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Chairman, CBEC received the Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration for DG Systems IT Consolidation Project on 21st April,2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi                       PAN is mandatory for obtaining Service Tax Registration for applicants other than Government Departments.For details, please see (What's New)                       Some of the assessees had given their email IDs, which are no more in service. All the assessees are required to update their email IDs to ensure receipt of mails                       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).                       An assessee can check the location code through ACES website by clicking "Know Status of Assessee" tab and filling the registration number.                       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.                       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.                       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 aces.servicedesk@icegate.gov.in 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 in the month of April, 2015 and on last Sunday of the return filing period i.e. on 19-4-2015 to ensure smooth filing of returns.                      
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      1.     Utility for e-filing Service Tax Return (ST-3) for the period October 2014 to March 2015 is now available in both offline and online version. The last date of filing the ST-3 return for the said period is 25th April, 2015. However, to avoid congestion and inconvenience in the last minute, all assesses who wish to file their ST-3 for the said period are advised to start e-filing the returns immediately and not to wait till the last date. The assesses can file return either online or use the offline utility by downloading the latest version from http://acesdownload.nic.in/ or from 'DOWNLOADS' Section of ACES website.
             
      2.     Service Tax Registration will be issued within 2 days of filing ST1 application, in the case of Single Premises Registration. Prescribed documents are required to be submitted within 7 days. Verification of documents will be done post issue of Registration Certificate. For details on documentation, time limits and procedure, please refer to CBEC Order 1/2015 ST dt 28-02-2015.(click here)
             
      3.     Permanent Account Number (PAN) is mandatory for obtaining Service Tax Registration for applicants other than Government Departments. Applicants, who are not Government Departments shall not be granted registration in the absence of PAN. For details, please refer to CBEC Order 1/2015 ST dt 28-02-2015.(click here)
             
      4.     Existing registrants, except Government departments not having PAN shall obtain PAN and apply online for conversion of temporary registration to PAN based registration by 31st May, 2015, failing which the temporary registration shall be liable for cancellation. For details, please refer to CBEC Order 1/2015 ST dt 28-02-2015.(click here)
             
      5.     The status of the XML file of ST-3 return uploaded by the assessee can be ascertained after one business day of uploading the return by accessing 'RET > e-filing > view XML status'.
             
      6.     Revised ST-3 return can be filed within a period of 90 days from the date of filing the original return.
             
      7.     In case of any difficulty in accessing the ACES Application or in filing the ST-3 returns, the assesses can seek help of the ACES Service Desk by sending e-mail to aces.servicedesk@icegate.gov.in or calling up National Toll-free number 1800 425 4251. In general, the Service Desk functions on any working day from Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 7 PM & on Saturdays between 9 AM to 2.30 PM. But to help the assesses file their returns, it will remain open from 9 AM and 7 PM on all Saturdays till 25th April 2015 and on last Sunday i.e.19-04-2015 .
             
      8.     It is advised that assessees may first go through FAQs before approaching Service Desk. It is further suggested that for general/basic clarifications relating to ACES, one may call up the toll-free number (1800 425 4251) and seek guidance. In case of specific difficulties while accessing the ACES application, users can directly e-mail service desk ( aces.servicedesk@icegate.gov.in ) with following information:
    a)   Name of the entity & Registration No.    
    b)   Jurisdiction (Commissionerate, Division & Range)    
    c)   Contact Person's name, Phone number & Mobile Number    
    d)   Full description of the problem    
    e)   Date & Time of encountering the issue    
    f)   Please attach relevant screen shots / Navigation paths, if any.    
             
      9.     Please note that ACES Service Desk handles issues/difficulties pertaining to ACES Software Application only. For any information or clarifications regarding Central Excise/Service Tax law & procedures, you are advised to contact your jurisdictional Central Excise / Service Tax Office.
             
      10.     Those assessees of Service Tax who may not have requisite IT infrastructure/resources can seek the assistance from ACES Certified Facilitation Centres (CFCs) set up by eligible Members of ICAI/ICAI/ICSI, holding valid Certificates of Practice. Authorized persons of CFC's can work in ACES on behalf of the assessees and the services would be available on payment of prescribed service charges for various services such as digitization of paper documents and on-line filing/ uploading of documents such as Application for Registration, Returns, Claims, Permissions and Intimations etc. in ACES. For more details, you may visit CFC Section of the ACES website.
             
                   11.     For latest Notifications/Circulars of Central Excise and Service Tax click here    
             
                 12.     CBEC Circular No. 956/17/2011-CX, dt 28th September, 2011, regarding Procedure for electronic filing of Central Excise and Service Tax returns and for electronic payment of excise duty and service tax click here    
             
                 13     CBEC Circular No. 955/16/2011-CX, dt 15th Sept., 2011, regarding Mandatory e-filing of Central Excise Returns in ACES, for Central Excise assesses click here    
             

                14.  

ACES New Features:
    
  I. A sub-menu "Print Acknowledgement" is available in each module to take a print of response/acknowledgment message at a later point of time.    
  II. Assessees can file ER7 return now through online, offline utility and xsd schema    
  III. "XLS upload" (Template Upload) is available in A1 and ST1 form at the relevant places for capturing multiple addresses/premises offline and then uploading the same online.    

                15.  

Visit 'HELP' section above, for detailed steps for registering with ACES by New Assessees & Existing Assessees (using TPIN mail)
    

                16.  

