Dynamics Gp Partner Newsflash Tax Tables Update Service Overview

Microsoft Dynamics GP, formerly known as Great Plains Dynamics and eEnterprise US Payroll module requires periodic payroll tax rates update. For large number of employees in your organization, especially when you have locations in multiple US states, you probably want to do quarterly tax update. If you are current with Microsoft Business Solutions annual support plan, you have access to Payroll Tax update utilities through your GP Customer Source. If you are no longer enrolled in annual support plan, you should check with your current Dynamics GP VAR if your current Great Plains version is still supported and you could receive Tax Updates from your GP Reseller. In this small publication we would like to give you the idea on limited payroll tax update service for old versions of Great Plains Dynamics GP:

1.Payroll Tax Rate Tables in Dynamics database. Tax rates are stored in system database of Great Plains, which is Dynamics. So, updates is done only once on the system level, and it should take effect immediately for all your companies

2.Limitations of Tax Update for old versions. GP versions 8.0, 7.5, 7.0, 6.0, 5.5, 5.0, 4.0 and earlier are no longer supported by Microsoft and Payroll Tax update download is not available for these versions. However, you should expect that some of the States changed their Tax calculation formulae and it is not possible to use old formulas, incorporated in Dynamics.DIC business rules logic. At this time we are aware about Missouri, so if your employees are there, please consider reenrolling to MBS support plan and upgrade your Dynamics GP to supported version 10.0 or 9.0. The other option would be to request GP Dexterity custom programming to update Tax Calculation formula in your old Great Plains version

3.Tax Rates Update Technology. We do understand your situation and we copy current tax rates to custom table and then from there we update your outdated tax tables in Dynamics database. This procedure typically requires four hours of Great Plains Technical Consultant time

4.Tax Update for Pervasive SQL and Ctree databases. This update requires some help from your IT department. Our preferred method is to use Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Manager, create Linked Server to your Pervasive SQL or Ctree database, and update tax tables through heterogeneous SQL Update statement. If this is your case, please budget eight hours for the procedure. A bit more exotic case is when you host your Great Plains in Mac Faircom Server (Ctree)

Refund of Service Tax Issues & Challenges

Service Tax, as the name suggests is a tax leviable on all duties. It is a tax levied on the transactions of the facility specified by the Central Government under the finance Act, 1994. It is an indirect tax (akin to Excise duty or Sales tax), which means the service provider pays the tax and recovers the amount from the recipient of the taxable work.

Service Tax is generally recovered by Assessee in two ways:

By utilizing the same as in the form of Cenvat Credit, or

By Claiming the Refund.

Any Assessee can utilize the amount of duty paid by him in excess by adjusting the same with the duty amount paid in subsequent period. Refund of tax can be claimed by Assessee where self- adjustment of Service Tax is not feasible.

Refund of Service Tax generally happens in case of export oriented companies (STPI, SEZ, EOU units) which export their final product/duty, as no tax is levied by Government to promote the export. Such companies disburse excise on the input/output assistance procured by them but are not able to utilize the Cenvat Credit because no due is received by them on export of their services. As a result, such companies have to opt the procedure of claiming refund for unutilized cenvat (tax) credit.

The Export Oriented Units, especially the STPI units have been facing many hurdles and difficulties while claiming the service tax refunds. There had been inordinate delays towards the scrutiny of refund applications coupled with rejections of the claimed amounts due to various reasons by the designated authorities, primary reasons being:

Time Limitation for the refund claim of duties.
Relevant date for the calculation of limitation period in respect of filing the refund claim.
Implication of the Principle of Doctrine of Unjust Enrichment.
Submission of separate Foreign Exchange Remittance Certificate (FIRC) in case of segregated export of goods & utilities.
Submission of Original documents such as Invoice, BL, SB, BRC etc.

The Central Board of Excise & Customs is seized of this matter and has been regularly clarifying on this issue through various clarifications/Notifications covering many procedural issues with respect to refund of service tax paid. It has settled many issues like the time within which the refund claim shall be filed, acceptance of certified photocopies as a valid document, submission of self-certified statement along with FIRCs etc.

Despite various initiatives taken by the department, there has been a huge pendency of tax refunds primarily because of the incomplete documentation by the claimants, tedious process of physical verification of documents submitted to the department and the difference of perception between the claimant and the department regarding the admissibility of input services eligible for refund.

There are many specialized Service Tax Consultant in Delhi, NCR that helps companies in sorting out the problems they face related to tax. But it is always advisable to do some serious research before contacting a STPI Consultant in Delhi.