Steps to File Service Tax Return Online

Filing a Service Tax Return online has become mandatory with effect from 1st April 2010. The government these days is motivating people to file their service tax return online as it saves lot of time of both the government and the tax payer (Service Tax Notification No. 1/2012 – ST – Dated 19th February 2010).

So lets have a look at the steps an Assessee needs to follow to file an E – Service Tax Return.

Steps to File Service Tax Return Online

Requirements for Filing Service Tax

  • Keep your 15 digit Service Tax Registration Number handy and in front of you
  • Internet Enabled System with Java enabled browser
  • Valid email id

Steps to File Service Tax Return Online

Step 1

Obtain the TPIN and Password

Step 2

Fill the ST3 return according to the given instruction

Step 3

Convert the return file into a XML file

Step 4

Log on to ACES website with the username and password created by you

Step 5

Go to RET Module in the menu and click on E- Filing and then click on upload

Step 6

Select the time period and the financial year that need to be filed

Step 7

Click on browse on upload the XML file

Step 8

Click ‘Save’ and then ‘Next’

Step 9

Click on ‘Save’ to save the file to database and then ‘Submit’ to submit the file

Step 10

After submitting the return’s file a message will display in your screen that will tell whether the file has been successfully uploaded or not

Step 11

You can view the status of your return filed by going to RET Module then on E-Filing and then View ST3

Step 12

For help go to ACES website then Help then LMS then Service Tax


The above mentioned are all the steps that one needs to follow to file his/ her service tax returns online.




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