Government Exempted Card Swipe Machines From Excise Duty : Point of Sale (POS) Devices and Goods required for their manufacture exempted from Central Excise Duty till March 31, 2017.

The Government has demonetised the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 with effect from mid-night of 8th-9th November, 2016. Along with this, the Government has also laid increased emphasis on promoting digital payments.

Point of Sale (POS) devices are used for cashless transactions, both for making payments or disbursing cash. POS do not attract any basic customs duty. To further reduce the cost of such devices and thereby encourage digital payments, the Government has exempted such devices from Central Excise Duty. Consequently, these devices will also be exempt from Additional Duty of Customs [commonly known as CVD] and additional duty of customs [commonly known as SAD]. Simultaneously, to encourage domestic manufacturers of such devices, all goods required for the manufacture of POS devices have also been exempted from excise duty, and consequently from CVD and SAD. These exemptions will be valid till 31st March 2017.

Notification No.35/2016-Central Excise, dated 28th November, 2016 has also been issued in this regard.


[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART II, SECTION 3, SUB-SECTION (i)]

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
CENTRAL BOARD OF EXCISE AND CUSTOMS
NEW DELHI

NOTIFICATION No. 35/2016-Central Excise [F.No. 354/213/2016-TRU]

Dated: November 28, 2016

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 5A of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944), the Central Government being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby makes the following further amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) No. 12/2012-Central Excise, dated the 17th March, 2012, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R.163(E), dated the 17th March, 2012, namely: –

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In the said notification, –

(A) in the opening paragraph, after the seventh proviso, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-

“Provided also that nothing contained in this notification shall apply to goods specified against serial number 256 A and 256 B of the said Table after the 31st day of March, 2017;”;

(B) in the Table, after serial number 256 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be inserted, namely:-

(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
256A 8470 Point of Sale (POS) Devices
Nil
256B Any Chapter All goods for manufacture of Point of Sale (POS) Devices
Nil
2

(Anurag Sehgal)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Note.- The principal notification No. 12/2012-Central Excise, dated the 17th March, 2012 was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R. 163(E), dated the 17th March, 2012 and last amended vide notification No.34/2016-Central Excise, dated the 8th September, 2016 published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R.874(E), dated the 8th September, 2016.


Source: http://www.cbec.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/excise/cx-act/notifications/notfns-2016/cx-tarr2016/ce35-2016.pdf