CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE JUNE 18, 2016

Professional Update For the Day:

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DIRECT TAX:


Income Tax : The initiation of the proceedings u/s 153C in the absence of recording of the satisfaction by the AO of the person searched was held to be invalid and accordingly the assessment framed u/s 153C of the Act is quashed – Bhawna Bhalla Vs. ACIT, CC-21, New Delhi & DCIT, CC-21, New Delhi Vs. Bhawna Bhall

Income Tax: Disallowance made under sec. 14A has to be added back to book profit to compute MAT Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd. v. Joint Commissioner of Income-tax,Range- 12, 3, Kolkata [2016] 70 taxmann.com 70 (Kolkata – Trib.)

Income Tax: TDS not deductible on web hosting and marketing services procured from US based entity. [DCIT vs. M/s Matrimony.Com Pvt. Ltd. (ITAT Chennai)].

Income Tax: TDS –  15G/15H declarations for the period from 01 OCT 2015 to 31 MAR 2016 to be submitted through e-filing portal by 30 JUN 2016 – Notification No.9/2016.

Income Tax: Interest awarded under Land Acquisition Act forms part of compensation; not liable to sec. 194A TDS Movaliya Bhikhubhai Balabhai v. Income-tax Officer-TDS-1-Surat [2016] 70 taxmann.com 45 (Gujarat)

Income Tax : Mere TP addition doesn’t justify levy of penalty if assessee had applied incorrect TP method in good faith Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites India (P.) Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Circle- 6 (1), New Delhi [2016] 70 taxmann.com  123 (Delhi – Trib.)

Income Tax: Penalty will be levied u/s 271C for assessee’s failure to withhold TDS u/s 194A on interest paid to its sister concerns. Kerala HC opined that the only way assessee could take the benefit of Sec. 273B was by establishing that there was “reasonable cause” justifying its failure to comply with Sec. 194A. Kerala High Court

Income Tax: Penalty U/s 271(1)(c) shall not be imposed if assessing officer at the time of initiation of penalty proceedings has not specified whether penalty is initiated for the inaccurate particulars of income or concealment of income.(DCIT Vs. M/s Grass Field Farms & Resorts P. Ltd.) ITAT Jaipur

Income Tax: TDS not deductible on web hosting & marketing services procured from US based entity via {DCIT vs. M/s Matrimony.Com Pvt. Ltd. (ITAT Chennai) }

Income Tax: ITAT directs TPO to recalculate additions by considering only international transactions instead of total sales Federal Mogul Automotive Products (India) Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Circle-11 (1), New Delhi [2016] 70 taxmann.com 121 (Delhi – Trib.)

Income Tax : Works contract services used for maintenance of office equipment are eligible input services Red Hat India (P.) Ltd. v. Principal Commissioner, Service Tax, Commissionerate, Pune [2016] 70 taxmann.com 132 (Mumbai – CESTAT)

Utility for Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 released by CBDT :  Central Government vide its notification no. 33/2016 dt. 19th May, 2016 has specified The Income Declaration Scheme Rules, 2016. Utility regarding these forms are now available on Income Tax website. Income Tax: Sec. 246A doesn’t allow filing of appeal before CIT(A) against order passed by AO under Sec. 195(2) Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax (International Taxation)-4(2), Mumbai v. Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC [2016] 70 taxmann.com 224 (Mumbai – Trib.)

Income Tax Assessee gets enduring benefit from the rights acquired in films and serials and they do not expire on the date of first telecast as contemplated by the assessee – The rights are intangible assets within the meaning of Explanation (iii) to Section 32 and do not fall within the purview of Section 37(1). The assessee is entitled to claim depreciation on same. (Eenadu Television Private Limited. Vs. ACIT, Hyderabad) ITAT Hyderabad

Income Tax: Where assessee, an Indian company, received dividend from a Brazilian company, since assessee was a resident company of India within meaning of article 23 paragraph 3 of DTAA and, Brazilian company had already paid tax on its profits in excess of rate prescribed in paragraph 2 of article 10 of DTAA before distribution of dividend income, such dividend would be exempt from tax in India – [2016] 70 taxmann.com 22 (Kolkata – Trib.)

