Credit utilised for payment of service tax which is not required to be paid is as good as reversal of credit: CESTAT

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Case Details: Swarnandhra IJMII Integrated Township Development Company (P.) Ltd. v. Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax - [2022] 138 120 (Hyderabad-CESTAT)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • P.K. Choudhary, Judicial Member & P.V. Subba Rao, Technical Member
    • G. Natrajan, Adv. for the Appellant.
    • C. Mallikarjun Reddy, AR for the Respondent.

Facts of the Case

The appellant was developing a huge residential complex comprising around 2300 apartment units. The entire construction activity was sub contracted to the appellant’s group company and it was paying service tax for the amounts received from the buyers, under “Construction of Complex Service” and was also availing CENVAT Credit of the service tax paid on input services.

A SCN was issued in which it was alleged that the appellant was not undertaking any construction and entire construction activity was sub-contracted. Since, the appellant was not providing any taxable service, therefore, the entire amount of service tax collected by the appellant from buyers was liable to be paid to the government in cash and the entire credit availed by the appellant was sought to be disallowed. The demand was raised and the appellant filed appeal against the order.


The Honorable CESTAT relied on the decision of Apex Court in case of CCE v. Larson & Toubro Ltd. [2015] 60 354 wherein it was held that composite contracts involving transfer of property in goods is not liable to Service Tax prior to 1.6.2007. Since the appellant was not liable to pay service tax, it would also not be entitled to avail Cenvat credit. However, the credit has already been utilised for payment of service tax which is not required to be paid shall be as good as reversal of credit and further liability is absent. Therefore, the demand towards ineligible credit was confirmed and the amount reversed as payment of service tax would be treated as reversal.

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