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Budget 2014-15 – Amendment in Excise Duty Related Provisions

Proposals involving changes in rates of duty: I. AGRICULTURE/AGRO PROCESSING/PLANTATION SECTOR: 1) Excise duty on machinery for the preparation of meat, poultry, fruits, nuts or vegetables, and on presses, crushers and similar machinery used in the manufacture of wine, cider, fruit juices or similar beverages and on packaging machinery is being reduced from 10% to 6%.

AMENDMENTS IN THE CENTRAL EXCISE ACT, 1944:

1)     The Central Excise Act, 1944 or Finance Act, 1994 is being amended so that a reference in that Act to a Chief Commissioner of Central Excise or a Commissioner of Central Excise may also include a reference to the Principal Chief Commissioner of Central Excise or the Principal Commissioner of Central Excise, as the case may be. It also seeks to provide for consequential amendments in the Act.   [Clause 88]

2)      Section 2(b) is being amended so as to provide for inclusion of Principal Chief Commissioner of Central Excise and Principal Commissioner of Central Excise in the definition of the Central Excise Officer. [Clause 89]

3)     Section 15A is being inserted so as to empower the Central Government to prescribe an authority or agency to whom the information return shall be filed by the specified persons such as Income Tax Authorities, State Electricity Boards, VAT or Sales Tax Authorities, Registrar of Companies. Information can be collected for the purposes of the Act, such as, to identify tax evaders or recover confirmed dues. It is also proposed to insert a new section 15B which provides for imposition of penalty if the information return is not submitted.   [Clause 90]

4)     Section 31(g) and section 32(1) is being amended to change the name of the ‘Customs and Central Excise Settlement Commission’ to the ‘Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax Settlement Commission’ as the scope of the functioning of the Customs and Central Excise Settlement Commission was expanded in the year 2012 so as to include settlement of Service Tax matters as well.   [Clause 91, 92]

5)      Section 32E(1) is being amended to replace the reference to section 1 1AB with a reference to section 1 1AA since section 1 1AB has been omitted by the Finance Act, 2011.   [Clause 93]

6)      Section 32E(1) is also being amended to allow filing of applications of settlement before the Settlement Commission in cases where the applicant has not filed the returns after recording reasons for the same. [Clause 93]

7)     Section 32E is being amended to omit sub-section (2) since the same is redundant. [Clause 93]

8)      Section 32O(1) is being amended so as to insert an Explanation that the concealment of particulars of duty liability relates to any such concealment made from the officer of central excise and not from the Settlement Commission.[Clause 94]

9)      Section 35B(1) is being amended so as to increase the discretionary powers of the Tribunal to refuse admission of appeal from the existing Rs.50,000 to Rs.2 lakh.   [Clause 95]

10)    Section 35B(1B) is being amended to substitute the words “by notification in the official gazette” with “by order” so as to enable the Board to constitute a Review Committee by way of an order instead of by way of a notification. [Clause 95]

11) Section 35C(2A) is being amended to omit the first, second and third proviso in view of substitution of section 35F with a new section.   [Clause 96]

12)    Section 35E is being amended to insert a proviso in sub-section (3) to vest the Board with powers to condone delay for a period upto 30 days for review by the Committee of Chief Commissioners of the orders in original passed by the Commissioner of Central Excise.  [Clause 97]

13)  Section 35F is being substituted with a new section to prescribe a mandatory fixed pre-deposit of 7.5% of the duty demanded or penalty imposed or both for filing appeal with the Commissioner (Appeals) or the Tribunal at the first stage and 10% of the duty demanded or penalty imposed or both for filing second stage appeal before the Tribunal. The amount of pre-deposit payable would be subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10 crores.  [Clause 98]

14)    Section 35L is being amended so as to clarify that determination of disputes relating to taxability or excisability of goods is covered under the term ‘determination of any question having a relation to rate of duty’ and hence, appeal against Tribunal orders in such matters would lie before the Supreme Court.[Clause 99]

15)    Section 35R is being amended so as to enable the Commissioner (Appeal) to take into consideration the fact that a particular order being cited as a precedent decision on the issue has not been appealed against for reasons of low amount.[Clause 100]

16)    The Third Schedule to the Central Excise Act, 1944 is being aligned with notification No. 49/2008-CE (NT) dated 24.12.2008 which specifies goods liable for assessment based on Retail Sale Price (RSP).  [Clause 104]

The change at para 16) will come into effect immediately owing to a declaration under the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act, 1931.

