Expression of Interest (EOIs) For Empanelment of Chartered Accountants/Chartered Accountant firms/Cost Accountants/Cost Accountant firms for Special Audit with Department of Trade & Taxes, Govt. of NCT of Delhi.

Request for Expression of Interest (EOIs)
For
Empanelment of Chartered Accountants/Chartered
Accountant firms/Cost Accountants/Cost Accountant
firms for Special Audit of GST registered persons under
Section 66 of the Delhi Goods & Services Tax Act, 2017

Invited by
Department of Trade & Taxes
Govt. of NCT of Delhi
Vyapar Bhawan, IP Estate,
New Delhi-110002

Department of Trade & Taxes, Govt. of NCT of Delhi

Vyapar Bhawan,

IP Estate, New Delhi-110002

Request for Expression of Interest (EOIs) For Empanelment of Chartered Accountants/Chartered Accountant firms/Cost Accountants/ Cost Accountant firms for Special Audit of GST registered persons under Section 66 of the Delhi Goods & Services Tax Act, 2017

Commissioner, Trade & Taxes, Delhi, Department of Trade & Taxes, invites online Expression of Interest (EOI) for empanelment of Chartered Accountants, Chartered Accountant firms, Cost Accountants and Cost Accountant firms for conducting special audit of accounts of GST Registered persons as envisaged under Section 66 of the Delhi Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017.

EOI is to be submitted only online on the Government of NCT of Delhi e-procurement Portal at https://govtprocurement.delhi.gov.in.

The EOI document can be downloaded from the Government of NCT of Delhi e-procurement Portal at https://govtprocurement.delhi.gov.in and the website of Department of Trade & Taxes www.dvat.gov.in (for reference).The last date of submission of EOI is 08-03-2021 (Time 03.00 PM).

Commissioner, Trade & Taxes, Delhi
Department of Trade & Taxes

Department of Trade & Taxes, Govt. of NCT of Delhi
Vyapar Bhawan, IP Estate, New Delhi-110002

Request for Expression of Interest (EOIs) For Empanelment of Chartered
Accountants/Chartered Accountant firms/Cost Accountants/ Cost Accountant firms
for Special
Audit of GST registered persons under Section 66 of the Delhi Goods & Services Tax Act, 2017

Expressions of Interest (EOI) is hereby invited for empanelment of Chartered Accountants, Chartered Accountant firms, Cost Accountants and Cost Accountant firms for conducting special audit of accounts of GST Registered persons as envisaged under Section 66 of the Delhi Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017.

EOI is to be submitted only online on the Government of NCT of Delhi e-procurement Portal at https://govtprocurement.delhi.gov.in.

The EOI document can be downloaded from the Government of NCT of Delhi e-procurement Portal at https://govtprocurement.delhi.gov.in and the website of Department of Trade & Taxes www.dvat.gov.in (for reference).The last date of submission of EOI is 08-03-2021 (Time 03.00 PM.).

The critical date sheet is as under:-

S.No. Description of Activities Date Time
1. EOI Document available for Download and EOI Submission Start Date 11-02-2021 03.00 PM
2. Pre-proposal meeting 19-02-2021 03.00 PM
3. EOI Submission End Date 08-03-2021 03.00 PM
4. EOI Opening Date 08-03-2021 04.00 PM

Note: If any due date happens to be a holiday then the next working day will be the due date at the same time.

NOTICE FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Sub: Empanelment of Chartered Accountants/Chartered Accountant firms/Cost  Accountants/ Cost Accountant firms for Audit of GST registered persons

Attention of practicing Chartered Accountants, Chartered Accountant firms, Cost Accountants and Cost Accountant firms is invited to the provisions of Section 66 of the Delhi Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017. The Trade & Taxes Department proposes to prepare a panel of Chartered Accountants, Chartered Accountant firms, Cost Accountants and Cost Accountant firms for conducting special audit of accounts of GST Registered persons as envisaged under the said Section.

