Exemption available when services provided to foreign diplomatic mission under service tax
Exemption to services provided to Foreign Diplomatic Missions or Consular Post in India: All services provided by any person, for the official use of a Foreign Diplomatic Mission or Consular Post in India are exempted from service tax subject to certain conditions and procedures.
Exemption from payment of service tax relating to all taxable services is available to Diplomatic Missions for official use of services as well as for the personal use or for the use of the family members of diplomatic agents or career consular officers posted in a foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in India, by notifications 33/2007- ST dated 23rd May, 2007 and 34/2007-ST dated 23rd May, 2007 respectively, but subject to procedures specified under those notifications.
The following procedure is specified for exemption from payment of service tax to Diplomatic Missions for official use of services?
The foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in India, is issued with a certificate by the Protocol Division of the Ministry of External Affairs that it is entitled to exemption from service tax, as stipulated in the certificate, based on the principle of reciprocity;
The head of such foreign diplomatic mission or consular post, or any person of such mission or post authorized by him, shall furnish to the provider of taxable service, a copy of such certificate duly authenticated by him or such authorized person, along with an undertaking in original, signed by him or such authorized person, bearing running serial number commencing from a financial year and stating that the services received are for official purpose of the said foreign diplomatic mission or consular post;
The head of such foreign diplomatic mission or consular post or such authorized person shall maintain an account of such undertakings issued during a financial year and such account shall contain:—
(a) The serial number and date of issue of such undertakings;
(b) The name and the registration number of the provider of taxable service; and
(c) The description of taxable service and invoice number.
the invoice or bill or as the case may be, the Challan issued under the provision contained in rule 4A of the Service Tax Rules, 1994 shall, in addition to the information required to be furnished under the said rule, contain the serial number and the date of the undertaking furnished by the said head of foreign diplomatic mission or consular post; and
The provider of taxable service shall retain the documents referred to in point number (i) above along with a duplicate copy of invoice issued, for the purposes of verification.