AMENDMENTS IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE CENTRAL EXCISE TARIFF ACT, 1985:

1) Excise duty on cigarettes is being increased by 72% for cigarettes of length not exceeding 65 mm and by 11% to 21% for cigarettes of other lengths. Similar increases are proposed on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos.

2)     Basic excise duty is being increased from 12% to 16% on pan masala, from 50% to 55% on unmanufactured tobacco and from 60% to 70% on jarda scented tobacco, gutkha and chewing tobacco.

3)     Tariff item 2402 20 60 is being omitted.

4)     The entry 2403 19 occurring against the description “Other than paper rolled biris, manufactured without the aid of machine” is being substituted with 2403 19 21.

5)     The unit quantity code against certain entries is being changed.   [Clause 105]

The changes at 1) to 4) will come into effect immediately owing to a declaration under the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act, 1931.

RETROSPECTIVE AMENDMENT TO RULES:

1) Rule 8 of the Pan Masala Packing Machines (Capacity Determination and Collection of Duty) Rules, 2008 is being amended with retrospective effect from 13.04.2010 to provide that where a manufacturer manufactures pouches of different RSPs on a single machine, the duty liability for that month would be the duty applicable to the highest of the RSP so manufactured. This will align the Pan Masala Packing Machines (Capacity Determination and Collection of Duty) Rules, 2008 with the Chewing Tobacco and Unmanufactured Tobacco Packing Machines (Capacity Determination and Collection of Duty) Rules, 2010 with regard to manufacture of pouches of different RSPs on a single machine under the compounded levy scheme. [Clause 101]

RETROSPECTIVE EXEMPTIONS:

1)     Un-branded articles of precious metals are being exempted from excise duty for the period 01 .03.2011 to 16.03.2012 so as to remove the unintended levy of excise duty on un-branded articles of precious metals for the said period. [Clause 102]

2)   Excise duty on Polyester Staple Fiber (PSF) and Polyester Filament Yarn (PFY) manufactured from plastic waste or scrap or plastic waste including waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles (which is already exempt w.e.f. 08.05.2012) is being exempted retrospectively w.e.f. 29.06.2010 to 07.05.2012 and intermediate product ‘Tow’ arising during the course of manufacture of such PSF/PFY is being exempted retrospectively w.e.f. 29.06.2010 to 10.07.2014 so as to provide relief to the manufacturers of such PSF/PFY and to rectify the unintended levy of central excise duty on tow (an intermediate product) arising during the course of manufacture of such PSF/PFY.                                                                                                                        [Clause 102, 103]

3) Full exemption from Central Excise duty is being provided to Liquefied Propane and Butane mixture, Liquefied Propane, Liquefied Butane and Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) for supply to Non-Domestic Exempted Category (NDEC) customers by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited or Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited retrospectively from 08.02.2013 so as to treat NDEC customers, such as, hospitals, government canteens, BSF/CISF mess, etc., at par with domestic customers for the purposes of supply of LPG.   [Clause 103]

Proposals involving changes in rates of duty:

I. AGRICULTURE/AGRO PROCESSING/PLANTATION SECTOR:

1) Excise duty on machinery for the preparation of meat, poultry, fruits, nuts or vegetables, and on presses, crushers and similar machinery used in the manufacture of wine, cider, fruit juices or similar beverages and on packaging machinery is being reduced from 10% to 6%.

II. AUTOMOBILES:

1) Excise duty is being exempted on parts of tractors removed from one or more factories of a tractor manufacturer to another factory of the same manufacturer for manufacture of tractors.

III. METALS:

1) Excise duty on winding wires of copper is being increased from 10% to 12%.

IV. PRECIOUS METALS

1) Un-branded articles of precious metals are being exempted from excise duty for the period 01.03.2011 to 16.03.2012.