Income Tax: Section 147 could not be availed of for purpose of correcting a mistake in assessment order; Assessing Officer could not sit in appeal over decision of his predecessor Assessing Officer, who had examined claim and allowed claim of deduction under section 54EC by taking plea that assessee was eligible for lesser amount – [2016] 70 taxmann.com 72 (Gujarat)

Income Tax : Official Assignee need not go before the CBDT for waiver of interest payable under Income-tax assessments. The Insolvency Court itself can consider the question of waiver of interest in terms of the power conferred under section 7 of the Presidency Town Insolvency Act and in the light of the provisions of the Income-tax Act – [2016] 70 taxmann.com 182 (Madras)

Utility for Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 released by CBDT :  Central Government vide its notification no. 33/2016 dt. 19th May, 2016 has specified The Income Declaration Scheme Rules, 2016. Utility regarding these forms are now available on Income Tax website.

Income Tax: Sec. 246A doesn’t allow filing of appeal before CIT(A) against order passed by AO under Sec. 195(2) Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax (International Taxation)-4(2), Mumbai v. Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC [2016] 70 taxmann.com 224 (Mumbai – Trib.)

Income Tax Assessee gets enduring benefit from the rights acquired in films and serials and they do not expire on the date of first telecast as contemplated by the assessee – The rights are intangible assets within the meaning of Explanation (iii) to Section 32 and do not fall within the purview of Section 37(1). The assessee is entitled to claim depreciation on same. (Eenadu Television Private Limited. Vs. ACIT, Hyderabad) ITAT Hyderabad

Income Tax: AO of searched person has to record satisfaction even if he is also the AO of other person under sec. 153C  Narsi Creations v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Central Circle-12, New Delhi
[2016] 70 taxmann.com 156 (Delhi – Trib.)

Income Tax: Revenue couldn’t treat taxpayer as BPO if same was categorized as KPO in earlier year on basis of same agreement
SNL Financial (India) (P.) Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Cir.8, Ahmedabad [2016] 70 taxmann.com 146 (Ahmedabad – Trib.)

Income Tax :  Co. outsourcing significant part of its operations can’t be a comparable for a Co. rendering IT enabled services American Express India (P.) Ltd. v. Deputy Commissioner of Income-tax, Circle 1(1), New Delhi [2016] 70 taxmann.com 82 (Delhi – Trib.)  Registration u/s 12AA cannot be denied on town Planning Activities continuing from earlier years [ITO vs. Moradabad Development Authority (ITAT Delhi)].

INDIRECT TAX:


Service tax & custom : CBEC has issued a circular for speedy disbursal of pending refund claims of exporters of service under rule 5 of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 vide Circular No. 195/05/2016- Service Tax dated 15th June ,2016.This scheme is applicable only to service tax registrants who are exporters of services, with respect to refund claims under rule 5 of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, which have been filed on or before 31-3-2015, and which have not been disposed of as on the date of the issue of the circular dated 10-11-2015

CBEC has issued a single window project for simplification of procedure in SWIFT for clearance of consignment related to drugs & Cosmetics reg. vide Circular No. 28/2016- CUS- dated 14th June, 2016

Excise  : Whether there will be Eligibility of Cenvat credit of services at their retail outlets from where sales are affected. In the given case No sales are affected at the factory gate but duty is paid at the time of clearance. It was held that since the goods are not sold at the factory gate but are sold at the retail outlets, therefore, by virtue of the express provisions of Section 4(3) (c)(iii) of the Central Excise Act, 1944 the place of removal in the case of appellant will be the retail outlet. Hence cenvat credit will be eligible.( M/s Sports And Leisure Apparel Ltd. Versus Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise And Service Tax-Noida)- 2016 (6) TMI 468- CESTAT ALLAHABAD

Vat : Delhi value added tax has launched “Good Dealer Reward Scheme” Vide order instruction No. F.3 (632)/Policy/VAT/2015/PF/363- 69 dated 10.06.2016. The objective of the scheme is to acknowledge the efforts of better performing dealers so as to further encourage them to continue their efforts for better tax compliance and also to set examples for other dealers.