1. Eligibility :- In order to be eligible for to be empanelled for the said audit, a person/Firm should fulfill the following conditions :-

The applicant firm/person should –

i. Be a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India/Institute of Cost Accountants of India and should have valid full time Certificate of practice issued by the respective institutes;

ii. Possess experience of at least five years of practice as Chartered Accountant/Cost Accountant;

iii. That the applicant or any partner/proprietor of the applicant firm having experience and practice as stated above should not have indulged in any unethical professional practice or professional misconduct including moral turpitude;

iv. Not have been held guilty of any professional misconduct under the Cost and Works Accountant Act,1956(as amended) or Chartered Accountants Act,1949(as amended) during past five years or penalized under Chapter V of the Finance Act, 1994 or Customs Act, 1962 or Central Excise Act,1944,DVAT Act,2004 or the Central/IGST/Delhi Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017;

v. Not be facing any investigation or enquiry by the CBIC or Govt. of NCT of Delhi or any of its subordinate offices for any violations under the Service Tax Law or the Customs Act, 1962 or the Central Excise Act, 1944, DVAT Act, 2004 or the Central/IGST/Delhi Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017;

vi. Location of office:- That the location of the office of the applicant/partner/proprietor having experience as stated above who is incharge of such office should be in the city of Delhi/NCR.

2. Selection Procedure :- The selection will be as follows-

i. All the applications received up to the last date for filing of application shall be scrutinized in terms of criteria/guidelines issued in this regard. The basic criteria for selecting the applicant would be the experience in audit/consultancy/representation in the Income Tax, Central Excise, Service Tax, VAT and GST matters, turnover, staff strength, audit experience etc. The detailed evaluation criteria would be as follows:-

a. Applicant’s existence in years after its registration (Provide copy of certificate of registration with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India/Institute of Cost Accountants of India):-

More than 5 years but less than 10 years : 60%

10 years or more but less than 15 years : 75%

15 years or more : 100% (The above criterion carries 15 Marks.)

b. That the applicant(s) has/have been empanelled as auditor with anyone of the following departments during the last 7 years (Provide copy of order/letter of empanelment with the Department(s)):-

i) Department of Income Tax

ii) Department of Customs and Central Excise

iii) Department of Service Tax

iv) Department of Value Added Tax

v) Department of Goods & Services Tax

(The above criterion carries 4 Marks in case of one (01) department, 7 Marks for two (02) departments, 11 Marks for three (03) departments and maximum 15 Marks for four (04) or more departments.)

c. That the applicant(s) has/have average annual turnover in last three financial years (Provide copies of full Income tax returns & Financial Accounts for the last three financial years):-

10 lakhs – 50 lakhs : 60%
50 lakhs – 1 crore : 70%
1 crore – 2 crore : 80%
More than 2 crore : 100%

(The above criterion carries 15 Marks.)

d. No. of Audit Assignments of Internal/Statutory/Forensic Audit of Corporate/PSUs entities, except Bank Branch Audit, for which the audit has been done in the last 5 years (Provide copy of order of assignment of such Audit):-

3 to 5 :60%
5 to 10 :75%
>10 : 100%

(The above criterion carries 15 Marks.)

e. That the applicant(s) or any partner(s)/proprietor of the applicant firm(s)/professional(s) has/have an office profile with staff strength of at least 5 (excluding typist, stenographers, computer operators, secretaries and subordinate staff etc.) consisting of audit and article clerks with the knowledge in book-keeping and accountancy and are engaged in outdoor audit (Provide details of staff engaged alongwith their names, educational qualification, date of engagement, contact details etc.):-

More than 20 : 100%

More than 10 but less than or equal to 20 : 75%

5 or more but less than or equal to 10 (The above criterion carries 15 Marks.) : 50%

f. Applicant should submit brief approach paper (not exceeding 3000 words) covering the following:-

I. Challenges in the special audit of registered person under Goods & Services Tax Act, 2017.

II. Technical parameters/approach to assess compliance of various provisions of the GST Act, 2017 by the registered person.

III.Proposed methodologies to analyze & evaluate compliance on technical parameters.

IV. Proposed work plan for responding to the Scope of work.

V. Proposed solutions/methodology for a special audit for ensuring time bound determination of statutory liabilities of registered person.

