Service Tax Return (ST-3) for the period October'13 to March'14 is now available in both offline and online version for e-filing by the assessees. Please download the offline utility from
Section of ACES website. The last date of filing the ST-3 return for the said period is 25th April, 2014. For details, please see (What's New)
Necessary modifications have been made in Form A-1 to enable registration of 'Importers' as a separate category of Registrants in Central Excise to enable them to pass on CENVAT credit vide Notification No 10/2014 dated 28-2-2014 (For details please see What's New)
The threshold limit for mandatory e-payment has been reduced from rupees
both for Central Excise and Service tax payment with effect from 1st of January , 2014 vide notification no 15/2013- C.E (N.T) and Notification No.16/2013 - Service Tax both dated 22-11-13. (For details, please see What's New)
Assessees who have not filed their ST-3 returns for the period April' - September' 13 or for the previous periods, by the due date, are requested to file it after paying late fee, payable under Rule 7C of Service Tax Rules, 1994.
Assessees who are registered on or after 01.07.2012 for
'All Taxable Services - Other than in the Negative List'
or those who have amended their Registration by adding the description
'Other than in the Negative List'
, are required to file amendment to their Registration online and give the relevant description(s) of Taxable Services available in the drop-down list in the online amendment form.
E-filing of Central Excise Returns (ER-1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 8) and of Service Tax Returns (ST-3) is mandatory for all assessees w.e.f 01.10.2011 (see What's New section for details).
Late filers of returns, Please download the appropriate Central Excise or Service Tax Return Excel Utility (if not already filed) from http://acesdownload.nic.in/ or from the 'DOWNLOADS' section of ACES website (https://www.aces.gov.in).
Central Excise & Service Tax Assessees, who are yet to provide their e-mail IDs to the Department, are requested to provide the same to their jurisdictional officers to register with ACES.
Visit 'HELP' section above, for detailed steps for registering with ACES by New Assessees & Existing Assessees (using TPIN mail) and the procedure to unblock the Account.
In case of any difficulty in accessing the ACES Application, the assessees can seek help of the ACES Service Desk by sending e-mail to
or calling up National Toll-free number 1800 425 4251. The ACES Service Desk functions on working days from Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 7 PM and on Saturdays between 9 AM to 2.30 PM. However, the Service Desk will remain open from 9AM to 7PM on all Saturdays and closed holidays in the month of April, 2014 and on last Sunday of the month i.e. on 20-4-2014 to ensure smooth filing of returns.
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