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Case Name : Commissioner of Central Excise, Delhi III, Gurgaon Vs. KML Molding [2015-VIL-171-CESTAT-DEL-CE]
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CA Bimal JainCenvat credit allowed on civil construction services for construction of factory shed, which is falling under setting up of factory premises

KML Molding (the Respondent) is a manufacturer of motor vehicle parts. The Respondent constructed factory shed in their factory premises and availed Cenvat credit of Service tax paid on civil construction services (impugned service). The Revenue alleged that the Respondent is not entitled to avail the Cenvat credit on impugned service as the same has been taken for immovable property and thus have no nexus with the manufacturing activity of the Respondent.

Therefore, the Revenue issued a SCN alleging denial of the Cenvat credit availed on the impugned service, which was further upheld by the Adjudication

Authority along with imposition of interest and penalty. However, on appeal being filed to the Ld. Commissioner (Appeals), Cenvat credit on impugned service was allowed to the Respondent.

Being aggrieved, the Revenue preferred an appeal before the Hon’ble CESTAT, Delhi.

The Hon’ble CESTAT, New Delhi held that in terms of the definition of Input service under Rule 2(l) of the Credit Rules as was prevalent during the period of dispute, setting up, modernization, renovation or repair of the factory falls under the inclusive part of the definition and thus Cenvat credit is allowed to the Appellant on the impugned service availed for construction of factory shed which is not other than setting up of factory premises.

Our Comments:

Here, it would not be out of place to mention that post facto April 1, 2011, definition of the term ‘Input service’ given under Rule 2(l) of the Credit Rules was substituted vide Notification No. 3/2011-CE(NT) dated March 1, 2011, inter alia, deleting the phrase ‘setting up’. Thus, limiting the wide scope of the term ‘Input services’. In other words, effective from April 1, 2011, one has to be very careful while determining eligibility of any Input service under Rule 2(l) of the Credit Rules.

Further, effective from April 1, 2011, scope of wide interpretation of the term ‘Input service’ has been further curtailed/ limited by inserting exclusion-clause in the stated definition. These services would not be eligible even if they are eligible as per the inclusive part of the definition of ‘Input services’:

Construction related services specifically excluded under Clause (A):

Clause (A) under Rule 2(l) of the Credit Rules specifically excludes service portion in the execution of Works contract and construction services including service listed under Section 66E(b) of the Finance Act in so far as they are used for the following activities:

  1. Construction or execution of Works contract of a building or a civil structure or a part thereof; or
  2. Laying of foundation or making of structures for support of Capital Goods.

However, these services will be eligible as ‘Input services’ if used for the provision of one or more of the specified services i.e. Construction/ Works contract of a building/ civil structure/ part thereof or laying of foundation or making of structures for support of Capital goods.

Thus, service portion in the execution of Works contract and construction services (specified services) will be eligible for Cenvat credit only if used for service portion in the execution of a Works contract and construction services.

Hence, effective from April 1, 2011, Cenvat credit would be allowed only if the activity undertaken in the factory is in relation to modernization, renovation, or repairs only but not setting up.

(Bimal Jain, FCA, FCS, LLB, B.Com (Hons), Mobile: +91 9810604563, Email: bimaljain@hotmail.com)

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0 responses to “Cenvat credit on civil construction services for factory shed”

  1. Manish says:

    @Jitendra Sharma: vide Notification No. 3/2011-CE(NT) dated March 1, 2011, wef 1/3/2011 Cenvat credit on civil construction services for factory shed is not allowed.

    @N.Balachandran: the Input services used for construction of civil works and making support for capital goods is a disputed issue. you cannot claim cenvat credit under input services clause. However you may claim cenvat of same under “capital goods” clause.

  2. Abhishek says:

    Still, there is litigation on this issue. It is recommended not to take input credit on the same.

  3. jitendra Sharma says:

    Please clarify that from which date “Cenvat credit on civil construction services for factory shed” is allowed.

    Jitendra Sharma
    Manager-Accounts
    DNH Spinners Pvt.Ltd.

  4. N.Balachandran says:

    Sir,

    can u pl clarify , the Input services used for construction of civil works and making support for capital goods are eligible for Input credit.

    Regards

    N.Balachandran
    GM-Commercial
    Shriram EPC ltd

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