The service Tax Department has made the E filing of Half yearly Returns of Service Tax mandatory w.e.f 1st October 2011.
The relevant Notification is reproduced below :-
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[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART II, SECTION 3, SUB-SECTION (i)]
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE)
Notification No. 43/2011 – Service Tax
New Delhi, the 25th August 2011
Bhadra 3, 1933 (Saka)
G.S.R. 642 (E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with sub-section (2) of section 94 of the Finance Act, 1994 (32 of 1994), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Service Tax Rules, 1994, namely :-
1. (1) These rules may be called the Service Tax (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2011.
(2) They shall come into force on the 1st day of October, 2011.
2. In the Service Tax Rules, 1994, in rule 7, –
(a) in sub-rule (2), the proviso shall be omitted;
(b) after sub-rule (2) as so amended, the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:-
“(3) Every assessee shall submit the half-yearly return electronically”.
[F. No. 137/99/2011 – Service Tax]
Director (Service Tax)
Note.- The principal rules were notified vide notification No. 2/1994 – Service Tax dated the 28th June 1994, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, section 3, Sub-section (i), vide number G.S.R. 546(E), dated the 28th June, 1994 and were last amended by notification No. 35/2011 – Service Tax, dated the 25th April, 2011, vide number G.S.R. 343 (E), dated the 25th April, 2011.