No service tax on school buses, hostels

No service tax on school buses, hostels

The Finance Ministry on Friday clarified that “auxiliary educational services” like hostels, canteens and school buses will not attract the 12 per cent service tax.

“By virtue of the entry in the negative list and by virtue of the portion of the exemption notification, it will be clear that all services relating to education are exempt from service tax,” the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) said.

The clarification was issued in response to queries raised by several educational institutions.
The CBEC further said there are many supplementary services or “auxiliary educational services” which have been defined in the exemption notification. Such services, the CBEC said, provided to an educational institution are exempt from service tax. For example, transport services provided by a transport operator to a school to ferry students are exempt by virtue of the notification.

In addition to the services mentioned in the definition of “auxiliary educational services”, others would be hostels, housekeeping, security services and canteen, the CBEC added.

“Thus, the apprehensions conveyed in the representations submitted by certain educational institutions and organisations have no basis whatsoever. These institutions and organisations are requested not to give credence to rumours,” it added.

The Finance Ministry had received representations seeking clarifications regarding levy of service tax on certain services relating to the education sector.

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