The Government has made numerous efforts to simplify the procedure of payment of service tax. Today, a tax payer has two options to pay his service tax, namely, physical payment and online service tax payment. However, with effect from January 1 2014, it has become mandatory for entities to pay Service Tax Online if their previous year’s service tax amounted to INR 1 lac or more. We will discuss here how you can pay service tax online and offline. Every layman can understand easily that how to deposit service tax online without any technical knowledge by following the given steps. The procedure to pay service tax online is very simple and fast. You just follow the instructions step by step.
Online Payment of Service Tax
Ever since the introduction on online portals it has become easy for an assesse to pay service tax. Here the payment is made with the help of an electronic transfer which not only saves time, but also ensure safety in operations. Payment has to be made via Net Banking feature.
# Step 1
The first step towards filing service tax online is going to the respective website which will allow you to pay your service tax online. In our case, it is the website of CBEC NSDL.
# Step 2
Once the website has been opened use the Service Tax Registration Number, which is a 15 digit number issued by the department at the time of service registration. This is a unique number and every assesse will have one of them. A verification code will also appear at the bottom which you would be required re-enter at the given box.
After entering registration code and image code, it will show your complete detail.
# Step 3
After you are logged in, you will be required to furnish your personal details along with the information such as ‘Commissionerate Code’, Commissionerate name’, etc. Shift on to the next tab where you will be required to select the ‘Accounting Codes’.
Make sure you know your code and select the same by clicking on the box placed next to the code. The next step is to check the boxes which says ‘Primary Education Cess’ and ‘Secondary and Higher Education Cess.’
# Step 4
The final obligation is to select the bank from which you wish to pay your taxes. After selecting the desired bank, the login page of the bank will appear and you will require your net banking access to pay for the Service tax as mentioned in the online form.
Right after the transaction has taken place successfully, you will get an acknowledgement slip which will contain Challan Identification Number. This Challan Identification Number will serve as an evidence that you have paid your service tax.
Payment of service tax through Challan
Filing of Service Tax can be done physically through a challan known as GAR 7. In this case, the assesse fill up his service tax return online and then generate GAR 7 followed by getting a hard copy of the same. The Challan is then submitted to a bank along with the mentioned amount in the Challan. In return, the bank accepts the money and stamps Challan Identification Number on the Challan. The function of this Challan is similar to the Challan generated under online payment. It has three important parts:
1) A 7-digit BSR Code of the Bank to whom Service Tax has been deposited
2) The date of deposit
3) Serial number of the Challan.