Excise dept website hangs on last day of filing returns
The website of the Central Board of Excise and Customs was not working properly and remained non-functional for nearly four hours on Wednesday - the last day to file service tax returns.
Taxation advocate Vivek Sharma said, "The server was slow in the morning and we faced a lot of difficulty in filing returns, but around 5pm the server completely stopped working and remained non-functional till 9pm."
As April 25 was the last day so there was a lot of work pressure on advocates who had to file returns of their clients and the slow server speed made the whole work suffer. "A similar sort of problem appeared last year also and at that time the excise department had increased the last date for filing the service tax returns."
CA Rajiv K Sharma said, "On one side the government is plan-
THE SERVER REMAINED NON-FUNCTIONAL FOR NEARLY FOUR HOURS ON WEDNESDAY ning to introduce Goods and Services Tax (GST), and on the other side, such It-related problems are persisting. So I think if the government had to introduce GST then all these systems should be streamlined."
President of Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association Badish Jindal said, "As far as filing of service tax return is concerned, the website is always slow and it takes a lot of time to file the return."
According to taxation advocates, there is a penalty of Rs 100 per day if the service tax is not filed in time and there is also a provision of six months imprisonment.
The website of central board of excise www. aces. in on Wednesday showed that the service was temporarily unavailable.