Service tax amnesty yields Rs 7,700 crore

The service tax amnesty scheme has yielded around Rs 7,700 crore to the exchequer, a senior finance ministry official said.

The Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme (VCES) that was launched on May 10, 2013 to enable service tax defaulters to pay dues without penalty or late payment charges, closed on December 31, 2013.

“The government has received tax amount to the tune of Rs around 7,700 crore for availing of government’s Service tax amnesty scheme,” the official said. 

Bulk of the declarations, according to the official, were made by assessees engaged in construction and works contracts, followed by transportation and supply of manpower.An addition of Rs 7,700 crore in the kitty will provide some relief to the government which aims to collect Rs 1.80 lakh crore in service tax in the current fiscal.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram had met industry bodies to encourage assessees to take advantage of the tax amnesty scheme to avoid punishment.

According to government estimates, out of 17 lakh registered service tax payers, only 7 lakh are paying the levy.

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