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Service Tax Return July, 12 to Sep, 12 Due Date Extended 

There are major changes in service tax wef 01.07.2012 with the introduction of Negative list regime. Due to these changes ,Service tax return of first half year of Fy 2012-13 was broken in to two quarters i.e April 12 to June,12  and July,12 to Sep,12. As you know that Service tax return is required to filed through online mode only but ACES website was not made ready to accept the return for first quarter even after extension of  time and first quarter return was filed by public through offline utility only.


Department bad luck was not for the first quarter only ,its continued .The second major mistake they have done that after introduction of negative list ,the department has abolished the separate service tax Accounting code for each service and introduced a single Accounting code for all service but at later stage restored the Accounting code for  120 service again.This has been done in between 2nd quarter of Fy 2012-13 .So taxpayer has deposited the tax for second quarter  in respective codes as well as in single codes.

The third time unlucky is that  due date for second quarter i.e July 2012 to September,12 has been announced recently as 25.03.2013(Notification 1/2013 dated 22.02.2013).whereas no facility has been provided to upload the return at ACES ,so department has issued a circular that return form will be available online in first week of March,2013.At that time we have already shown  our doubt on departments  commitment  and mentioned in out earlier pot  that due date for second quarter will surely be extended .


Now ,the department has extended the Due date to file online Service tax return for the period 01.07.2012 to 30.09.2012 from 25.03.2013 to 15.04.2013.     The electronic version of the ST 3 Return is under development and is expected to be around 20th March, 2013
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