard, MCA had come with notification no. G.S.R 723 (E) dated October 14, 2014and introduced the Companies (Accounts) Amendment Rules, 2014. As per the rule the consolidation requirement was exempted for a company not having subsidiaries but having associates or joint ventures (‘JVs’). However, the said exemption was only for the financial year 2014-15. Accordingly, such companies come within the purview of consolidation from FY 15-16 onwards.

AS 21 : Consolidation of Accounts

Definition – Scope

  • Preparation and presentation of Consolidated Financial Statements for a group of enterprises under the control of a parent.
  • Accounting for investment in subsidiaries in the separate financial statement of a parent.

Definition of Control

When one entity

Directly or indirectly through subsidiary, owns more than 50% of the voting power. OR

Has power to control the composition of Board of Directors of another company for economic benefits.

Minority Interest

– It is that part of the net results of operations and of the net assets of a subsidiary attributable to interests which are not owned, directly or indirectly through subsidiary(ies), by the parent.

– In other words, it is that portion of results and net assets which are not owned by the Holding Company

Consolidation Procedure: Minority Interest Computation

Minority interests in the net income of consolidated subsidiaries for the reporting period should be identified and adjusted against the income of the group in order to arrive at the net income attributable to the owners of the parent; and

Minority interests in the net assets of consolidated subsidiaries should be identified and presented in the consolidated balance sheet separately from liabilities and the equity of the parent’s shareholders.

Example
Suppose company B is having Net worth of Rs 10 lac, company A purchases 75% of share of company B, then remaining 25% i.e. Rs 2.5 lacs becomes minority interest.

Presentation as per Schedule III
The CFS prepared in the same format as that of Separate Financial Statements, i.e, Schedule III of Companies Act 2013

Exclusion of Subsidiaries from Consolidation
The Holding Company shall consolidate the financial statements of all the subsidiaries, domestic or foreign other than:

Temporary Investment – When the shares are held in subsidiary company for disposal in near future.

Severe Restriction -Where there are long term restrictions on fund transfer from subsidiary to parent Company

Different financial year of Subsidiary
It will prepare an additional set of financial statement in accordance with financial year of holding

Consolidation Procedure: Goodwill Computation

At the date of acquisition

Any excess of the cost to the parent of its investment in a subsidiary over the parent’s portion of equity of the subsidiary, at the date on which investment in the subsidiary is made, should be described as goodwill to be recognised as an asset in the consolidated financial statements

Cost to parent > Parent’s portion of Equity = Goodwill

When the cost to the parent of its investment in a subsidiary is less than the parent’s portion of equity of the subsidiary, at the date on which investment in the subsidiary is made, the difference should be treated as a capital reserve in the consolidated financial statements

Cost to parent < Parent’s portion of Equity = Capital Reserve

Consolidation Procedure: BS & P&L Consolidation
All assets, liabilities, income and expenses should be consolidated on line by line basis.

Line by line basis – combine assets, liabilities, income and expenses

Intra-group transactions and balances

  • Profits and losses on transactions between group members should be eliminated
  • Profits which are reflected in the value of assets to be included in the consolidation should be eliminated

Uniformity of accounting policies

  • Uniform accounting policies should be used for all entities included in the consolidation for like transactions and other events in similar circumstances
  • If there is mid-year acquisition then the mid-year financial statement as on date of acquisition is required for partial consolidation after acquisition.

Sale of Subsidiary

  • Consolidation process to be followed till the date parent subsidiary relationship ceases to exist
  • Recognition of difference between sale proceeds and Equity on the date of disposal in the consolidated profit and loss account and Capital Reserve / Goodwill to be reversed

Disclosures…

  • List of all subsidiaries including name, country of incorporation, proportion of ownership interest and, if different, the proportion of voting power held
  • Under the Companies Act, 2013: – To comply with Instructions given for preparation of balance sheet and statement of profit and loss in Schedule III –
  • Entity-wise “amount of net-assets” and % of the same w.r.t. consolidated net assets –
  • Entity-wise “amount of share in profit & loss and % of the same w.r.t. consolidated profit & loss –
  • The above details to be further bifurcated into parent, subsidiary, joint –venture and also into Indian and Foreign
  • Effect of acquisition and disposal of subsidiaries on the financial position at the reporting date, the results for the reporting period and on the corresponding amounts for the preceding period
  • Names of the subsidiaries of which the reporting dates are different from that of the parent and the difference in reporting dates
  • Nature of relationship between parent and subsidiary, if parent does not own one-half of the voting power

AS-23 – Accounting for Investment of Associates in CFS

Significant influence may be exercised in several ways:

  • Representation on the Board of directors
  • Participation in policy making process
  • Material intercompany transactions
  • Interchange of managerial personnel
  • Share ownership – 20 %  or more

Consolidation method- Equity method

  • Under the Equity Method – investment is initially recorded at cost, identifying any goodwill / capital reserve arising at the time of acquisition and
  • the carrying amount is increased or decreased to recognise the investor’s share of the profits or losses of the investee after the date of acquisition
  • Elimination of unrealised profit / loss to the extent of investor’s interest Exclusion from CFS / Cessation.

