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THIS MASTER SUBSCRIPTION AND SERVICES AGREEMENT GOVERNS CUSTOMER’S USE
AND AVAILMENT OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY DEFMACRO SOFTWARE PRIVATE LIMITED
(HEREINAFTER ClearTax). IT CONSTITUTES A BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN
CLEARTAX AND THE CUSTOMER.
BY (1) EXECUTING AN ORDER FORM THAT REFERENCES THIS AGREEMENT OR (2) CLICKING A BOX INDICATING ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT OR (3) USING THE SERVICES, CUSTOMER AGREES TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF THE INDIVIDUAL ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT IS ACCEPTING ON BEHALF OF A COMPANY OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY, SUCH INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTS THAT THEY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND SUCH ENTITY AND ITS AFFILIATES TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, IN WHICH CASE THE TERM “CUSTOMER” SHALL REFER TO SUCH ENTITY AND ITS AFFILIATES. IF THE INDIVIDUAL ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT HAVE SUCH AUTHORITY, OR DOES NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, SUCH INDIVIDUAL MUST NOT ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT AND SHALL NOT USE THE SERVICES.
“Affiliate” shall mean, in relation to any person:
i. If that person is an individual, any person who is a relative of such person;
ii. If that person (the “Subject Person”) is other than a natural person, any other person that, either directly or indirectly through one or more intermediate persons, controls, is controlled by or is under common control with the Subject Person. “Control” means the power to direct the management or policies of a person directly or indirectly, whether through the ownership of over fifty percent (50%) of the voting power of such person, or through the power to appoint over half of the members of the board of directors or similar governing body of such person or through any other arrangements.
And the words “Controls” or “Controlled by” or “Controlling” shall be construed accordingly.
“Agreement” means this Master Subscription and Services Agreement, any Order Form, addenda, exhibits and supplements thereto.
“Applicable Law” means any law, statute, rule, regulation, order, circular, decree, directive, judgement, decision or other similar mandate of any applicable central, national, state or local governmental authority having competent jurisdiction over, or application to a party or subject matter in question.
“Customer Data” means any content, materials, documents, data and information submitted by or for Customer including any data generated, derived, processed, stored or transmitted thereof.
“Customer” means in the case of an individual accepting this Agreement on his or her own behalf, such individual, or in the case of an individual accepting this Agreement on behalf of a company or other legal entity, the company or other legal entity for which such individual is accepting this Agreement, and Affiliates of that company or entity (for so long as they remain Affiliates). It includes users of the Services.
“Malicious Code” means code, files, scripts, agents or programs intended to do harm, including, for example, viruses, worms, time bombs and Trojan horses.
“Non-ClearTax Application” means a web-based, mobile, offline or other software application functionality that interoperates with a Service, that is provided by Customer or a third party.
“Order Form” means an ordering document or online order specifying the Services to be provided hereunder that is entered into between Customer and ClearTax, including any addenda, exhibits and supplements thereto. By entering into an Order Form hereunder, an Affiliate agrees to be bound by the terms of this Agreement as if it were an original party hereto. For the instances where the Customer avails the Services of ClearTax through a Reseller, Order form shall deem to mean a document entered into between a Reseller and ClearTax specifying the Services to be provided by ClearTax and the charges payable by the Reseller.
“Professional Services” means migration, implementation, integration, training or consulting services made available by ClearTax under applicable Order Form.
“Reseller” means a third party authorised by ClearTax in writing to sell Services.
“Services” means Subscription Services and Professional Services.
“Services” exclude Non-ClearTax Applications.
“Software” means ClearTax’s proprietary software provided by ClearTax to Customer pursuant to an Order Form under this Agreement.
“Subscription Services” means any services provided by ClearTax to the Customer including the subscription to Software and related support made available by ClearTax to Customer under applicable Order Form.
2. ClearTax’s RESPONSIBILITIES
2.1. Provision of Subscription Services. Subject to terms of this Agreement and payment of the subscription charges, ClearTax will (a) make the Subscription Services available to Customer pursuant to the applicable Order Form (b) provide applicable ClearTax standard support for the Subscription Services to Customer.
2.2. Protection of Customer Data. ClearTax will maintain appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for protection of the security, confidentiality and integrity of Customer Data to prevent unauthorized access to or disclosure of Customer Data (other than by Customer or users).
