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Levy of Krishi Kalyan Cess (KKC) on service tax


Increase in rate of Service Tax


Budget 2016 has introduced a new cess called Krishi Kalyan Cess (KKC) under Notification  Number 28/2016- Service Tax.

This cess is in addition to Swacch Bharat Cess and will be applicable w.e.f 1st June 2016 @ 0.5% on all taxable services, thereby increasing the effective rate of service tax from 14.50% at present to 15.00%.KKC has been levied for the purpose of financing and promoting initiatives to improve agriculture. This cess would be over and above the present 14.50% Service tax rate. Hence, it needs to be charged separately in the invoice, and needs to be accounted separately and should be paid separately under separate accounting head “00441510”.

New effective rate on Services for which reduced rates of service tax are applicable under Valuation Rules or Abatement Notification:


1. As per Valuation Rules

Taxable Service Taxable Value Effective Old Service Tax Rate Effective New Service Tax Rate
Execution of original works 40% 5.80% 6.00%
 In cases not covered above Including  maintenance or repair  or reconditioning or restoration or  servicing or any goods and other  works Including maintenance, repair ,  completion and finishing services such  as glazing, plastering, floor and wall  tiling , installation of electrical fittings  of an immovable property 70% 10.15% 10.50%
 Service provided by restaurants 40% 5.80% 6.00%
 Services provided by outdoor caterer 60% 8.70% 9.00%

 

2. Services which are specifically governed by Abatement Notification 26/2012 (Few important categories)

 Category of Service  Abatement % Taxable % Effective Old Service Tax Rate Effective New Service Tax Rate
 Transport of goods by rail 70% 30% 4.35% 4.50%
 Services of goods transport agency in relation to transportation of goods. 70% 30% 4.35% 4.50%
 Bundled service by way of supply of  food or any other article of human  consumption or any drink, in a  premises (including hotel, convention  center, club, pandal, shamiana or any    other place, specially arranged for  organizing a function) together with  renting of such premises. 30% 70% 10.15% 10.50%
 Renting of motor-cab 60% 40% 5.80% 6.00%
 Construction of a complex, building,  civil structure or a part thereof,  intended for a sale to a buyer, wholly  or partly, except where entire  consideration is received after  issuance of completion certificate by  the competent authority,-  70%  30%  4.35%  4.50%
 a. for a residential unit satisfying both  the following conditions, namely:-
(i) the carpet area of the unit is less  than 2000 square feet; and
(ii) the amount charged for the unit is  less than rupees one crore;
75% 25% 3.63% 3.75%
 b. for other than the (a) above. 70% 30% 4.35% 4.50%

Applicable Rates depending upon time when service was provided or consideration was received (POT Rules)

Provision of Service Issue of Invoice Payment received Effective Rate POT Rule
Before imposition of KKC After imposition of KKC After imposition of KKC 15% 4 (a) (i)
Before imposition of KKC Before imposition of KKC After imposition of KKC 14.50% 4 (a) (ii)
Before imposition of KKC After imposition of KKC Before imposition of KKC 14.50% 4 (a) (iii)
After imposition of KKC Before imposition of KKC After imposition of KKC 15% 4 (b) (i)
After imposition of KKC Before imposition of KKC Before imposition of KKC 14.50% 4 (b) (ii)
After imposition of KKC After imposition of KKC Before imposition of KKC 15% 4 (b) (iii)

Effect of KKC on Reverse charge Mechanism


KKC along with Service tax shall be paid on services under Reverse Charge Mechanism as KKC is applicable on all taxable services. In case of reverse charge on services, where services have been received prior to 01.06.2016 but consideration paid post 01.06.2016, point of taxation as per
Rule 7 of Point of Taxation Rules, would be the date on which consideration is paid to the service provider. Hence, KKC would also be required to be paid in such cases. However, when services are received from "associated enterprises", located outside India, the point of taxation shall be the date of debit in the books of account of the person receiving the service or date of making the payment whichever is earlier.

Cenvat Credit of Krishi Kalyan Cess


A provider of output service shall be allowed to avail CENVAT credit of the KKC on taxable services, but the utilization of the same is restricted only towards payment of KKC on output taxable services. Cenvat credit of any other duties /cesses shall not be utilized for payment of KKC.
It is our interpretation that credit of KKC levied on input services (whether under direct payment to service provider / payment made under reverse charge) that are used in the manufacturing of goods will not be available.
Therefore where an assesse is both manufacturer and provider of output services, credit will be available only for those input services which are used for providing output services.
Such assesses will have to make a proper identification of KKC levied on input services which are used for providing output services and KKC levied on input services which are used in manufacturing goods.

This article is contributed by CA Mukund Abhyankar (mbabhyankar@gmail.com).


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Mukund Abhyankar
Avalara Author Mukund Abhyankar
Mr Abhyankar is a practicing chartered accountant in indirect taxation in Pune. He is an avid writer in GST domain and publishes blogs and whitepapers on renowned websites such as taxguru.