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- 2020 (9) TMI 939 - CESTAT MUMBAI
Recovery of tax dues - rendering of ‘erection, commissioning or installation service’ - wrongly availled CENVAT Credit - services provided from outside India to the appellant - reverse charge mechanism - period April 2009 and March 2012. Demand of ₹ 17,55,58,713 has been confirmed to be due from the appellant company as tax on services procured from outside India for execution of the contract with M/s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. - HELD THAT:- The appellant is not provider of service from outside India but an assessee within the meaning of Finance Act, 1994, the correctness of taxability, under challenge by the appellant company, must be decided in terms of section 66A of Finance Act, 1994 read with Taxation of Services (Provided from Outside India and Received in India) Rules, 2006 - It is contended on behalf of....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 938 - CESTAT BANGALORE
Refund of Service Tax - Information Technology Software Services - Department contends that the Information Technology Software Services was not taxable for the relevant period and it became taxable only w.e.f. 16.05.2008 hence refund under Rule 5 of CCR, 2004 is not available - unregistered premises - nexus between the output services provided and input services availed - HELD THAT:- Notification No. 5/2006 has been amended by the Finance Act, 2010 substituting the words “used for” in place of “used in”. It is also found that it has been clarified that the retrospective changes are made to ensure that the provisions of refund Notification and the CCR are aligned - also, most of the services utilized by the appellants are held to be input services for providing output services in the field Information Technology Se....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 937 - CESTAT MUMBAI
CENVAT Credit - input services - Short term hotel accommodation service - rent-a-cab service - outdoor catering and housekeeping services - period from April 2016 to June 2017. Short term accommodation in hotels - HELD THAT:- The Appellant’s personnel necessarily had to undergo the required training to obtain the necessary permissions and approvals for the service recipient to avail the services of the Appellant. Had such training not been completed before such personnel were deployed at the rig, the service recipient would have deducted a certain amount at the time of payment to the Appellant. In any case, the Appellant could not afford to deploy people without the required police clearance certificate and Safety training. Therefore, the Appellant had no choice but to accommodate its personnel for the time impending the said approv....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 838 - CESTAT AHMEDABAD
Reverse Charge mechanism - Business Auxiliary Service - Foreign Commission Agent Service - allegation that appellant neither obtained service tax registration nor paid the service tax on the services received by them from their foreign commission agent to whom commission of 11%-12.5% was passed on - whether there is any commission paid by the appellant to Commission Agent in relation to export of their goods exists and whether that commission is liable to service tax under the head Business Auxiliary Service? - time limitation. HELD THAT:- It is seen that against the C&F value shown is sales value in the invoice, the amount equivalent to 11%-12.5% was shown as deduction under the head commission and therefore, the net invoice value is the value after deduction of said 11%-12.5%. As per the invoice, 11%-12.5% commission was extended to....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 837 - CESTAT HYDERABAD
Works Contract Services - service provided to organisations like Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (AP GENCO), Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), etc. - Government/ local authority/ Government authority or not - benefit of N/N. 25/2012-ST - whether the appellant has provided service to Government/ local authority/ Government authority as per the exemption Notification No. 25/2012-ST.? - HELD THAT:- All the companies / Corporations have been established by the Government of Andhra Pradesh under the various Acts and /or ‘Government order’, as aforementioned and thus we hold that the appellant has provided service to Governmental authority. Evidently all the service recipients have been set up by the State Government, and are directly under the control of the various Ministries of the State Governme....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 833 - CESTAT NEW DELHI
Non-payment of service tax - museum fee/admission charges and camera ticket - appellant is a public charitable trust with the object of setting up a world class museum for the benefit of public, at large - exempt service or not - CBEC Notification No. 9/2017-ST dated 28.02.2017 - HELD THAT:- In view of the Notification No. 9/2017-ST, extending the benefit of exemption on services by way of admission fee to museum etc., with effect from 01.07.2012, the demand vide the impugned order against the appellant, does not survive. Appeal allowed - decided in favor of appellant.
- 2020 (9) TMI 832 - CESTAT NEW DELHI
Reverse Charge mechanism - Liability of Service Tax - GTA Service - no consignment note issued - it appeared to Revenue that the appellants being corporate body ‘private limited company’, are liable to pay service tax on reverse charge basis - HELD THAT:- The learned Commissioner (Appeals) have misconceived the provisions of law as he has considered the provision for payment of tax under reverse charge mechanism as the charging section - Admittedly, charging section does not provide for levy of service tax in case of GTA service, where no consignment note is issued. Appeal allowed - decided in favor of appellant.
