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Application for Registration (Form ST 1A) for issuance of Registration Certificate (Form ST2A) in respect of service providers of Cross Border B2C Online Information and Database Access or Retrieval (OIDAR) Services are available in ACES from 01-12-2016. Please see What's New section for more details.                       In view of the introduction of GST w.e.f. 1.4.2017, the Combined Annual return for CE & ST assessees for 2015-16 is not required to be filed.                       All the TEMP based Registrants (Central Excise & Service Tax) are advised to get converted into PAN based Registrants immediately since only the PAN based Registrants will be considered for migration to GSTN for GST implementation. Please see What?s New Section for details of TEMP Central Excise & Service Tax Registrants.                       Excel Offline Utility for offline filing of ER-8 Return by Jewellery Manufacturers is available for download in ACES website. For details see "WHATS NEW".                       Revision of Return is available for Central Excise assessees w.e.f.17th August,2016 vide Notification No. 42/2016-CE (NT) dated 11.08.2016. For details please see What's New section.                       MODIFIED ER-8 RETURN FORMAT IS AVAILABLE FOR ASSESSEES WHO HAVE REGISTERED UNDER THE CATEGORY "JEWELLERY-7113" FOR FILING ONLINE IN ACES. RETURNS CAN BE FILED BY SUCH ASSESSEES FOR THE QUARTERS JAN-MAR'2016 AND APR-JUN'2016. THEY MAY NAVIGATE THROUGH THE MENU RET-->FILE RETURNS-->ER-8.                       Draft circular on Unjust Enrichment in Service Tax is available for feedback and comments. Send your feedback to commr.st-cbec@nic.in or sreeparvathy.sl@gov.in or mittal.drgaurav@gov.in by 6th September 2016. For details, see What's New Section.                       ER-8 return for manufacturers registered under the business category ?Jewellery-7113? will be made available shortly. Jewellery manufacturers, who are presently registered under any other category and have not amended their registration so far under, business category ?Jewellery-7113?, are requested to now amend their registration modifying the business category.                       A manufacturer or principal manufacturer of articles of jewellery or parts of articles of jewellery or both, is not required to submit ground plan for the purpose of obtaining central excise registration.                       Assessees can now opt for centralized registration and capture additional premises through A1 form. For details and procedure, see What?s New.                       The last date for Excise registration and duty payment for jewellery manufacturers has been extended upto 31.07.2016. For details please see What's New Section.                       New Accounting Codes have been allotted to Krishi Kalyan Cess - 00441509(Tax Receipts), 00441510 (Other Receipts), 00441512(Penalties). Assessees may tender their payments through EASIEST website (https://cbec-easiest.gov.in/). For details see What's New Section.                       CDR wise list of assessees having temporary registration of Central Excise and Service Tax of all the jurisdictions have been uploaded on http://centralexcisechennai.gov.in. This list may be utilised for taking action for conversion of all non-PAN based registrants to PAN based ones.                       Manufacturers of articles of jewellery falling under CETH 7113 can get registered by selecting the jewellery -7113 as Business Category in the A1 application form.                       New Accounting Codes have been allotted to Infrastructure Cess vide Pr.CCA, CBEC, New Delhi's OM NO. Coord/13-6/h/A/c/Vol.VIII/333 Dt. 28-3-2016. Assessees may tender their payments through EASIEST website (https://cbec-easiest.gov.in/). For details see WHAT'S NEW section.                       Specified jewellery manufacturers and manufacturers of readymade garments and made up articles of textiles are exempted from Physical verification of premises for their registration (Refer 6/2016-CE(NT) dt.1.3.2016). In case any automatic mail intimating the date and time of physical verification is received by such registrants, the mail may please be ignored.                       PAN is mandatory for obtaining Service Tax Registration for applicants other than Government Departments.For details, please see (What's New).                       All Central Excise and Service Tax assessees shall update their e-mail id and mobile number.                       Assessees having non-PAN based registration number, shall convert to PAN based registration number (Refer Notification No.7/2015-CE dtd 1.3.2015 and Order No. 1/2015-ST dtd 28.2.2015).                       New simplified procedure set for Registration in Central Excise vide Circular No. 997/4/2015-CX dated 28.02.2015 and in Service Tax vide Order No. 01/2015 - Service Tax dated 28.02.2015 (Please see details on CBEC site www.cbec.gov.in).                       With effect from 1st October 2014, every assessee shall electronically pay the service tax payable by him, through internet banking vide notification 9/2014-ST dated 11.07.2014.                       In case of any difficulty in accessing the ACES Application, the assessee can contact the ACES Service Desk either by sending e-mail to aces.servicedesk@icegate.gov.in or by calling up National Toll-free number 1800 425 4251.                       HELP DESK: 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.                      
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What is ACES

Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES) is the e-governance initiative by Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. It is one of the Mission Mode Projects (MMP) of the Govt. of India under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). It is a software application which aims at improving tax-payer services, transparency, accountability and efficiency in the indirect tax administration in India. This application is a web-based & workflow-based system that has automated all major procedures in Central Excise and Service Tax.

