Service Tax Voluntary Compliance
Encouragement Scheme, 2013
Ms. Shobha L. Chary, Member, CBECInteraction with various Trade Associations
Salient Features of The Scheme
• One time amnesty to be provided by way of:
(i) waiver of interest and penalty; and
(ii) immunity from prosecution,
the stop filers,
service providers (who have not disclosed true
liability in the returns filed by them during the
period from October 2007 to December 2012).
I. Who can make declaration of Tax
dues under the Service Tax VCES,
DECLARATION OF TAX DUES
• Any person may declare his tax dues
in respect of which:
no notice or an order of determination
under section 72 or section 73 or section
73A has been issued or made before the 1st
day of March, 2013.
Service tax due or payable under the Finance Act
or any other amount due or payable under Section
Including the Cess payable under any other Act for
the time in force.
Payable for the period beginning from the 1st
October, 2007 to December 31, 2012
But not paid as on 1st March, 2013
Persons not eligible to make
declaration of Tax dues
Where a notice or order of determination issued
to a person in respect of any period on any issue –
no declaration possible on the same issue for any
Filed return and disclosed his true liability but
has not paid the disclosed amount of Service
Return filed for the period 01.10.2007 to
31.03.2008 but not paid service tax for the
period. Thereafter neither filed their returns nor
paid the service tax liability? Are they eligible to
opt for the scheme? If so, to what extent?
They cannot opt for the scheme for the period
01.10.2007 to 31.03.2008.
They can opt for the scheme for the period from
01.04.2008 to 31.12.2012.
Which declarations are liable for
rejection by the Designated
Declaration made by Person:
Against whom an inquiry or investigation
has been initiated
SEARCH OF PREMISES
ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS
REQUIRING PRODUCTION OF ACCOUNTS,
DOCUMENTS OR OTHER EVIDENCE
Audit has been initiated
and such inquiry, investigation or audit
is pending as on the 1st day of March,
the designated authority shallby an order, and
for reasons to be recorded in
reject such declaration.
PROCEDURE FOR MAKING
DECLARATION AND PAYMENT OF
Step -1 : Registration
• Any person, who wishes to make a
declaration under the Scheme, shall,
if not already registered, take
• Website: www.aces.gov.in
Step – 2 :Submission of Declaration
Submit a declaration to the
–on or before the 31st day of
–in Form VCES-1.
Step: 3 Acknowledgment of Declaration
• The designated authority shall
acknowledge the declaration
–In form VCES -2.
–Within seven working days from
the date of receipt of declaration.
Step -4 Payment
• The declarant shall–on or before the 31st day of
pay not less than 50%, of the tax
dues so declared and
submit proof of such payment to
the designated authority.
Step: 4 contd..
• Remaining tax dues - on or before the
30th day of June, 2014.
If not paid then…
• along with interest thereon by
31.12.2014 for the period of delay
starting from 1st day of July, 2014.
• Any service tax which becomes
due or payable by the declarant
for the month of January, 2013
and subsequent months
–shall be paid by him in accordance
with the provisions of the Chapter
along with interest, if any, for
Step: 4 contd..
• furnish details of payment made from
time to time along with a copy of
acknowledgement issued to him.
Utilisation of CENVAT Credit not
allowed for payment of dues!!!
Step: 5 Acknowledgement of Discharge
On furnishing the details of full
payment of declared tax dues
and the interest, if any• the designated authority shall
issue an acknowledgement of
discharge of such dues to the
declarant in Form VCES-3.
IMMUNITY FROM PENALTY, INTEREST AND OTHER
• The declarant, upon payment of the
tax dues and the interest, if any,,
shall get immunity from penalty,
interest or any other proceeding
under the Chapter.
2. Declaration to be Conclusive
• (2) Subject to the provisions of section 111, a declaration
shall become conclusive upon issuance of
acknowledgement of discharge and no matter
shall be reopened thereafter in any
proceedings under the Chapter before any
authority or court relating to the period
covered by such declaration.
FAILURE TO MAKE TRUE DECLARATION
• Where the Commissioner has reasons to
believe that the declaration under this
Scheme was substantially false, he may, serve
notice on the declarant requiring him to show
cause why he should not pay the tax dues not
paid or short-paid.
• No action shall be taken after the expiry of
one year from the date of declaration.