- 2020 (9) TMI 831 - CESTAT NEW DELHI
Quantum of penalty - Both the assessee and Revenue preferred appeal before the Commissioner (Appeals). Assessee had challenged 15% of penalty whereas Revenue has prayed for enhancement of penalty to 50% - HELD THAT:- Learned Counsel for the appellant confirms that they have filed declaration form SVLDRS-1 on 22.10.2019 and accordingly they have been issued final settlement certificate in Form-SVLDRS-4 dated 05.12.2019. Thus, the dispute in these appeals stand settled as regards the tax, interest and penalty matter. Accordingly, these appeals are disposed of in terms of the settlement between the parties.
- 2020 (9) TMI 791 - CESTAT HYDERABAD
Rent-a-cab service - appellant is providing several numbers of vehicles to BSNL etc. on monthly basis against considerations - it was alleged that M/s AHT & T despite providing taxable services to various customers and realizing the values of the said services, did not disclose the same to the department and thereby have deliberately suppressed the material facts with intent to evade payment of service tax - HELD THAT:- It cannot be disputed that both in “renting” and “licensing”, de facto possession of the thing is enjoyed. Difference is well carved out under the law wherein both, de jure possession and control is given, but in “renting”, it is right-in-rem whereas in “licensing”, it is right-in-persona. When rent-a-cab scheme operator gives the car on rent, de facto possession is, of c....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 790 - ITAT KOLKATA
Classification of services - service classified in more than one category of taxable service - clients were granted the right to sell the goods using the trade mark 'LUX' owned by the appellant in return of the consideration mentioned in the said agreement - SCN was issued proposing demand of service tax under the category of "Management Consultancy Services" for the period 01.04.2002 to 09.09.2004 and under the category of "Intellectual Property Services" for the subsequent period 10.09.2004 to 15.02.2005. HELD THAT:- The issue stands settled in favour of the appellant assessee by series of decisions rendered by the various coordinate Benches of this Tribunal wherein it has been held that the intellectual property service which is made the subject matter of service tax levy is transferred prior to the date of ....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 780 - ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT
Refund of service tax - respondent has deposited lumpsum amount during investigation and same was not recovered from the customers - Principles of Unjust Enrichment - HELD THAT:- It is evident that concurrent finding of fact has been recorded that respondent has not passed on burden of ₹ 1,00,00,000/- to the customers which was deposited by him during investigation/adjudication. Finding so recorded is a finding of fact, based on consideration of relevant material on record. We, repeatedly asked the learned counsel for the appellant to point out any evidence which may indicate that the burden was passed on by the respondent, but the learned counsel for the appellant has failed to show any document, therefore, concurrent finding of fact recorded by the Tribunal and the authorities below cannot be said to be perverse. Appeal dismissed.
- 2020 (9) TMI 696 - CESTAT MUMBAI
CENVAT Credit - input services - construction of landfill in setting up of Common Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility on Build, Own and Operate basis - denial on the ground that the same is a works contract service involving civil construction that was covered under the exclusion clause of the definition of ‘input services’ under Rule 2(l)(A)(a) of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 - HELD THAT:- Going by the language of para 3 of the show-cause notice one thing is clear that setting of landfill is a mandatory requirement of the guidelines set by the State Pollution Control Board and the said construction was made for storage and disposal of Hazardous Waste which can be equated with construction of immovable property but not other than plant and machinery as found in the definition of works contract services. F....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 651 - CESTAT KOLKATA
Levy of Service Tax - Transportation of Goods through Pipelines / Conduit Services - the transportation charges are being separately recovered from the buyers in addition to the base price of crude oil - HELD THAT:- The question of service tax levy would arise only in the situation covered in the former case and not definitely in the later case. We find that the whole purpose of the arrangement is to execute the sale transaction in terms of MOU entered by the appellant with the customers like Indian Oil Corporation, for purchase and sale of crude oil, sample copies of which are annexed with the appeal paper book. We are of the view that had there been no arrangement for sale of crude oil to the buyer oil companies, there would have been no case for the appellant assessee to undertake the transportation of goods. It is only in order to hon....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 650 - CESTAT MUMBAI
Classification of services - Business Auxiliary services or not - appellants are having authorized service station to carry out repairs, reconditioning or restoration of four wheeled motor vehicles manufactured by M/s Hero Honda Ltd. - services of promotion or marketing to the Bank/Non-banking Financial Institutions and Insurance Companies, who are providing loans to the customers - HELD THAT:- The Tribunal in various cases has consistently held that promotion and marketing of loans and finance on behalf of the banking and non-banking financial institutions should appropriately be classifiable as Business Auxiliary Service and service tax liability is required to be discharged on such taxable service - In this case, admittedly the appellants did not pay the service tax into the Government exchequer and thereby, contravened the statutory p....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 649 - CESTAT NEW DELHI
Condonation of delay in filing appeal - sufficient reason for condonation of delay given or not - removal of defects including the requirement of pre-deposit - HELD THAT:- It is apparent from a reading of the delay condonation application that only casual statements have been made without any details or supporting documents. According to the Appellant, an accountant had been entrusted to file the appeal but since he had suddenly gone on leave, a new counsel was consulted. The Appellant has not stated as to how the Appellant acquired knowledge that the accountant had not filed an appeal. The Appellant has also not stated on which date the Appellant acquired knowledge that the appeal had not been filed by the accountant. We are not impressed by the facts stated in the Application that the Appellant had been prevented by sufficient cause from filing the appeal within the stipulated period Application rejected - appeal dismissed.
