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Supply of Security Services (Private Security Agency) to an educational institution, Goods and Services Tax - GST

Issue Id: - 116257
Dated: 2-5-2020
By:- Silu Jose
Supply of Security Services (Private Security Agency) to an educational institution

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Whether security services rendered by a private security agency to an educational institution established by a regimental fund of the Armed Forces (ie their income is exempt from income tax u/s 10 (23AA) is exempt from GST.

The institute conducts a four year graduation course in Hotel Management to students of retired/serving Army personnel.

Please share circular/notification reference in this regard.

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1 Dated: 2-5-2020
By:- Rajagopalan Ranganathan


According to Sl. No. 66 of Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28-6-2017 as amended Services provided to an educational institution, by way of security or cleaning or housekeeping services performed in such educational institution is chargeable to Nil rate of gst provided the exemption shall not applicable to an educational institution other than an institution providing services by way of pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school or equivalent.

Therefore you are not eligible to avail the exemption since you are providing a four year graduation course in Hotel Management to students of retired/serving Army personnel.

2 Dated: 3-5-2020

Security services were brought under Reverse Charge Mechanism vide Notification No.29/18-CT(R) dated 31.12.18 effective from 1.1.19 (Serial No.14) amending original notification no.13/17-CT(R) dated 28.6.17. as per the notification, service provider should be a person other than body corporate and service receiver must be a registered person in a taxable territory. Security services provided to an educational institution (up to Higher Secondary or equivalent ) is exempted from GST vide Notification No.12/17-CT(R) dated 28.6.17. No threshold exemption limit is available to the receiver of security service and hence registration for the receiver of service is compulsory under Section 24 (1)(iii) of CGST Act. Thus no exemption is available to the institute in the scenario explained by you. The exemption benefit accorded under the Income Tax Act cannot be compared with the CGST Act.

3 Dated: 4-5-2020
By:- Silu Jose

Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your replies. Now, if the Institute is receiving the service from a GST registered non-corporate, then, is it mandatory that the Institute register itself for GST, so that GST on security services be paid on RCM basis?

As of now the Institute is not registered for GST. Can they opt out from GST registration by paying the GST through the registered service provider under the FCM method?

Thank you.

4 Dated: 4-5-2020

In the above scenario, if Security Service provider is a non-corporate body and receiver of the service is unregistered person (educational institution), then RCM is not applicable. In this situation, GST has to be paid under Forward Charge Mechanism by the service provider.

5 Dated: 4-5-2020
By:- Silu Jose

Thank you Sir


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