Procedure of Filling Service Tax Return Electronically

W.e.f. 1.10.2011, all the assessees are mandatorily required to file their return electronically irrespective of amount of service tax they have paid during the previous F/Y, in terms of Notification No. 43/2011-ST dated 25.08.2011. For this, one has to follow the procedure as follows:-
(A) Get Registered with ACES
1. Fill the “ACES DECLARATION FORM” available on the website www.servicetaxdelhi.gov.in and deposit it with the concerned Range Superintendent;
2. Please ensure to fill email-id correctly in the form because T-PIN and password will be communicated by the department to this email-id only;
3. After receiving the T-PIN and Password, visit the website www.aces.gov.in and Click on the service tax button provided on the left side of ACES Homepage to login;
4. Enter the T-PIN and password to log into the system. For first time login, ACES will mandatorily prompt for changing the password;
5. Set the new password. It is to note that user id (called as T-PIN) once selected can never be changed, even during the course of first time login;
6. For second and every subsequent login into ACES, take the note of this user-id and Password as set above
” IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ALL THE ASSESSEE WHO ARE NOT REGISTERED WITH ACES SHOULD GET THEMSELVES REGISTERED WITH ACES WELL IN ADVANCE, TO AVIOD LAST DAYS RUSH AND FILE THE RETUN WITHIN TIME.
(B) How to fill the Return Electronically
There are two methods of filling the return electronically, namely:
1. Online filling of data in service tax return and then submit it.
2. Offline filling of data using excel utility and then upload it.
(1) Online Filing of data in Service Tax Return and Submit it
i. Login into ACES by entering the user-id and password. Home page of the assessee will appear;
ii. Under ‘RET’ Main menu, click on the ‘fill’ option of ‘fill ST-3′ sub-menu i.e. RET Menu Fill ST-3 Fill.
iii. A page will appear listing the Premises code and Address of the registered premises of the assesssee. Premises code will appear as hyperlink. Click on the hyperlink to prepare the ST-3 Return;
iv. After filling the return correctly, Click on the ‘SAVE’ Button appearing on last page and confirmation page of ST-3 will appear;
v. To Amend, Click on the ‘Modify’ button or ‘Save’ to store the Return in the database;
vi. To submit the ST-3 Return to the department, press “SUBMIT” button. Confirmation will appear for successful submission of ST-3 Return displaying the Unique No. for such Return;
vii. Return saved in ACES can be amended before submission by the assessee by clicking on the “Amend ST-3″ button under “Fill ST-3″ sub-menu.
viii. In the same way, Return after submission can be revised once in 90 days by clicking on the “Revise ST-3″ option of “Fill ST-3″ submenu.
(2) Offline filling of data using excel utility and then upload it;
i. Click on the ‘Download’ button provided on the left side of ACES Homepage and download excel utility by clicking on the hyperlink “Download ST3 Return Excel Utility”;
ii. Use the excel utility to prepare ST-3 return and click on “Validate & Submit” button on the last page to generate XML file;
iii. The XML file will be saved in the same folder where the download utility is saved by the user;
iv. To upload the ST-3 Return, login into ACES by entering the user-id and password. Click on “Upload File” option of “e-filing” submenu under “RET” Main Menu;
i.e. RET Main Menu e-filing Upload file
v. Click the “Save” button to save the return in the database of the assessee; Else click on “SUBMIT” button to file the return;
vi. Confirmation will appear for successful uploading of Return without any Unique No.;
vii. After uploading, click on “View Status” option of “e-filing” submenu under “RET” Menu to view status of Return. A return will be considered as filed only when its status is shown as ‘FILED’ which should be appeared on or before the last due date of 25th April/25th October, as the case may be, for treating the return ‘filed on time’.
(3) THE ASSESSEES CAN ALSO ‘VIEW’, ‘SAVE’ AND ‘PRINT’ THEIR FIELD ST-3 RETURN AT ANY TIME BY CLICKING ON THE BUTTON ‘VIEW ST-3′ UNDER ‘RET’ MENU AFTER SUUCESSFUL LOGIN INTO ACES.

  • Sheela Banu

    Thank you, this information was very useful and helpful for the beginners… Much appreciated…!

    • avinash

      thanks 

  • Rizwan Akhtar

    Very Nice
    Thanks for sharing 

  • Rizwan Akhtar

    Sir,
    Plz help me, at the time of TDS return file data write in CD/Pen Drive other than FVU format. If yes then how & which format.Is software  is necessary for write CD & computation of TDS. Without software how can we file return.
    Thanks & Regards
    Rizwan 

  • Soumya Sugur

    how to fill the challan details while filing service tax return by online? 

    • rajat giri

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  • ICON PLAST ACCOUNT.

    please help me.

    9540228380

    service tax account block.

  • Jaganathan Ramesh

    Is it compulsory to furnish a hard copy of the E filed ST 3 return to the department and get their signature.

    • http://www.mukeshraj.com/ Mukesh Goel

      No just file it online. No hard copy or other doc has to file.

      Mukesh
      Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

  • TP singh

    Am a new service tax asessee (engg.consultant) and am fairly computer friendly. Surprisingly I could not find any guidance on depositing of Service tax collected. I understand that I have to deposit it to the govt. every month ? what is the online procedure for that. This is to be followed by ST-3 every 3 months ?

    • http://www.mukeshraj.com/ Mukesh Goel

      Mr. Singh,

      You have to pay service tax every quarter if you are not a corporate assessee (pvt ltd or ltd co.) otherwise you have to pay monthly. So in your case you have to pay it quarterly. Service tax return ST-3 is required to file every half year by all the assessee. Link to pay tax online is https://cbec.nsdl.com/EST/InputPageForEPaymentServlet

      Regards,
      Mukesh Goel

      Mukesh Raj & Co.
      Chartered Accountants
      http://www.mukeshraj.com

  • Brijesh

    Hi,

    We have registered as a proprietor firm, to start any business, but now we have e-commerce website where we need a VAT#, what we should now, how we can surrender the service tax. and for that service tax number we have no transaction. what should we do.

    Thanks,
    Brijesh