Question 1: Are all services provided by the Government or
local authority exempted from payment of tax ?
Answer: No, all services provided by the Government or
a local authority are not exempt from tax. As for instance,
services, namely, (i) services by the Department of Posts by
way of speed post, express parcel post, life insurance, and
agency services provided to a person other than Government;
(ii) services in relation to an aircraft or a vessel, inside or
outside the precincts of an airport or a port; (iii) transport of
goods or passengers; or (iv) any service, other than services
covered under (i) to (iii) above, provided to business entities
are not exempt and that these services are liable to tax.
That said, most of the services provided by the Central
Government, State Government, Union Territory or local
authority are exempt from tax. These include services
provided by government or a local authority or governmental
authority by way of any activity in relation to any function
entrusted to a municipality under Article 243W of the
Constitution and services by a governmental authority by
way of any activity in relation to any function entrusted to a
Panchayat under article 243G of the Constitution.