Central Excise: SSI Exemption – use of Brand/Trade mark or others – as long as assignment stands the assessee using the brand name is eligible for the benefit of SSI exemption notification – Tri

Excise  : CBEC has amend the notification No. 214/86 – central excise dated 25.03.1986 vide notification No. 24/2016 dated 14.06.2016 and further it amends the notification No. 67-95- Central Excise – dated 16.03.1995 vide Notification No. 25/2016 dated 14.06.2016.In this notification they have substituted the word “ Free Trade Zone” with “Special Economic Zone”

Central Excise: Levy of excise duty on readymade garments and made articles of textiles bearing a brand name or sold under a brand name and having a retail sale price of Rs. 1000 or more – reg. Circular No. 1031/19/2016-CX Dated 14th of June, 2016 F. No. 332/5/2016-TRU Dated 14th of June, 2016

Service tax : No interest can be demanded on time-barred payment of service tax  commissioner of Central Excise, Bhopal v. Western Coal Fields Ltd.[2016] 70  taxmann.com 133 (New Delhi – CESTAT)

Service tax : CESTAT grants refund of excess service tax paid on ‘brokerage’ towards stock-broker services, pursuant to subsequent downward adjustment thereof through credit notes to clients. It Rejected the Revenue’s stand that principle of unjust enrichment applicable to present case since issuance of credit notes not sufficient to establish that tax burden had not been passed onto recipients of service. CESTAT Mumbai

Custom : Seeks to extend the levy of anti-dumping duty on imports of Pentaerythritol, originating in, or exported from the People’s Republic of China, for a period of one year

Service tax & custom : CBEC has issued a circular for speedy disbursal of pending refund claims of exporters of service under rule 5 of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 vide Circular No. 195/05/2016- Service Tax dated 15th June ,2016.This scheme is applicable only to service tax registrants who are exporters of services, with respect to refund claims under rule 5 of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, which have been filed on or before 31-3-2015, and which have not been disposed of as on the date of the issue of the circular dated 10-11-2015

CBEC has issued a single window project for simplification of procedure in SWIFT for clearance of consignment related to drugs & Cosmetics reg. vide Circular No. 28/2016- CUS- dated 14th June, 2016

OTHER UPDATES


Changes in form 2, 3, 4 & 11 vide Limited Liability Partnership (Second Amendment) Rules 2016

ICAI: 30 SEP 2016 is the last date for payment of Membership & Certificate of Practice (CoP) Fee for FY 2016-17.

Threshold limit of PF withdrawal for deduction of tax, raised to Rs. 50,000 from Rs. 30.000 with effect from 1st June, 2016 vide Finance Act, 2016.

Net realizable of stock to be taken as value it would fetch on actual sale in future. [ITO vs. M/s. Mahendra Traders (ITAT Kolkata)].

A month after India redrew its tax agreement with Mauritius, the government has constituted a working group to examine the “consequential issues” arising out of the changes. Sebi : The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has issued a consultation paper on financial disclosures to be made by the newly-introduced Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs). Comments have been invited by June 28. It has proposed that annual disclosure to stock exchanges be on a quarterly basis, not half-yearly as suggested earlier.

RBI : The country has a lot of “unmet demands” for bank loans and a lot of gap is still to be filled in the banking space, Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Harun Rashid Khan has said. “We have a lot of unmet demands (for bank loans still a lot of gaps to be filled,” Khan said in reply to a question on the central bank’s plan to issue more licences for setting up new banks.

SEBI : The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has issued a consultation paper on financial disclosures to be made by the newly-introduced Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs). Comments have been invited by June 28. It has proposed that annual disclosure to stock exchanges be on a quarterly basis, not half-yearly as suggested earlier.

KEY DATES


Payment of ESI for the month of May- 16-06-2016

E-Payment of DVAT & CST tax for the month of May -16-06-2016

Payment of ESI for the month of May- 21-06-2016

E-Payment of DVAT & CST tax for the month of May -21-06-2016

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CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE JUNE 10, 2016

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DIRECT TAX:


Income Tax  :  Compensation and interest awarded by the Motor Accident Claims cannot be categorized or even described as income – TDS is not liable to be deducted – Chinnadurai Vs. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Salem (Madras High Court)


Income Tax : Cancellation of the lease and the payments of the consideration – It is clearly a capital asset has come into existence in the hands of the assessee which is of enduring benefit for the business of the assessee and consequently the expenditure is liable to be treated as capital expenditure – Depreciation to be allowed – Hotel La Paz Gardens Ltd. Vs. ACIT, Cir-2(1), Panaji, Goa (ITAT Panaji)


