Know the Internal Working of RBI: TOC to Banks

Turnover Commission to Banks by RBI.


Know the Internal Working of RBI: TOC to Banks

As the due dates of returns are approaching people are making the payment of taxes to the banks. Some of us may go to State Bank of India or to ICICI Bank or Allahabad Bank or any other bank that the government have prescribed for it. Similarly there are many different kinds of payment that we are making to government may be in form of tax, penalties, public deposits, subscription of government bonds or TDS etc. To make all these payments we do not knock the doors of Central Government. They have authorised various agency banks for this matter. On the similar note there are payments that government need to make to the individuals in form of refunds, redemptions, subsidies etc. and they don’t have enough time to pay every individuals the same themselves. So again they have the agency banks to work for them. Do you think they work for them free of cost? The answer is No.

The answer is that the agency banks are given commission on the work performed by them. Such commission is known as Turnover Commission (TOC). The calculation of such commission is made as per the circulars of RBI. To elaborate, few commissions are based on the number of transactions bank made (e.g. If bank made payment to 500 pensioner it will be given the commission of RS.{ 500* (rate as given by RBI)} and few are based on the value of transaction (e.g. {Rs 500000*(Percentage as prescribed)}. This commission is paid by RBI quarterly to the banks on the basis of claims submitted by banks.

The Two important questions that may come in the mind of an individual on this transaction is discussed below.

Whether TDS will be deducted on this commission paid by RBI to agency Bank?

As per section 194H, TDS is to be deducted on payment of commission above certain limit. But in the instant case CBDT has explicitly notified that no TDS is to be deducted by RBI on commission paid to agency banks. Also it is clarified that non deduction of TDS shall not be interpreted as Not-Taxable. The amount of commission shall be taxable in hands of the bank.

Whether GST will be levied on this commission paid by RBI to agency Bank?

The answer is that initially there was no Service Tax/ GST charged on by the banks in their claims and RBI need not pay it to the banks. However Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) now named as Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBEC) has demanded banks to pay GST/Service tax on the same. They were of opinion that banks may demand the tax amount to RBI as reimbursement. Accordingly, it was decided that RBI will be reimbursing the amount of Service Tax/ GST to the banks on the basis of quarterly claims submitted by them to RBI. They need to produce the challans of tax paid by them. All these claims are subject to concurrent audit before reimbursement as RBI.



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