14% service tax rate to come into effect from June 1

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 19, 2015 23:49 IST

The new service tax rate of 14% will come into effect from June 1, in a move likely to make eating out in restaurants, insurance and phone bills, among many other things, more expensive.

The current service tax is 12.36%, including education cess.

Top official sources said the new rate of 14%, which was announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech of 2015-16, would come into effect on June 1.

The government hopes to pass the goods and services tax (GST) bill in the monsson session of Parliament, which will usher in a country-wide single indirect tax regime. GST will allow states to collect service tax; as of now, it is a central tax.

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