Income Tax : CBDT has notified the Cost Inflation Index (CII) for FY 2016-17 at 1125 (FY 2015-16: 1081) – Notification No.42/2016, dt.02 JUN 2016. Income Tax  :  AIR Information without lawful enquiry is not sufficient to hold a belief that cash deposit is Income and hence cannot form reason to believe that Income has escaped assessment.(Sh. Amrik Singh, vs. Income Tax Officer ) [ITAT Amritsar ]


Income Tax : Pune ITAT allows deduction to assessee for interest paid on Share application money received from shareholders pending allotment. [TS-304-ITAT-2016(PUN)]


Income Tax : Where assessee, a charitable trust, incurred expenditure in excess of income in previous year relevant to assessment year for charitable purposes, out of accumulated charity fund, it could not be denied benefit of exemption under section 11(1)(a) in respect of income of previous year relevant to assessment year, which had been admittedly applied for charitable purposes – [2016] 69 taxmann 425 (Rajasthan)

INDIRECT TAX:


Service Tax: services rendered by director aren’t liable to service-tax if his remuneration is taxed as salary Rent Works India (P.) Ltd. V. Commissioner of Central Excise, Mumbai-V [2016] 70 taxmann.com 38 (Mumbai – CESTAT)


Service Tax :  Cenvat credit ALLOWED for all the input services pertain to the manufacturing activity and the respective services were input for the said activity for which that was utilised – M/s Sundaram Clayton Ltd. Vs.CCE, Chennai (CESTAT Chennai)


Service Tax :   CBEC notifies 100% reverse charge on representational service provided by Senior Advocate before any court, tribunal, authority etc., directly or indirectly, to any business entity who is litigant, applicant or petitioner in such case and such business entity shall be the person liable to pay service tax in the government exchequer – Notification No.33 & 34/2016-ST, dt.06 JUN 2016.


Service Tax: Service tax department cannot conduct audit of assessee. Delhi High Court has held as Under after hearing the revenue and assessee and considering their submissions. Resultantly, the Court: (i) declares Rule 5A(2) as amended in terms of Notification No. 23/2014- Service Tax dated 5th December 2014 of the Central Government, to the extent that it authorises the officers of the Service Tax.( Mega Cabs Pvt. Ltd. Vs. Union Of India & Ors.)Delhi High Court


Service Tax :  Short payment of Service tax in the month of July 2011 made due to the adjustment of service tax paid in excess in the month of May 2011. Section 13 of the General Clauses Act 1897 provides that singular include the plural.Further it is a well settled legal principle that the statue should be interpreted as it is even if the intention isimperfect, accordingly month includes months.(M/s. Schwing Stetter (India) Pvt. Ltd. Versus CCE, LTU, Chennai) – 2016 (6) TMI 239 – CESTAT CHENNAI


VAT : Department of Trade & Taxes has issued a circular for requirement of item wise details in Forma Annexure -2A, Annexure 2B, DVAT 30 and DVAT 31 Vide circular No. 9/2016 of 2016-17 dated 6/06/2016. Delhi Govt. clarifies that furnishing of item-wise details of sales and purchases in DVAT Returns and Forms DVAT 30 and 31 (Sales & Purchases Registers) is mandatory for tax period commencing from April 1, 2016. However, same is optional for last quarter of FY 2015-16.


CENTRAL EXCISE : Procuring various components of lamp shades and chandeliers from different sources and thereafter, assembling and packing same in cartons with logo and code number of product does not give rise to a ‘new product’ and therefore, does not amount to manufacture – [2016] 70 taxmann 20 (Punjab & Haryana)


CENTRAL EXCISE : When condonation of delay is sought on ground that delay occurred due to mistake of counsel, then, such plea cannot be accepted without affidavit of such counsel; hence, appeal was dismissed as time-barred – [2016] 70 taxmann 18 (Punjab & Haryana)

MCA UPDATES  :


MCA has notified new versions of e-forms AOC-4, INC-6, INC-12 and INC-29.