VI. Proposed innovations in analysis, audit and follow up action for successful conclusion of such special audit through discharge of financial liabilities by registered person.

(The above criterion carries 25 Marks.)

ii. The minimum qualifying marks will be 50 based on the above evaluation criteria. The department intends to empanel top 50-60 auditors in the first phase. Based on the evaluation of this pilot, the decision for further empanelment would be taken.

iii. Out of empanelled candidates, audit would be allotted to the firms/person as and when required by the department at the sole discretion of the Commissioner, Trade &Taxes, Delhi. Their performance would be monitored by examining the quality and findings of audit reports submitted by them.

iv. The panel so made above shall be in force for a period of two years. However, in case of necessity, new person/firm can be added in the panel by following the prescribed procedure.

v. The empanelment of the Auditor will stand cancelled, without any prejudice to all available legal/other remedy/recourse in the event of any of the followings:-

a. If the empanelment has been obtained on the basis of false information/mis-statement.

b. If the Auditor does not take up the Audit in terms of the appointment/allotment letter.

c. If the Auditor fails to maintain/honour confidentiality & secrecy in all respect.

d. If the Auditor fails to comply with any of the eligibility criteria/other terms & conditions.

e. If the Auditor fails to provide the audit reports and mandated inputs of requisite quality within prescribed time.

3. Scope of Work :- The Special Audit shall be conducted by the Special Auditor under Section 66 of Delhi Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017.He shall examine and audit the records & books of accounts of the registered person. He shall check and verify the compliance of the provisions of DGST Act, CGST Act & IGST Act, 2017 and Rules made there under by the registered person including the correctness of turnover declared, input tax credit availed, taxes paid, refund claimed etc. and detect the tax evasion, if any, by the registered person. He shall submit his report within the prescribed period as per the provisions of the Act. In case the registered person does not accept the findings of the Special Audit and consequent tax liability, interest etc. & contests the same by way of appeal, the auditor will render all required assistance/advice in the matter to protect the interest of the government in such appeals.

4. Duties and obligations :- The person/Firm so nominated to act as special auditor shall have the following duties and obligations :-

i. The audit shall be conducted as per the Terms of Reference & within the prescribed time limit.

ii. The auditor may be required to visit the offices including branch office/head office of GST registered person to conduct the Audit of GST and to call for and examine the required documents.

iii. The Audit shall be conducted in coordination with the departmental officers. In other words, the departmental officer may also join the audit team of the nominated CA/ICWA to conduct the audit.

iv. The auditor, within the period specified by the Commissioner, Trade & Taxes, shall submit a report of such audit duly signed and certified by him. The audit report shall provide full details of audit, including the audit plan, details of documents verified, result of verification, short levy/wrong availment of Input Tax credit etc. duly quantified and with their observations. Duly authenticated copies of sample documents shall also be enclosed with audit report for taking further action by the department.

v. The nominated person/firm should not have represented or advised in any manner the registered person whose audit is ordered by the department in any area like maintenance of accounts, auditing, tax consultancy, any other consultancy, representation etc. and therefore should not be in conflict of interest position. This aspect would be verified while assigning a particular registered person for audit and a certificate in this regard would be submitted before accepting the special audit.

vi. Maintain confidentiality in all respect related to special audit assigned to him and should not disclose/share any sensitive/confidential information/documents etc. to the registered person/any outsider.

vii. On receipt of audit report, department may call the auditor for seeking any clarification or ask them to complete audit, if it is found that particular area has not been examined properly.

viii. In case the registered person does not accept the findings of the Special Audit and consequent tax liability, interest etc. and contests the same by way of appeal, the auditor will render all required assistance/advice in the matter to protect the interest of the government in such appeals.

ix. The empanelled Chartered Accountants and the Cost Accountants shall give an undertaking at the time of allotment of units that they will not take up Statutory Audit of the said units allocated to them for special audit and also during the period they are on the panel of Delhi State GST.

x. The auditor will not associate any junior staff for the Audit purpose except with due approval of such person with equivalent qualification & experience by the Department in writing.

