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Attack on Delhi Chief Secretary turning into street fights & legal battlesDAE Health Scheme notified for Sec 80D benefitsIssuance of Certificate of origin retroactively - period enhanced to twelve months from the date of shipment - Customs Tariff (Determination of Origin of Goods under the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the Republic of India and Japan) Rules, 2011 amendedSummons in GST (See 'JEST GST on GST Home Page')I-T - When Revenue had accepted assessee as investor in previous year, it cannot change his status to trader merely because he made some profit on shares: ITATEmployee Benefits - An OverviewST - Transport of goods by air – Tax payable during period 10.09.2004 to 16.09.2004 and 16.6.2005 to 14.07.2005 as there was no exemption from payment of such tax during said period: CESTATComposition scheme eligibility, process and benefitsCX - There is no provision under CCR, 2004 for denial of credit on ground that assessee has admittedly deployed inputs in excess of ideal for achieving desired output level: CESTATIAS Association condemns attack on Delhi Chief Secretary; demands immediate actionICAI removes name of O P Tulsyan from register of Members for five years in compliance with Allahabad HC orderST - Supreme Court agrees with Larger Bench CESTAT decision in Bhayana Builders - Revenue appeals dismissedCabinet clears bills on illicit deposit & chit funds regulations (See 'TIOLCorplaws')Cabinet nod for Tribunal on river disputeCabinet nod for bus bay near Indian Defence UniversityCabinet nod for coal mining methodologyCabinet okays Indo-Moroccan railway pactFive IRS officers appointed as CESTAT Members - Sanjiv Srivastava (Mumbai) + P Anjani Kr (Mumbai) + P Venkata Subba Rao (Hyderabad) + Bijay Kr (Delhi) + C L Mahar (Delhi)CBDT issues transfer order of four CITsI-T - Incriminating evidences obtained prior to date of search, cannot be roped in to make additions in case of unabated assessments: ITATPNB scam should pave road for financial transparencyBurdensome registration requirement under GST law be done away withST – World Bank and International Finance Corporation are part of United Nations, therefore, there is no need to resort to definition of International Organization for extending benefit of notification 16/2002-ST: CESTATAnti Profiteering Application - An analysisCX - Merely on basis of statement given by one employee to police that raw materials worth Rs.2 crore were destroyed in fire, same cannot be taken as gospel truth: CESTATGovt keen to make agri schemes 'income-centric' rather than 'production-centric': MinisterKolkata DRI seizes 12.4 kg elephant tusk being smuggled from Assam to NepalDigital India successing becoz of people's pull: PMFish eats plastic & humans eat fish - serious health hazard: MinisterI-T - When assessee was only a licensee, not having exclusive rights over a property, vide unregistered document, it cannot claim to be owner of property for purpose of Sec 22: HCRailways relaxes upper age limit for Group C postsNo GST is leviable on goods sold/transferred while remaining in Customs bonded warehouseLeviability of IGST and as well as Compensation cess under Customs ActAG expresses concern over CBEC cases being dismissed by SC on ground of delayTime to shift focus from acronyms to gaps in performanceGST - Industry reports cumbersome procedures & high cost of compliance
No Education Cess from 01-07-2012!

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IN DDT 1880 - 15.06.2012, we pointed out that Service Tax could not be levied from 1.7.2012. That sent shock waves all over and a few TV channels contacted us, but could not understand the complexities of Section 68, 66 and 66A. We asked them to approach the Board for better clarification. The wise Board told them that it was only a numbering mistake, which was being corrected! Anyway, Board acted in unusual haste and issued an order called the Service Tax (Removal of Difficulty) Order, 2012, by which they corrected Section 66 as 66B in Section 68.

Now, they are in for another shock.

Education Cess on taxable services: This was imposed in 2004. As per Section 95 of the Finance Act 2004, this tax is collected at the rate of 2 percent of the tax levied and collected under Section 66 of the Finance Act, 1994.

Secondary and Higher Education Cess on taxable services: This was imposed in 2007. As per Section 140 of the Finance Act 2007, this tax is collected at the rate of 1 percent of the tax levied and collected under Section 66 of the Finance Act, 1994.

And as we know, Section 66 ceases to have effect from 1.7.2012. So there is no provision to collect Education Cess and SHE Cess on Service Tax from 1.7.2012.

And this time around, the Board has no escape route. They cannot amend Finance Act 2004 and Finance Act 2007 by an order!

