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The Central Sales Tax Act, 1956
THE CENTRAL SALES TAX ACT, 1956

ACT NO. 74 OF 1956 [ 21st December, 1956.]

An Act to formulate principles for determining when a sale or purchase of goods takes place in the course of inter- State trade or commerce or outside a State or in the course of import into or export from India, to provide for the levy, collection and distribution of taxes on sales of goods in the course of inter- State trade or commerce and to declare certain goods to be of special importance in inter- State trade or commerce and specify the restrictions and conditions to which State laws imposing taxes on the sale or purchase of such goods of special importance shall be subject.

CHAP

PRELIMINARY

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY





1. Short title, extent and commencement.
(1) This Act may be called the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956 .
(2) It extends to the whole of India 1[ .
(3) It shall come into force on such 2[ date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.
2. Definitions. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,--
(a) " appropriate State" means--
(i) in relation to a dealer who has one or more places of business situate in the same State, that State; Extended to Goa, Daman and Diu with modifications, by Reg, 12 of 1962 , s. 3 Sch.
1. The words" except the State of Jammu and Kashmir" omitted by Act 5 of 1958, s. 2. 2 The provisions of this Act except s. 15 came into force on the 5th January, 1957, vide, Notification No. S. R. O. 78, dated the 4th January, 1957, see Gazette of India, 1957, Extraordinary, Pt. II, Sec. 3, p. 57. Sect 15 cama into force on 1st October, 1958, ibid. G. S. R. 897 dt. 23- 9- 1958, See Gaz. of India, Ext. Pt. II See. 3 (i) p. 476.
(ii) in relation to a dealer who has 1[ places of business situate in different States, every such State with respect to the place or places of business situate within its territory; 2[
(aa) 4[ " business" includes--
(i) any trade, commerce or manufacture, or any adventure or concern in the nature of trade, commerce or manufacture, whether or not such trade, commerce, manufacture, adventure or concern is carried on with a motive to make gain or profit and whether or not any gain or profit accrues from such trade, commerce, manufacture, adventure or concern; and
(ii) any transaction in connection with, or incidental or ancillary to, such trade, commerce, manufacture, adventure or concern;
(ab) " crossing the customs frontiers of India" means crossing the limits of the area of a customs station in which imported goods or export goods are ordinarily kept before clearance by customs authorities. Explanation.-- For the purposes of this clause," customs station" and" customs authorities" shall have the same meanings as in the Customs Act, 1962 ;]
(b) 4[ " dealer" means any person who carries on (whether regularly or otherwise) the business of buying, selling, supplying or distributing goods, directly or indirectly, for cash, or for deferred payment, or for commission, remuneration or other valuable consideration, and includes--
(i) a local authority, a body corporate, a company, any co- operative society or other society, club, firm, Hindu undivided family or other association of persons which carries on such business;
(ii) a factor, broker, commission agent, del credere agent, or any other mercantile agent, by whatever name called, and whether of the same description as hereinbefore mentioned or not, who carries on the business of buying, selling, supplying or distributing, goods belonging to any principal whether disclosed or not; and
(iii) an auctioneer who carries on the business of selling or auctioning goods belonging to any principal, whether disclosed or not and whether the offer of the intending purchaser is accepted by him or by the principal or a nominee of the principal. Explanation 1.-- Every person who acts as an agent, in any State, of a dealer residing outside that State and buys, sells, supplies, or distributes, goods in the State or acts on behalf of such dealer as--
(i) a mercantile agent as defined in the Sale of Goods Act, 1930 (3 of 1930 ), or
(ii) an agent for handling of goods or documents of title relating to goods, or
(iii) an agent for the collection or the payment of the sale price of goods or as a guarantor for such collection or payment, and every local branch or office in a State of a firm registered outside that State or a company or other body corporate, the principal office or headquarters whereof is outside that State, shall be deemed to be a dealer for the purposes of this Act. Explanation 2.-- A Government which, whether or not in the course of business, buys, sells, supplies or distributes, goods, directly or otherwise, for cash or for deferred payment or for commission, remuneration or other valuable consideration, shall, except in relation to any sale, supply or distribution of surplus, un- serviceable or old stores or materials or waste products or obsolete or discarded machinery or parts or accessories thereof, be deemed to be a dealer for the purposes of this Act;]
(c) " declared goods" means goods declared under section 14 to be of special importance in inter- State trade or commerce;
