Madras HC stayed collection as well as registration under service tax on lawyers

After the stay of service tax on lawyers by Delhi, Gauahati and AP High Courts,  Madras High Court has also stayed the levy of service tax on Lawyers. Madras High Court has not only interimly stayed levy and collection of service tax on lawyers but also has restrained the service tax department from compelling the lawyers to get registered under the Service Tax Law.

The Revenue Bar Association, Madras, filed a Writ Petition in the Madras High Court challenging the validity of levy of service-tax on “legal consultancy services”. The Court has passed an order of interim injunction dated 24.06.2011 restraining the Ministry of Finance from compelling the members of the Petitioner from registering themselves with the service tax authorities and collecting service-tax from them until further orders.

Full order of Madras High Court can be downloaded herebelow:

Revenue Bar Association,Chennai Vs. Union of India


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