Service tax payment-registration by online information provider located in non-taxable territory

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Service tax payment-registration by online information provider located in non-taxable territory to non-assesse online recipient

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE)

Service tax payment-registration by online information provider

NOTIFICATION No. 48/2016-Service Tax,

New Delhi, the 9 th November, 2016

G.S.R….. (E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1), read with sub-section (2) of section 94 of the Finance Act, 1994 (32 of 1994), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Service Tax Rules, 1994,namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Service Tax (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2016.
(2) They shall come into force on the 1 st day of December, 2016.

2. In the Service Tax Rules, 1994,-

(i) in rule 2, in sub-rule (1),-

(a) after clause (ccb), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-

“(ccba) “non-assesse online recipient” means Government, a local authority, a governmental authority or an individual receiving online information and database access or retrieval services in relation to any purpose other than commerce, industry or any other business or profession, located in taxable territory;

Explanation.- For the purposes of this clause, “governmental authority” means an authority or a board or any other body :

(i) set up by an Act of Parliament or a State legislature; or
(ii) established by Government,

with 90% or more participation by way of equity or control, to carry out any function entrusted to a municipality under article 243Wof the Constituion;‟;

(b) after clause (ccc), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-

‘(ccd) “online information and database access or retrieval services” means services whose delivery is mediated by information technology over the internet or an electronic network and the nature of which renders their supply essentially automated and involving minimal human intervention, and impossible to ensure in the absence of information technology and includes electronic services such as,-

(i) advertising on the internet;
(ii) providing cloud services;
(iii) provision of e-books, movie, music, software and other intangibles via telecommunication networks or internet;
(iv) providing data or information, retrievable or otherwise, to any person, in electronic form through a computer network;
(v) online supplies of digital content (movies, television shows, music, etc.);
(vi) digital data storage; and
(vii) online gaming;‟;

(c) in clause (d),-

(i) in sub-clause (i),-

(a) in item (G), after the words “taxable service”, the words “other than online information and database access or retrieval services,” shall be inserted;
(b) after item (G), following item shall be inserted, namely:-

“(H) in relation to services provided or agreed to be provided by way of online information and database access or retrieval services, by any person located in a non-taxable territory and received by any person in the taxable territory other than non-assesse online recipient, recipient of such service;”;

(ii) in sub-clause (ii), the following provisos shall be inserted, namely:-

“Provided that in case of online information and database access or retrieval services provided or agreed to be provided by any person located in a non-taxable territory and received by non-assesse online recipient, provider of service located in a non-taxable territory shall be the person liable for paying service tax:

Provided further that in case of online information and database access or retrieval services provided or agreed to be provided by any person located in a non-taxable territory and received by non-assesse online recipient, an intermediary located in the nontaxable territory including an electronic platform, a broker, an agent or any other person, by whatever name called, who arranges or facilitates provision of such service but does not provides the main service on his account shall be deemed to be receiving such services from the service provider in non-taxable territory and providing such services to the non-assesse online recipient except when such intermediary satisfies all the following conditions, namely :-

(a) the invoice or customer‟s bill or receipt issued or made available by such intermediary taking part in the supply clearly identifies the service in question, its supplier in non-taxable territory and the service tax registration number of the supplier in taxable territory;

(b) the intermediary involved in the supply does not authorise the charge to the customer or take part in its charge i.e. intermediary neither collects or processes payment in any manner nor is responsible for the payment between the non-assesse online recipient and the supplier of such services;

(c) the intermediary involved in the supply does not authorise delivery;

(d) the general terms and conditions of the supply are not set by the intermediary involved in the supply but by the service provider:

Provided also that in case of online information and database access or retrieval services provided or agreed to be provided by any person located in a non-taxable territory and received by non-assesse online recipient, any person located in taxable territory representing such service provider for any purpose in the taxable territory shall be the person liable for paying service tax:

Provided also that in case of online information and database access or retrieval services provided or agreed to be provided by any person located in a non-taxable territory and received by non-assesse online recipient, if the service provider does not have a physical presence or does not have a representative for any purpose in the taxable territory, the service provider may appoint a person in the taxable territory for the purpose of paying service tax and such person shall be liable for paying service tax:

Provided also that in case of online information and database access or retrieval services provided or agreed to be provided by any person located in a non-taxable territory and received by any person located in the taxable territory, person receiving such services shall be deemed to be located in the taxable territory if any two of the following noncontradictory conditions are satisfied, namely :-

(a) the location of address presented by the service recipient via internet is in taxable territory;

(b) the credit card or debit card or store value card or charge card or smart card or any other card by which the service recipient settles payment has been issued in the taxable territory;

(c) the service recipient‟s billing address is in the taxable territory;

(d) the internet protocol address of the device used by the service recipient is in the taxable territory;

(e) the service recipient‟s bank in which the account used for payment is maintained is in the taxable territory;

(f) the country code of the subscriber identity module (SIM) card used by the service recipient is of taxable territory;

(g) the location of the service recipient‟s fixed land line through which the service is received by the person, is in taxable territory:

Provided also that in case of online information and database access or retrieval services provided or agreed to be provided by any person located in a non-taxable territory and received by non-assesse online recipient, a person receiving such services shall be deemed to be a non-assesse online recipient, if such person does not have service tax registration under these rules.”;

(ii) in rule 4, in sub rule (1), after third proviso, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-

“Provided also that a person located in non taxable territory liable for paying the service tax in the case of online information and database access or retrieval services may make an application for registration in form ST-1A for registration within a period of thirty days from the date on which the service tax under section 66B of the Act is levied or the person located in non taxable territory has commenced supply of taxable services in the taxable territory in India and notwithstanding anything contrary in these rules, the registration shall be deemed to be granted in form ST-2A from the date of receipt of the application.”;

(iii) in rule 4A, in sub-rule 1, after the sixth proviso, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-

“Provided also that in case of online information and database access or retrieval services provided or agreed to be provided in taxable territory by a person located in the nontaxable territory, an invoice, a bill or, as the case may be, challan shall include any document, by whatever name called, whether or not serially numbered, but containing name and address of the person receiving taxable service to the extent available and other information in such documents as required under this sub-rule.”;

(iv) in rule 7, in sub-rule (1) after the letters and figure “ST-3A”, the word, letters and figure “or ST-3C” shall be inserted;

(v) after Form ST-1, the following Form shall be inserted, namely :-

“FORM ST- 1A
[Application form for registration under section 69 of the Finance Act, 1994 (32 of 1994) for person in non-taxable territory providing online information and database access or retrieval services in India]

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