Sr advocates get HC relief on service tax

NEW DELHI : Senior advocates who charge a higher fee due to their expertise in the field of law got relief from the Delhi high court on Friday.

The HC stayed a recent notification of the Centre levying 14.5% service tax on earnings of senior advocates. The bench stayed the notification on lines similar to the March 30 interim order of Gujarat HC.

The bench also issued notice to the Centre and sought its response before September 27 on a plea of Delhi High Court Bar Association which has challenged the notification on the ground that it "results in double taxation and was against the basic principles of value added tax regime".

DHCBA argued there were already two petitions challenging levy of service tax on advocates on forward charge basis and reverse charge basis, which are pending adjudication in Delhi HC and have been stayed by way of interim orders.

Source : The Times of India, dated 02/04/2016.


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