- 2020 (9) TMI 648 - GUJARAT HIGH COURT
Taking up Tax Appeals for final hearing on a particular date - HELD THAT:- All the four appeals have been admitted on few substantial questions of law involved in the matter. We also take notice of the order passed by a Co-ordinate Bench of this Court in the Civil Applications preferred by the original appellant seeking interim-relief. It is not in dispute that the original appellant has deposited 25% of the amount of demand with interest with the department. It is also not in dispute that the larger issue involved in these appeals is being looked into by the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court is yet to decide the same. The decision of the Supreme Court should be awaited for the better adjudication of the substantial questions of law involved in the present Tax Appeals. It would not be appropriate to fix the Tax Appeals for final hearing. Let the decision of the Supreme Court be pronounced.
- 2020 (9) TMI 596 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Principles of Natural Justice - petitioner took the stand that certain documents are to be provided by the respondents so that they could submit a consolidated reply to the show cause notice - first respondent however decided that the petitioner is not entitled to the said copy of the report and fixed the personal hearing on 29.07.2019 - HELD THAT:- The adjudication process cannot be stalled. But then, in the case on hand, the petitioner's demand is for the supply of a copy of the Scrutiny report prepared by the third respondent. It is admitted in the counter affidavit itself that verification exercise was undertaken - the contention of the learned Standing Counsel cannot be agreed with, that the verification exercise undertaken by the third respondent is an integral part of the adjudication process. It cannot be. The first respondent....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 477 - CESTAT KOLKATA
Security Service - Reverse Charge Mechanism - requirement to deposit service tax on the portion of 75% of taxable value towards receipt of security service was made applicable for the first time w.e.f. July 2012 - whether the appellant is liable to deposit service tax under Security Service under reverse charge when the entire service tax amount has been reimbursed to the service provider who has deposited the same with the Govt. Treasury as claimed by the appellant? HELD THAT:- The original authority while confirming demand has observed that since the tax paid challans copies do not have legible bank seal, the same could not be relied. The appellant has also submitted the payment confirmation from the CBEC website showing the challan wise tax payment - No finding has been given by the learned Commissioner (Appeals) with regard to the sub....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 435 - CESTAT KOLKATA
Refund of accumulated credit - ascertainment of eligible refund amount in terms of the formula prescribed in Rule 5 of the Credit Rules - input services availed for export of services - period from April 2012 to June 2012 - HELD THAT:- n the instant case, the lower authority has allowed refund of ₹ 4,73,929/- and rejected the balance refund of ₹ 3,47,183/-. While arriving at the total turnover, they have taken the aggregate of the value of export invoices for which payment has been received (₹ 6,79,78,169/-) and the value of export invoices for which payment has not been received in the relevant period (₹ 4,62,61,441/-), i.e. total ₹ 11,42,39,610/- in the denominator, whereas, in the numerator, they have considered ₹ 6,79,78,169/- i.e. the value of export services. In both the numerator and denominator,....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 434 - CESTAT CHENNAI
Refund of Service Tax - Club or Association Service - principles of Unjust Enrichment - Section 11B of the Central Excise Act, 1944 - HELD THAT:- A refund could be granted if the conditions laid down under Section 11B are satisfied and the primary condition is the principle of unjust enrichment. This test the appellant is unable to clear since the appellant is nowhere disputing the fact that it had passed on the duty element to its customers. There has also been an admission that as and when the refund is obtained, the duty element collected from its customers would be paid back. By this safe play, the appellant has ensured itself no loss since the same has been recovered and it has come in appeal by taking a chance. The fact that the appellant has passed on the tax element to its service recipient, the refund of which is not made as on d....... + More