NEW DELHI: The Union consumer affairs ministry has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) ordered its officials to take into account service charge collection by hotels and eateries while assessing their tax liabilities. The move comes in the wake of reports that many eateries are still collecting the charge.
In a series of tweets, consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, 'In view of seriousness of issue, Deptt. of Consumer Affairs has written to CBDT to consider inclusion of service charge while assessing tax.'
In another tweet, the minister said, 'Complaints against those insisting (sic) payment of service charge compulsorily are being received through NCH (National Consumer Helpline) and are being reported in media.'