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Vinith Paithari
Asked December 28, 2016

Prize tax payment

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I won an apple laptop in a contest conducted by eBay on Oct 25,2016 they asked me to pay price tax for delivering the prize i asked them that i will pay the tax amount after receiving the prize but they are not agreed so can i send a legal notice to them that i will pay tax after receiving the prize please give suggestions

Answer 1

According to Section 65 B of the Service Tax rules, 1994, online lotteries or lucky draws are also taxable.

This means that the service provider- in this case “e-bay” is liable for payment of service tax to the government. If you compare this example to that of a home delivery from a  restaurant- you pay a certain amount as bill; which also includes service tax, which is payable to the government by the restaurant owner/s, and the said food item/s will not be handed to you till you pay the bill . Similarly, in this case, the company “e-bay”, has to pay a certain service tax to the government and is rightfully not delivering the product to you till you pay the amount as post delivery, there is a risk that a customer might fraudulently not pay them and thus they will be left in a lurch.


Thus, you cannot stake claim to the delivery of the laptop before paying the service tax. You are hereby advised to pay “e-bay” the service tax first and then claim delivery of the laptop.

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    Vinith Paithari
    I consulted a lawyer regarding tax payment he said that i had a chance to pay the tax after receiving the prize otherwise dont pay if i will pay before receiving the prize i will lose money
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