OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CENTRAL EXCISE::  MADURAI-625 002. 

Trade Notice No.   19/2009           Dated:   13.03.2009.        Service Tax No.     11/2009 

Sub:- Service Tax – Access to registered premises – Empowerment of Officers thereof – Regarding. 

            Rule 5 A was inserted in the Service Tax Rules, 1994 vide Service Tax (Sixth Amendment) Rules, 2007 (Notification No.45/2007 – ST dated 28.12.2007 refers).  Attention is also drawn to the instructions issued by the Board vide F.No.137/26/2007-CX.4 dated 01.01.2008 in this regard.  The service tax rules were amended to allow the officers to access the registered premises of the taxpayer for carrying out scrutiny, verification and checks as necessary to safeguard the government revenue.  The said Rule 5A envisages that Commissioners are required to duly authorise the officers before such access. 

2.         Instances have come to the notice that some of the Commissionerates have issued Trade Notices, authorising all the officers of the rank of Inspectors and above, posted in the Commissionerate, to visit the taxpayers.  It was never the intention of the said amendment to allow unrestricted access to the premises of the taxpayer by the officers.  Issuance of such Trade Notices giving unfettered power to all the officers to visit taxpayers is against the spirit of the amendment in particular and policy of the Government in general.  While it is not necessary that Commissioners should authorise individual visits to taxpayer and a general authorisation can be granted, however, for each visit to the premises of the taxpayer, permission must be given in writing by an officer not below the rank of Assistant / Deputy Commissioner. 

3.         It has been decided that, henceforth officers above the rank of Inspectors should be allowed access to the premises of tax payers in terms of Rule 5A of the Service Tax Rules, only after they are duly authorised in writing, in each case, by an officer not below the rank of concerned Assistant / Deputy Commissioner.  To facilitate such authorisation / permission, the same can be given through a register maintained for the purpose.  The proforma for such register is given in Annexure A hereto.  Such register should be reviewed and signed at the end of each month by the concerned Joint / Additional Commissioner and once in every quarter by the concerned Commissioner.

4.         This instruction would ipso facto apply to formations carrying out investigation functions.

5.         All instructions / clarifications / trade notices contrary to the aforesaid instructions stand cancelled / withdrawn.

6.       This may be brought to the notice of all constituent members of your trade associations.

( Authority: Board’s letter F.No.137/26/2007-CX.4 dated 15.12.2008 )

( Issued from File C.No:IV/16/06/2009-STU )

  (A.S.MEENALOCHANI) 

 DEPUTY COMMISSIONER

Encl: As above.

                                                                                               

ANNEXURE – A

 

PROFORMA OF THE REGISTER TO BE MAINTAINED IN THE COMMISSIONERATE / DIVISION FOR THE PURPOSE OF AUTHORISING THE OFFICERS IN TERMS OF

RULE 5A OF THE SERVICE TAX RULES

 

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No.

Name & designation of the officer (s) authorised to visit the taxpayer

Name & address of the taxpayer proposed to be visited

Purpose or reason for the visit

Proposed date of visit

Name & designation of the officer authorising the visit

Date of authorisation

  

1.  Name / date / signature of Joint / Additional Commissioner (once every month)

2.  Name / date / signature of the Commissioner (once every quarter)

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