3. USE OF SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES
3.1. Subscriptions. Subject to the terms of this Agreement and payment of subscription charges, ClearTax grants the Customer, a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access the Subscription Services. Subscription Services are purchased as subscriptions for the term stated in the applicable Order Form.
3.2. Usage Limits. Subscription Services are subject to usage limits specified in Order Forms. If Customer exceeds a contractual usage limit, Customer will execute an Order Form for additional quantities of the applicable Subscription Services promptly upon ClearTax’s request, and/or pay any invoice for excess usage in accordance with the “Invoicing and Payment” section below. For instances where the Customer has availed the Services through a Reseller, Reseller shall request for additional quantities of the applicable Subscription Services for the Customer and pay applicable charges as agreed between Reseller and ClearTax.
3.3. Customer Responsibilities. Customer will (a) be responsible for compliance with this Agreement and Order Forms, (b) be responsible for the accuracy, quality and legality of Customer Data, the means by which Customer acquired Customer Data, Customer’s use of Customer Data with the Services, and the interoperation of any Non-ClearTax Applications with which Customer uses Subscription Services, (c) prevent unauthorized access to or use of Subscription Services and notify ClearTax promptly of any such unauthorized access or use and (d) be responsible for all activities that occur under its usernames, passwords or accounts or as a result of Customer’s access to the Services and agrees that ClearTax is not responsible for any harm caused by users, including individuals who were not authorized to have access to the Services but who were able to gain access from Customer’s user credentials.
3.4. Usage Restrictions. Customer shall not (a) make any Subscription Service available to anyone other than Customer or users, or use any Subscription Service for the benefit of anyone other than Customer or its Affiliates, unless expressly stated otherwise in an Order Form, (b) sell, resell, rent, license, sublicense, distribute, make available, any Subscription Service, or include any Subscription Service in a service bureau or outsourcing offering, (e) interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of any Subscription Service or third-party data contained therein, (f) attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Subscription Service or its related systems or networks, (g) permit direct or indirect access to or use of any Subscription Services in a way that circumvents a contractual usage limit, or use any Subscription Services to access or use any of ClearTax intellectual property except as permitted under this Agreement, or Order Form, (h) modify, copy, or create derivative works based on a Subscription Service or any part, feature, function or user interface thereof, (i) disassemble, reverse engineer, reproduce, distribute, republish or decompile a Subscription Service, (j) remove or modify any program markings or any notice of ClearTax’s or its licensors’ proprietary rights, (k) perform or disclose any benchmark or performance tests of the Services, (l) access Subscription Services to (1) build a competitive product or service, (2) build a product or service using similar ideas, features, functions or graphics of the Service, (3) assist a third party in building or supporting, products or Services competitive to ClearTax or (4) copy any ideas, features, functions or graphics of the Service.
4. NON-ClearTax APPLICATIONS
Any acquisition or use by Customer of Non-ClearTax Application, and any exchange of data between Customer and any Non-ClearTax Application is solely between Customer and the applicable Non-ClearTax Application provider. ClearTax does not warrant or support Non-ClearTax Applications or other Non-ClearTax products or services, whether or not they are designated by ClearTax as “certified” or otherwise. ClearTax is not responsible for any disclosure, modification or deletion of Customer Data resulting from access by such Non-ClearTax Application or its provider. ClearTax assumes no responsibility in relation to any services availed by the Customer from a Non-ClearTax Application and the Customer agrees and undertakes to indemnify and hold ClearTax harmless from any claim, loss, liability arising out of, or in connection with, or in relation to any such services being availed by the Customer.
5. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Subject to payment of applicable charges, ClearTax may make available for Customer, Professional Services as set forth in the applicable Order Form. Customer shall render necessary assistance to ClearTax in order for ClearTax to fulfil its responsibilities as set forth in this Agreement and the applicable Order Form. Unless otherwise stated in the applicable Order Form, all Professional Services under this Agreement are deemed accepted by Customer upon delivery.
6. SUBSCRIPTION CHARGES AND PAYMENT
6.1. Subscription Charges. Customer will pay the Subscription Charges specified in Order Forms. Except as otherwise specified herein or in an Order Form, (a) Subscription Charges are based on Services subscriptions purchased and not actual usage and (b) payment obligations are non- cancellable and Subscription Charges paid are non-refundable.