5. Schedule of Fees: The Chartered Accountants/ Chartered Accountant firms/Cost Accountants/ Cost Accountant firms would be entitled to a fees depending upon the size of the unit whose Special Audit has been conducted. The amount of such fees payable is as indicated below:-

S.
No
Aggregate Turnover (Rs.) in Delhi Rate of Audit Fee     (Rs.) (+ GST as applicable)
1. Less than 50 Lacs 15,000
2. 50 Lacs and more but less than 2 crore 25,000
3. 2 Crore and more but less than 5 Crore 35,000
4. 5 Crore and more but less than 10 Crore 60,000
5. 10 Crore and more but less than 25 Crore 80,000
6. 25 Crore and more but less than 50 Crore 1,00,000
7. 50 Crore and more but less than 150 Crore 1,50,000
8. 150 Crore and more but less than 300 Crore 2,00,000
9. 300 Crore and more but less than 500 Crore 2,75,000
0. 500 Crore and more but less than 1000 Crore 3,50,000
1. 1000 Crore and more 4,00,000

The payment of fee to the extent of 80% will be released on satisfactory conclusion of Special Audit and after issuance of information of findings upon Special Audit in Form GST ADT-04 to the registered person. Rest 20% of the fee will be released either on discharge of statutory liabilities towards tax, interest etc., determined on the basis of Special Audit report, if any, by the registered person or after rendering of all required assistance/advice by the auditor during the first stage appeal in case the registered person prefers to contests the findings of Special Audit, whichever is earlier.

6. General :-

(i) It is the sole discretion of the Commissioner, Trade & Taxes, Delhi, to select any of the Chartered Accountants/Cost Accountants from the panel for conducting the Special Audit.

(ii) This office reserves the right to remove name of any of the Chartered Accountants/Cost Accountants from the panel so made, after making enquiries as deemed fit and such decision would be final.

(iii) This office also reserves the right to cancel/withdraw the expression of interest without assigning any reason whatsoever.

7. Last Date and Time for Submission and Opening of the EOI

1. The EOI shall be received only online on the Government of NCT of Delhi e-procurement Portal at https://govtprocurement.delhi.gov.in and would be opened as per the Schedule mentioned in the EOI (Critical date-sheet).

2. If any due date in the Critical date sheet happens to be a holiday then the next working day will be the due date at the same time.

3. Department of Trade & Taxes may, at its discretion, extend the last date and time for submission of EOI and/or date and time of opening of EOI by issuing corrigendum/addendum.

8. Submission of EOI

1. EOI shall be submitted online only at Government of NCT of Delhi e-procurement Portal at https://govtprocurement.delhi.gov.in.

2. The applicant has to follow the Instructions  as available at https://govtprocurement.delhi.gov.in in the “Bidders Manual Kit” option.

3. The applicant has to upload the duly filled and signed Performa as at Annexure-A.

4. The applicant has to upload duly filled and signed Annexure-B as well as all the self certified documents as per Annexure-B.

5. The intending Applicants are advised to visit Government of NCT of Delhi e-procurement Portal at https:// govtprocurement.delhi.gov.in regularly till closing date of submission of EOI for any corrigendum/addendum/amendments.

6. There is no cost of the EOI document.

7. The pre-proposal meeting date/time, EOI submission start date/time, EOI submission end date/time and the EOI opening date/time will be as per as critical date-sheet. List of the empanelled applicants will be uploaded on the website of Department of Trade & Taxes, GNCTD as well as on the Government of NCT of Delhi e-procurement Portal.

9. PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING

The pre-proposal meeting will be held by the Trade & Taxes Deptt. on 19-02-2021 at (3.00 PM) in the Conference Hall, 13th Floor, Vyapar Bhawan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi-110002 for resolution of any issue, clarifications etc.