E-filing of Central Excise Returns (ER1,ER-2,ER-3,ER-4,ER-5,ER-6, ER-7 & ER-8) made mandatory for All Assessees wef 01.10.2011 vide Notification No. 21/2011 and No. 22/2011 - Central Excise, both dated 14.09.2011 (click here for Notification No. 21/2011)    (click here for Notification No. 22/2011)
    

                17.  

E-filing of Service Tax Returns (ST-3) made mandatory for All Assessees wef 01.10.2011 vide Notification No. 43/2011 - Service Tax, dated 25.08.2011 (click here for Notification)
    

                18.  

MOUs with ICAI/ICWAI/ICSI regarding ACES Certified Facilitation Centre extended upto 31-3-2013. For details click on link.
    

                19.  

Users can now download GAR 7 Challan form for payment of Central Excise Duty and Service Tax, available in Download Section.
    

                20.  

Process for ACES Certified Facilitation Centre made operational. For details click on CFC link.
    

                21.  

Assessee Code mandatory for Excise & Service Tax Payments
    
    I.  R.B.I has issued Circular DGBA.GAD.No.H - 850/41.07.003/2010-11 dated 29th July 2010, making it mandatory for the authorised banks to accept Central Excise and Service Tax payments from only those assessees whose Assessee Codes (Registration Numbers) exist in the EASIEST Directory. With effect from 1st September, 2010, banks will not accept payments unless the Assessee Code exists in the Assessee Code Directory, which is down-loaded by the banks from the EASIEST ( NSDL) portal, who receive it from the CBEC's ACES Registration Database. (Click here for RBI circular)    
    The assessees can themselves verify the existence of their Assessee Codes in the NSDL website (https://cbec-easiest.gov.in/EST/AssesseeVerification.do) and if it does not exist, they can approach the jurisdictional officers. In case the registration number has not been generated by the system (erstwhile SACER /SAPS or the current ACES application), assesses have to apply afresh for a new Registration Certificate through ACES as a new assessee. Assessees may note that the assessee code is transferred to Assessee Code Directory only after the registration certificate is issued by the jurisdictional Officer.    
             
                22.   E-Filing Circular     
     I.  E-filing of ER 2, ER 4, ER 5 , ER 6 returns made mandatory for assesses, who have paid Central Excise duty of Rs. 10 lakh or more( including payment by utilistaion of Cenvat credit) in the previous financial year. All Dealers to e-file Returns mandatorily wef 1st June, 2010. For details see Notification No 20-21/2010 CE (NT) dtd. 18.05.2010 and CBEC Circular No. 926/16/2010 CX, dtd. 28th May 2010 (Click here for Circular)    
     II.  CBEC has issued a Circular No. 919/09/2010-CX dated 23rd March 2010 on the procedure for Electronic filing of Central Excise and Service Tax Returns and for Electronic Payment of Excise Duty and Service Tax.    
             
                23.   E-Payment    
    I.  For e-payment, assessees should open a net banking account with one of the authorized banks (currently there are 28 banks), list of which is available on the EASIEST (Electronic Accounting System in Excise and Service Tax) website of CBEC, maintained by NSDL (https://cbec-easiest.gov.in/EST/InputPageForEPaymentServlet). Payment through ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank can be done by assesses for select Commissionerates only, list of which is published in the aforesaid EASIEST website. Payment through all other authorized banks can be made for all Commissionerates.    
    II.  For effecting payment, assessees can access the ACES website (http://www.aces.gov.in/) and click on the e-payment link that will take them to the EASIEST portal (https://cbec-easiest.gov.in/EST/InputPageForEPaymentServlet) or they can directly visit the EASIEST portal.    
                   III.  Procedure for e-Payment:
     a. To pay Excise Duty and Service Tax online, the assessee has to enter the 15 digit Assessee Code allotted by the department under erstwhile SACER/SAPS or the current application ACES.
     b. There will be an online check on the validity of the Assessee Code entered.
     c. If the Assessee code is valid, then corresponding assessee details like name, address, Commissionerate Code etc. as present in the Assessee Code Master will be displayed.
     d. Based on the Assessee Code, the duty / tax i.e. Central Excise duty or Service Tax to be paid will be automatically selected.
     e.The assessee is required to select the type of duty / tax to be paid by clicking on Select Accounting Codes for Excise or Select Accounting Codes for Service Tax, depending on the type of duty / tax to be paid.
     f. At a time the assessee can select up to six Accounting Codes.
     g. The assessee should also select the bank through which payment is to be made.
     h. On submission of data entered, a confirmation screen will be displayed. If the taxpayer confirms the data entered in the screen, it will be directed to the net-banking site of the bank selected.
     i. The taxpayer will login to the net-banking site with the user id/ password, provided by the bank for net-banking purpose, and will enter payment details at the bank site.
     j.On successful payment, a challan counterfoil will be displayed containing CIN, payment details and bank name through which e-payment has been made. This counterfoil is proof of payment made.
             
                24.   Updated eFiling utilities for all Central Excise and Service Tax Returns have been released and can be downloaded using the Download link on homepage.     
             
                25.   Now you can make e-payment of your duty liabilities though ACES by selecting e-Payment option on homepage.    
             
                26.   Learning Management Software in Central Excise for Registration, Returns, Claims and Intimations, Exports, Provisional Assessment, Refunds, Dispute Resolution modules, and in Service Tax for Registration, Returns, Provisional Assessment, Refunds, Dispute Resolution modules has been uploaded on ACES website. You can visit Help option to access the same.    
             
                27.   Downloadable version of Learning Management Software (LMS) is available in the Download section of ACES Homepage.    
             
                28.   Power Point Presentation on ACES for Assesses is available in the Help section of ACES Homepage.    
             
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