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Saturday, 5 May 2012

How to Obtain / Amend & Surrender Centralised Registration – Service Tax


Obtaining Centralised Registration

A Service Provider desiring to obtain Centralized Registration for the first time for all their branches or converting from single registration/s to Centralised Registration, shall make an online application in ST-1 Form on the website www.aces.gov.in. After making online application, the print-out of the ST-1 application along with required documents as mentioned below (in attachment A) shall be filed to the office to the jurisdictional Divisional Deputy/Assistant Commissioner.


Along with the application, details of the Branches to be included in the Centralized Registration and other relevant information like details of Show Cause Notices pending adjudication, pending appeals, Audit conducted, Court cases etc. for each branch (which is an existing Service Tax registered assessee) should also be filled. These information are required to be given in Attachment- B. After grant of Centralized Registration, copy of said Attachment shall be sent by the Divisional Officer to the respective jurisdictional Service Tax office-in-charge of erstwhile branch office, to transfer the relevant records to this office for taking further action and to update the records. Applicants are requested to be careful in providing full and correct information. In case of incomplete or wrong information, the Centralized Registration may be considered for cancellation.

The Centralized Registration can be requested only in the cases where there is system of Centralized Billing or Centralized Accounting system. The assessee shall provide a write-up stating as to how they are satisfying the condition of Centralized Billing or Centralized Accounting. For this purpose, certain information are also required to be filled, as per Attachment - C.

The assessee seeking the Centralized Registration shall file an Undertaking on their Letter Head as per Attachment - D. The main purpose of the said Undertaking is that after obtaining Centralized Registration, the assessee shall be bound to produce the required information to the Department for taking necessary action like issue of Show Cause Notice or conducting Audit, etc.

As a measure of simplification, it is introduced that branches for which registration has already been obtained, no further documents regarding address proof would be called for, in case the address remains the same, as found available on Registration Certificate namely ST-2.

After the Centralized Registration is granted, the assessee shall surrender their single registration in respect of each branch and intimate to the jurisdictional Divisional Assistant Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner within a period of two months. They will also inform to the AC/DC, Service Tax, under whose jurisdiction Centralized Registration has been given, the amount of Cenvat credit lying in balance in each branch, on the date of obtaining the Centralized Registration, with a period of 15 days of obtaining the Centralized registration.

In case of application for amendment in Centralized Registration Certificate, required documents to be filed have been given in Attachment - E.

Till the date of communication of granting of Centralized Registration, the assessee should continue to make service tax payment to the existing jurisdictional office and follow procedure as provided in the law for each of the premises regularly.

The Authorized Signatory of the applicant should ensure that all the columns in the ST-1, including the declaration are duly completed. The entries should be correctly and legibly filled in order to avoid delay in issuance of the registration. Only legible copies of the documents should be submitted to the department.
For the Checklist for Surrender of such registration readers may visit attachment F hereunder.

Attachment – A: LIST OF DOCUMENTS AND THE CHECK-LIST FOR APPLICATION OF CENTRALISED REGISTRATION
(For fresh Centralised Registration or conversion from single registration to Centralized Registration)
Sr.No.
PARTICULARS
YES/NO
PAGE No.
1
Print out of the filled in ST-1 duly signed by the Director/partner/proprietor/authorized person at the end of the application,


2
Information with regard to the branches for which single registration has already been taken as per Attachment-B.


3
Documents Required for new branches and Centralized Registration office which is not registered with Service Tax Deptt:
 a.  List of new branches, which are not registered so far (Name and Address of branches sought to be centrally registered).
 b.  Name and Address of the place from where centralized accounting/billing is sought to be done
 c.  Address proof of (a) and (b) above.
(No address proof required for existing branches, for which ST-2 Certificate has been issued, if address remains the same as per the existing ST-2. Address proof is required only for branches and office which are not registered with service tax department)


A.
Proof of Address : Two documents are required. One document for each category A & B is required.
Any one of the following documents :
 1. Land line Telephone Bill not older than 3 months,
 2.  Electricity Bill not older than 3 months,
 3.  Copy of Bank Account statement showing the name of the applicant and address of the premises as mentioned with application, not older than 3 months,



