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Publish Date: 05 Mar, 2016
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LIMITATION FOR ISSUING SCN UNDER SECTION 73 ENHANCED

LIMITATION FOR ISSUING SCN UNDER SECTION 73 ENHANCED

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PROS AND CONS OF AMENDED SECTION 73

 

An article by:-
CA PRADEEP JAIN &
CA NEETU SUKHWANI

 
It was proposed in the Central Excise Tariff Conference that the time limit for issuing show cause notice under normal period of limitation should be increased and it appears that the suggestion has been considered by the government in this Budget. In this budget, the government has amended section 73 of the Finance Act wherein the time limit for issuing show cause notice under normal period of limitation has been increased from the present ‘eighteen months’ to ‘thirty months’ from the relevant date.
 
The effect of increase in time limit is favourable or adverse decision of the government from the point of view of assesses will be known in the time to come. However, there are both pros and cons of the amendment made in section 73 of the Finance Act. The favourable and unfavourable consequences of the amendment are discussed in the succeeding paragraphs.
 
The advantage of enhancing the time limit to issue normal period of limitation may be viewed as beneficial in the sense that the probability of assessees availing the benefit of ‘no penalty’ by concluding the proceedings under section 76 or proviso to section 11AC (1)(a) may increase. This is for the reason that the show cause notice issued within normal period of limitation generally would not allege fraud, suppression of facts or wilful misstatement with intention to evade payment of duty. Consequently, one may believe that the benefit of waiver from penalties may be extended on comparatively large scale. However, it is also not hidden that the penalty provisions of section 78 or section 11AC (1)(c) are always invoked whether there is allegation of fraud, collusion or wilful misstatement or suppression of facts or not.
 
One may also contend that increasing time limit for issuing show cause notice under normal period of limitation may be perceived as promoting lethargic attitude of the revenue authorities. It is commonly observed that the show cause notices pertaining to audit objections are also issued after 3-4 years by invoking extended period of limitation. Consequently, since the time limit to issue show cause notice under normal period of limitation is increased to 30 months, the policy of delay in issuance of show cause notices would continue even more. Moreover, the thin gap between the normal period of limitation and the extended period of limitation would make the provision of normal period of limitation redundant as 99%, the revenue authorities will have tendency to invoke larger period of limitation.
 
With the government planning to introduce unified taxation reform GST in the coming year, the provisions regarding time limit to issue show cause notice under normal period of limitation should be kept at minimum like one year as all the data pertaining to tax credit, payments, returns will be electronically filed and accordingly, it would be expected by the government that scrutiny and verification procedures are carried on speedily. Providing enhanced time limit to issue show cause notice would encourage unnecessary delays in verification and assessment mechanism. 

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