Adjustments of carrying amount

Adjustments to the carrying amount of investment in an associate arising from changes in the associate’s equity that have not been included in the statement of profit or loss should be directly adjusted in the carrying amount of investment without routing it through the consolidated statement of profit and loss. The corresponding debit /credit should be made in the relevant head of the equity interest in the consolidated balance sheet

AS-27 – Financial Reporting of Interests in Joint Ventures

  • A jointly controlled entity is a joint venture which involves the establishment of a corporation, partnership or other entity in which each venturer has an interest. The entity operates in the same way as other enterprises, except that a contractual arrangement between the venturers establishes joint control over the economic activity of the entity.
  • A jointly controlled entity maintains its own accounting records and prepares and presents financial statements in the same way as other enterprises in conformity with the requirements applicable to that jointly controlled entity.
  • Joint control is the contractually agreed sharing of control over an economic activity
  • Control is the power to govern the financial and operating policies of an economic activity so as to obtain benefits from it.
  • Accounting of partnership firm/AOP in separate and consolidated financial statements
  • Proportionate Consolidation is a method of accounting and reporting whereby a venturer’s share of each of the assets, liabilities, income and expenses of a jointly controlled entity is reported as separate line items in the venturer’s financial statements.
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Refund of SAD

Refund of SAD

The intention of levying Special Additional Duty (‘SAD’) of Customs also known as Counter Value Duty (‘CVD’) U/s 3(5) of the Custom Tariff Act is to encourage domestic market and counter balance local sales tax/ Value Added Tax (‘VAT’) leviable on like products at the time of sale , which would have been levied if procured from domestic market.

However, where the imported goods are subsequently resold, exemption from 4% additional duty is provided in the form of refund vide Custom Notification No. 102/2007 dated 14.09.07, provided the conditions prescribed in the said notification is fulfilled.

The following conditions are required to be fulfilled:

1) all the applicable duties including additional duty has been paid at the time of import by importer;

2) at the time of issuing invoice, importer shall specifically indicate in invoice that no credit of additional duty shall be admissible;

3) the importer shall file refund claim of the said additional duty of customs paid on the imported goods with the jurisdictional customs officer;

4) the importer shall pay appropriate sales tax or VAT on sale of the said goods;

5) the importer shall, inter alia, provide copies of the following documents along with the refund claim:

(i) document evidencing payment of the said additional duty;

(ii) invoices of sale of the imported goods in respect of which refund of the said additional   duty is claimed;

(iii) documents evidencing payment of appropriate sales tax or value added tax, as the case may be, by the importer, on sale of such imported goods.

Procedure and clarification for claiming refund has been given in Circular No. 06/2008 Cus dated 28.04.2008 and Circular No. 16/2008 dated 13.10.2008 read with Notification No. 102/2007 Cus dated 14.09.2007.

Check list for filing refund application

S.No Particulars
1. Refund Application
2. Calculation/ Working sheet
3. Original Bill of Entry
4. Original TR-6 Challan
5. Copy of Import invoice/ packing list
6. Original Sales Invoices with declaration mentioning that no additional duty has been passed on
7. True copy of VAT/ CST challan and return
8. Authority letter
9. Ledger Account

Points to be cautious:

  1. Time limit for filing refund claim is one year from the date of payment of the additional duty of Customs. In view of the above, importer should be specific in filing refund claim within the stipulated time else the refund amount would lapse.
  2. Amount of SAD refund shall be restricted proportionate to sales made (quantity wise) and appropriate sales tax or VAT has been paid. Hence unsold stock would not be eligible for refund.
  3. The importer can file monthly claim irrespective of number of bill of entries. Single claim against a particular bill of entry is allowed and whereas refund claim for part quantity is not allowed except where necessary at the end of one year.
  4. One of the condition,inter-alia,requires that invoice should contain a declaration that no credit of the additional duty of customs levied under sub-section (5) of section 3 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 shall be admissible. In the absence of which, department rejecting the claim cannot be ruled out.
  5. Certificate from a statutory auditor / CA who certifies the final accounts, correlating VAT paymentvis-a-vis4% SAD amount and unjust enrichment. A certificate from any independent Chartered Accountant would not be acceptable.
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A study on income declaration scheme 2016

