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Penalty provisions ..., Service Tax

Issue Id: - 115099
Dated: 20-6-2019
By:- Rizwan Ullah
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During CERA Audit for the pre GST period, Auditors raised a para regarding deposition of service tax under RCM on Ocean Freight. We were actually unaware of such developments and due to ignorance we didn't comply on deposition of service tax under rcm on goods imported during 2016-17. Once Audit Para was raised by the Audit Team, we deposited the amount along with interest applicable for the period in dispute .

Now Department is forcing us to deposit penalty as well @ 15% of service tax. Is penalty provision applicable. Kindly suggest

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1 Dated: 21-6-2019
By:- KASTURI SETHI

Since you have paid due Service Tax along with interest on being pointed out by the Department (Whether pointed out by CERA or Internal Audit of the department, it does not matter),

Extract of Section 73 of the Finance Act, 1994

(3) Where any service tax has not been levied or paid or has been short-levied or short-paid or erroneously refunded, the person chargeable with the service tax, or the person to whom such tax refund has erroneously been made, may pay the amount of such service tax, chargeable or erroneously refunded, on the basis of his own ascertainment thereof, or on the basis of tax ascertained by a Central Excise Officer before service of notice on him under sub-section (1) in respect of such service tax, and inform the [Central Excise Officer] of such payment in writing, who, on receipt of such information shall not serve any notice under sub-section (1) in respect of the amount so paid :

CERA also sends audit report to the department of Central Excise & Service Tax. Hence the department stands informed regarding deposit of ST along with interest

There is a plethora of case laws in your favour. Penalty is not imposable at all. If more information is required, let me know through this forum.


2 Dated: 21-6-2019
By:- Rizwan Ullah

Thanx Kasaturi Sir,

Department's Audit Team has informed that there are penalty provisions as per Central Excise Rules , Sir, could u please refer some case laws in tghis regard which will help us to file a suitable reply.


3 Dated: 21-6-2019
By:- KASTURI SETHI

You are mistaken. Neither Central Excise Rules or nor Central Excise Act do not come into play. You have contravened the provisions of Service Tax law (Finance Act, 1994). Service Tax law has its own Sections 77 and 78 for imposition of penalty. As per Section 73 of the Finance Act, 1994 the department cannot issue Show Cause Notice for imposition of penalty under Section 77 or 78 as dues Service Tax along with interest stands deposited.


4 Dated: 21-6-2019
By:- Rizwan Ullah

Thanx ..a lot Sir,


5 Dated: 21-6-2019
By:- Rizwan Ullah

Kasturi Sir

If u could share any case law , it would be very beneficial.


6 Dated: 22-6-2019
By:- KASTURI SETHI

Dear Sh.Razwan Ullah,

There are so many case laws in your favour. I am posting a few case laws.

(52) S.T.R. 143 (Tri. - Kolkata) = 2017 (9) TMI 261 - CESTAT KOLKATA KALINGA COMMERCIAL CORPN. Versus COMMISSIONER OF C. EX. & S.T., BBSR-I

2017 (49) S.T.R. 78 (Tri. - Mumbai) = 2017 (1) TMI 304 - CESTAT MUMBAI UDAYSINGRAO GAIKWAD SSK LTD. Versus COMMISSIONER OF C. EX., KOLHAPUR

2017 (48) S.T.R. 165 (Tri. - Hyd.) = 2016 (9) TMI 844 - CESTAT HYDERABAD POWER MECH PROJECTS LTD. Versus COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS, GUNTUR

2017 (47) S.T.R. 125 (Kar.) = 2011 (8) TMI 1260 - KARNATAKA HIGH COURT COMMR. OF S.T., BANGALORE Versus C AHEAD INFO TECHNOLOGIES INDIA P. LTD.

2016 (46) S.T.R. 623 (Tri. - Mumbai) = 2015 (8) TMI 862 - CESTAT MUMBAI SHIVNATH HANUMANT KANDI Versus COMMISSIONER OF C. EX., AURANGABAD


7 Dated: 22-6-2019
By:- Prudhvi Jakkula

Kasturi sir, Hats off for your patience.


8 Dated: 23-6-2019
By:- KASTURI SETHI

Sh. Prudhvi Jakkula Ji,

You are welcome. My mission is to help the public/querists by sharing knowledge so that they may get natural justice. They should not become victim of injustice due to lack of knowledge in this field. Nobody has specialization in all the fields.


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