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2023 (5) TMI 568 - AT - Service Tax
Rejection of refund claim - appellant had not produced the copies of the bills raised but had only produced the running bills from which it was not possible to ascertain whether the said payment of tax was in fact relating to the tax paid on exempted services only - HELD THAT:- As regards the claims of refund for the service tax paid towards construction of the Regional Cancer Centre Trivandrum, and the Vadakara Taluk hospital, the appellant has submitted copies of the Agreements executed with the Hospital, and other corroborative documents such as the invoices, VAT returns, 26AS statement, as well as a certificate from the service recipient regarding the services executed by the appellant. A perusal of the invoice raised by the appellant towards the Regional Cancer Centre indicates the quantum of service tax paid at the prevailing rate of 14% during the relevant time. There is no doubt that the appellant had submitted other statutory documents from where verification can be done. In view of the above, the refund claim for services provided to the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum and Vadakara Taluk hospital is admissible.
As per definition of Governmental Authority, in order to qualify as governmental authority the body has to be either setup by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, or established by the Government as per the conditions mentioned - In the instant case, it is clear that the service recipient M/s CAPE is a society registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955 and is engaged in imparting professional education. As per the details available on the public domain, the Cooperative Academy of Professional Education, Kerala is promoted by the Cooperation Department of the Government of Kerala and is an autonomous society under the same. There is nothing on record to show that the State Government exercises 90% or more by way of control of the trust.
There is no reason to interfere in the findings in the impugned order in this regard - Appeal disposed off.