CAG Points Out Several Deficiencies in ACES Portal of Service Tax & Central Excise and Suggest Recommendations
Some of the Deficiencies Pointed out are as under:-
a. There was no provision in ACES for selection of returns for detailed scrutiny on the basis of in built risk parameters. Further, no time limit for review of marked returns was inserted in the Return module.
b. There was no provision in ACES to upload/attach any documents and also no provision for digital signature.
c. The role of legal, adjudication, preventive/anti evasion wing etc., were not mapped in 33 Commissionerates out of 40 selected Commissionerates and also no access provided to Inspector level
d. CAG observed that only three modules (Access Control Logic, Registration and Return) out of the ten modules in ACES are being utilised by the stake holders.
e. CAG observed that a large number of returns for Central Excise and Service Tax are being marked for Review and Correction due to small errors which can be addressed by having proper/strong validations.
f. CAG observed that nonͲconducting of trainings, seminars/workshops is one of the main reasons for skewed utilisation of ACES.
g. CAG observed that even after five years of implementation of ACES, no post implementation review of ACES was carried out.
Complete Report is as under:-