(d) " goods" includes all materials, articles, commodities and all other kinds of movable property, but does not include 4[ newspapers], actionable claims, stocks, shares and securities;
(dd) 5[ " place of business" includes--
(i) in any case where a dealer carries on business through an agent (by whatever name called), the place of business of such agent;
(ii) a warehouse, godown or other place where a dealer stores his goods; and
(iii) a place where a dealer keeps his books of account;]
(e) " prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(f) " registered dealer" means a dealer who is registered under section 7;
(g) " sale", with its grammatical variations and cognate expressions, means any transfer of property in goods by one person to another for cash or for deferred payment or for any other valuable consideration, and includes a transfer of goods on the hire- purchase or other system of payment by instalments, but does not include a mortgage or hypothecation of or a charge or pledge on goods;
(h) " sale price" means the amount payable to a dealer as consideration for the sale of any goods, less any sum allowed as cash discount according to the practice normally
1. The words" one or more" omitted by Act 31 of 1958, s. 2 (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 2 Explanation omitted by s. 2, ibid. (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 3 Subs. by s. 2, ibid., for" selling goods" (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 4 Ins. by s. 2, ibid. (w. e. f. 7- 9- 1976 ). 5 Ins. by Act 31 of 1958 s. 2 (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ).
prevailing in the trade, but inclusive of any sum charged for anything done by the dealer in respect of the goods at the time of or before the delivery thereof other than the cost of freight or delivery or the cost of installation in cases where such cost is separately charged;
(i) " sales tax law" means any law for the time being in force in any State or part thereof which provides for the levy of taxes on the sale or purchase of goods generally or on any specified goods expressly mentioned in that behalf, and" general sales tax law" means the law for the time being in force in any State or part thereof which provides for the levy of tax on the sale or purchase of goods generally;
(j) " turnover" used in relation to any dealer liable to tax under this Act means the aggregate of the sale prices received and receivable by him in respect of sales of any goods in the course of inter- State trade or commerce made during any prescribed period 1[ and determined in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder];
(k) " year", in relation to a dealer, means the year applicable in relation to him under the general sales tax law of the appropriate State, and where there is no such year applicable, the financial year. CHAP FORMULATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR DETERMINING WHEN A SALE OR PURCHASE OFGOODS TAKES PLACE IN THE COURSE OF INTER- STATE TRADE OR COMMERCE OROUTSIDE A STATE OR IN THE COURSE OF IMPORT OR EXPORT. CHAPTER II FORMULATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR DETERMINING WHEN A SALE OR PURCHASE OF GOODS TAKES PLACE IN THE COURSE OF INTER- STATE TRADE OR COMM- ERCE OR OUTSIDE A STATE OR IN THE COURSE OF IMPORT OR EXPORT.
3. When is a sale or purchase of goods said to take place in the course of inter- State trade or commerce. A sale or purchase of goods shall be deemed to take place in the course of inter- State trade or commerce if the sale or purchase--
(a) occasions the movement of goods from one State to another; or
(b) is effected by a transfer of documents of title to the goods during their movement from one State to another.
1. Subs. by Act 28 of 1969, s. 2, for" and determined in the prescribed manner" (retrospectively).
Explanation 1.-- Where goods are delivered to a carrier or other bailee for transmission, the movement of the goods shall, for the purposes of clause (b), be deemed to commence at the time of such delivery and terminate at the time when delivery is taken from such carrier or bailee. Explanation 2.-- Where the movement of goods commences and terminates in the same State it shall not be deemed to be a movement of goods from one State to another by reason merely of the fact that in the course of such movement the goods pass through the territory of any other State.
4. When is a sale or purchase of goods said to take place outside a State.
(1) Subject to the provisions contained in section 3, when a sale or purchase of goods is determined in accordance with sub- section (2) to take place inside a State, such sale or purchase shall be deemed to have taken place outside all other States.
(2) A sale or purchase of goods shall be deemed to take place inside a State if the goods are within the State--
(a) in the case of specific or ascertained goods, at the time the contract of sale is made; and
(b) in the case of unascertained or future goods, at the time of their appropriation to the contract of sale by the seller or by the buyer, whether assent of the other party is prior or subsequent to such appropriation. Explanation.-- Where there is a single contract of sale or purchase of goods situated at more places than one, the provisions of this sub- section shall apply as if there were separate contracts in respect of the goods at each of such places.