A study on income declaration scheme 2016

The scheme is basically brought as a last opportunity to declare black money and the wealth to see a black money free economy in our country in the coming time. The scheme proposes reasonable taxation of 45 % which is only 15 % more than the highest slab prevailing in the country. The rules and regulations of the scheme is yet to come out and the success of the scheme mostly depends on the practical point of view of aspirant, immunity warranty, friendly behavior of the department, the role of advisors and the consultants, set of FAQ covering all types of assessee having different asset class and standing etc and the practical workability from each level. The submission here may be summarized as under:

  • HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SCHEME
  • OBSERVATIONS ON THE SCHEME
  • LIKELY PROBLEMS
  • DOUBTS OF THE ASPIRANT OF THE SCHEME
  • SUGGESTIONS

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Highlights of India-Mauritius DTAA amendment

 

 

  1. On 10thMay 2016, the Government of India has issued a press releaseannouncing the Protocol for amendment of the Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital gains between India and Mauritius (DTAA). This protocol was signed by both the countries on 10th May 2016 at Port Louis, Mauritius. This amendment follows on Finance Minister Arun Jaitely’s announcement in the budget for 2016-14 to implement General Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR) from April 1, 2017.

 

A brief Glimpse of Amendment in DTAA with  Mauritius is as follows:

Q1. What was the reason to amend tax treaty (DTAA) with Mauritius?

  • Any Capital Gains arising in Mauritius were not taxed
  • This made an attractive “post box address” for foreign investors to route investments into India
  • Indians with a intention of avoiding taxes set up shell companies in Mauritius, concealing identities and channeling cash or stock market investments through “round tripping”.

 

Q2. When was the amendment made?

10th May 2016

 

Q3. What is the essences of the amendment?

Taxing a transaction “based on the source” rather than “based on residence” (Part of BEPS initiative)

 

Q4. What are the major amendments • Taxing of capital gains (CG) arising to a Mauritian resident from sale of share of a company resident in India.

  • If Such shares are acquired on or after 1stApril 2017
  • Shares acquired upto 31stMarch 2017, are ‘grandfathered’ meaning, any sale of such shares in future are tax-protected i.e. not taxed and its effect is prospective.
  • Taxed at 50% of reduced tax rate on CG arising between 01/4/2017 and 31/03/2019 on investment made on or after 1stApril 2017, subject to Limitation of Benefits (LoB)
  • LoB mentions the Mauritian companies have to spend expenditure of more than INR 27 Lakhs in preceding 12 months, if not spend then CG taxed at full rate.
  • LoB applies till 31stMarch 2019, thereon CG is taxed at full rate

 

 

Q5. What are the impacts of amendment?

  • Surge in investments in India until 31stMarch 2017, to take advantage of ‘grandfathering’ window.
  • The window period will give sufficient time to investors to plan their investment structures.

 

Q6. What are the limitations of amendment?

  • Applicable only to ‘shares’ of a company in India. Does not apply to other financial instruments (FI)such as debentures, derivatives, Interest in LLP etc., these FI can go without taxing.
  • No clarity on issue of shares by Indian company after April 2017, in pursuant to transactions such as right issues, bonus issue etc.
  • No clarity on impact of amendment on India-Singapore treaty, since tax on CG under the two treaties are co-terminus
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Know Everything about Filing of Advance Ruling under Central Excise Act,1944

INTRODUCTION AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCE RULINGS CENTRAL EXCISE

Advance rulings enable foreign investors to know in advance into certainty their indirect tax duty liability on production and manufacture of goods in India.2. Relevant provisions for obtaining an advance ruling are contained in Chapter IIIA in the Central Excise Act, 1944;

2.1. The Central Excise (Advance Rulings) Rules, 2002 notified vide notification Nos. 28/2002-C.E. (N.T.) dated 23rd August, 2002 and amended vide notification Nos. 59/2003-C.E. (N.T.) dated 23rd July, 2003 and notification Nos. 16/2007-C.E. (N.T.) dated 6th March, 2007 provide for the format to be used for filing application.

2.2. Procedure Regulations of the Authority (AARUL CESTAT) have also been notified vide notification No. 1/2005-AAR dated 7th Jan., 2005.

  1. The scheme of Advance Rulings allows a non-resident investor setting up a joint venture in India in collaboration with a non-resident or a resident; or a resident setting up a joint venture in India in collaboration with a non-resident; or a wholly owned subsidiary Indian company, of which the holding company is a foreign company; or a joint venture in India; or a resident falling within any such class or category of persons as notified by the Government of India in this behalf , to seek in advance, a ruling from the Authority for Advance Rulings.
    Advance rulings can be sought in respect of –

(a) Classification of goods under the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985;

(b) Principles of valuation under the Central Excise Act, 1944;

(c) Applicability, of notifications issued in respect of duties under the Central Excise Act, 1944 and Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 and any duty chargeable under any other law for the time being in force in the same manner as duty of Central Excise leviable under the Central Excise Act.