6.2. Invoicing and Payment. Unless otherwise stated in the Order Form, all charges will be invoiced in advance and are payable within 7 days from the invoice date. Customer is responsible for providing complete and accurate billing and contact information to ClearTax and notifying ClearTax of any changes to such information.
6.3. Unless otherwise stated in the Order Form, all invoices will be sent via email to Customer’s email address registered with ClearTax.
6.4. If any invoiced amount is not received by ClearTax within the due date, then without limiting ClearTax’ s rights or remedies, ClearTax may levy interest at the rate of 2% of the outstanding balance per month.
6.5. Suspension of Service. If any invoiced amount owed by Customer under this or any other agreement for Services is 30 days or more overdue, ClearTax may, suspend Services until such amounts are paid in full, provided that, ClearTax will give Customer at least 10 days’ prior notice that its account is overdue before suspending services to Customer.
6.6. Taxes. ClearTax’ s Subscription Charges do not include any taxes. Customer is responsible for paying all taxes associated with its purchases here under.
6.7. If a Customer avails/purchases any Services through a Reseller, then such Customer shall be liable to pay for such Services to the Reseller. However, the Customer shall continue to be liable to pay for Services purchased directly from ClearTax
6.8. If a Customer avails/purchases any Services through a Reseller and (a) such Reseller notifies ClearTax of such Customer’s failure to pay amounts due to Reseller with respect to a Service; or (b) such Reseller fails to pay any amounts due to ClearTax; then ClearTax at its sole and absolute discretion may suspend or terminate the Services or terminate the Services being provided to the Customer. Customer consents to these suspension and termination rights and acknowledge and agrees that ClearTax shall not be liable to Customer to provide any Services to the Customer. Customer’s sole recourse with respect to any such suspension or termination shall be against the Reseller.
7. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LICENSES
7.1. As between ClearTax and Customer, Customer owns all of Customer’s Data and all intellectual property related to Customer’s Data. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Customer hereby agrees, covenants, consents and grants ClearTax, its Affiliates, and its third-party service providers, all the rights to host, use, process, analyse, derive, store, display and transmit Customer Data including for providing the Services in accordance with this Agreement. Customer represents that it has, and warrants that it shall maintain, all rights as required to allow ClearTax, its Affiliates and its third party service providers to compile, use, store, process, analyse, derive and retain Customer Data, including without limitation in combination with other ClearTax customers’ data.
7.2. Subject to the limited rights expressly granted hereunder, ClearTax shall retain all right, title and interest in and to the Services and all technology utilized by ClearTax to provide the Services, including any and all patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights relating to, embodied by, or incorporated in any of the foregoing including any updates, upgrades, enhancements, modifications or improvements made to, or derivatives of, the Services. If Customer provides ClearTax with any feedback regarding any Services, ClearTax may use all such feedback without restriction. No rights are granted to Customer hereunder other than as expressly set forth herein.
8.1. The Parties shall endeavour to protect Confidential Information. In the context of the relationship under this Agreement, each party (a “Disclosing Party”) may disclose to the other party (a “Receiving Party”) certain confidential information that has been marked “confidential” or with words of similar meaning, at the time of disclosure by such party (“Confidential Information”). ClearTax’s Confidential Information shall deem to include, without limitation, the pricing of Services, business proposals, technical documentation, integration methodologies, technical data, methods, processes, know-how and inventions. Confidential Information shall not include information that Receiving Party can show: (a) was already lawfully known to, or independently developed by, Receiving Party without access to, or use of, Confidential Information, (b) was received by Receiving Party from any third party without restrictions, (c) is publicly and generally available, free of confidentiality restrictions; or (d) is required to be disclosed by law, regulation or is requested in the context of a law enforcement investigation.
9. WARRANTIES AND DISCLAIMERS
9.1. Each party represents and warrants that: (a) it is duly organized under applicable law and has sufficient authority to enter into this Agreement, (b) the person entering into this Agreement is authorized to sign this Agreement on behalf of such party and (c) the execution and performance under this Agreement does not conflict with any contractual obligations such party has to any third party.