5. When is a sale or purchase of goods said to take place in the course of import or export.
(1) A sale or purchase of goods shall be deemed to take place in the course of the export of the goods out of the territory of India only if the sale or purchase either occasions such export or is effected by a transfer of documents of title to the goods after the goods have crossed the customs frontiers of India.
(2) A sale or purchase of goods shall be deemed to take place in the course of the import of the goods into the territory of India only if the sale or purchase either occasions such import or is effected by a transfer of documents of title to the goods before the goods have crossed the customs frontiers of India.
(3) 1[ Notwithstanding anything contained in sub- section (1), the last sale or purchase of any goods preceding the sale or purchase occasioning the export of those goods out of the territory of India shall also be deemed to be in the course of such export, if such last sale or purchase took place after, and was for the purpose of complying with, the agreement or order for or in relation to such export.]
1. Ins. by Act 103 of 1976, s. 3 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1976 ).
CHAP INTER- STATE SALES TAX CHAPTER III INTER- STATE SALES TAX
6. Liability to tax on inter- State sales. 1[
(1) ] Subject to the other provisions contained in this Act, every dealer shall, with effect from such 2[ date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, not being earlier than thirty days from the date of such notification be liable to pay tax under this Act on all sales 3[ of goods other than electrical energy] effected by him in the course of inter- State trade or commerce during any year on and from the date so notified: 4[ Provided that a dealer shall not be liable to pay tax under this Act on any sale of goods which, in accordance with the provisions of sub- section (3) of section 5, is a sale in the course of export of those goods out of the territory of India.]
(1A) 5[ A dealer shall be liable to pay tax under this Act on a sale of any goods effected by him in the course of inter- State trade or commerce notwithstanding that notax would have been leviable (whether on the seller or the purchaser) under the sales tax law of the appropriate State if that sale had taken place inside that State.]
(2) 6[ Notwithstanding anything contained in sub- section (1) or sub- section (1A), where a sale of any goods in the course of inter- State trade or commerce has either occasioned the movement of such goods from one State to another or has been effected by a transfer of documents of title to such goods during their movement from one State to another, any subsequent sale during such movement effected by a transfer of documents of title to such goods:--
(A) to the Government, or
(B) to a registered dealer other than the Government, if the goods are of the description referred to in sub- section (3) of section 8, shall be exempt from tax under this Act: Provided that no such subsequent sale shall be exempt from tax under this sub- section unless the dealer effecting the sale furnishes to the prescribed authority in the prescribed manner and within the prescribed time or within such further time as that authority may, for sufficient cause, permit,--
(a) a certificate duly filled and signed by the registered dealer from whom the goods were purchased containing the prescribed particulars in a prescribed form obtained from the prescribed authority; and
(b) if the subsequent sale is made--
(i) to a registered dealer, a declaration referred to in clause (a) of sub- section (4) of section 8, or
(ii) to the Government, not being a registered dealer, a certificate referred to in clause (b) of sub- section (4) of section 8: Provided further that it shall not be necessary to furnish the declaration or the certificate referred to in clause (b) of the preceding proviso in respect of a subsequent sale of goods if,--
(a) the sale or purchase of such goods is, under the sales tax law of the appropriate State, exempt from tax generally or is subject to tax generally at a rate which is lower than 7[ four per cent.] (whether called a tax or fee or by any other name); and
(b) the dealer effecting such subsequent sale proves to the satisfaction of the authority referred to in the preceding proviso that such sale is of the nature referred to in clause (A) or clause (B) of this sub- section.]
6A. 8[ Burden of proof, etc., in case of transfer of goods claimed otherwise than by way of sale.
(1) Where any dealer claims that he is not liable to pay tax under this Act, in respect of any goods, on the ground that the movement of such goods from one State to another was occasioned by reason of transfer of such goods by him to any other place of his business or to his agent or principal, as the case may be, and not by reason of sale, the burden of proving that the movement of those goods was so occasioned shall be on that dealer and for this purpose he may furnish to the assessing authority, within the prescribed time or within such further time as that authority may, for sufficient cause, permit, a declaration, duly filled and signed by the principal officer of the other place of business, or his agent or principal, as the case may be, containing the prescribed particulars in the prescribed form obtained from the prescribed authority, along with the evidence of despatch of such goods.