(d) Admissibility of input-tax credit under Central Excise law.

(e) Determination of the liability to pay duties of excise on any goods under this Act.

  1. The relevant provisions are as follows;-

PROVISIONS OF CENTRAL EXCISE ACT, 1944 ON ADVANCE RULINGS

CHAPTER IIIA OF CENTRAL EXCISE ACT, 1944

ADVANCE RULINGS

SECTION 23A.Definitions. In this Chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, –

(a) activity means production or manufacture of goods and includes any new business of production or manufacture proposed to be undertaken by the existing producer or manufacturer, as the case may be;

(b) advance ruling means the determination, by the authority of a question of law or fact specified in the application regarding the liability to pay duty in relation to an activity proposed to be undertaken, by the applicant;

(c) applicant means –

(i) (a) a non-resident setting up a joint venture in India in collaboration with a non-resident or a resident; or

(b) a resident setting up a joint venture in India in collaboration with a non-resident; or

(c) a wholly owned subsidiary Indian company, of which the holding company is a foreign company, or which, as the case may be, proposes to undertake any business activity in India;

(ii)a joint venture in India; or

(iii) a resident falling within any such class or category of persons, as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf, and which or who, as the case may be, makes application for advance ruling under sub-section (1) of section 23C;

Explanation. For the purposes of this clause, joint venture in means a contractual arrangement whereby two or more persons undertake an economic activity which is subject to joint control and one or more of the participants or partners or equity holders is a non-resident having substantial interest in such arrangement.

(d)application means an application made to the Authority under sub-section (1) of section 23C;

(e) 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)];

(f)non-resident, Indian company and foreign company shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in clauses (30), (26) and (23A) of section 2 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961).

SECTION 23B.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.

SECTION 23C.Application for advance ruling. (1) An applicant desirous of obtaining an advance ruling under this Chapter may make an application in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed, stating the question on which the advance ruling is sought.

(2)The question on which the advance ruling is sought shall be in respect of, –

(a)classification of any goods under the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986);

(b) applicability of a notification issued under sub-section (1) of section 5A having a bearing on the rate of duty;

(c) the principles to be adopted for the purposes of determination of value of the goods under the provisions of this Act;

(d) notifications issued, in respect of duties of excise under this Act, the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986) and any duty chargeable under any other law for the time being in force in the same manner as duty of excise leviable under this Act;

(e) admissibility of credit of service tax paid or deemed to have been paid on input service or excise duty paid or deemed to have been paid on the goods used in or in relation to the manufacture of the excisable goods.

(f) determination of the liability to pay duties of excise on any goods under this Act.

(3)The application shall be made in quadruplicate and be accompanied by a fee of two thousand five hundred rupees.

(4)An applicant may withdraw an application within thirty days from the date of the application.

SECTION 23D.Procedure on receipt of application. (1) On receipt of an application, the Authority shall cause a copy thereof to be forwarded to the Commissioner of Central Excise and, if necessary, call upon him to furnish the relevant records :

Provided that where any records have been called for by the Authority in any case, such records shall, as soon as possible, be returned to the Commissioner of Central Excise.

(2)The Authority may, after examining the application and the records called for, by order, either allow or reject the application :

Provided that the Authority shall not allow the application where the question raised in the application is, –

(a)already pending in the applicants case before any Central Excise Officer, the Appellate Tribunal or any Court;

(b)the same as in a matter already decided by the Appellate Tribunal or any Court :

Provided further that no application shall be rejected under this sub-section unless an opportunity has been given to the applicant of being heard :

Provided also that where the application is rejected, reasons for such rejection shall be given in the order.

(3)A copy of every order made under sub-section (2) shall be sent to the applicant and to the Commissioner of Central Excise.

(4)Where an application is allowed under sub-section (2), the Authority shall, after examining such further material as may be placed before it by the applicant or obtained by the Authority, pronounce its advance ruling on the question specified in the application.

(5)On a request received from the applicant, the Authority shall, before pronouncing its advance ruling, provide an opportunity to the applicant of being heard, either in person or through a duly authorised representative.

Explanation. – For the purposes of this sub-section, authorised representative shall have the meaning assigned to it in sub-section (2) of section 35Q.

(6)The Authority shall pronounce its advance ruling in writing within ninety days of the receipt of application.

(7)A copy of the advance ruling pronounced by the Authority, duly signed by the Members and certified in the prescribed manner shall be sent to the applicant and to the Commissioner of Central Excise, as soon as may be, after such pronouncement.