V. TEXTILES:

1)   Excise duty on Polyester Staple Fiber (PSF) and Polyester Filament Yarn (PFY) manufactured from plastic waste or scrap or plastic waste including waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles (which is already exempt w.e.f. 08.05.2012) is being exempted retrospectively w.e.f. 29.06.2010 to 07.05.2012 and intermediate product ‘Tow’ arising during the course of manufacture of such PSF/PFY is being exempted retrospectively w.e.f. 29.06.2010 to 10.07.2014.

2)     Excise duty at the rate of 2% (without CENVAT) or 6% (with CENVAT) is being imposed on Polyester Staple Fiber and Polyester Filament Yarn manufactured from plastic waste or scrap or plastic waste including waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles w.e.f. 1 1th July, 2014.

VI. HEALTH:

1)     Full exemption from excise duty is being provided to DDT manufactured by Hindustan Insecticides Limited for supply to the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme (NVBDCP) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

2)     Full exemption from excise duty is being provided for HIV/AIDS drugs and diagnostic kits supplied under National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM).

3)     Excise duty on cigarettes is being increased by 72% for cigarettes of length not exceeding 65 mm and by 11% to 21% for cigarettes of other lengths. Similar increases are proposed on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos.

4)     Basic excise duty is being increased from 12% to 16% on pan masala, from 50% to 55% on unmanufactured tobacco and from 60% to 70% on jarda scented tobacco, gutkha and chewing tobacco.

VII. ELECTRONICS/HARDWARE:

1)     Excise duty on recorded smart cards is being increased from 2% without CENVAT and 6% with CENVAT to a uniform rate of 12%.

2)     Full exemption from Excise Duty is being provided to reverse osmosis (RO) membrane element used in water filtration or purification equipment (other than household type filter). Excise duty on RO membrane element used in household type filters is being reduced from 12%/10% to 6%.

3) Excise duty on Metal Core PCB and LED driver for use in the manufacture of LED lights and fixtures and LED lamps, is being reduced from 12%/10% to 6%.

VIII. RENEWABLE ENERGY

1)     Excise duty is being reduced from 12% to Nil on forged steel rings used in the manufacture of bearings of wind operated electricity generators.

2)     Full exemption from excise duty is being provided for solar tempered glass used in the manufacture of solar photovoltaic cells/modules, solar power generating equipment/system, and flat plate solar collectors.

3)     Full exemption from excise duty is being granted in respect of machinery, equipments, etc. required for setting up of solar energy production projects.

4)     Full exemption from excise duty is being provided to backsheet and EVA sheet used in the manufacture of photovoltaic cells/modules and specified raw materials used in their manufacture.

5)     Full exemption from excise duty is being provided to parts consumed within the factory of production for the manufacture of non-conventional energy devices [Sl.No.332 of notification No.12/2012-CE, dated 17.03.2012].

6)     Full exemption from Excise Duty is being provided on flat copper wire used in the manufacture of PV ribbons (tinned copper interconnect) for use in the manufacture of solar cells/modules.

7) Full exemption from excise duty is being provided on machinery, equipments, etc. required for setting up of compressed biogas plant (Bio-CNG).

IX. CONSUMER GOODS

1)   The scope of the phrase “not mixed with any other ingredient” in the context of excise duty exemption on “heena powder or paste, not mixed with any other ingredient” is being clarified so as to provide that the exemption is available to heena powder mixed with a liquid, so far that the liquid is a medium to change the form of heena powder into paste but excludes products like heena dye and such other products which are cosmetics and have no ceremonial or traditional value.

2)     Excise duty is being reduced from 12% to 6% on footwear of retail price exceeding Rs.500 per pair but not exceeding Rs.1,000 per pair. Footwear of retail price upto Rs.500 per pair will continue to remain exempted.

3)     Excise duty on hand operated sewing machine (2% without CENVAT / 6% with CENVAT) is being rationalized by levying concessional excise duty on sewing machines other than those operated with electric motors (whether in-built or attachable to the body)

4)     Semi- mechanized units manufacturing safety matches, which attract concessional excise duty of 6%, are being allowed to carry out the processes of ‘Pasting of labels’ and ‘Packing’ with the aid of power.

5)     Concessional excise duty of 2% without CENVAT credit and 6% with CENVAT credit is being extended to gloves specially designed for use in sports.

6)     An additional duty of excise is being levied at the rate of 5% ad valorem on aerated waters containing added sugar.

