GST has just completed two years. An area that concerns me is that we have huge pending litigations from pre-GST regime. More than Rs.3.75 lakh crore is blocked in litigations in service tax and excise. There is a need to unload this baggage and allow business to move on. I, therefore, propose, a Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme that will allow quick closure of these litigations. I would urge the trade and business to avail this opportunity and be free from legacy litigations.
Finance MInister – Nirmala Sitharaman
The Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme is a one time measure for liquidation of past disputes of Central Excise and Service Tax as well as to ensure disclosure of unpaid taxes by a person eligible to make a declaration. The Scheme shall be enforced by the Central Government from a date to be notified. It provides that eligible persons shall declare the tax dues and pay the same in accordance with the provisions of the Scheme. It further provides for certain immunities including penalty, interest or any other proceedings under the Central Excise Act, 1944 or Chapter V of the Finance Act, 1944 to those persons who pay the declared tax dues.
Objectives of the scheme
♦ To encourage voluntary disclosure of past disputes of Central Excise, Service Tax and 26 other Indirect Tax Enactments.
♦ To facilitate an eligible person to declare the unpaid tax dues and pay the same in accordance with the provisions of this scheme.
♦ To provide certain immunities, including Penalty, Interest or any other proceedings including prosecution, to eligible persons who pay the declared tax dues.
Who is not eligible to make a declaration under the scheme?
Relief available under this scheme
Taxpayer cannot make a voluntary disclosure under this scheme after an enquiry or investigation or audit or for an amount declared as payable in a return filed consequent to such proceedings but not paid.
Designated Committee and its role
Restrictions of the Scheme
Once Discharge Certificate Issued
♦ Declarant not liable to pay any further duty, interest or penalty with respect to matter and time period covered.
♦ Case shall not be reopened in any other proceeding under Indirect enactment.
♦ If False declaration is made in voluntary disclosure, proceedings applicable laws shall be started within a time limit of one year.
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Issued in Public Interest
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