SECTION 23E.Applicability of advance ruling. (1) The advance ruling pronounced by the Authority under section 23D shall be binding only –

(a)on the applicant who had sought it;

(b)in respect of any matter referred to in sub-section (2) of section 23C;

(c)on the Commissioner of Central Excise, and the Central Excise authorities subordinate to him, in respect of the applicant.

(2)The advance ruling referred to in sub-section (1) shall be binding as aforesaid unless there is a change in law or facts on the basis of which the advance ruling has been pronounced.

SECTION 23F.Advance ruling to be void in certain circumstances. (1) Where the Authority finds, on a representation made to it by the Commissioner of Central Excise or otherwise, that an advance ruling pronounced by it under sub-section (6) of section 23-D has been obtained by the applicant by fraud or misrepresentation of facts, it may, by order, declare such ruling to be void ab initio and thereupon all the provisions of this Act shall apply (after excluding the period beginning with the date of such advance ruling and ending with the date of order under this sub-section) to the applicant as if such advance ruling had never been made.

(2)A copy of the order made under sub-section (1) shall be sent to the applicant and the Commissioner of Central Excise.

SECTION 23G.Powers of Authority. (1) The Authority shall, for the purpose of exercising its powers regarding discovery and inspection, enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath, issuing commissions and compelling production of books of account and other records, have all the powers of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908).

(2)The Authority shall be deemed to be a civil court for the purposes of section 195, but not for the purposes of Chapter XXVI of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), and every proceeding before the Authority shall be deemed to be a judicial proceeding within the meaning of sections 193 and 228, and for the purpose of section 196, of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

SECTION 23H.Procedure of Authority. The Authority shall, subject to the provisions of this Chapter, have power to regulate its own procedure in all matters arising out of the exercise of its powers under this Act.

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)

Notification No.28/2002-Central Excise (NT)
New Delhi, the 23rd August,2002

CENTRAL EXCISE (ADVANCE RULINGS) RULES, 2002

G.S.R.594 (E).- In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 37 read with sub-sections (1) and (3) of section 23C, sub-section (7) of section 23D of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely :

  1. Short , extent and commencement .

(1)These rules may be called the Central Excise (Advance Rulings) Rules, 2002.

(2)They extend to the whole of India

(3)They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

  1. Definitions- In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) “Act” means the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944).

(b) Authority means the Authority for Advance Rulings(Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax) constituted under section 28F of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962).

(c) Form -Application for Advance Rulings (Central Excise) means the form appended to these rules.

(a) “Act” means the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944).

(b) “??Authority” means the Authority for Advance Rulings(Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax) constituted under section 28F of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962).

(c) “Form -Application for Advance Rulings (Central Excise)’?? means the form appended to these rules.

(d) Words and expressions used and not defined herein but defined in the Act shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act.

3.Form and manner of application.

(1) An application for obtaining an advance ruling under sub-section(1) of section 23C of the Act shall be made in Form Application for Advance Rulings (Central Excise).

(2) The application referred to in sub-rule (1), the verification contained therein and all relevant documents accompanying such application shall be signed,-

(a) in the case of an individual, by the individual himself, or where the individual is absent from India, by the individual concerned or by some person duly authorized by him in this behalf; and where the individual is a minor or is mentally incapacitated from attending to his affairs, by his guardian or by any other person competent to act on his behalf;

(b) in the case of Hindu undivided family, by the Karta of that family and, where the Karta is absent from India or is mentally incapacitated from attending his affairs, by any other adult member of that family;

(c) in the case of company or local authority, by the principal officer thereof authorized by the company or the local authority, as the case may be, for such purpose;

(d) in the case of a firm, by any partner thereof, not being a minor;

(e) in the case of an association, by any member of the association or the principal officer thereof; and

(f) in the case of any other person, by that person or some person competent to act on his behalf.

(3) Every application shall be filed in quadruplicate and shall be accompanied by a fee of two thousand five hundred rupees.

4.Certification of copies of the advance rulings pronounced by the Authority A copy of the advance ruling pronounced by the Authority for Advance Rulings and duly signed by the Members to be sent to each of the applicant and to the Commissioner of Central Excise, under sub-section (7) of section 23D of the Act shall be certified to be true copy of its original by the Commissioner, Authority for Advance Rulings, or any other officer duly authorized by the Commissioner, Authority for Advance Rulings, as the case may be.

FORM- AAR (CE-I)

[Application for Advance Ruling (Central Excise)]

(See rule 3 of the Central Excise (Advance Rulings) Rules, 2002)

BEFORE THE AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCE RULINGS

(CENTRAL EXCISE, CUSTOMS AND SERVICE TAX)

NEW DELHI

(Form of application for seeking Advance Ruling under section 23C of the Central Excise Act,1944)

Application No.of.