X. ENERGY SECTOR

1) Central Excise duty on Branded Petrol is being reduced from Rs.7.50 per litre to Rs. 2.35 per litre.

2)   Full exemption from Central Excise duty is being provided to Liquefied Propane and Butane mixture, Liquefied Propane, Liquefied Butane and Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) for supply to Non-Domestic Exempted Category (NDEC) customers by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited or Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited retrospectively from 08.02.2013.

3)     The rate of Clean Energy Cess levied on coal, lignite and peat is being increased from Rs.50 per tonne to Rs. 100 per tonne.

XI. SECURITY AND STRATEGIC PURPOSES:

1)     Full exemption from Excise Duty is being provided to goods supplied to National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO).

2)     Full exemption from excise duty is being provided for security threads and security fibre supplied to Security Paper Mill Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) and Bank Note Paper Mill India Private Limited (BNPMIPL).

XII. MISCELLANEOUS

1)     Optional excise duty of 2% (without CENVAT)/6% (with CENVAT) on writing and printing paper for printing of educational textbooks is being withdrawn and instead a uniform excise duty of 6% with CENVAT is being levied.

2)     Intermediate goods manufactured and consumed captively for further manufacture of matches is being fully exempted.

3)     The scope of the Excise Duty exemption to “all goods supplied against International Competitive Bidding” is being clarified to the effect that the said exemption is also available to sub-contractors for manufacture and supply of goods to the main contractor (who has won the bid for the project through ICB) for execution of the said project.

4)     Full exemption from Excise duty is being provided on plastic materials reprocessed out of the scrap or waste and cleared into the DTA by an EOU.

5)     Education cess and secondary & higher education cess (customs component) is being exempted on goods cleared by an EOU into the DTA.

6)     A clarification is being issued that the exemption from education cess and secondary & higher education cess under notifications No.28/2010-CE and No.29/2010-CE, both dated 22.06.2010 is applicable only in respect of the clean energy cess leviable on coal and not in respect of excise duty leviable on coal.

7) It is being clarified that all goods falling under headings 8601 to 8606 (except 8604) attract 6% excise duty with CENVAT benefit.

MISCELLANEOUS

1)     The Seventh Schedule to the Finance Act, 2001 dealing with National Calamity Contingent Duty is being amended to omit the tariff item 2402 20 60 as a consequential change to amendment in the First Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act.

This change will come into effect immediately owing to a declaration under the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act, 1931. [Clause 107]

2)     The Seventh Schedule to the Finance Act, 2005 dealing with Additional Excise Duty is being amended so as to:

(a)   impose an additional duty of excise at the rate of 5% ad valorem on aerated waters containing added sugar.

(b)   omit the tariff item 2402 20 60 as a consequential change to amendment in the First Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act.

These changes will come into effect immediately owing to a declaration under the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act, 1931. [Clause 110]

3) The Tenth Schedule to the Finance Act, 2010 dealing with Clean Energy Cess is being amended so as to expand the scope of purposes of levy of the said cess to include clean environment initiatives and funding research in the area of clean environment.     [Clause 111]

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  • Dear All

    I am working in a Polymer Company which is Manufactured hi performance plastic for Machinery Parts. As per today Budget 28.02.2015 the Excise Duty is Increses from 12.36% to 12.5%. Pl.s Guide us how we can caluclate is the BED is 12% how to Bifergate the Education and Higher Education Cess. pl/s Guide us. Our Tariff Heading Starts from 84-87-90-00 and 39-16-90-00

  • Understood to know that the Excise Duty has been changed to 12.5 from (12% and Csss 2+1%)wef 02.03.2015 for Wooden Packing Cases and Crates- Sch No Code No.4415 20 00 by ignoring the Edu Cess & SEc Edu Ceess of 2 and 1 % respectively.

    Kindly confirm and also let us know from which date it is applicable.

  • Respected sir,

    I M working in savli Gidc My Co is salling Waste & Scrap of Steel.Priviously we Cahre Excise Duty 12.36% now there is a change in rate. so pls inform me what Rate i have to Charge? +91 9016889794/9723783568

  • how much is the excise duty on waste/scrap of paperboard generated during manufacture of paperboard cartons.
    exemption notification 50, at sl no. 160 states 6% in case of waste paper and paper products, but no where it states paperboard.

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