MOU with CBEC

On-Line Application & Modalities for Certified Facilitation Centre under ACES Scheme of CBEC


The Institute entered into an MOU with Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) to enable Cost Accountants in whole-time practice to set up Certified Facilitation Centres (CFCs) under Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax (ACES) Scheme and offer various services such as digitization of paper documents and on-line filing/ uploading of documents such as application for registration, filing of returns, refunds, accounting, disputes resolution, audit, provisional assessment, exports, claims, intimations and permission to assessees. The MOU is available at the website of the Institute http://www.icmai.in , and CBEC-ACES Project website: http://aces.gov.in/CFC.jsp. This initiative aims at providing services to taxpayers who may not have requisite IT infrastructure/resources, to use ACES. The services would be available on payment of prescribed services charges as agreed with CBEC. Interested members may also refer to “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” available on the Institute‘s website for resolving their queries. The ACES Project not only reduces physical interface and save time both for the department and the assessees, but also facilitate online tracking of the status of the selected documents, online viewing and internal messaging.


Cost Accountants in whole-time practice may act as Certified Facilitation Centres (CFC) under the ACES Scheme of CBEC if he/she fulfills the terms and conditions of ACES Scheme and after approval of The institute of Cost Accountants of India. For approval to act as CFC, a Cost Accountant in whole-time practice is required to apply on-line in the prescribed application form available on Institute's Website: Click here to fill-up on-line application form. After filling up the application form on-line at Institute's website, the concerned cost accountant is required to take the print out of the application, sign each page of application form, attach self certified copy of PAN Card, self certified copy of Certificate of Practice (CoP) and Demand Draft or Cheque (only Delhi local clearing cheque is acceptable) favouring “The Institute of Cost Accountants of India” payable at New Delhi and send the documents to the Delhi Office at the following address:

Professional Development Directorate
The Institute of Cost Accountants of India
“CMA Bhawan”, 3, Institutional Area,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
e-mail: pd@icmai.in

The applications under this scheme would be accepted on continuous basis till the expiry of MOU (i.e. on 31st March, 2017) or extension thereof.

All the information contained in the applications received by the Institute shall be verified before recommending the name to CBEC for issue of User Id and Password. On receipt of intimation from CBEC for sending the User Id and Password directly to the concerned cost accountant, the Institute will issue Certificate to act as Certified Facilitation Centre under ACES Scheme by e-mail.

  1. In pursuant to Goods and Services (GST) Act, 2017 on CFC Fee of Rs. 500/- GST @ 18% will be appliable from 01.07.2017.
  2. Click here to to fill-up on-line application form
  3. List of Approved CFCs as on date
  4. Click here to view MOU dated 13.04.2010 between the Institute and CBEC
  5. Click here to view amendments to MOU dated 27.09.2010 between the Institute and CBEC
  6. Click here to view the Corrigendum to MOU dated 16.04.2012 between the Institute and CBEC
  7. Click here to view Extension of MOU dated 01.04.2013
  8. Click here to view Salient Features of ACES-CFC Scheme
  9. Click here to View FAQs relating to ACES-CFC Scheme
  10. In Case of HELP regarding ACES Scheme, members may refer to ACES website: http://www.aces.gov.in/help.jsp