No Service Tax on Credit, Debit Card Transactions Up to Rs. 2,000

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No Service Tax on Credit, Debit Card Transactions Up to Rs. 2,000
Highlights
  • Government taking steps to promote cashless or digital transactions
  • A notification will be tabled by Arun Jaitley in Parliament
  • Government also asked banks to install additional 10 lakh PoS terminals

Government will waive service tax on debit and credit card transactions of up to Rs. 2,000 in a bid to promote digital transactions amid cash crunch following withdrawal of old Rs. 500 and 1,000 banknotes.

The government has decided to "exempt services by an acquiring bank to any person in relation to settlement of an amount up to Rs. 2,000 in a single transaction through credit, debit card or other payment card service", sources said.

A notification to this effect will be tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament.

Following demonetisation of old high value notes, there has been a cash crunch in the country as people have been making a beeline for banks and ATMs to withdraw new currency.

(Also see: Demonetisation Helped Clock Triple-Digit Growth, Amazon India Says)

The government has been taking steps to promote cashless or digital transactions to take India towards a less-cash economy.

Recently, the government asked banks to install additional 10 lakh PoS terminals by March 31 in different parts of the country.

The service tax notification of June 2012 will be amended to include exemption on credit and debit cards, the sources added.

As of now, services provided by organisations such as United Nations and other international bodies are exempt from tax.

(Also see: Government Wants Aadhaar-Enabled Payments to Replace Cards)

A range of other services provided by arbitral tribunals, testing of newly developed drugs, educational institutions, trade unions, general insurance business and sports bodies, among others, too are exempt from the levy.

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