1. Details of Applicant  
  (i) Full name  
(ii) Complete address  
(iii) Telephone number( with STD/ISD code)  
(iv) Fax number (with STD/ISD code)  
(v) E-mail address  
(vi) Postal address ( to be provided if different from (ii) above)  
2. Status of the Applicant(Tick whichever is applicable)  
i. (i) a non-resident setting up a joint venture in India in collaboration with,-  
ii. (a) a non-resident; or  
iii. (b) with a resident;  
iv. (ii) a resident setting up a joint venture in India in collaboration with a non-resident;  
v. (iii) a wholly owned subsidiary Indian company, of which the holding company is a foreign company;  
vi. (iv) a joint venture in India;  
  viii. (v) a resident falling within any such class or category of persons, as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf(mention notification number).  
3. Basis for claim as a proposed joint venture [ref. 2(i) & (ii) above] (furnish copy of following).  
  (a) Memorandum of Understanding; or  
  (b) Letter of Intent; or  
  (c) Articles of Association etc.; or  
  (d) Any other document.  
4. Details of proposed joint venture  
  (i) Full name  
  (ii) Complete address  
  (iii) Telephone number( with STD/ISD code)  
  (iv) Fax number (with STD/ISD code)  
  (v) E-mail address  
  (vi) Postal address( to be filled if different from (ii) above)  
5. Details of resident/non-resident party other than the applicant forming the Joint Venture  
  (i) Full name  
  (ii) Complete address  
  (iii) Telephone number( with STD/ISD code)  
  (iv) Fax number (with STD/ISD code)  
  (v) E-mail address  
  (vi) Postal address( to be filled if different from (ii) above)  
6. In case of a wholly owned Indian Subsidiary Company furnish the following details:-  
A. (i) Name of Foreign holding company  
(ii) Complete address  
(iii) Telephone number( with STD/ISD code)  
(iv) Fax number (with STD/ISD code)  
(v) E-mail address  
(vi) Postal address ( to be provided if different from (ii) above)  
B. Percentage of Foreign holding in the Indian Subsidiary Company.  
7. In case of a joint venture [ref. 2(iv) above]  
  (i) The persons forming the joint venture/ constitution of joint venture.  
  (ii) Status of constituent persons, i.e. resident/non-resident.  
  (iii) Existing activities if any.  
8. Nature of activity proposed to be undertaken.  
9. Present status of activity.  
10. Registration number of the applicant as mentioned at serial number 1 under rule 9 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002 (if any).  
11. Permanent Account Number (Income Tax) of the applicant (if any).  
12. Question of Law or fact on which Advance Ruling required (Tick whichever is applicable and provide details against ticked item):-  
  (i) classification of goods under the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985( 5 of 1986);  
  (ii) applicability of a notification issued under sub-section (1) of section 5A of the Central Excise Act,1944, having a bearing on the rate of duty;  
  (iii) the principles to be adopted for the purposes of determination of value of the goods under the provisions of this Act;  
  (iv) notifications issued, in respect of duties of excise under the Central Excise Act,1944, the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 and any duty chargeable under any other law for the time being in force in the same manner as duty of excise leviable under this Act;  
  (v) admissibility of credit of excise duty paid or deemed to have been paid on the goods in or in relation to the manufacture of the excisable goods (CENVAT);  
  (vi) determination of liability to pay duties of excise under this Act.  
13. Statement of relevant facts having a bearing on the question(s) raised.  
14. Statement containing the applicants interpretation of law and/or facts, as the case may be, in respect of the aforesaid question(s) (i.e. applicants view point and submissions on issues on which the advance ruling is sought).  
15. Whether the question(s) raised is pending in the applicants case before any officer of Central Excise, Appellate Tribunal or any Court of Law? If so, provide details.  
16. Whether a similar matter as raised in the question(s) by the applicant has already been decided by the Appellate Tribunal or any Court?  
17. Concerned Commissioner(s) of Central Excise having jurisdiction in respect of the question referred at serial number 12.  
18. List of documents/statement attached, (attach the list on a separate sheet, if necessary.  
19. Particulars of account payee demand draft enclosed with the application  

 

(Applicants signature)

VERIFICATION

I, ____________________ (name in full and in block letters), son/daughter/wife of ___________________ do hereby solemnly declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief what is stated above and in the annexure(s), including the documents are correct. I am making this application in my capacity as ___________________ (designation) and that I am competent to make this application and verify it.

  1. I also declare that the question (s) on which the advance ruling is sought is/are not pending in my case before any Central Excise Authority, Appellate Tribunal or any Court.
  2. Verified this.day..of.200 at .

(Applicants signature)

ANNEXURE I

Statement of the relevant facts having a bearing on the question(s) on which the advance ruling is required

Place ..