AND


B
(I) Any one of the following documents: In case of self owned property any document like Annual tax payment receipt showing name of applicant, or copy of sale deed etc. may be provided.
(II) In case of a rented premises :
(a)  Leave License/rent agreement or rent receipt of Registered Co. Op. Housing Society, at least for a tenure not less than one year from the date of application for Registration, and in case the Annual Rent amount payable is more than Rs. 10 Lakhs, the Service Tax Registration number of owner
OR
(b)  In case the Leave License Agreement or Rent Receipt is not made in the name of the applicant and the Lessee is related /associate person of the tenant/lessee, then the Rent Agreement between original lessor and applicant shall be produced along with following document/details
  (i)  Relationship between applicant and lessee/tenant, and
 (ii)  No objection Certificate for carrying out the business of applicant from the owner of the premises, and
(iii)  Photo ID proof of the person giving NOC i.e., owner of the premises, and
(iv)  If the Annual Rent payable by applicant to lessee/tenant and in case Annual Rent is more than Rs. 10 Lakhs, the Service Tax Registration Number of lessee/tenant,


4
Details of the Director/ Partners / Proprietors/Authorized Signatory
(a)  Name and address of the Directors / Partners /Proprietor, (Note II),
(b)  Name and address of Authorised signatory (Note I),
(c)  Copy of PAN Card of (a) &(b) above,
(d)  Identity Proof of (a) & (b)(submit any one of the following).
1. Passport,
2. Voter Identity Card,
3. Driving Licence,
4. Bank Passbook showing name and address, along with photograph,
Note - I) In case of Authorized Signatory please submit the Authorisation by the Partner/Proprietor/Director of the Firm. In the case of a Company, please submit Board Resolution,
Note - II) In case of partnership Firm, Company under the Companies Act or Association of persons (Like Trust), Co-operative Societies, please give the identity proof and copy of PAN documents only for 3 partners/directors/trustees, who are actively involved in running the affair of business


5.
Copy of PAN Card of the applicant -


6.
Details of the three major Bank Accounts of the Applicant (attach photocopy of blank cheque)
(a)  Name of the Bank and Address
(b)  Account Number


7.
Questionnaire for Centralized Accounting/Billing in Attachment C


8.
Undertaking in Attachment D.



Attachment – B: INFORMATION WITH RESPECT TO BRANCHES WHICH ARE ALREADY REGISTERED WITH SERVICE TAX
(1) Details of branches for which S.T. registration has been taken (Please give the details in the table below)
Address of Branches
STC No. (Please also attach copy of ST-2)
Address of jurisdictional C.Ex./Service Tax Authorities (Commissionerate, Divn, Range)
Date of Registration
Date and Period for which last ST-3 return filed
Closing balance of CENVAT credit as per last ST-3 return filed (as per col. 5)
1
2
3
4
5
6
(2) Details of SCN issued which are pending adjudication-
Address of Branches
STC No.
SCN No. & Date
Period covered
Issue in brief
Amount demanded (in Rs.)
Authority to whom SCN is answerable i.e., Comm., /ADC /JC/DC/AC/Supdt.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
(3) Whether any case is pending with Appellate Authorities/Court. If yes, provide following details with regard to each authority as mentioned below, in the prescribed format as under: Authorities
 a.  Commissioner (Appeals),
 b.  Tribunal,
 c.  Settlement Commission,
 d.  High Court,
 e.  Supreme Court,
Address of Branches
STC No.
Order No. & Date appealed against
Authority and place where appeal is pending
Issue in brief
Amount demanded (showing duty & penalty separately)
Date of filing appeal
If filed with Stay Application, the Stay Order No. & date,





S. Tax
Penalty


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8









(4) Details of cases which have been decided and where No appeal has been filed,
Address of Branches
STC No.
Order No. & Date
Issue in brief
Amount confirmed (in Rs.)
Whether S. Tax/interest/penalty paid, if yes, the amount thereof






