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Budget 15-16 proposals: Amendments in sections 73, 76 and 78 (all related to penalty)Budget 15-16 proposals: Insertion of transition provision by way of section 78BBudget 15-16 proposals: Omitting section 80 (provided for waiver of penalty)Extending the scope of advance rulings to resident firms, with immediate effect (from 1.3.2015)Amendment in reverse charge mechanism, with immediate effect (from 1.4.2015)To prescribe full reverse charge on manpower supply and security service provided by individual, HUF, partnership firm to a body corporate, with immediate effect (from 1.4.2015)Prescribing reverse charge on service provided by a mutual fund agent, mutual fund distributor and agents of lottery distributor, with immediate effect (from 1.4.2015)Amendments in section 86 (remedy against the order passed by commissioner (Appeals) in a matter involving rebate of service tax shall lie in terms of section 35 EE of the Central Excise Act)Amendments in the provisions relating to Settlement CommissionShifting the liability of payment of service tax on aggregator of a service where service is provided under the brand name of the aggregator, with immediate effect (from 1.3.2015)Amendments in rules 4 (prescribing documentation, time limit and procedure for registration)Registration for single premises shall be granted within two days of filing the applicationProvisions for issuing digitally signed invoices and maintaining of records in electronic form added in rules 4A and 5 of the Service Tax Rules, 1994, with immediate effect (from 1.3.2015)The period for taking Cenvat Credit is being extended from six months from the date of invoice to one year from the date of invoice.Cenvat Credit allowed on input and capital goods received directly by job workers. ‘Export goods’ and ‘Exempt goods’ defined. New exemptions for,- (a) Precondition, pre-cooling, ripening, waxing, retail packing, labeling of fruits and vegetables (b) Service by a Common Effluent Treatment Plant operator (c) Varistha Bima Yojana (d) Ambulance services (e) Admission to a museum, zoo, national park, wild life sanctuary, and a tiger reserve (f) Service provided by exhibitor of movie to a distributor or an AOP consisting of exhibitor as one of its member (g)Transport of export goods by road from the place of removal to a laChange in abatement rates and conditions thereof for transport of passengers and goods by train; transport of goods by road by a GTA; transport of goods by vessels; executive/business class travel by air; and withdrawal of abatement on services provided in relation to chit, with immediate effect (from 1.4.2015) Amendment in reverse charge mechanism, with immediate effect (from 1.4.2015) To prescribe full reverse charge on manpower supply and security service provided by individual, HUF, partnership firm to a body corporate, with immediate effect (from 1.4.2015) Prescribing reverse charge on service provided by a mutual fund agent, mutual fund distributor and agents of lottery distributor, with immediate effect (from 1.4.2015)Amendment in rule 4(7) of the Cenvat Credit Rules to allow credit of service tax paid by recipient of service in partial reverse charge immediately on payment of tax ,with immediate effect (from 1.4.2015)Service Tax to be levied on service by way of access to amusement facility (amusement parks, water parks , theme parks etc)Service Tax rate is increased from 12.36% to 14%. New rate shall come into effect after the enactment of the Finance Bill, 2015. Notification No. 42/2012-ST is being rescindedSwachh Bharat Cess- Govt. to impose cess on all or any taxable service at the rate of 2% of the value of taxable serviceWe are committed to implementing a state of the art indirect tax system, the Goods and Services Tax, from April 1, 2016 - Finance MinisterNow issuing of Digital Invoices recognised in Service Tax.The term “government” defined Section 65B(26A)Section 80 providing waiver from penalty is proposed to be omitted.
Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES), is a right step to curb corruption
25 March, 2009 :
 Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES),  is a right step to curb corruption

 The awareness amongst the new generation of taxpayers is far more than those in the last decade. If the systems have to improve, the Government officers are to be more accountable and efficient and if corruption levels are to be curbed, then use of information technology is inevitable. The  Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES),  is a right step in that direction . ACES is an easy to operate web based  software  which  not only  enables service providers and manufacturers / dealers  to obtain registration under Central Excise or Service Tax on-line but also enable them to  electronically file statutory returns, claims, intimations and view and track their status.

There is always a sad side of the story which overshadows the good deeds of such ventures  . The mainstream of the departmental officers are still not Information Technology savvy  , though one may technically term them  computer literate.  The motive is good but as in majority of government ventures , the  hang-ups and teething problems persist. The idea that Centralised web-enabled software will eventually replace the current mode of manual filing of returns, seeking refund or rebate of taxes is far from reality as even after  launching the same at more than four places , the web site still shows many errors when  practically operated upon. 
 
The system developer of ACES  seems to be ignorant about the provision of Service Tax Rules as the said online system restricts the Service Provider to file a revised or corrected return in case of any omission or error  , only once , whereas there are no such restrictions in Rule 7 of the Service tax Rules . The Board has to look into all such features which are in contradiction to the Current Provision of Law.
 

 

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