Finance Ministry Clarifies Law On Levy Of GST On Legal Services

The Finance Ministry has issued a Corrigendum Notification dated 25th September 2017 in which it has provided clarification with regard to the applicability of GST by way of reverse charge on legal services by advocates including senior advocates and firms of advocates. The corrigendum is presumably issued to correct the ambiguity in the language of the principal Notification which was pointed out by the Delhi High Court in JK Mittal & Co vs. UOI.

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(Department of Revenue)

CORRIGENDUM

New Delhi, the 25th September, 2017

G.S.R. 1199(E).-In the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) No. 13/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated the 28thJune, 2017, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R. 692(E), dated the 28thJune, 2017, at page 161, in the Table, against serial number 2, in column (2), for –

(2)

“Services supplied by an individual advocate including a senior advocate by way of representational services before any court, tribunal or authority, directly or indirectly, to any business entity located in the taxable territory, including where contract for provision of such service has been entered through another advocate or a firm of advocates, or by a firm of advocates, by way of legal services, to a business entity.”,

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(2)

“Services provided by an individual advocate including a senior advocate or firm of advocates by way of legal services, directly or indirectly.

Explanation.- “legal service” means any service provided in relation to advice, consultancy or assistance in any branch of law, in any manner and includes representational services before any court, tribunal or authority.”.

[F. No. 336/20/2017- TRU]

RUCHI BISHT, Under Secy.

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One comment on “Finance Ministry Clarifies Law On Levy Of GST On Legal Services
  1. Ashok Garg,Advocate says:

    Interesting correction. Now the requirement of service recipient being in taxable territory has been removed.

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