Service Tax Registration

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Service Tax Registration

Service Tax Registration is a tax registration required for businesses providing services in India. Service tax registration is an indirect tax wherein the service provider pays the tax and recovers the same from the recipient of the taxable service.

Service Tax registration is mandatory for every person or business in India who has provided a taxable service of value exceeding Rs.9 lakhs, in the previous financial year. Service Tax Registration is required for identification of the assesse, deposit service tax, file service tax returns and undertake various processes required under the Finance Act, 1994. Failure to obtain service tax registration would attract penalty in terms of section 77 of the Finance Act, 1994.

Documents Required


Authority from other directors on letter head (In case of company)

Documents Required


Electricity/ water bill of business place


Small scale service providers who provide services of less than Rs 10 lakhs in a year are exempted from Service Tax Registration.
If registration is not issued within 7 days of the filing of form ST1 along with the relevant documents then registration is deemed to be guaranteed.
Its return is filed twice in a year. 25th October is the due date of filing return for half year ending 30th September and 25th April is the due date for filing return for half year ending 31st march.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

As soon as the aggregate value of taxable service (or the billing of the services provided) exceeds 9 lakhs during any time of the financial year, it is mandatory for the service provider to obtain the service tax registration number. The provider should charge service tax from the receiver as soon as the aggregate value of taxable services exceeds 10 lacks.
What is the rate at which service tax is levied?
Service tax is normally levied at 14.5%.This rate of 14.5% includes Education Cess and Higher Education Cess along Swacch Bharat Cess at 0.5%
What is service tax?
Tax on services provided is known as service tax. As per Finance Act 1994, there are specified services on which service tax has to be levied.
Who has to pay service tax?
Service tax is to be paid by the receiver of the service. However, service tax is a form of indirect taxation. Therefore, the person who provides the taxable service on receipt of service charges along with the service tax is responsible for paying the service tax portion to the Government
Which documents are required for service tax registration?
A copy of PAN Card, proof of address of business and constitution of the business is required for service tax registration.
How much time it takes to get service tax registration?
Service tax registration certificate must be issued by the Government within a period of seven days from the date of submission of application. In case the registration certificate is not issued within seven days, the registration applied for is deemed to have been granted.
What are the due dates to file service tax returns?
Service Tax Return ST-3 must be filed twice in a financial year. Return for half year ending 30th September and 31st March are required to be filed by 25th October and 25th April, respectively.