|Chapter V of Finance Act, 1994|
’72A. (1) If the 2[Principal Commissioner of Central Excise or] Commissioner of Central Excise, has reasons to believe that any person liable to pay service tax (herein referred to as ”such person”),–
(i) has failed to declare or determine the value of a taxable service correctly; or
(ii) has availed and utilised credit of duty or tax paid-
(a) which is not within the normal limits having regard to the nature of taxable service provided, the extent of capital goods used or the type of inputs or input services used, or any other relevant factors as he may deem appropriate; or
(b) by means of fraud, collusion, or any wilful misstatement or suppression of facts; or
(iii) has operations spread out in multiple locations and it is not possible or practicable to obtain a true and complete picture of his accounts from the registered premises falling under the jurisdiction of the said, he may direct such person to get his accounts audited by a chartered accountant or cost accountant nominated by him, to the extent and for the period as may be specified by the 2[Principal Commissioner or] Commissioner.
(2) The chartered accountant or cost accountant referred to in sub-section (1) shall, within the period specified by the said 2[Principal Commissioner or] Commissioner, submit a report duly signed and certified by him to the said 2[Principal Commissioner or] Commissioner mentioning therein such other particulars as may be specified by him.
(3) The provisions of sub-section (1) shall have effect notwithstanding that the accounts of such person have been audited under any other law for the time being in force.
(4) The person liable to pay tax shall be given an opportunity of being heard in respect of any material gathered on the basis of the audit under sub-section (1) and proposed to be utilised in any proceeding under the provisions of this Chapter or rules made thereunder.
Explanation.- For the purposes of this section,–
(i) “chartered accountant” shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949; (38 of 1949.)
(ii) “cost accountant” shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Cost and Works Accountants Act, 1959.’; (23 of 1959).]
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