1
2
3
4
5
6
(5) Whether audit has been conducted by Service Tax/Central Excise authorities of the concerned Branch. If yes, provide following details for all branches :
Address of Branches
STC No.
Whether Audited or not
If audited, period covered in Audit
If audited, Audit Report and Date (enclose copy)
1
2
3
4
5
(6) Whether Audit has been conducted by CERA for the Branch? If yes, provide following details Branch wise:
Address of Branches
STC No.
Whether Audited or not
If audited, period covered in Audit
Audit Report and Date (enclose copy)
1
2
3
4
5
(7) Branch wise details of any investigations initiated against the said branch on the issue of Service Tax where search has taken place or statement has been recorded. Please furnish details.

Attachment –C: QUESTIONNAIRE FOR CENTRALISED ACCOUNTING/BILLING Please state Yes or No in the space provided for each of the Questions
1. Reasons for Centralized Registration:
-Centralised Billing
Yes/No
-Centralised Accounting
Yes/No
2. Whether bills or invoices are raised at branch office :
Yes/No
3. Whether all bills or invoices relating to business of all branches are/would be raised at proposed Centralised Registration premises,
Yes/No
4. (i) If the bills/invoices are raised at branches, whether these are/would be sent to proposed Centralized Registration premises for accounting purpose,
Yes/No
(ii) If yes, frequency of sending-Monthly/Quarterly/ Half yearly/Annually- ____________________________

5. Whether the following financial records/documents are/would be maintained and kept at proposed centralized office:

(i)  All the sales invoices / receipts
Yes/No

(ii)  Debtors and Creditors ledgers
Yes/No

(iii) General ledgers
Yes/No

(iv) Journal Vouchers
Yes/No
6. Whether you are having SAP/ERP or other similar accounting software whereby all accounting transaction, entered at branch level automatically get entered in the Central Server, (You may give brief write-up on basic features of said software)
Yes/No
7. Whether CENVAT Credit taking documents including of branches are/would be kept at the centralized office or not:
Yes/No
8. Please explain in brief the Accounting system followed by you to justify your claim that you are following Centralized Accounting system.
9. The above information should be certified by the Company Secretary or a Chartered Accountant. (Statutory or Internal)
[Note: For above information, wherever the word 'ARE' or 'WOULD BE' has been used, please cancel the word which is not applicable]

Attachment –D:UNDERTAKING
(on the letter head of applicant)
I/We, M/s. _______________________________ (Name & Address) hereby undertake that on being acceptance of my/our application dated _____________________ for centralised registration in term of proviso to rule 4(2)(iii) of Service Tax Rules, 1994 read with section 69 of the Finance Act, 1994, I/We shall follow and comply with the below mentioned acts-
 (i)  I/ We agree that a proper branch wise record of all the bills/invoices/challans issued and contract entered into by each branch and the proper accounting of all the transaction shall be maintained at our proposed centralized registered office and will make available to the Department as and when called for;
(ii)  I/We agree that all the records namely invoices/bills/Cenvat availment documents and other financial records for the past five years for all the branches would be kept at the centralized registered office;
(iii)  I/We shall provide all the documents and information relating to provision of output services, availment of Cenvat credit and all other relevant financial or other records, at the time of audit and for any other enquiry,
(iv)  I/We agree that the service tax department, either through their local officers or from officers of other Commissionerates may carry out audit at the branch level and for this purpose all records and documents and other necessary support to the audit staff would be provided by us;
(v)  We would provide the information to the Department regarding the activities of the branches including financial information for the purpose of issue of Show Cause Notice or in regard to any enquiry by the Department within 15 days time of receipt of letter by the department;
(vi)  I/We, after communication of granting of Centralized Registration, we shall surrender the single registration for all branches and intimate to the jurisdictional Divisional A.C./ D.C.-in-charge of proposed Centralized Registration within a period of two months;
(vii)  We shall inform the amount of Cenvat Credit lying in balance as on the date of granting Centralized Registration for all branches within a period of 15 days to the jurisdictional Divisional A.C. /D.C. under whose jurisdiction the proposed Centralized Registration falls and seek permission for transfer of the same,
(viii)  We also undertake that we do not have any objection for show cause notice to be adjudicated by the officers having jurisdictions over the Centralized Registered office, where SCN has been issued by and answerable to the Competent Authority having jurisdiction of any of our branches as declared in Attachment-II.
(ix)  We agree to the condition that in case of non-compliance of any of the above mentioned acts or condition or the provisions of the Service Tax law or rules, the Centralized Registration permission may be withdrawn by the department.
Place:
Date:
(Signature)
(Name of Partner/ Proprietor/Director)
 (Seal of company)

