Ex­cise dept web­site hangs on last day of fil­ing re­turns

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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.

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