Breaking: Service Tax Liability Can Not Be Imposed Only On The Basis Of Form 26AS [Read Judgement]

In the case of M/s Luit Developers Private Limited vs Commissioner of CGST & Central Excise, Dibrugarh, the CESTAT Kolkata has held that:

I also find that the appellant is a Pvt Ltd Company and figures in Form 26AS are already included in Revenue from Operations in the Profit/Loss Account of Balance Sheet, which is a public document, and therefore no suppression can be alleged as held in Hindalco Industries Ltd (supra). I also find that the Department has not adduced any positive evidence to show malafide intention for evasion of service tax and therefore extended period cannot be invoked as held in Pushpam Pharmaceuticals Limited (supra).

Therefore, in view of the above discussions and decisions cited, the entire demand fails on merits as well as on limitation. Thus, there can be no imposition of Service tax, interest and penalty on the appellant. The impugned order cannot be sustained and is set aside. Accordingly, the appeal is allowed with consequential benefits.

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