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2016 (4) TMI 332

Head Note:
Service tax obligation on which portion under reverse charge mechanism - While discharging foreign C & F Agent raised composite bill / invoice liability - Foreign C & F Agent would be incurring the expenses which is to be included in the valuation of goods as per Section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 for the purpose of charging Customs duty on behalf of the applicant with respect to freight, insurance, loading, unloading and handling charges of goods, etc. proposed to be imported. Therefore, charging Service Tax on said component would tantamount to double taxation.

Held that:- as per Rule 5(1) of Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006, where any expenditure or costs are incurred by the Service provider in the course of providing service, all such expenditure or costs shall be included in the value for the purpose of charging Service Tax on said service. Further, Rule 5(2) ibid inter alia envisages that the expenditure or costs incurred by the service provider as a pure agent of recipient of service shall be excluded from the value of taxable service, if all the following conditions, are satisfied. Therefore, while discharging foreign C & F Agent raised composite bill / invoice liability under reverse charge, Service Tax is chargeable on said bill / invoice excluding expenditure or costs incurred by C & F Agent as a pure agent, if conditions enumerated in Rule 5 ibid are met. - Decided against the appellant

 


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