No Service Tax On Visa Assistance–TRU issues Circular

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No Service Tax On Visa Assistance–TRU issues Circular

Tax Reserach Unit of Service Tax Headquarter has issed Circular No. 137/6/ 2011– ST  to say that since assistance provided by a visa facilitator, for obtaining visa, to a visa applicant or for foreign employer does not fall within the scope of supply of man power , hence service tax is not leviable within the meaning of business auxiliary service.

However, service tax is leviable on any service provided other than assistance directly to individuals for obtaining visa, falling under the description of any taxable service, as classifiable under the appropriate heading. To cite a few instances, where in addition to rendering assistance directly to individuals for obtaining visa, visa facilitators may also act as agents of recruitment or of foreign employer, in which case, service tax is leviable to the extent under the service of ‘supply of manpower’. In certain other cases, for example, a visa facilitator, may be rendering visa assistance to individuals who are employed in a business entity, but the service charge may be paid by the business entity on behalf of those individuals, to the visa facilitator, in which case, service tax is leviable under ‘business support service’.

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