9.2. Customer represents and warrants that : (a) all information which has been given by the Customer or on behalf of the Customer by the Reseller to ClearTax with respect to the Customer is true, accurate and complete in all respects, (b) it shall maintain, all rights, privileges and licenses as required to allow ClearTax, its Affiliates and its third-party service providers to compile, use, store, process, analyse, derive and retain Customer Data, (c) it has obtained all governmental authorizations, consents and approvals and corporate approval, and other consents as required under Applicable Law for the execution and performance of this Agreement have been obtained, and continue in force, and (d) The Customer has not and nor any Associated Persons or former Associated Persons has, directly or indirectly:
i. violated or is in violation of Money Laundering Laws, Anti-Bribery Laws, or rules, regulations, guidelines of the OFAC (“OFAC Regulations”) and other applicable anti-corruption Laws; or
ii. made, offered or promised to make, or authorized the payment or giving of money, or anything else of value, to any (i) executive, official, employee or person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of a government department, government agency or a government-controlled entity or a public international organization (e.g., the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank), or (ii) political party or official thereof, or candidate for political office (each of the foregoing a “Government Official”), or (iii) any other person, while knowing that all or some portion of the money or value will be offered, given or promised to a government official for the purposes of obtaining or retaining business or securing any improper advantage or in other circumstances when such offer, payment or promise would be unlawful; or been subject to any investigation by any Governmental Authorities or regulators with regard to any actual or alleged breach of any relevant anti-corruption law.
iii. Provided that in the case of former Associated Persons such action took place whilst the former Associated Person was an Associated Person.
iv. Neither the Customer nor any of its current or former Associated Persons is or has been the subject of any investigation, inquiry or litigation, administrative or enforcement proceedings by any Governmental Authority or any customer regarding any offence or alleged offence under Anti-Bribery Laws or Money Laundering Laws, and no notice has been received that such investigation, inquiry or proceedings have been threatened or are pending, and there are no circumstances likely to give rise to any such investigation, inquiry or proceedings.
v. The Customer is not (i) currently identified on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List maintained by the OFAC and/or on any other similar list maintained by OFAC or any other U.S. governmental agency pursuant to any authorising statute, executive order or regulation; and (ii) a Person with whom a citizen of the United States is prohibited to engage in transactions by any trade embargo, economic sanction, or other prohibition of United States law, regulation, or executive order of the President of the United States.
For the purposes of this Agreement:
a. “Anti-Bribery Law” means the Indian Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the UK Bribery Act 2010, and shall include any Applicable Laws that relate to the bribery or corruption, in each case as amended, re-enacted or replaced from time to time;
b. “Associated Person” means a Person (including any director, officer, employee, agent or other intermediary) who performs services for or on behalf of that Person or who holds shares of capital stock, partnership interests, limited liability company membership interests and units, shares, interest and other participations in that Person (in each case when performing such services or acting in such capacity);
c. “Money Laundering Law” means the Indian Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 and all applicable anti-money laundering statutes of all jurisdictions, including, without limitation, Indian and U.S. anti-money laundering laws, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines, issued, administered or enforced by any governmental or regulatory agency; and
d. “OFAC” means the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury of the United States of America.
e. The Customer has not nor has any affiliate or their respective directors, officers, managers, employees, its independent contractors, representatives or agents violated the provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 1977 (“FCPA”), the U.K. Bribery Act or Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (“PCA”) or any other applicable anti-bribery or anti-corruption law. None of the any of their directors, officers, employees and its agents or representative has, in any way in relation to the Customer or any of the Customer’s subsidiaries or controlled affiliates, (i) have offered, promised, made, paid or received or will offer, promise, make, pay or receive any bribe, kickback or other similar payment or transfer of value for the benefit of any person in connection with obtaining or retaining business or to secure an improper advantage (including, but not limited to, with respect to its respective capital contributions, including additional contributions and funding and in-kind capital contributions) or any other party hereto; (ii) have authorized, induced, or caused or will authorize, induce, or cause any person to offer, promise, make, pay or receive any such payment or transfer of value in connection with obtaining or retaining business or to secure an improper advantage (including, but not limited to, with respect to its respective capital contributions, including additional contributions and funding and in-kind capital contributions) or any other party hereto; or (iii) possess knowledge or reason to know that any such payment or transfer of value has occurred or will occur in connection with obtaining or retaining business or to secure an improper advantage (including, but not limited to, with respect to its respective capital contributions, including additional contributions and funding and in-kind capital contributions).
