Category: Note on Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme, 2019 and Rules thereon
Source: Notification No. 04/2019 Central Excise-NT and Notification No. 05/2019 Central Excise-NT, Central govt. has notified Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme, 2019 and Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme Rules, 2019
Release No. TM/GST/042 dated 29th August 2019
Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme, 2019 and Rules, 2019:
Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) BIC vide Notification No. 04/2019 Central Excise-NT and Notification No. 05/2019 Central Excise-NT, has notified Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme, 2019 and Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme Rules, 2019 respectively which shall come into force w.e.f. September 1, 2019.
Salient features of the scheme is as under -
- Cases which are covered in the Scheme -
- A show cause notice or appeals arising out of a show cause notice pending as on the 30th day of June, 2019
- An amount in arrears
- An enquiry, investigation or audit where the amount is quantified on or before the 30th day of June, 2019
- A voluntary disclosure.
- Exclusions from the Scheme -
- Cases in respect of excisable goods set forth in the Fourth Schedule to the Central Excise Act, 1944 (this includes tobacco and specified petroleum products)
- Cases for which the taxpayer has been convicted under the Central Excise Act, 1944 or the Finance Act, 1944
- Cases involving erroneous refunds
- Cases pending before the Settlement Commission.
- Benefits of the Scheme -
- Total waiver of interest, penalty and fine
- Immunity from prosecution
- Cases pending in adjudication or appeal, a relief of 70% from the duty demand if it is Rs 50 Lakh or less and 50% if it is more than â‚¹ 50 Lakh
- The same relief for cases under investigation and audit where the duty involved is quantified on or before 30th June, 2019
- In case of an amount in arrears, the relief offered is 60% of the confirmed duty amount if the same is Rs 50 Lakh or less and it is 40% in other cases
- In cases of voluntary disclosure, the declarant will have to pay full amount of disclosed duty.
- Other Points to Note -
- Facility for adjustment of any deposits of duty already made
- Settlement dues to be paid in cash electronically only and cannot be availed as input tax credit later
- A full and final closure of the proceedings in question. The only exception is that in case of voluntary disclosure of liability, there is provision to reopen a false declaration within a period of one year
- Proceedings under the Scheme shall not treated as a precedent for past and future liabilities
- Final decision to be communicated within 60 days of application
- No final decision without an opportunity for personal hearing in case of any disagreement
- Proceedings under the Scheme will be fully automated.
Comments - The entity should make a careful analysis of all pending disputes which is eligible for settlement under this Scheme. No doubt this is one time opportunity to clear all eligible pending disputes which shall save litigation cost as well as manpower time.
The notification No 05/2019 Central Excise-NT can be accessed at Click here
The FAQ for the said scheme which was released by CBIC can be accessed through the following link - Click here
Note - This is for information only. For exact details of changes, the notification/Circular may please be referred to, as and when they are issued.
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