What is Service Tax?
Service tax is an indirect tax levied under the Finance Act, 1994, as amended from time to time, on specified services. At present, there are approximately 96 categories (including 15 new services introduced by Budget 2006) of services taxable under the service tax net.
There is no specific penalty for failure to obtain registration. However, as per residuary penalty clause (ie penalty for contravention where no specific penalty is provided), penalty which may extend to Rs 1000/- may be leviable.
Register with ServiceTax
If you happen to be a business owner, providing a service; chances are that you would be assessed under service tax. Read on to find if you need to take a registration, and if so how to do it yourself.
How to Register Service Tax
1. Fill the ST-1 form in duplicate. ( you can also fill the form online )
2. Fill your area code. Find out from
3. Enclose photocopy of PAN card and proof of address to be registered..
4. Enclose a copy of the first invoice
5. Enclose a copy of your bank statement
6. Submit the forms to the jurisdictional Central Excise Office
7. Pay requisite fees
8. The superintend would issue a certificate mentioning your STC Code.
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