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SBI Savings Account: Pay more for ATM withdrawal, cheque books, Buddy app

SBI Savings Account: Pay more for ATM withdrawal, cheque books, Buddy app

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 


Customers will have to pay more for services such as debit card, home loan processing fee, locker rentals, issuing of cheque books, cash handling charges and SMS alerts would attract higher tax rates under  

The Narendra Modi-led government implemented the next tax regime earlier this month under which all financial will be taxed at 18 per cent against a service tax rate of 15 percent earlier. 

What means to customers?

(SBI) has revised service charges on for users of its mobile app 'State Bank Buddy' effective June 1, according to NDTV.

has said that Rs 25 plus will be levied for withdrawing money from an ATM through State Bank Buddy. If you transfer funds from app Buddy to your savings bank account then you have to pay a charge of 3 per cent plus taxes, the public sector lender said in a release.

Online transfers

Online fund transfer through Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) will now be charged Rs 5 plus tax for amounts of up to Rs 1 lakh, Rs 15 plus tax for above Rs 1 lakh and up to Rs 2 lakh, and Rs 25 plus tax for above Rs 2 lakh and up to Rs 5 lakh.

Cheque books

Customers (with Basic Savings Bank deposit) will have to pay Rs 30 along with 18 per cent for a 10-leaf cheque book, Rs 75 with for 25-leaf cheque book and Rs 150 plus tax for a 50-leaf cheque book.

Charges on ATM cards

said that issuance of new debit cards will be charged from June 1 and only the RuPay classic card will be issued for free.

Exchange of soiled notes

If a customer wishes to exchange of more than 20 soiled notes or if the total value of soiled notes is above Rs 5,000, said it will charge Rs 2 plus tax for every soiled note.

"Banks are not in the position to absorb the increase in costs due to It will be a small hike for customers. There will be an increase in costs for us except for the interest cost on deposits. Hence, banks will pass it on," said a senior official to Deccan Herald.

What does not change

All normal saving bank accounts in a month will continue to get eight free ATM transactions (5 at ATMs and 3 at ATMs of other banks) in metros and 10 free transactions in non-metros (5 at ATMs and 5 at ATMs of other banks), added. If you exceed the permissible limit, a charge of Rs 20 plus taxes will be levied for each additional withdrawal.

ICICI Bank's SMS prior to launch

Dear Customers, "the government of India has announced the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is likely to be effective from July 1, 2017. Please note, the existing service tax rate of 15 percent for ICICI Bank Credit card shall be replaced by a rate of 18 percent as applicable for and financial services.”

Kotak Mahindra Bank SMS prior to launch

Important announcement: The Government of India proposes to implement the Goods and Service Tax (GST) which is likely to be effective 1 July, 2017. Consequently, the existing service tax rate of 15 per cent shall be replaced by a rate of 18%.

Rumour vs Reality

While tax rate of 18 per cent has been put in place for services, customers need to be wary of rumours concerning the new tax regime. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, the architect of rollout, took to Twitter last week to bust some myths that are doing the rounds. "A wrong message is doing rounds on social media that if u make payment of utility bills by credit cards, you will be paying twice," Adhia said.

"This is completely untrue," the revenue secretary clarified. He also urged people not to "recirculate such message without checking it with authority."