(2) If the assessing authority is satisfied after making such inquiry as he may deem necessary that the particulars contained in the declaration furnished by a dealer under sub- section (1) are true, he may, at the time of, or at any time before, the assessment of the tax payable by the dealer under this Act, make an order to that effect and thereupon the movement of goods to which the declaration relates shall be deemed for the purposes of this Act to have been occasioned otherwise than as a result of sale. Explanation.-- In this section," assessing authority", in relation to a dealer, means the authority for the time being competent to assess the tax payable by the dealer under this Act.]
7. Registration of dealers.
(1) Every dealer liable to pay tax under this Act shall, within such time as may be prescribed for the purpose, make an application for registration under this Act to such authority in the
1. Re- numbered as sub- section (1) by Act 31 of 1958, s. 3 (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 2 1st July, 1957, vide Notification No. S. R. O. 940-A, dated the 26th March. 1957, see Gazette of India, 1957, Extraordinary, Pt. II, Sec. 3, p. 1233 1. 3 Ins. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 2 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 4 Ins. by Act 103 of 1976, s. 4 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1976 ). 5 Ins. by Act 28 of 1969, s. 3 (retrospectively). 6 Ins. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 2 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 7 Subs. by Act 25 of 1975, s. 38 (w. e. f. 1- 7- 1975 ). 8 Ins. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 3 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ).
appropriate State as the Central Government may, by general or special order, specify, and every such application shall contain such particulars as may be prescribed.
(2) 1[ Any dealer liable to pay tax under the sales tax law of the appropriate State, or where there is no such law in force in the appropriate State or any part thereof, any dealer having a place of business in that State or part, as the case may be, may, notwithstanding that he is not liable to pay tax under this Act, apply for registration under this Act to the authority referred to in sub- section (1), and every such application shall contain such particulars as may be prescribed.
(2A) 2[ Where it appears necessary to the authority to whom an application is made under sub- section (1) or sub- section (2) so to do for the proper realisation of the tax payable under this Act or for the proper custody and use of the forms referred to in clause (a) of the first proviso to sub- section (2) of section 6 or sub- section (1) of section 6A or clause (a) of sub- section (4) of section 8, he may, by an order in writing and for reasons to be recorded therein, impose as a condition for the issue of a certificate of registration a requirement that the dealer shall furnish in the prescribed manner and within such time as may be specified in the order such security as may be so specified, for all or any of the aforesaid purposes.] Explanation.-- For the purposes of this sub- section, a dealer shall be deemed to be liable to pay tax under the sales tax law of the appropriate State notwithstanding that under such law a sale or purchase made by him is exempt from tax or a refund or rebate of tax is admissible in respect thereof.]
(3) If the authority to whom an application under sub- section (1) or sub- section (2) is made is satisfied that the application is in conformity with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder 2[ and the condition, if any, imposed under sub- section (2A), has been complied with], he shall register the applicant and grant to him a certificate of registration in the prescribed form which shall specify the class or classes of goods for the purposes of sub- section (1) of section 8.
(3A) 2[ Where it appears necessary to the authority granting a certificate of registration under this section so to do for the proper realisation of tax payable under this Act or for the proper custody and use of the forms referred to in sub- section (2A), he may, at any time while such certificate is in force, by an order in writing and for reasons to be recorded therein, require the dealer, to whom the certificate has been granted, to furnish within such time as may be specified in the order and in the prescribed manner such security, or, if the dealer has already furnished any security in pursuance of an order under this sub- section or sub- section (2A), such additional security, as may be specified in the order, for all or any of the aforesaid purposes.
(3B) 3[ No dealer shall be required to furnish any security under sub- section (2A) or any security or additional security under sub- section (3A) unless he has been given an opportunity of being heard.
(3BB) The amount of security which a dealer may be required to furnish under sub- section (2A) or sub- section (3A) or the aggregate of the amount of such security and the amount of additional security which he may be required to furnish under sub- section (3A), by the authority referred to therein, shall not exceed--
(a) in the case of a dealer other than a dealer who has made an application, or who has been registered in pursuance of an application, under sub- section (2), a sum equal to the tax payable under this Act, in accordance with the estimate of such authority, on the turnover of such dealer for the year in which such security or, as the case may be, additional security is required to be furnished; and
(b) in the case of a dealer who has made an application, or who has been registered in pursuance of an application, under sub- section (2), a sum equal to the tax leviable under this Act, in accordance with the estimate of such authority on the sales to such dealer in the course of inter- State trade or commerce in the year in which such security or, as the case may be, additional security is required to be furnished, had such dealer been not registered under this Act.]
