Process for e-filing of service tax return.

kamal kishor sen (STUDENT Rajasthan) (2156 Points)

08 October 2011  


Process for e-filing of Service Tax Return.


Process for e-filing of Service Tax Return

  •  Get Registered with ACES:‐

‐ Fill the “ACES DECLARATION FORM” – and deposit it with the concerned Range Superintendent.

‐ Please ensure to fill email‐id correctly in the form because T‐PIN and password will be communicated by the department to this

email‐id only.

‐ After receiving the T‐PIN and Password, visit the website and Click on the service tax button provided on the left side of ACES Homepage to login.

‐ Enter the T‐PIN and password to log into the system. For first time login, ACES will mandatorily prompt for changing the Password.

‐ Set the new password & Note that user id (called as T‐PIN) once selected can never be changed, even during the course of first time login.

‐ For second and every subsequent login into ACES, take the note of this user‐id and Password as set above

How to file Return electronically

  • Two Methods of filling the return electronically:‐

‐ Online filling of data in service tax return and then submit it.

‐ Offline filling of data using excel utility and then upload it.

Online filling of data in service tax return and then submit it.

  • Login into ACES by entering the user‐id and password
  • Home page of the assessee will appear.
  • Go to ‘RET’ Main menu ‐ Click on the ‘Fill’ option of ‘Fill ST‐3’ submenu

i.e. RET Menu

  • Fill ST‐3
  • Fill.
  • Page will appear listing the Premises code and Address of the registered premises of the Assessee. Premises code will appear as hyperlink
  • Click on the hyperlink to prepare the ST‐3 Return
  • After filling the Service Tax return correctly, Click on the ‘SAVE’ Button appearing on last page and confirmation page of ST‐3 will appear.
  • To Amend, Click on the ‘Modify’ button or ‘Save’ to store the Return in the database
  • Return saved in ACES can be amended before submission by the assessee by clicking on the “Amend ST‐3” button under “Fill ST‐3” sub‐menu.
  • To submit the ST‐3 Return to the department, press “SUBMIT”


  • Confirmation will appear for successful submission of ST‐3 Return displaying the Unique No. for such Return.
  • Return after submission can be revised once in 90 days by clicking on the “Revise ST‐3” option of “Fill ST‐3” submenu.

Offline filing of Data & Upload

  • Click on the ‘Download’ button provided on the left side of ACES Homepage and download excel utility by clicking on the hyperlink “Download ST3 Return Excel Utility”i.e. RET
  • e Filing
  • Download Excel Utility
  • Use the excel utility to prepare ST‐3 return and click on “Validate & Submit” button on the last page to generate XML file.
  • The XML file will be saved in the same folder where the download utility is saved by the user.
  • To upload the ST‐3 Return, login into ACES by entering the user‐id and password. Click on “Upload File” option of “e‐filing” submenu  under “RET”

Main Menu i.e. RET Main Menu

  • e‐filing
  • Upload file
  • Click the “Save” button to save the return in the database of the assessee or Else click on “SUBMIT” button to file the return.
  • Confirmation will appear for successful uploading of Return without any Unique No.
  • After uploading, click on “View Status” option of “e‐filing” submenu under “RET” Menu to view status of Return.
  • A return will be considered as filed only when its status is shown as ‘FILED’ which should be appeared on or before the last due date of 25th April/25th October, as the case may be, for treating the return ‘filed on time’.

Further, Assessee can also  ‘VIEW’, ‘SAVE’ AND ‘PRINT’ ST‐3 RETURN at any time by clicking on the button ‘view ST‐3’ under ‘RET’ menu after successful login into ACES.