For a more detailed write up, please see an article by Advocate Vaitheeswaran in SERVICE TAX - NEW LAW +VE or -VE

Customs - Exemption Under EPCG and SHIS

GOVERNMENT has amended Notification Nos 100/2009 to 104/2009 - Cus to align these with the Foreign Trade policy announced on 5.6.2012. These notifications deal with exemption for Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) Scheme and Status Holders Incentive Scrip (SHIS)

Notification No. 42 /2012-Cus.,Dated: June 22, 2012

Service Tax Seminar in Hyderabad

YESTERDAY CBEC Member (Service Tax) Shiela Sangwan addressed a Seminar in Hyderabad on Impact of Budgetary changes - Taxation of Services. JM Kennedy, Director (Service Tax) in TRU gave a rather lengthy presentation on the new Service Tax regime with effect from 1st July 2012. The packed auditorium with a capacity of over 500 was filled and overflowing with assesses, consultants and departmental officers. At the end of his speech, we got an sms message - “no value addition so far”, but the FAPCCI chief who hosted the function said that Kennedy was a professor and “we are all students”. A question was asked whether remuneration paid to a partner was liable to Service Tax and whether the partner was an employee. The CBEC bosses had no clue on this issue and so they cleverly skirted it.

Another delegate wanted to know a few examples of “transfer of goods without transfer of right to use such goods”. They had no clue though they had included it in the Statute. The Board should ensure that their brand ambassadors are well trained before they embark on their road shows.

The highlight of the programme was the very sensible ‘vote of thanks' by Chief Commissioner SB Singh who said that any change is received with a lot of apprehension about an uncertain future and nobody understands it better than a Government Servant who is under the threat of a transfer every year. He said that the two words, “thank you” are not enough to convey the deep feelings of gratitude and for want of better words, he was constrained to limit his expression to “thank you” - maybe the law makers can get a few tips from him.

And if you want to know how the Pink Press understood Kennedy, The Business Standard today covering the event reports that, “The government has hiked the service tax rate to 14 per cent, from the earlier 12 per cent in this year's Budget!”

Income Tax - Setting up of Tax Kiosks and use of mobile vans

AS a taxpayer friendly initiative, the Income Tax Department has decided to set up Tax Kiosks at various places within CCIT regions. The Tax Kiosk would be a temporary structure set up for 1-2 days in a residential area such as apartment blocks in association with RWAs, large offices and other central locations of the cities. These Tax Kiosks would be manned by TRPs who would handle queries of taxpayers relating to return filing, PAN applications, refund status as well as assist the taxpayers in preparing their returns of income.

CBDT F. No. RC/TRP-1(1)/2011-12 Dated: June 19, 2012

External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) - Repayment of Rupee loans

RBI has decided to allow Indian companies to avail of ECBs for repayment of Rupee loan(s) availed of from the domestic banking system and / or for fresh Rupee capital expenditure, under the approval route , subject to them satisfying the following conditions:-

i. Only companies in the manufacturing and infrastructure sector will be eligible to avail of such ECBs;

ii. Such companies shall be a consistent foreign exchange earner during the past three financial years;

iii. Such companies are not in the default list/caution list of the Reserve Bank of India; and

iv. Such ECBs shall only be utilized for repayment of the Rupee loan(s) availed of for 'capital expenditure' incurred earlier and are still outstanding in the books of the domestic banking system and / or for fresh Rupee capital expenditure.

This facility will come into with immediate effect and is subject to review at an appropriate time depending upon evolving macroeconomic conditions and other relevant factors.

A P (DIR Series) CIRCULAR No. 134/RBI ; Dated: June 25, 2012

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Jurisprudentiol - Wednesday's cases

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Though storage tanks have been specified under capital goods, only such storage tanks which are ‘goods' can fall within definition of capital goods - steel items which have gone into manufacture cannot be treated as ‘input' for manufacture of capital goods - Pre-deposit ordered of Rs.35 lakhs: CESTAT

THE appellant are manufacturers of Cement and Clinker. Scrutiny of the records revealed that they availed CENVAT credit amounting to Rs.61,44,464/- in respect of steel items such as MS Plates, angles, channels, beams etc. used in the construction of storage tanks/silo and chimney which are in the nature of immovable property.

A show-cause notice was issued for denying the aforesaid CENVAT credit. The demand was confirmed.

Service Tax

Since appellants have paid service tax liability under category of BAS and Renting of Immovable Property services, they are liable to pay interest also: CESTAT

THE appellants were operating as Multi Service Operator (MSO) in TV cable operation business as a commission agent and distributor of M/s Win Cable & Datacom Pvt. Ltd. by retransmitting TV signals to various cable subscribers. For these services, they were earning commission from the signal supplier on which they were not paying the service tax.

Since the activity falls under the category of ‘Cable Operators Service', a show-cause notice was issued for recovery of service tax and also for commission received from their signal supplier under the category of ‘Business Auxiliary Service'. There was also a proposal to demand of service tax on ‘Renting of Immovable Property Service' against the appellants. The show-cause notice was adjudicated and all the demands were confirmed by the Commissioner of Service Tax, Mumbai-II.

See our columns Tomorrow for the judgements

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