In the post-independent era of Indirect Tax administration in India, ACES is the most significant IT-based initiative undertaken that has transformed the way about 18.20 lakh indirect taxpayers transact their business with the department of Central Excise and Service Tax. Being an innovative reform initiative in the indirect tax department, ACES had benefited members of trade, industry and commerce.

The ACES application was initially rolled-out in the Large Tax Payer Unit (LTU) Commissionerate in Bengaluru in December, 2008. Subsequently, it was implemented across India in phases covering all 104 Central Excise, Service Tax & LTU Commissionerates with all the modules.

The ACES application has resulted in a major change in the way the Central Excise and Service Tax field formations conduct their regular business vis-a-vis the Trade & Industry. e-filing and e-processing of documents has started replacing manual filing and handling of paper documents.

The main purpose of the initiative was to re-engineer the business processes and transform the existing tax administration into a modern, efficient and transparent system. Its objective was to strike an optimal balance between trade facilitation and enforcement and to promote a culture of voluntary compliance. It aims at reducing physical interface of the business community with the departmental officers and to provide a transparent and paper-less business environment with improved taxpayer services delivered through an automated process.

To provide services to taxpayers who may not have requisite IT infrastructure/resources to use ACES, CBEC has entered into MoU's with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) for setting up ACES Certified Facilitation Centres (CFC's) by their Members. These Centres are set up by eligible Members of ICAI/ICWAI/ICSI holding valid Certificates of Practice issued by the Institutes. The services would be available to the assessees on payment of prescribed service charges for various services such as digitisation of paper documents, on-line filing/uploading of documents such as Application for Registration, Returns, Claims, Permissions and Intimations etc. in ACES.

In order to achieve the objectives of ACES, it was planned to provide the following facilities to the taxpayers:

  • Providing a single National Portal for transactions in Central Excise and Service Tax
  • Online registration and e-payment of Duties/Taxes
  • e-filing of returns and various claims, permissions and intimations;
  • Instant e-acknowledgement of documents with an Unique Document Identification Number
  • On-line tracking of the status of applications, claims and permissions
  • Online filing of refund claims and system-based processing of these claims

Presently, the following are the services offered to the assessees under ACES:

  • Online Registration of Central Excise Assessees and online amendments;
  • Online Registration of Service Tax Assessees and online amendments;
  • Electronic filing of Central Excise Returns;
  • Electronic filing of Service Tax Returns;
  • Electronic filing of claims, permissions & intimations submitted by assessees in the course of business with the Department;
  • Instant e-acknowledgement of documents with an Unique Document Identification Number;
  • View, file and track the status of documents filed online;
  • Processing of Claims, Permissions & intimations filed by the assessee;
  • Online Messages / Alerts to users on business-related matters;
  • Automated Generation of various reports
  • Audit Module involving selection of units and tracking of audit results
  • Online filing of reply to Show Cause Notice
  • Online filing of application for Provisional Assessment
  • Online filing of Refund Claims
  • Online filing of selected Export related documents
  • A dedicated 'ACES Service Desk' is established and in case of any difficulty in accessing or using the ACES Application, assessees/CFC's can seek help of service desk by sending e-mail toaces.servicedesk@icegate.gov.inor calling up the national toll-free number 1800 425 4251on any working day from Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 7 PM.

Services covered under the ACES Application are offered free of cost to the users throughout India. It is available to around 3.10 lakh Central Excise assesses & Dealers and 15.10 lakh Service Tax assessees across India falling under 104 Central Excise, Service Tax & LTU Commissionerates with all the modules. The ACES website (www.aces.gov.in)has attracted hits of over 90.38 Crores so far, evidencing its vast usage by the assessees. There are 1027 Central Excise & Service Tax offices in the country and around 10,000 Departmental officers work on the ACES application across 104 Commissionerates in India.

Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES) is also a valuable platform for a smooth and successful transition to the coming GST regime and it provides the bedrock for a modern e-governance-based indirect tax administration in India.

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