Month: March 2011

The author is indignant at the proposal in the Finance Bill 2011 to levy service tax on lawyers. The practitioners of the noble profession are “Officers of Court” and not providers of a crass commercial service, argues the author. To levy the tax on “accrual” basis is deplorable and adds insult to injury claims the author pointing out that the proponents of the World’s second-oldest profession have been following the “receipt” system since time immemorial. The author implores Parliament to introspect carefully before giving sanction and warns that this ill-conceived provision stands a serious risk of being declared unconstitutional