service tax vs VAT

I always thought that VAT was a replacement of service tax, but today at a restaurant I noticed that the bill had service charge + VAT for food + VAT for beverages +service tax. Can anybody shed some light on this? Do we have to pay both VAT and service tax. more  

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Almost all restaurants are adding service charges on the food bill. That means we should not be paying additional tip in that case. Thanks. R Tandon more  
Thanks a lot Chakresh Jain Saheb. more  
To clarify the matter, it is Service Charge not the Service Tax. It is a charge devised by the restaurants for the service rendered and as stated above, not mandated by the Government. This is generally 10% in liu of the Tip you may be paying. Not all Eateries include this e.g. 5star Hotels. As a rule, if Service charge is already levied, no tips should be paid. Therefore look carefully at the Bill. more  
Vat is taxed on d full amount of the bill while service tax is charged on d service provided by d restaurant. It is also made compulsory by d government. Now restaurant are also charging service charge extra . Thats 10% extra on bill more  
VAT is in place of Sales Tax on Govt. account. Service Tax is for the services rendered by Hotels etc in lieu of tips to waiters/ other employees as allowed by Govt. more  
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