Date

(Applicants signature)

ANNEXURE II

Statement containing the applicant”s interpretation of law and/or facts, as the case may be, in respect of the questions(s) on which advance ruling is required

Place ..

Date

(Applicants signature)

Notes:

1. The application must be filled in English or Hindi, in quadruplicate.
2. The application must be accompanied by an account payee demand draft of Indian Rupees two thousand five hundred drawn in favour of Authority for Advance Rulings(Central Excise, Customs & Service Tax), payable at New Delhi. Particulars of the draft should be entered in the column pertaining to item number 19.
3. The number and year of receipt of the application will be filled in by the office of the Authority for Advance Rulings.
4. If the space provided for answering any item in the application is found insufficient, separate sheets may be used for this purpose. Each sheet must be signed at the bottom by the applicant.
5. In reply to item number 2 the applicant must state its status i.e. whether an individual, Hindu undivided family firm, company, firm association of persons, wholly owned subsidiary, Joint Venture or any other person.
6. For item number 5, the reply must be given in the context of the provisions regarding “residence” in India, non resident, Indian Company, and Foreign Company as per the Income Tax Act, 1961(43 of 1961).
7. In reply to item number 9, the applicant must state the present status of the business activity in respect of which advance ruling has been sought i.e. the stage to which it has progressed.
8. Regarding item number 12, the question(s) should be based on the activity proposed to be under taken; hypothetical questions will not be entertained.
9. In respect of item number 13, the applicant must state in detail the relevant facts and also disclose the nature of proposed activity and the likely date and purpose of the proposed activity(s). Relevant facts reflected in document submitted along with the application must be included in the statement of facts and not merely incorporated by reference.
10. For item number 14, the applicant must clearly state his interpretation of law or facts in respect of the question(s) on which the advance ruling is being sought.
11. The application, the verification appended thereto, the Annexures to the application and the statements and documents accompanying the Annexures 1 and 2 must be signed on each page by the applicant.

Service Tax Abatement Rate Chart from 1st June 2016

Abatement in Service Tax was First Introduced Vide Principal Notification No. 26/2012-Service Tax, dated 20th June 2012 and subsequently been amended vide Notification No. 2/2013 – Service Tax, dated the 1st March, 2013Notification No. 9/2013 – Service Tax, Dated: May 8, 2013Notification No. 08/2014 – Service Tax Dated-11th July, 2014 , Notification No. 8/2015-ST, Dated: March 01, 2015,, Notification No. 13/2015-ST, Dated: May 19, 2015 Notification No. 8/2015-ST, Dated: March 01, 2015.

Vide Union Budget 2016 government has made several changes to Service Tax Abatement Provisions and Abatement rates. Some of the changes were applicable from 01.04.2016 and some were applicable from 01.06.2016. in this Article we have compiled the abatement rate on Table Services, Taxable Value and Tax Rate after applying the abatement  as applicable from 01.06.2016

Service Tax Abatement Rate Chart as Applicable from 01.06.2016 updated with Changes Made Vide Budget 2016   and after imposition of Krishi Kalyan Cess (KKC), for  ready reference of our readers

Table

Sl. No. Description of taxable service Percentage Net Tax Rate % wef 01.06.2016 Conditions
Taxable Value Abatement
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
1 Services in relation to financial leasing including hire purchase (Refer Note-1) 10 90 1.50% Nil.
2 Transport of goods by rail 30 70 4.50% CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004
2A Transport of goods in containers by rail by any person other than Indian Railway

(Entry inserted vide NN 8/2016-ST dated 01.03.2016 w.e.f 01.04.2016)

40 60 6% CENVAT credit on inputs and capital goods, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004
3 Transport of passengers, with or without accompanied belongings by rail 30 70 4.50% i) CENVAT credit on inputs and capital goods, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.

ii) Cenvat credit on input  services shall be allowed

4 Bundled service by way of supply of food or any other article of human consumption or any drink, in a premises ( including hotel, convention center, club, pandal, shamiana or any other place, specially arranged for organizing a function) together with renting of such premises (Refer Note-2) 70 30 10.50% (i) CENVAT credit on any goods classifiable under Chapters 1 to 22 of the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986) used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
5 Transport of passengers by air, with or without accompanied belongings in CENVAT credit on inputs and capital goods, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
(i) economy class 40 60 6%
(ii) other than economy class 60 40 9%
6 Renting of hotels, inns, guest houses, clubs, campsites or other commercial places meant for residential or lodging purposes. 60 40 9% Same as above.
7 Services of goods transport agency in relation to transportation of goods other than used household goods 30 70 4.50% CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken by the service providerunder the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
7A Services of goods transport agency in
relation to transportation of used household
goods.(Entry inserted vide NN 8/2016-ST dated 01.03.2016  )
40 60 6% CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service, has
not been taken by the service provider under the rovisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
8 Services provided by a foreman of chit fund in relation to chit

(Entry inserted vide NN 8/2016-ST dated 01.03.2016 w.e.f. 01.04.2016, earlier omitted vide NN 08/2015-ST dated 01.03.2015.)

