The CBEC has issued Circular No. 170/5 /2013 ST dated 08.08.2013 (as attached) clarifying references received by the Board seeking further clarifications as regards the scope and applicability of the VCES Scheme. Some of the issues raised with reference to the Scheme have been clarified by the Board vide circular No. 169/4/2013-ST, dated 13.5.2013. The Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, has also released a booklet containing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Service Tax Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme, 2013 in New Delhi today in the presence of Revenue Secretary, Chairperson and other members of Central Board of Excise & Customs and media.
Service Tax Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme (VCES) announced by the Finance Minister in his Budget speech has come into effect on 10 th May, 2013. The objective of the scheme is to encourage disclosure of Tax dues and compliance of Service Tax law by the persons who have not paid service tax dues for the period from Oct, 2007 to Dec, 2012, either on account of ignorance of law or otherwise. On payment of the tax dues relating to the said period there will be complete waiver of interest, penalty and other proceedings/ consequences.
CA. V.M.V.SUBBA RAO