Finance Act (No.2), 2014 has introduced a new section 35FF/129EE in Central Excise Act, 1944/ Customs Act, 1962 to provide that where an amount deposited by the appellant under section 35F/129E is required to be refunded consequent  upon the order of the appellant authority, there shall be paid to the appellant, interest at such rate, not below five percent, and not exceeding thirty-six percent per annum as is for the time being fixed by the Central Government, by  notification in the Official Gazette, on such amount from the date of payment of the amount till, the date of refund of such amount.
Accordingly, Government vide Notification No. 24/2014-Central Excise (N.T.) dated 12.08.2014 & Notification No.  70/2014-Customs (N.T.), dated 12.08.2014 has specified that interest at the rate of 6% is payable in case of delayed  refund of pre-deposit required under 35F/129E in Central Excise Act, 1944/ Customs Act, 1962.

To  notify the rate of interest to be  paid on  refund of Pre-deposit  made under  Section – 129E of  the Customs Act, 1962

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

(Department of Revenue)

Notification No. 70/2014-Customs (N.T.)

Dated 12.08.2014

GSR…(E)- In exercise of powers conferred by section 129EE of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Government hereby fixes the rate of interest at six percent per annum for the purpose of the said Section.

[F.No. 390/Budget/1/2012-JC (Pt) ]

(Sunil K. Sinha)


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