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5. Charge of tax.-

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, there shall be charged on every person carrying on the business of a hotel in relation to which this Act applies, for every assessment year commencing on or after the 1st day of April, 1981, a tax in respect of his chargeable receipts of the previous year at the rate of fifteen per cent. of such receipts: Provided that where such chargeable receipts include any charges received in foreign exchange, then, the tax payable by the assessee shall be reduced by an amount equal to five per cent. of the charges (exclusive of the amounts payable by way of sales tax, entertainment tax, tax on luxuries or tax under this Act) so received in foreign exchange.

Explanation.-For the purposes of this sub-section,-

(a) charges received in Indian currency obtained by conversion of foreign exchange into Indian currency shall, in such cases and in such circumstances as may be prescribed, be deemed to have been received in foreign exchange; and

(b) "foreign exchange" and "Indian currency" shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in clauses (h) and (k) of section 2 of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1973 (46 of 1973).

(2) Where, under an arrangement made between a person carrying on the business of a hotel to which this Act applies and any other person having close connection with him, any food, drink or other services is or are provided on the premises of such hotel by the second-mentioned person and the Income-tax Officer is of opinion that such arrangement has been made with a view to avoiding or reducing the liability under this Act by the first-mentioned person, then,-

(a) the second-mentioned person shall also be deemed to be a person carrying on the business of a hotel to which this Act applies; and

(b) hotel-receipts tax shall be charged on the second-mentioned person in respect of charges for food, drink or other services so provided by him as if such charges were the chargeable receipts of the business of a hotel deemed to be carried on by him under clause (a), and all the provisions of this Act shall apply accordingly.

Explanation.-For the purposes of this sub-section,-

(i) a close connection shall be deemed to exist between a person carrying on the business of a hotel and another person if, in relation to the person carrying on the business of a hotel, such other person is a person referred to in clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 40A of the Income-tax Act;

(ii) any food, drink or other service shall be deemed to have been provided on the premises of a hotel if the same is or are provided in the hotel or any place appurtenant thereto and where the hotel is situate in a part of building, in any other part of the building.



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