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Is Service Tax applicable on home delivery for AC restaurants?

Avatar 37a3bd7bc7328f0ead2c0f6f635dddf60615e676e6b4ddf964144012e529de45 kruthika asked about 3 years ago

Is Service Tax applicable on home delivery for AC restaurants?

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Avatar 37a3bd7bc7328f0ead2c0f6f635dddf60615e676e6b4ddf964144012e529de45 narahari answered almost 3 years ago

Service Tax in Restaurant Service is leviable if food is served in premises only having Air Conditioner facility. If food is served in a non A/C premises there will be no Service Tax . Although there is no clarification from the department about the Home Delivery from an A/C Restaurant yet it is supposed by various experts that there will be no Service Tax in this case.

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Open uri20170510 32134 s5bvk0?1494421637 ARJUN PRATAP SINGH answered about 3 years ago

Dear, Service Tax in Restaurant Service is leviable if food is served in premises only having Air Conditioner facility. If food is served in a non A/C premises there will be no Service Tax . Although there is no clarification from the department about the Home Delivery from an A/C Restaurant yet it is supposed by various experts that there will be no Service Tax in this case. However, there has been a lot of confusion regarding levy of Service Tax on Home Delivery of Food as such food is not being eaten in a AC Restaurant. A clarification in this regard was sought from the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise and Service Tax Division (Chandigarh) in this regard. It has in a written communication replied that in the case of Transaction involving Pick-up/ Home Delivery of food sold by a Restaurant, the dominant nature of the transaction is that of Sale and not service as the Food is not served at the Restaurant. Moreover, no element of service is being offered at the Restaurant, be it ambiance, live entertainment, air conditioning, personal hospitality etc. The Service Tax can only be levied if there is an element of "Service" involved which would typically be the case where the food is served in a Restaurant. **`Conclusion`** Therefore, the above transaction is not chargeable to Service Tax, being sale in nature, only if, no amount is charged for such free delivery of food.

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