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Press release regarding evasion of service tax of over Rs. 1.94 crores - Commte of Central Excise, Mangalore
August, 05th 2014
C.No. IV/06/10/2014-15 SIV Cell                                       Dated: 23.7.2014

                                    PRESS NOTE


      Officers of the Commissionerate of Central Excise and Service Tax, Mangalore
arrested   a   Chairman   &   Managing   Director   of   a   major   company   providing
advertisement services and event management, for collecting the Service Tax of over
Rs.1.94 crores from April, 2012 to June, 2014 and not remitting the same to the
Government account. Out of this amount, Rs.1.16 crores was retained by them for
more than 6 months.

2.    During the audit of the service provider, the officers found that the service
provider has failed to remit the Service Tax collected to the Government account. The
detailed investigation initiated in the matter prima facie revealed that the service
provider has been evading payment of appropriate Service Tax for over two years.
Scrutiny of the documents furnished by the service provider revealed that they were
not complying with even the basic statutory requirements like timely filing of returns
intimating the taxable services provided, discharging appropriate Service Tax liability,
remitting the Service Tax collected to the Government account etc. thereby
contravening the provisions of the Finance Act, 1994 and the Rules framed

3.    As per Section 89(1)(d) read with Section 89(1)(ii) of the Finance Act, 1994
whoever collects amount in excess of Rs.50 lakhs as Service Tax but fails to credit the
same to the Government account within a period of 6 months from the day on which
such payment becomes due, is liable for imprisonment for a term which may extend to
7 years. Such offences shall be cognizable as per Section 90 of the Act.

4.    The service provider was therefore, arrested today i.e. on 23rd July, 2014 under
Section 91 of the Finance Act, 1994 and produced before the Hon'ble Principal Civil
Judge Sr. Division and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mangalore who remanded him to
judicial custody. Further investigation is under progress.

5.    The Commissionerate has initiated several measures to target erring assessees
such as creating a data base of defaulting service tax assessees, approaching the
judiciary for issuance of non-bailable warrants where the person summoned in
connection with enquiry fails to appear etc.    Further all concerted efforts are being
taken to enhance tax compliance in the jurisdiction.


                                                        (Dr. M. SUBRAMANYAM)
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