KEY DATES :  


Return filling for non SSI assessee for may in form ER-1-10/06/2016


Return filling for EOU for Month of March in form ER-2- 10/06/2016


Return filling in form no ER-6 by the units paying duty more than 1 crore (Cenvat + PLA) for may -10/06/2016

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CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE JUNE 6, 2016

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DIRECT TAX:

Income Tax : Claim to write off on account of advance disallowed – year in which bad-debts crystallized – mercantile system of accounting – only the assessee has determined finally that the amount is irrecoverable – No addition – M/s Xpro India Ltd. Vs. CIT, Kolkata (Calcutta High Court)

Income Tax: Exemption u/s 11(1)(a) – in the absence of any specific prohibition there is no reason why excess application of money for charitable and religious purposes (deficit) of the earlier year should not be set off against the income for the subsequent year – Share India Vs. DIT (Andhra Pradesh High Court)

INDIRECT TAX : 
VAT : Seeking refund of outstanding amount of tax credit – Refund application was already rejected by the VAT department many a times even after the directions provided by the Court for refund of tax credit – Refund to be given with interest on or before 31 MAY 2016 – Roshan Lal Vs. Govt. of Delhi (Delhi High Court)Service Tax Claim of Rebate / Refund in cash – rebate claim sanctioned by way of credit to Cenvat account – Export of Services – Cash refund allowed – John Deere India Pvt. Ltd. Vs. CCE, Pune-III (CESTAT Mumbai)

Key dates :

Payment of TDS u/s 194IA deducted on purchase of property/TCS collected in March: 07/04/2016

Submission of Forms received in March to IT Commissioner: 07/04/2016- Form No. 27C(TCS).

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CORPORATE AND PROFESSIONAL UPDATE MAY 14, 2016

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Direct Tax:

CBDT has granted relaxation of time for submitting Form ITR-V to be filed electronically without attesting digital signature for the Asst. Years from 2009-10 to 2014-2015 through Electronic Verification Code (EVC) till 31 AUG 2016.

Primary agricultural credit society can claim deduction u/s 80P. [ The Chirakkal service Co-Operative Bank Ltd vs. CIT (Kerala HC)].

Big B’ in Tax trouble; Apex Court nods to reopening of his tax case of 2001[2016] 69 taxmann.com 170 (SC) Commissioner of Income-tax, Mumbai v. Amitabh Bachchan

CBDT has not revised due dates for filing of TCS returns

Tax returns for A.Y.s 2009-10 to 2014-15 filled electronically under time limit of Sec.139, to be verified through ITR V Form by 31.08.16.CBDT Circular no.13/2016.

The government has gained the right to tax capital gains arising in Mauritius from sale of shares acquired on or after April 1, 2017.

Exercise of S. 263 on expenses claim withdrawn by assessee valid. [Commissioner Of Income Tax vs.Amitabh Bachchan (SC)].

IT: Depreciation in respect of electrical installations, elevators, DG sets installed in the building let-out by the assessee which is receiving rental income from the said building allowed – M/s IBC Knowledge Park Pvt. Ltd. Vs. CIT & DCIT, Bangalore (2016 (5) TMI 372 – Karnataka High Court)

Exercise of Sec. 263 on expenses claim withdrawn by assessee valid. [Commissioner of Income Tax vs.Amitabh Bachchan (SC)].

IT: Penalty U/s 271(1)(c) – penalty proceedings are distinguished and separate and assessee can raise fresh plea in the penalty proceedings which has been done in this case – Sudhir Awasthi Vs. ITO, W-5(2), Jaipur (2016 (5) TMI 367 – ITAT Jaipur)

The Income declaration scheme 2016 and the direct tax dispute resolution scheme 2016 expected to come into force on 01.06.16.CBDT press release of 12.05.16.

Sec. 40 (a) (i) is discriminatory and not applicable to Indo-US DTAA. [CIT vs. Herbalife International India Pvt. Ltd (Delhi HC)].

Section 94-A(1) is constitutional valid.[Madras High Court T. Rajkumar and Others vs. UOI and Ors. (Madras HC)].

Indirect Tax:

ST: Advertising agency service on commission basis – Model (1) Placement of advertisement in traditional media on behalf of the advertiser – Modes (2) Buying and selling of advertisement inventory in non-traditional media on its own account – In both Models there is no service tax liability – M/s AKQA Media India Pvt. Ltd. Vs. CST, Mumbai (2016 (5) TMI 456 – AAR)

VAT & ST: The contracts of construction of glass curtain wall executed by the Applicant would not constitute contracts for construction of buildings mentioned in Para A of the Notification dated 8 MAR 2000 issued for the purpose of section 6A(1) of the Works Contract Act – M/s Permasteelisa Vs. ACST & DCST(2016 (5) TMI 497 – Bombay High Court)

DTAA: After successful renegotiating tax treaty with Mauritius, the GoI is looking to rework the double taxation avoidance pact with Singapore to plug the leakage.

Service Tax wrongly paid on the manufacturing activity is allowed to be adjusted against excise duty. [Hyva India Pvt. Ltd. vs. Comm of Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax, Bangalore-I (2016) 68 taxmann.com 383 (CESTAT)].

ST: Import of internet connectivity services – The server placed outside India are meant for internet connectivity services and can’t be considered as hiring of simple physical space for placing servers – prima facie case is in favor of assessee – M/s HT Media Ltd. Vs. CST, Delhi (2016 (5) TMI 377 – CESTAT New Delhi)

VAT & ST: Detention of goods in transit – detention order passed u/s 70A of the GVAT Act suffers from the breach of principles of natural justice as well as lack of application of mind and therefore stands vitiated – Jay Ambey Traders Vs. State of Gujarat (2016 (5) TMI 435 – Gujarat High Court)

DVAT Regd dealers to display certificate of registration at principal place and certified copy at other places of business in Delhi. DVAT circular no: 4 of 2016-17.

VAT on diesel reduced to 16.75% from 18% in Delhi

Excise & Customs : Before initiating garnishee proceedings for recovery of dues of assessee from assessee’s debtor under Section 11(2), revenue must first of all adjudicate what sums are due to Government[2016] 69 taxmann.com 37 (Bombay)  Sikkim Ferroys Alloys Ltd. v. Office of the Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise

Changes in VAT rate schedules w.e.f 10.05.2016. VAT rates on sweets and namkeen, marble, footwear, e-rickshaws reduced to 5%. DVAT Notification dated 09.05.2016.

Govt. amended Mauritius Treaty to bring LTCG, STCG & Derivatives Income to tax at par with the Domestic Tax w.e.f. 01.04.2019. No tax till March 31, 2017. From 01.04.17 to 31.03.2019, LTCG is exempt, STCG to be taxed @ 7.50% & Derivatives Income to be taxed @15%.

Company Law:

MCA has notified The Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Amendment Rules, 2016. The Ministry has amended Forms GNL-1 and GNL-4 which shall be compatible with the latest V2 platform designed by the MCA.

Other Update :

Rajya Sabha passes the insolvency and bankruptcy bill and the finance bill 2016 on wednesday, 11th May, 2016.

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FEMA (exports of goods and services) regulations, 2015. Notification no. RBI/2015-16/395A.P. (DIR series) Circular No.68 [(1)/23(R)] dated may 12, 2016.

CAs to submit PAN nos. to ICAI at http://icai.org/new_post.html?post_id=12138. For DSC latest by 14th May, 2016.

Key Dates:

Deposit of DVAT TDS for April in Form DVAT-20: 15/05/2016

TDS/TCS return for March Quarter by all Deductors/Collectors Including Govt. on the Form 24Q,26Q,27Q and 27EQ:– 15/05/2016

Advance information for 2nd fortnight of May of functions with booking cost > Rs. 1 Lakh in Banquet Halls,Hotels etc. in Delhi : 12/05/2016

E-Payment of PF for April(No grace of 5 days): 15/05/2016

15.05.16 (Sunday) is last day to file TDS/TCS returns for Q4 of F.Y. 2015-16. TDS statements to be filed in 31 days from F.Y. 16-17.

 

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Levy of Service Tax on Services Provided By Government or Local Authority to Business Entities

Levy of Service Tax on Services Provided By Government or Local Authority to Business Entities

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CIRCULAR NO.192/02/2016-STDATED 13-4-2016 : Any service provided by Government or a local authority to a business entity has been made taxable w.e.f 1st April 2016. Post Budget 2016, representations have been received from several quarters including business and industry associations in respect of various aspects pertaining to the taxation of such services. Accordingly, the following clarifications are issued:—

Sl. No. Issue Clarification
1. Services provided by Government or a local authority to another Government or a local authority. Such services have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended byNotification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 54 REFERS].

However, the said exemption does not cover services specified in sub-clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) of clause (a) of section 66D of the Finance Act, 1994.

 

2. Services provided by Government or a local authority to an individual who may be carrying out a profession or business. 1. Services by way of grant of passport, visa, driving license, birth or death certificates have been exemptedvide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 55 REFERS].2. Further, for services provided upto a taxable value of Rs 5000/-, Sl. No. 5 below may please be seen.

 

3. Service Tax on taxes, cesses or duties. Taxes, cesses or duties levied are not consideration for any particular service as such and hence not leviable to Service Tax. These taxes, cesses or duties include excise duty, customs duty, Service Tax, State VAT, CST, income tax, wealth tax, stamp duty, taxes on professions, trades, callings or employment, octroi, entertainment tax, luxury tax and property tax.
4. Service Tax on fines and penalties. 1. It is clarified that fines and penalty chargeable by Government or a local authority imposed for violation of a statute, bye-laws, rules or regulations are not leviable to Service Tax.
2. Fines and liquidated damages payable to Government or a local authority for non-performance of contract entered into with Government or local authority have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 57 REFERS].
5. Services provided in lieu of fee charged by Government or a local authority. It is clarified that any activity undertaken by Government or a local authority against a consideration constitutes a service and the amount charged for performing such activities is liable to Service Tax.

It is immaterial whether such activities are undertaken as a statutory or mandatory requirement under the law and irrespective of whether the amount charged for such service is laid down in a statute or not. As long as the payment is made (or fee charged) for getting a service in return (i.e., as a quid pro quo for the service received), it has to be regarded as a consideration for that service and taxable irrespective of by what name such payment is called.

 

It is also clarified that Service Tax is leviable on any payment, in lieu of any permission or license granted by the Government or a local authority.

 

2. However, services provided by the Government or a local authority by way of:
(i) registration required under the law;

 

(ii) testing, calibration, safety check or certification relating to protection or safety of workers, consumers or public at large, required under the law,
have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 58 REFERS].
3. Further, services provided by Government or a local authority where the gross amount charged for such service does not exceed Rs 5000/- have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 56 REFERS].

However, the said exemption does not cover services specified in sub-clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) of clause (a) of section 66D of the Finance Act, 1994. Further, in case of continuous service, the exemption shall be applicable where the gross amount charged for such service does not exceed Rs. 5000/- in a financial year.

4. It is also clarified that Circular No.  89/7/2006-Service Tax dated 18-12-2006 & and Reference Code 999.01/23.8.07 in Circular No. 96/7/2007-ST dated 23-8-2007 issued in the pre-negative list regime are no longer applicable.
6. Services in the nature of allocation of natural resources by Government or a local authority to individual farmers. Services by way of allocation of natural resources to an individual farmer for the purposes of agriculture have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 59 REFERS].

Such allocations/auctions to categories of persons other than individual farmers would be leviable to Service Tax.

 

7. Services in the nature of change of land use, commercial building approval, utility services provided by Government or a local authority. Regulation of land-use, construction of buildings and other services listed in the Twelfth Schedule to the Constitution which have been entrusted to Municipalities under Article 243W of the Constitution, when provided by governmental authority are already exempt under Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012.

The said services when provided by Government or a local authority have also been exempted from Service Tax vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 39 REFERS].

 

8. Services provided by Government, a local authority or a governmental authority by way of any activity in relation to any function entrusted to a Panchayat under Article 243G of the Constitution. Such services have been exempted vide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 60 REFERS].
9. Whether Service Tax is payable on yearly installments due after 1-4-2016 in respect of spectrum assigned before 1-4-2016. Service Tax is payable on such installments in view of rule 7 of Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 as amended byvide Notification No. 24/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016.

However, the same have been specifically exemptedvide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 61 REFERS].

 

The exemption shall apply only to Service Tax payable on one time charge, payable in full upfront or in installments, for assignment of right to use any natural resource and not to any periodic payment required to be made by the assignee, such as Spectrum User Charges, license fee in respect of spectrum, or monthly payments with respect to the coal extracted from the coal mine or royalty payable on extracted coal which shall be taxable.

10. When does the liability to pay Service Tax arise upon assignment of right to use natural resource where the payment of auction price is made in 10 (or any number of) yearly (or periodic) instalments under deferred payment option for rights assigned after 1-4-2016. Rule 7 of the Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 has been amended vide Notification No. 24/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 to provide that in case of services provided by Government or a local authority to any business entity, the point of taxation shall be the earlier of the dates on which:
(a) any payment, part or full, in respect of such service becomes due, as indicated in the invoice, bill, challan, or any other document issued by Government or a local authority demanding such payment; or
(b) such payment is made.
Thus, the point of taxation in case of the services of the assignment of right to use natural resources by the Government to a business entity shall be the date on which any payment, including deferred payments, in respect of such assignment becomes due or when such payment is made, whichever is earlier.

Therefore, if the assignee/allottee opts for full upfront payment then Service Tax would be payable on the full value upfront. However, if the assignee opts for part upfront and remainder under deferred payment option, then Service Tax would be payable as and when the payments are due or made, whichever is earlier.

 

11. How to determine the date on which payment in respect of any service provided by Government or a local authority becomes due for determination of point of taxation (Sl. No. 10 refers)? The date on which such payment becomes due shall be determined on the basis of invoice, bill, challan, or any other document issued by the Government or a local authority demanding such payment [Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 as amended by Notification No. 24/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 refers].

For instance, Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) dated January 9, 2015 issued vide File No. 1000/16/2014-W.F./Auction for auction of right to use spectrum and letter dated March 29, 2015 issued vide File No. 1000 /23 / 2014 -W.F. /Auction by Department of Telecommunications to successful bidders of spectrum indicate the dates on which the payments in respect thereof become due. These may be accessed at http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/u8/NIA_January_2015.pdf and http://www.dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/u8/PaymentMethodologyAndPaymentDetails.pdf respectively.

12. Whether Service Tax is leviable on spectrum user charges and license fee payable after 1-4-2016 for the year 2015-16. Service Tax is payable on such payments in view of rule 7 of Point of Taxation Rules, 2011 as amended by Notification No. 24/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016. However, the same have been specifically exemptedvide Notification No. 25/2012-ST dated 20-6-2012 as amended by Notification No. 22/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 [ENTRY 62 REFERS].
13. Whether Service Tax is payable on the interest charged by Government or a local authority where the payment for assignment of natural resources is allowed to be made under deferred payment option. Rule 6(2)(iv) of the Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006 has been amended videNotification No. 23/2016-ST dated 13-4-2016 so as to provide that interest chargeable on deferred payment in case of any service provided by Government or a local authority to a business entity, where payment for such service is allowed to be deferred on payment of interest, shall be included in the value of the taxable service.
14. When and how will the allottee of the right to use natural resource be entitled to take CENVAT Credit of Service Tax paid for such assignment of right. The CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 have been amendedvide Notification No. 24/2016 C.E. (N.T.) dated 13-4-2016. Consequently, the CENVAT Credit of the Service Tax on one time charges (whether paid upfront or in installments) paid in a year, may be allowed to be taken evenly over a period of 3 (three) years. [Rule 4(7) of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 as amended refers]. Detailed illustrations explaining how the CENVAT Credit is to be availed, are given in para 2 below.
  However, the Service Tax paid on spectrum user charges, license fee, transfer fee charged by the Government on trading of spectrum would be available in the year in which the same is paid. Likewise, Service Tax paid on royalty in respect of natural resources and any periodic payments shall be available as credit in the year in which the same is paid. The existing eighth proviso in sub-rule (7) of rule 4 of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 is being omitted because the same is superfluous.
  Amendments have also been made in CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 so as to allow CENVAT credit to be taken on the basis of the documents specified in sub-rule (1) of rule 9 of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 even after the period of 1 year from the date of issue of such a document in case of services provided by the Government or a local authority or any other person by way of assignment of right to use any natural resource [Fifth Proviso to sub-rule (7) of Rule 4 of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004].
15. On basis of which documents can CENVAT Credit be availed in respect of services provided by Government or a local authority. CENVAT Credit may be availed on the basis of challan evidencing payment of Service Tax by the Service recipient [Clause (e) of sub-rule (1) of rule 9 of CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, refers].

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