No Service Tax on Take Away Foods from Restaurant

Have you ever noticed your food bill when you pay for 'take away' food i.e., home delivered from a restaurant..?
If not, do keep an eye on that because it is totally against the tax principles..
Why pay extra when you are not liable for it.? According to the rules of Services tax, you need to pay service tax on the transactions only when you use restaurant service, i.e. when you sit there, enjoy the ambience, have your food.. Service tax is levied because you not only ate your food, but also enjoy the restaurant services..
But totally opposite, when you pay for take away food, then you only pays food and nothing for the restaurant services, and hence you are not liable for the service tax..
Be aware next time, when you are ordering food..


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