Participation Fees for Conference Organized by Educational Institutions leviable to GST: AAR

Participation Fees for Conference Organized by Educational Institutions leviable to GST: AAR

The Madhya Pradesh Authority of Advance Ruling in an application filed by M/s Emrald Heights international School held that GST shall be leviable on consideration received by the school for participation in a conference organized.

The issue before the Authority is whether the consideration received by the school from the participant school(s) for the participation of their students and staff in the conference would be exempted under Entry No. 66/1/80 of the Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate). The second issue is concerning the applicable tax rate if the supply is not exempted.

The bench constituting of Hon’ble Members Shri Rajiv Agrawal and Shri Manoj Kumar Choubey held that the activities of holding Educational conference/ gathering of students, faculty and staff of other Schools are not exempt under relevant clauses of Entry 66/1/8 of the above-mentioned notification for the simple reason that the education conference does not fall under any of the categories so listed. Hence, GST shall be chargeable on the consideration received by the school from the participant school(s) for the participation of their students and staff in the impugned conference.

The Hon’ble Bench further stated that various services provided for organizing an educational conference/gathering of students and staff of other Schools, shall be liable to tax at the rate applicable to the respective services. For example, the catering services shall be liable to tax @ 5% without eligibility for Input Tax Credit.

Source: Taxscan

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