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Case Name : Commissioner of Central Excise & Service Tax Vs M/s. Adecco Flexion E Workforce Solutions Ltd. (Karnataka High Court)
Appeal Number : CEA No. 101 of 2008
Date of Judgement/Order : 08/09/2011
Related Assessment Year :
Courts : All High Courts (5431) Karnataka High Court (263)

The assessee has paid both the service tax and interest for delayed payments before issue of show cause notice under the Act. Sub-Sec.(3) of Sec. 73 of the Finance Act, 1994 categorically states, after the payment of service tax and interest is made and the said information is furnished to the authorities, then the authorities shall not serve any notice under Sub-Sec.(1) in respect of the amount so paid. Therefore, authorities have no authority to initiate proceedings for recovery of penalty under Sec. 76 of the Act.

IN THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA

AT BANGALORE

CEA No. 101 of 2008
CEA No. 102 of 2008

COMMISSIONER OF CENTRAL EXCISE AND SERVICE TAX
LARGE TAXPAYER UNIT, JSS TOWERS, 100FT RING ROAD
BANASHANKARI III STAGE, BANGALORE– 560085

Vs

M/s ADECCO FLEXION E WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS LTD.
REGENT COURT, I & II FLOOR, PLOT NO 17, S T BED 80 FT ROAD
KORAMANAGALA, BANGALORE– 560034

Dated: September 08, 2011

JUDGEMENT

Per N Kumar, J:

Both these appeals are preferred by the assessee challenging the order passed by the Tribunal as well as the Appellate Commissioner who have held that the assessee is not liable to pay any penalty under Sec. 76 of the Finance Act, 1994 and therefore, set aside the order passed by the lower authorities imposing penalty.

2. Facts are not in dispute. The assessee has paid both the service tax and interest for delayed payments before issue of show cause notice under the Act. Sub-Sec.(3) of Sec. 73 of the Finance Act, 1994 categorically states, after the payment of service tax and interest is made and the said information is furnished to the authorities, then the authorities shall not serve any notice under Sub-Sec.(1) in respect of the amount so paid. Therefore, authorities have no authority to initiate proceedings for recovery of penalty under Sec. 76 of the Act.

3. Unfortunately the assessing authority as well as the appellate authority seem to think, if an assessee does not pay the tax within the stipulated time and regularly pays tax after the due date with interest, it is something which is not pardonable in law. Though the law does not say so, authorities working under the law seem to think otherwise and thus they are wasting that valuable time in proceeding against persons who are paying service tax with interest promptly. They are paid salary to act in accordance with law and to initiate proceedings against defaulters who have not paid service tax and interest in spite of service of notice calling upon them to make payment and certainly not to harass and initiate proceedings against persons who are paying tax with interest for delayed payment. It is high time, the authorities will change their attitude towards these tax payers, understanding the object with which this enactment is passed and also keep in mind the express provision as contained in sub-Sec. (3) of Sec. 73. The Parliament has expressly stated that against persons who have paid tax with interest, no notice shall be served. If notices are issued contrary to the said Section, the person to be punished is the person who has issued notice and not the person to whom it is issued. We take that, in ignorance of law, the authorities are indulging in this extravaganza and wasting their precious time and also the time of the Tribunal and this Court. It is high time that the authorities shall issue appropriate directions to see that such tax payers are not harassed. If such instances are noticed by this Court here after, certainly it will be a case for taking proper action against those law breakers.

4. In that view of the matter, we do not see any merit in these appeals. The appeals are dismissed.

5. Mark a copy of this order to the Commissioner of Large Tax Payers Unit who is in charge of collection of service tax to issue proper circular to all the concerned authorities, not to contravene this provision, namely Sub-Sec. (3) of Sec. 73 of the Act.

NF

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