70 30 10.50% CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004
9 Renting of motor cab 40 60 6% (i) CENVAT credit on inputs and capital goods, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004;

(ii) CENVAT credit on input service of renting of motorcab has been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, in the following manner:

(a) Full CENVAT credit of such input service received from a person who is paying service tax on forty percent of the value; or

(b) Up to forty percent CENVAT credit of such input service received from a person who is paying service tax on full value;

(iii) CENVAT credit on input services other than those specified in (ii) above, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.

9A Transport of passengers, with or without accompanied belongings, by-

a. a contract carriage other than motorcab.

b. a radio taxi.

c.  a stage carriage

(Also refer Note-5)

40 60 6% CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
10 Transport of goods in a vessel  30 70 4.50% CENVAT credit on inputs and capital goods, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.
11 Services by a tour operator in relation to,-

(i) a tour, only for the purpose of arranging or booking accommodation for any person

(Refer Note-4)

10 90 1.50% (i) CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services other than input services of a tour operator, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit
Rules, 2004.(ii) The invoice, bill or challan issued indicates that it is towards the charges for such accommodation.(iii) This exemption shall not apply in such cases where the invoice, bill or challan issued by the tour operator, in relation to a tour, includes only the service charges for arranging or booking accommodation for any person but does not include the cost of such accommodation.
(ii) tours other than (i) above 30 70 4.50% (i) CENVAT credit on inputs, capital goods and input services other than input services of a tour operator, used for providing the taxable service, has not been taken under the provisions of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.

(ii) The bill issued for this purpose indicates that it is inclusive of charges for such a tour and the amount charged in the bill is the gross amount charged for such a tour.

NN 8/2016-ST dated 01.03.2016 w.e.f. 01.04.2016: Abatement rates in respect of services by a tour operator in relation to a tour other than (i) has been rationalised from 75% (package tour) and 60% (others) to 70%. Consequently, the category of “package tour” stands deleted w.e.f. 01.04.2016
12. Construction of a complex, building, civil structure or a part thereof, intended for a sale to a buyer, wholly or partly except where entire consideration is received after issuance of completion certificate by the competent
authority (Also Refer Note-3)
30 70 4.5% (i) CENVAT credit on inputs used for providing the taxable service has not been  taken under the provisions  of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004.

(ii) The value of land is  included in the amount  charged from the service  receiver.

Effective from 01.04.2016, a uniform abatement at the rate of 70% is prescribed for services of construction of complex, building, civil structure, or a part thereof, subject to fulfilment of the existing conditions.

 

 

Note-1 For the purposes of exemption at Serial number 1 –

(i) The amount charged shall be an amount, forming or representing as interest, i.e. the difference between the installments paid towards repayment of the lease amount and the principal amount contained in such installments;

(ii) the exemption shall not apply to an amount, other than an amount forming or representing as interest, charged by the service provider such as lease management fee, processing fee, documentation charges and administrative fee, which shall be added to the amount calculated in terms of (i) above.

Note-2. For the purposes of exemption at Serial number 4 –

The amount charged shall be the sum total of the gross amount charged and the fair market value of all goods and services supplied in or in relation to the supply of food or any other article of human consumption or any drink (whether or not intoxicating) and whether or not supplied under the same contract or any other contract, after deducting-

(i) the amount charged for such goods or services supplied to the service provider, if any; and

(ii) the value added tax or sales tax, if any, levied thereon:

Provided that the fair market value of goods and services so supplied may be determined in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles.

Note-3. For the purposes of exemption at Serial number 12 –

The amount charged shall be the sum total of the amount charged for the service including the fair market value of all goods and services supplied by the recipient(s) in or in relation to the service, whether or not supplied under the same contract or any other contract, after deducting-

(i) the amount charged for such goods or services supplied to the service provider, if any; and

(ii) the value added tax or sales tax, if any, levied thereon:

Provided that the fair market value of goods and services so supplied may be determined in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles.

Note-4 “tour operator” means any person engaged in the business of planning, scheduling, organizing, arranging tours (which may include arrangements for accommodation, sightseeing or other similar services) by any mode of transport, and includes any person engaged in the business of operating tours,

Note-5 For the purposes of exemption at Serial number 9, the amount charged shall be the sum total of the amount charged for the service including the fair market value of all goods (including fuel) and services supplied by the recipient(s) in or in relation to the service, whether or not supplied under the same contract or any other contract.

Provided that the fair market value of goods and services so supplied may be determined in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles.