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2023 (4) TMI 215 - AT - Service Tax
Refund of Service Tax paid on the services exported under Notification No. 11/2005-ST dated 19.04.2005 - whether refund can be rejected without putting the appellant on notice for the ground on which refund was rejected - date of export of service - HELD THAT:- Insofar as the rejection of refund of Rs.13,77,971/- is concerned, the appellant were not issued with a show cause notice for the ground on which the same was rejected. The appellant did not get opportunity to present their case. Therefore, that part of the order is not sustainable since the appellant could not present their case and adjudicating authority has made up his mind without taking into consideration the facts and contention of the appellant on the issue.
Insofar as the rejection of refund of Rs. 27,33,267/- is concerned, it is to be examined whether the export took place on 30.06.2012 or after that. It is crucial to examine the issue because after 01.07.2012 the said Notification No. 11/2005-ST did not have force of law. The notification states that the services should be exported in terms of Rule 3 of Export of Service Rules, 2005 to be eligible to avail the benefit of said notification - Taking the relevant invoice into consideration which was raised on 30.06.2012, it is very clear under the said Rule 3 of Export of Service Rules, 2005 that export of service was provided on 30.06.2012.
The said Notification No. 11/2005-ST was applicable to the appellant for the subject export - the impugned order is set aside - appeal allowed.