WHETHER THE AMOUNT PAID UNDER THE
SCHEME CAN BE REFUNDED?
• Any amount paid in pursuance of a
declaration made under the scheme
shall not be refundable under any
WHAT IF THE TAX DUES ARE DECLARED
BUT NOT PAID?
• Where the declarant fails to pay
the tax dues, either fully or in
part, as declared by him– such dues along with interest
thereon shall be recovered.
Steps for Making Declaration
1. Declaration in respect of tax dues
to be made in Form VCES -1
2. The Designated Authority to issue
acknowledgement in Form VCES-2
3. Payment of dues and submission of proof
of Payment by the Declarant.
4. The designated authority to issue an
acknowledgement of discharge in Form VCES - 3
CBEC’s clarifications on certain
apprehensions of the Trade and
public at large.
Circulars and FAQs available in the website:
Whether a person who has not
obtained service tax registration so far
can make a declaration under VCES?
• Yes. He will be required to take
registration before making such
Whether a declarant shall get immunity from
payment of late fee/penalty for having not
taken registration earlier or not filed the
return or for delay in filing of return.
• Yes. Immunity would also be
available from any other proceeding
under the Finance Act, 1994 and
Rules made there under.
Whether an assessee to whom show cause
notice or order of determination has been
issued can file declaration in respect of tax
dues which are not covered by such SCN or
order of determination?
• The tax dues in respect of which any SCN
has been issued or which pertains to the
same issue for the subsequent period are
excluded from the ambit of the Scheme.
Any other tax dues can be declared.
Whether a communication from department seeking
general information from the declarant would lead to
invoking of section 106 (2) (a)(iii) for rejection of
declaration under the said section?
• The provision of section 106 (2)(a)(iii) shall be
accounts/documents / evidences are requisitioned
provisions(SECTION 14, SECTION 72,RULE 5A) and
the inquiry so initiated is pending as on the 1 st day
of March, 2013.
• No other communication from the department
would not lead to rejection of the declaration.
An assessee has two units
at two different locations,
Ahmedabad. Both are
separately registered. The
Mumbai unit has received
a Show Cause Notice for
non-payment of tax on a
revenue stream but the
Ahmedabad unit is eligible
• The Ahmedabad
unit that has not
been issued a
notice shall be
eligible to make a
filing a declaration
realizes that the
mistake? Can he
file an amended
• In case the mistake
is discovered suomoto
he may approach
declaration to be
Whether a party,
against whom an
or audit has been
1.3.2013 (the cutoff
date) can make a
•Yes. There is
no bar from
There was a default
and a Show Cause
Notice was issued for
the period prior to the
period covered by the
Scheme, i.e. before Oct
declaration can be filed
for default on the same
• Issuance of a
notice for any
period prior to
Oct 2007, on an
issue, would not
make a person
be made under
VCES Applications as on 20.09.2013
Amount paid so
Services where maximum Declarations
have been made so far.
Declarations Made from
Construction Services, BAS, BSS,
WC, GTA, ECI, Consulting
• Renting of immovable premises,
preparation, security services,
Construction, cargo handling,
management, mandap keepers,
supply of tangible goods
Section 72: Best Judgment Assessment
• If any person, liable to pay service tax –
(a) fails to furnish the return under section 70;
(b) having made a return, fails to assess the tax in accordance
with the provisions of this Chapter or rules made there
under, the Central Excise Officer, may require the person to
produce such accounts, documents or other evidence as he
may deem necessary and after taking into account all the
relevant material which is available or which he has
gathered, shall by an order in writing, after giving the
person an opportunity of being heard, make the
assessment of the value of taxable service to the best of his
judgment and determine the sum payable by the assessee
or refundable to the assessee on the basis of such
Section 73 . Recovery of Service tax not levied or
paid or short levied or short paid or erroneously
(1) Where any service tax has not been levied or paid or
has been short-levied or short-paid or erroneously
refunded, the [Central Excise Officer] may, within
‘eighteen months’ from the relevant date, serve
notice on the person chargeable with the service tax
which has not been levied or paid or which has been
short-levied or short-paid or the person to whom
such tax refund has erroneously been made, requiring
him to show cause why he should not pay the amount
specified in the notice,
(2) In case of fraud, misstatement etc…within 5 years
Service Tax collected from any person to be
deposited with Central Government.