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Govt waives service tax charged on payments through credit card, debit card, charge card or any other payment card (for payments up to Rs. 2,000 in a single transaction)

When a customer uses a credit card, debit card, charge card or any other payment card for payment of his purchase of goods or services, the merchant/service establishment is charged certain merchant discount rate (MDR) by credit card or debit card issuing banks. 

With a view to promote digital transactions and encourage merchant establishments to accept such card payments, Government has waived service tax on such amount charged while making payments though credit card, debit card, charge card or any other payment card. However, this waiver is limited to payments upto two thousand rupees only (Rs. 2000) in a single transaction.

Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Notification No. 52/2016-Service Tax dt. 08-12-2016

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 93 of the Finance Act, 1994 (32 of 1994), the Central Government being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby makes the following further amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) No.25/2012-Service Tax, dated the 20th June, 2012, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R. 467 (E), dated the 20th June, 2012, namely:- 

In the said notification, in the opening paragraph, after entry 63, the following entry shall be inserted, namely,-
“64. Services by an acquiring bank, to any person in relation to settlement of an amount upto two thousand rupees in a single transaction transacted through credit card, debit card, charge card or other payment card service. 
Explanation. — For the purposes of this entry, “acquiring bank” means any banking company, financial institution including non-banking financial company or any other person, who makes the payment to any person who accepts such card.”

Note:-The principal notification was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, vide notification No. 25/2012 - Service Tax, dated the 20th June, 2012, vide number G.S.R. 467 (E), dated the 20th June, 2012 and last amended vide notification number 47/2016 - Service Tax, dated the 9 th November, 2016 vide number G.S.R. 1056 (E), dated the 9 th November, 2016. 

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