One of my clients had been providing transportation services for the delivery of Diesel and petrol from petroleum companies to retailers for the financial year 2015-16 to 2017-18(till June 2017) and did not charge any service tax on the services provided. Now, the service tax department has issued a notice stating that already SCN issued in April 2021 and Ist Personal Hearing called for, but none of them appeared(But originally my client has not received because he was shifted to another place). Therefore, now they have issued another 2nd Personal Hearing Notice and served it to my client. Further, I went to the department and argued that it is a time-barred case according to sec 73(1) of Finance Act,1994, where you cannot insist my client to remit the same, since it is more than 5 years due. However, the officials again issued 3rd Personal Hearing Notice to me and provide an explanation.
Please let me know, is there my stand is correct and also any exemption on the transportation of Diesel and Petrol to petroleum companies.
Please provide some citations to defend my client's case.
Thanks in Advance.
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(1) It is not time barred SCN in view of Supreme Court Order.
(2) There was no exemption for transportation of diesel and petrol.
(3) In Service Tax era, first liability was GTA, thereafter Consignor and then consignee.
Could you please share the Supreme Court Order for my understanding?
Thanks in Advance.
The supreme court order referred by Kasturi sir is the one which increases the period of limitation due to covid.
In any case, you need to contest the SCN on limitation and / or merit by filing reply / objection and appearing the hearing.
Personally meeting the officials may not be helpful in future litigations.
Since in this case, consignor are Oil Companies, the tax in all likelihood lies on te person paying the freight and not on the GTA.