Trade Notice No. 08/2010 - Service Tax/SH.
Dated Shillong, the 12th October 2010
Subject: Powers of adjudication of Central Excise Officers in Service Tax cases – instructions – regarding
Attention of the members of Trade, Industry and all others concerned are hereby invited to the Board’s Circular No. 130/12/2010-ST issued vide F. No. 137/68/2010-CX.4 dated 20.09.2010 wherein attention is invited to Board’s Circular No. 80/1/2005 – ST dated 10.05.2005 and No. 97/8/2007 dated 23.08.2007 (para12.2) which specifies uniform monetary limits for adjudication of cases under section 73 and section 83 A of the Finance Act, 1994. At present adjudication powers in Service Tax cases have been delegated up to the level of Assistant Commissioners and Superintendents were not vested with any authority to adjudicate cases. The Board has decided to confer the power of adjudication on Superintendents for cases involving service tax up to ` 1 lakh in a show cause notice, except in respect of issues relating to taxability of services, valuation of services and cases involving extended period. Accordingly the monetary limits for adjudication of cases has been revised vide Notification No. 48/2010 – Service Tax dated 8th September 2010.
2. The revised monetary limits are as follows:
The revised monetary limits for the purpose of adjudication under section 73 are as specified as below:-
Table – II
3. In respect of the aforesaid powers of adjudication conferred on the Superintendents, it is clarified as under :-
(i) The Superintendents would be competent to decide cases that involve Service Tax and / or CENVAT credit upto ` one lakh in individual show cause notices.
(ii) They would not be competent to decide cases that involve taxability of services, valuation of services, eligibility of exemption and cases involving suppression of facts, fraud, collusion, willful mis-statement etc.
(iii) They would be competent to decide cases involving wrong availment of CENVAT credit up to a monetary limit of ` one lakh.
(iv) The jurisdictional Commissioners of Central Excise may redistribute the pending cases in the Commissionerate based on above factors. It is further clarified that notwithstanding this revision, in all cases, where the personal hearing has already been completed, orders will be passed by the officer before whom the hearing has been held. Such orders should normally be issued within a month of the date of completion of the personal hearing.
(v) It may also be noted that the age-wise pendency of cases as shown in the Monthly Technical Report should be reported based on the date of issuance of show cause notice and not on the basis of transfer of cases to the new Adjudicating Authority. The jurisdictional Commissioners should ensure that the work of re-allocation of the pending cases, issuance of corrigendum to the Show Cause Notices, transfer of relevant files and records etc, should be completed in a time-bound manner at the most within a month. A compliance report in this regard should be sent to the Chief Commissioner by the Commissioner, who in turn, should submit the details to the DGST by 30th September 2010. DGST will consolidate and submit a report to the Board by 15.10.2010 to the effect that all the work regarding re-allocation of cases has been completed.
4. Hindi version will follow.
Board’s Circular No.130/12/2010 - ST
Issued vide F.No. 137/68/2010 – CX. 4, Dated 20th September 2010
Disclaimer: Though care has been taken to reproduce the text in its original form, in case of any inadvertent mistake, the above mentioned circular may be referred to.
(S. R. Baruah)