Author: CA Tarannum Khatri

Online tds payment

The CBDT has extended due date (last date) for payment of TDS for the month of September, 2014. Today is the last date. TDS can be paid by offline or you can do online TDS payment.   How to make online tds payment? If you have software for tds return, there is no much worry because software gives all facilities from tds calculation to tds payment and filling of tds return. If you don’t have, no need to worry. You can do e payment of tds very easily.   Due date for payment of tds: TDS deducted during the...

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Current service tax rate chart for year 2014-15

Presenting current service tax rate chart for year 2014-15. You can find service tax rate chart 2015-16 with amended rate 14% here.- LINK. The new rate is applicable from june 1, 2015. Service tax is indirect tax levied on service provided. Service tax is charged at various rates due to availability of exemptions and abatements on various services. Use this chart to decide service tax rate applicable to you. There is change in service tax rate from 12.36% to 14% in budget 2015-16. Read following posts,  budget highlights: service tax  When will new service tax rate 14% be applicable?...

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New stipend rate for CA students

Good news for CA students.. Finally ICAI has opened its eyes towards lower stipend received by CA students. On 10th september, 2014, ICAI has proposed to increase the stipend of CA students. This is the new table in regulation no. 48 of the chartered accountant regulations, 1988.   Place of service of articled assistant During 1st year of training During 2nd year of training During remaining period of training Cities having population of 20 lacks or more Rs. 2000 Rs. 2500 Rs. 3000 Cities having population of 4 lacks and above but less than 20 lacks Rs. 1500 Rs. 2000 Rs. 2500 Cities having population of less than 4 lacks Rs. 1000 Rs. 1500 Rs. 2000 Explanation: No stipend will be payable for excess leave. For the purpose of population, population figure should be taken from the last published census report of india. If student has worked from more than one principal CA, he can add period of previous CA for calculating stipend limit....

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Reverse charge mechanism in service tax ( RCM)

Reverse charge mechanism in service tax  ( RCM) (section 68 (2) ) has been introduced  with effect from 1/7/2012. With its introduction, service receiver is also liable to file return and pay service tax on the portion of service tax. Motive of this change is mainly more tax compliance and increase tax revenue but it is giving hardship to service receiver as if your liability for payment of service tax under reverse charge is small amount like Rs. 1000 or Rs. 100, you have to get registration under service tax act and pay service tax and file return.But rules are rules and we have to follow it. Applicability of reverse charge mechanism in service tax ( RCM): Not all service receiver  are liable to pay service tax under reverse charge. Only on receiving specific services , reverse charge mechanism is applicable. Is service receiver paying extra service tax due to reverse charge mechanism? No, amount of service tax payment is remained the same but liability to pay tax to government is apportioned between service receiver and service provider. Example OF RCM:   If work contractor has rendered services and charged bill of Rs. 100000. Service tax liability is Rs. 1,00,000*14%*70%  = 9800. (30% abatement) Suppose service receiver is liable to pay 50% of service tax under reverse charge mechanism. which is 4900 ( 9800/2). Service provider will charge bill...

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Accountant can not be held liable for short payment of service tax.

M/S Mahisagar Welding works VS. CCI Ahmedabad Court: West zonal bench at ahmedabad court-III   Appeal No. : ST/328/2012 -SM   Appearance: For assessee: Shri vipul Khandar , Chartered Accountants For revenue: Shri GP thomus, A.R.   Brief: There was short payment of service tax by forging in duty paying challan. Appellant had appealed that accountant was responsible for this act act and assessee should not be held liable. Final order was passed that assessee can’t held liable to any other person, acting as his agent, responsible for his willful wrong act or fraud. Details: The assessee has filed appeal against order passed by Additional commissioner , Ahmedabad III. Shri Vipul Khandar , appearing on behalf of appellant argued that delay in payment of service tax is due to Accountant of assessee who had not deposited service tax in time and had forged in figures of service tax payment challan. The shortfall was made good by depositing service tax with interest. Interest was paid after issue of show cause notice. Mr Khandar also argued that penalty should not be levied in this case. He Relied upon following case for non levy of penalty: CBEC Circular No. 137/167/2006 -CX 4. date 3/10/2007 and Bajaj Travels LTD vs. CST. It was also argued that if the above arguement was not accepted then both penalty cannot be invoked  u/s 76 and 78...

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