9.3. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN, CUSTOMER ACCEPTS THE SERVICES “AS IS” AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT CLEARTAX MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, AND DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED AND STATUTORY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. CLEARTAX FURTHER DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICES WILL MEET CUSTOMER’S NEEDS OR EXPECTATION, BE ERROR FREE, OR THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR THE SERVICE ERRORS BE CORRECTED.
9.4. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT CLEARTAX DOES NOT CONTROL THE TRANSFER OF DATA OVER COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE INTERNET, AND THAT THE SERVICES MAY BE SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS, DELAYS, AND OTHER PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THE USE OF SUCH COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES. CLEARTAX IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELAYS, DELIVERY FAILURES, OR OTHER DAMAGE RESULTING FROM SUCH PROBLEMS.
9.5. CLEARTAX IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ISSUES RELATED TO THE PERFORMANCE, OPERATION OR SECURITY OF THE SERVICES THAT ARISE FROM CUSTOMER’S APPLICATIONS OR THIRD PARTYTHIRDPARTY APPLICATION. CLEARTAX DOES NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY REGARDING THE RELIABILITY, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CORRECTNESS, OR USEFULNESS OF THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS OR SERVICES, AND DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITIES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS OR SERVICES.
9.6. FOR ANY BREACH OF THE SERVICES WARRANTY, CUSTOMER’S EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AND CLEARTAX’S ENTIRE LIABILITY SHALL BE THE CORRECTION OF THE DEFICIENT SERVICES THAT CAUSED THE BREACH OF WARRANTY, OR, IF CLEARTAX CANNOT SUBSTANTIALLY CORRECT THE DEFICIENCY IN A COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE MANNER, CUSTOMER MAY CHOOSE TO END THE DEFICIENT SERVICES.
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement, the Customer shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless ClearTax (and its affiliates, officers, directors and employees) upon demand from and against any and all damages, actions, proceedings, claims, demands, costs, losses, liabilities, diminution in value, loss of earnings, profits and revenue, opportunity costs, expenses (including court costs and reasonable attorneys’ legal fees) in connection with, arising out of, or in relation to (i) breach or non-compliance of its obligations, consents, grants, undertakings, representations or warranties, and (ii) misrepresentation, negligence, fraud, wilful concealment and misconduct (iii) misuse of the Services and products of ClearTax for any illegal or unauthorised purposes; (iv) any injuries to persons or damage to property, body, business character, reputation including theft, resulting from the acts or omissions of Customer; (v) any claims by a third party on ClearTax for the acts committed or omitted by the Customer; (vi) any violation of municipal, state or central laws governing the Services and products or their sale, that may result from such act or omission by the Customer.
11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT SHALL CLEARTAX NOR ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, AFFILIATES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUE ARISING OUT OF, OR RELATING TO, THE SERVICES OR THE ARRANGEMENTS CONTEMPLATED HEREIN. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT, IN ANY EVENT, CLEARTAX’S CUMULATIVE MAXIMUM LIABILITY, WHETHER AN ACTION IS IN CONTRACT OR TORT AND REGARDLESS OF THE THEORY OF LIABILITY, SHALL NOT EXCEED THE SUBSCRIPTION CHARGE RECEIVED BY CLEARTAX FROM CUSTOMER IN THE 3 (THREE) MONTHS PRECEDING THE APPLICABLE CLAIM.
12. TERM AND TERMINATION
12.1. Term This Agreement commences on the date Customer first accepts it and continues until all subscriptions hereunder have expired or have been terminated.
12.2. Term of Subscriptions. The term of each subscription shall be as specified in the applicable Order Form. Except as otherwise specified in an Order Form, subscriptions will automatically renew for additional periods equal to the expiring subscription term or one year (whichever is shorter), unless either party gives the other written notice (email acceptable) at least 30 days before the end of the relevant subscription term. Unless otherwise stated in an Order Form, the renewal charge may be increased by up to 15 (fifteen) percent of the applicable fees in the immediately preceding Order Form.
12.3. Termination. ClearTax shall terminate this Agreement upon written notice if the Customer is in breach of this Agreement and such breach is not curable or is not cured within 30 (thirty) days from the receipt of written notice of such breach. Non-payment of invoiced amount within applicable due date shall constitute material breach of this Agreement.
