Internet Telecommunication Services

  • Important Definition

Services shall be taxable when provided to any person in relation to internet telecommunication.

  • Accounting Codes

Such codes are no longer statutory but used for statistical purpose for the purpose of registration and for payment of tax as specified vide Circular No.165/16/2012 –ST dated 20.11.2012:

Tax Collection of Service Interest and penalties on such service
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  • Provision relating to Negative List

Internet Telecommunication services are not included in the Negative list as specified under section 66D of the Finance Act, 1994.

  • Provisions relating to exemptions

  1. General Exemption
  • Small Service Provider

Vide Notification No 33/2012-ST, dated 20.06.2012 – Exemption to Small service providers having taxable turnover of less than 10 Lakhs and providing services other than by way of under a brand name.

  • Import of Technology

Vide Notification No. 14/ 2012-ST, dated March 17, 2012 – Exemption in respect of Taxable service involving import of technology, from so much of service tax, as is equivalent to the extent of amount of R&D Cess payable on the said transfer of technology under the provisions of section 3 of the Research and Development Cess Act, 1986. 

  • To Foreign Diplomatic missions and their personnel

Vide Notification No 27/2012-ST, dated 20.06.2012 – Exemption for all the taxable services provided by any person, for the official use of a foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in India, or for personal use or for the use of the family members of diplomatic agents or career consular officers posted therein.

  • Services by TBI or STEP

Vide Notification No 32/2012-ST, dated 20.06.2012 – All taxable services provided by TBI or STEP have been exempted

  • Services provided to SEZ

Vide Notification No 40/2012-ST, dated 20.06.2012, all taxable services received by a Unit located in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) or Developer of SEZ for the authorized operations, has been exempted from the levy of whole of the service tax.

  1. Specific Exemptions

Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 grants exemption to various services specified therein. None of the item in the said notification relates to internet telecommunication services.

  • Provisions relating to Valuation and Abatement

Section 67 read along with Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006 provides the manner of determining the value of taxable services on which service tax should be levied.

In respect of Internet Telecommunication services, no specific provision for determination of taxable value has been provided. However it has been clarified that the value of taxable services is the total amount of consideration consisting of all components of the taxable service and it is immaterial that the details of individual components of the total consideration are indicated separately in the invoice. Thus, the value of taxable Internet Telecommunication services is to be determined in terms of provision of Section 67 read with the prescribed rules.

No abatement has been granted to any person liable to pay service tax under the section.

  • Provisions relating to Cenvat Credit

The Credit is available to the service provider of the duty or tax paid on ‘capital goods’, ‘inputs’ and ‘input services’. Since all the services relating to internet Telecommunication are taxable, the provider of service will get the credit of excise duty paid on capital goods, input and service tax paid on input services as defined in Cenvat Credit Rules, 2004.

  • Provisions relating to point of taxation

As per Rule 3 of Point of Taxation Rules, 2011, the point of taxation shall be-

  1. Time when the invoice for the service provided or to be provided is issued. As per Rule 4A of Service Tax Rules, invoice shall be issued within 30 days from the date of completion of service. In case invoice is not issued within 30 days from the completion of service, the point of taxation shall be the date of completion of service.

In case where the person providing the service receives payment before the time specified above, the date of receipt of payment shall be the point of taxation.

  • Provisions relating to Place of Provision of Service Rules, 2012

The Place of Provision of Service Rules, 2012 contains different rules for different nature of services. Since no specific Rule applied to such services, the place of provision shall fall under Rule 3 which provides that location of service recipient shall determine place of provision of such services.  Thus, if the recipient is within taxable territory, place of provision shall be within taxable territory and taxable, else, non taxable.

  • Provisions relating to reverse charge

Internet Telecommunication service is not included under the mechanism of Reverse Charge. Hence, the person providing the service shall be the person liable to pay service tax.


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