Attachment – E: Check-List For Amendment In Centralised Registration
 a.  Change of address of centralised premise/branches.
 b.  Addition/ deletion of branches.
 c.  Addition / deletion of services.
 d.  Addition/deletion of director/partner/authorized person OR their addresses
Sr.No.
PARTICULARS
YES/NO
PAGE No.
1.
Printout of amendment application as obtained from ACES, duly signed by the Director/Partner/Authorised person


2.
FOR (a):- (Change of address)
 (i)  For the branches where ST-2 is already taken: Please submit details as per attachment-C.
(ii)  For new addition of branches or change of Centralized registered office, Please submit details as per Sr. No. 3 of attachment -A,


3.
FOR (b) ONLY:- (Addition/ deletion of branches)
(a)  For deletion,
Detail and information of branches being deleted as per attachment -B
(b)  For addition of new branch,
Details as per serial No. 3 of Attachment -A and a fresh undertaking as per Attachment D


4.
FOR (d) ONLY:- (Addition/ deletion of Director/partner or their address)
In case of change in address of director/partner/authorized person or addition/deletion of Director/partner etc..
 (i)  Details with Proof of address as given in Sr. No. 4 of Attachment D,
(ii)  In case of change in Authorised Signatory, please provide details and documents as given in Sr. No. 4 in Attachment A,
(iii)  Please also produce the documents filed with Registrar of Firms/Registrar of Companies/ Registrar of Societies or like other Govt. authorities intimating the addition/deletion/change of address of Directors/ partners/member, (like Form 32 filed with Registrar of companies)


5.
 It is clarified that for addition/deletion of service, no document other than (1) is required.



Attachment –F: Check-List For Surrender Of Registration
Sr. No.
PARTICULARS
YES/NO
PAGE No.
1.
Print out of the filled application for surrender with signature of the Director/partner/ proprietor/ authorized person at the end of application.


2.
Copy of ST-2 issued by the Department.


3.
Copy of last ST-3 return filed as on the date of surrender.


4.
Reason for surrender.


5.
Declaration for the surrender of ST-2.



FORM OF DECLARATION & SURRENDER OF ST-2
(In terms of sub-rules (7) & (8) of Rule 4 of Service Tax Rules, 1994)
To,
The Superintendent of Service Tax
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
Sir,
Sub: Surrender of Service Tax Registration ST-2 Certificate ________________ for cancellation-reg.
I/We _____________ Proprietor/Partner/Director of M/s___________________ situated at hereby declare that, I/ We ______________________ was/were engaged in providing the services, namely from the above said premises. I/ We have paid all the Service Tax and Education Cess along with interest(lf applicable) till date.
Neither any Government dues nor any liability/demand of Service Tax/Interest/proceedings are pending against me/us. I/We have also filed the half yearly Returns in the form ST-3 covering the period up to ______________.The total turnover of my/our firm/Company for the financial year _____________ was amounting to Rs. ___________
I/We hereby undertake that if any Government dues are found to be recoverable from us in future and demanded by the Department. I/We shall pay them immediately along with Interest.
I/We hereby surrender the ST-2 Certificate bearing No. _____________________ for cancellation as I/we cease to provide taxable service and/or availing the exemption under Notification No. _____________
Place:
Date:
(Signature)
(Name of Partner/ Proprietor/ Director)
     

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