To promote digital economy, no service tax on debit & credit card transactions upto Rs.2,000/-

A notification to this effect will be tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament.

Following demonetisation of old high value notes, there has been a cash crunch in the country as people have been making a beeline for banks and ATMs to withdraw new currency. The Government has been taking steps to promote cashless or digital transactions to take India towards a less-cash economy.

Recently, the Government asked banks to install additional 10 lakh PoS terminals by March 31 in different parts of the country. The service tax notification of June 2012 will be amended to include exemption on credit and debit cards, the sources added. As of now, services provided by organisations such as United Nations and other international bodies are exempt from tax.

A range of other services provided by arbitral tribunals, testing of newly developed drugs, educational institutions, trade unions, general insurance business and sports bodies, among others, too are exempt from the levy.

Credits The Hindu Business Line

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