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First quarter data should be furnished in ST-3 half yearly return

Service tax department guides that first quarter, 1 April to 30 June data should be furnished in the half yearly return of service tax of which the last date is 25 October. The data of second quarter should be furnished along with the revised return. Service tax department has issued a notification no. 47 dated 28 September 2012 about filing of ST-3 service tax return. Instruction for filing service tax return is as follows.

INSTRUCTION [F. NO. 137/22/2012-ST], DATED 28-9-2012
In terms of sub-rules (1) and (2) of Rule 7 of the Service Tax Rules, 1994, the half yearly return for the period 1st April to 30th September 2012, is to be filed by 25th October, 2012. In the current financial year , an assessee would have had to give data with respect to specific services and the corresponding legal provisions for the period 1-4-2012 to 30-6-2012. The data for the period 1-7-2012 to 30-9-2012, would have been with respect to different services and the corresponding legal provisions. Combination of all these provisions into one return would have made the return complex for the assessees .

2. I am directed to inform you that it has been decided that assessees have to provide data only for the period 1-4-2012 to 30-6-2012 in the first half yearly return which is due on 25-10-2012. (The data for the period from 1-7-2012 to 30-9-2012 should not be filed. Modifications will be made in the ACES so that any data filed for this period is rejected. Till such time as the modifications are made, ACES will not be accepting returns) Accordingly notification 47/2012, dated 28-9-2012 has been issued today.

3. Data for the period 1-7-2012 to 30-9-2012 will have to be furnished in a return in a revised format. The revised format of the return and the last date for filing it will be indicated separately.

4. The above information may be communicated to departmental officers and assessees.
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