10. ASSISTANCE TO APPLICANTS

For any queries relating to the process of online EOI submission or queries relating to

Procurement portal, the applicants may contact at

Telephone: 011-23813523 (Monday-Friday, 09:30 AM to 06.00 PM)

For any technical related queries please call at 24 x 7 Help Desk Number

0120-4001 002

0120-4001 005

0120-6277 787

ANNEXURE-A

PROFORMA FOR APPLICATION FOR EMPANELMENT AS SPECIAL AUDITOR IN DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & TAXES, GOVT. OF NCT OF DELHI

S. No. Information/Details sought
1. Name and address of the person/ firm. In case of firm, please also provide total number of partners and names of partners who will be engaged in this assignment
2. PAN – Permanent Account Number
3. Date  of  Birth  (in  case   of  individual) and  date   of incorporation (in case of firm)
4. Address  for correspondence    including    contact No./Mobile No. and E-mail ID
5. Membership No. of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India/Institute of Cost Accountants of India along with date of becoming member of the institute
6. Whether empanelled  (during last seven  years) with Department of Income Tax, Department of Customs & Central Excise, Department of Service Tax, Department of Value Added Tax, Department of Goods & Services Tax
7. Average annual turnover in last three financial years
8. No. of Audit Assignments of Internal /Statutory/Forensic Audit of Corporate/PSUs entities, except Bank Branch Audit, for which the audit has been done in the last 5 years.
9. Staff strength (excluding typist, stenographers, computer operators, secretaries and subordinate staff etc.) Consisting of Audit and Article clerks with the knowledge in book­keeping and accountancy and are engaged in outdoor audit.
10. Whether  any investigation/ inquiry/disciplinary proceeding is pending in the records of relevant Institute like Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, the Northern India Regional Council of Chartered Accountants of India and the Northern India Regional Council of Institute of Cost Accountants of India /CBIC/Govt. of NCT of Delhi against any applicant/ proprietor/ partner/employee of the firm (Give details)

Annexure –B

CHECKLIST OF DOCUMENTS TO BE SCANNED & UPLOADED ALONG WITH “EOI” ON E-PORTAL

S.No. Item Description Yes/No Remarks
1. Copy of PAN
2. Copy of Aadhar Card/ Voter ID/Passport etc. mentioning address
3. Copy of certificate of registration with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India/Institute of Cost Accountants of India
4. Certificate of Practice issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India/Institute of Cost Accountants of India showing experience of at least five years of practice
5. Copy of order/letter of empanelment with the Department(s)):-

1. Department of Income Tax

2. Department of Customs and Central Excise

3. Department of Service Tax

4. Department of Value Added Tax

5. Department of Goods & Services Tax

6. Copies of full Income tax returns & Financial Accounts for the last three financial years.
7. Copy of order of Audit Assignments of Internal/Statutory/Forensic Audit of
Corporate/PSUs entities, except Bank Branch Audit.
8. Details of staff engaged (excluding typist, stenographers, computer operators, secretaries and  subordinate staff etc.) consisting of audit and article clerks with the knowledge in book-keeping and accountancy and are engaged in outdoor audit providing their names, educational qualification, date of engagement, contact details etc. in Annexure-C
9. Brief approach paper (not exceeding 3000 words) as mentioned at point No. 2 (Selection Procedure) sub-point (f) in Annexure-D
10. Verification/Declaration as in Annexure-E

Note:- In case, any of the above documents is not available, then applicant may specify so on a separate paper, duly signed and upload the same against the said document.

ANNEXURE –C

S.No. Name of Staff engaged Educational
qualification
Date of
Engagement
Contact details

ANNEXURE-D

S. No. Information sought Details to be furnished
1. Challenges in the special audit of registered person under Goods & Services Tax Act, 2017.
2. Technical   parameters/approach  to   assess compliance of various provisions of the GST Act, 2017 by the registered person.
3. Proposed methodologies to analyze & evaluate compliance on technical parameters.
4. Proposed work plan for responding to the Scope of work.
5. Proposed solutions/methodology for a special audit for ensuring time bound determination of statutory liabilities of registered person.
6. Proposed  innovations in  analysis, audit and follow up action for successful conclusion of such special   audit  through  discharge  of
financial liabilities by registered person.

ANNEXURE-E

DECLARATION  

I ……………………………………………… Proprietor/ Partner of M/s…………………………………………….. do hereby declare that the information/details etc. submitted in/along with Expression of Interest application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Dated :

Signature

Place:

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