12.4. Effects of Termination. Upon any termination or expiration of this Agreement, ClearTax will cease to provide the Services and any Subscription Charges due under an Order Form shall be required to be paid immediately. All charges due under an Order Form are non-cancellable and non-refundable. Any obligations of the parties that by their nature are intended to survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement, shall survive any termination or expiration thereof.
12.5. Notwithstanding anything contained in Clauses 12.1 – 12.4, the Term of Services purchased/availed by a Customer through a Reseller shall be as specified in the document executed between Reseller and ClearTax.
12.6. Publicity. Customer agrees and consents that ClearTax may refer to Customer as a customer of ClearTax in its communications and marketing materials, including by displaying Customer’s name and logo on ClearTax’s website and other marketing materials.
13. GENERAL PROVISIONS
13.1. Third Party Service Providers. ClearTax may use third-party service providers, including application service providers, hosting service providers and system integrators for rendering Services. ClearTax may engage third parties to provide services in connection with Professional Services, provided that such third parties have executed appropriate confidentiality agreements with ClearTax.
13.2. ClearTax shall be excused from performance hereunder, without any liability, to the extent that performance is prevented, delayed or obstructed by circumstances beyond its reasonable control. Such circumstances may be including but not limited to an act of God, act of government, flood, fire, earthquake, civil unrest, act of terror, strike or other labor problem, Internet service provider failure delay, Non-ClearTax Application, denial of service attack, a virus attack on Customer’s system leading to disruption, issues with FTP access from Customer’s system, emergency maintenance upgrades or government restrictions(including the denial or cancellation of any licenses).
13.3. ClearTax shall have no responsibility or liability in relation to failure of any activity, if such activity may have been initiated by a third party or by Customer itself, and that has failed or delayed on account of the process of authentication and acceptance of taxpayer/s data by GST System or otherwise, including but not limited to, failure or delay as a result of, network or connectivity failure, device or application failure, GST’s System’s failure, possible down time at GST System’s end or any other technical or non-technical error of any nature, whether foreseen or unforeseen at the time of entering into this Agreement.
13.4. Planned Downtime: ClearTax may shut down the Services to perform planned maintenance or to upgrade the Services. To the extent possible and reasonable, ClearTax may provide at least 48 hours of notice for such downtime. For the avoidance of doubt, planned downtime will exclude any emergency maintenance undertaken by ClearTax which shall be endeavoured to be undertaken during the non-business hours during weekends.
13.5. Anti-Corruption. Customer agrees and confirms that it has not received or been offered any illegal or improper bribe, kickback, payment, gift, or thing of value from an employee or agent of ClearTax in connection with this Agreement.
13.6. Entire Agreement and Order of Precedence. This Agreement along with the Order Forms represents the entire agreement between the parties regarding the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all other agreements between the parties, whether written or oral, regarding the subject matter hereof. For clarity, the provisions of this Agreement supersede any earlier non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements, purchase orders or in any other Customer documentation (excluding Order Forms). In the event of any conflict or inconsistency among the following documents, the order of precedence shall be: (1) the applicable Order Form, and (2) this Agreement.
13.7. Relationship. The parties are independent contractors. This Agreement does not create a partnership, franchise, joint venture, agency, fiduciary or employment relationship between the parties.
13.8. Waiver. No failure or delay by either party in exercising any right under this Agreement will constitute a waiver of that right.
13.9. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, the provision will be deemed null and void, and the remaining provisions of this Agreement will remain in effect.
13.10 Assignment. Customer shall not assign any of its rights and obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of ClearTax.
13.11. Governing Law and Jurisdiction. Any dispute arising out of
or in connection with this Agreement shall be resolved amicably
preferably within 30 days. Failing which such dispute shall be referred
to a sole arbitrator mutually appointed by parties. If parties fail to
agree upon a sole arbitrator, within a period of ten (10) days, each
party shall appoint an arbitrator and the two appointed arbitrators
shall appoint the third arbitrator who shall act as the presiding
arbitrator. Arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the
provisions of the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and any
amendments thereof. The seat and venue of arbitration shall be
Bangalore, Karnataka and the language of arbitration shall be English.
Notice: Customer shall direct notices under this Agreement to the following address.
Attn: Legal Department Defmacro Software Private Limited (aka ClearTax),
Corporate Office: 23, 24 AMR Tech Park
Block 1, First Floor, Hosur Main Road
Hongasandra, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.