(3C) Where the security furnished by a dealer under sub- section (2A) or sub- section (3A) is in the form of a surety bond surety becomes insolvent or dies, the dealer shall, within days of the occurrence of any of the aforesaid events, inform the authority granting the certificate of registration and shall within ninety days of such occurrence furnish a fresh surety bond or furnish in the prescribed manner other security for the amount of the bond.
(3D) The authority granting the certificate of registration may by order and for good and sufficient cause forfeit the whole or any part of the security furnished by a dealer,--
(a) for realising any amount of tax or penalty payable by the dealer;
(b) if the dealer is found to have misused any of the forms referred to in sub- section (2A) or to have failed to keep them in proper custody: Provided that no order shall be passed under this sub- section without giving the dealer an opportunity of being heard.
(3E) Where by reason of an order under sub- section (3D), the security furnished by any dealer is rendered insufficient, he shall make up the deficiency in such manner and within such time as may be prescribed.
(3F) The authority issuing the forms referred to in Sub- section (2A) may refuse to issue such forms to a dealer who has failed to comply with an order under that sub- section or sub- section (3A), or with the provisions of sub- section (3C) or sub- section (3E), until the dealer has complied with such order or such provisions, as the case may be.
(3G) The authority granting a certificate of registration may, on application by the dealer to whom it has been granted, order the refund of any amount or part thereof deposited by the dealer by way of security under this section, if it is not required for the purposes of this Act.
(3H) Any person aggrieved by an order passed under sub- section (2A), sub- section (3A), sub- section (3D) or sub- section (3G) may, within thirty days of the service of the order on him, but after furnishing the security, prefer, in such form and manner as may be prescribed, an appeal against such order to such authority (hereafter in this section referred to as the" appellate authority") as may be prescribed: Provided that the appellate authority may, for sufficient cause, permit such person to present the appeal,--
(a) after the expiry of the said period of thirty days; or
(b) without furnishing the whole or any part of such security.
(3I) The procedure to be followed in hearing any appeal under sub- section (3H), and the fees payable in respect of such appeals shall be such as may be prescribed.
(3J) The order passed by the appellate authority in any appeal under sub- section (3H) shall be final.]
(4) 4[ A certificate of registration granted under this section may--
(a) either on the application of the dealer to whom it has been granted, or, where no such application has been made, after due notice to the dealer, be amended by the authority granting it if he is satisfied that by reason of the registered dealer having changed the name, place or nature of his business or the class or classes of goods in which he carries on business or for any other reason the certificate of registration granted to him requires to be amended; or
(b) be cancelled by the authority granting it where he is satisfied, after due notice to the dealer to whom it has been granted, that he has ceased to carry on business 4[ or has ceased to exist or has failed without sufficient cause, to comply with an order under sub- section (3A) or with the provisions of sub- section (3C) or sub- section (3E) or has failed to pay any tax or penalty payable under this Act], or in the case of a dealer registered under sub- section (2) has ceased to be liable to pay tax under
1. Subs. by Act 31 of 1958, s. 4, for the original sub- section (2) (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 2 Ins. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 4 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 3 Subs. by Act 103 of 1976, s. 5 (w. e. f. 7- 9- 1976 ). 4 Subs, by Act 31 of 1958, s. 4, for the original sub- section (4) (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ),
the sales tax law of the appropriate State or for any other sufficient reason.]
(5) A registered dealer may apply in the prescribed manner not later than six months before the end of a year to the authority which granted his certificate of registration for the cancellation of such registration, and the authority shall, unless the dealer is liable to pay tax under this Act, cancel the registration accordingly, and where he does so, the cancellation shall take effect from the end of the year.
8. Rates of tax on sales in the course of inter- State trade or commerce. 1[
(1) Every dealer, who in the course of inter- State trade or commerce--
(a) sells to the Government any goods; or
(b) sells to a registered dealer other than the Government goods of the description referred to in sub- section (3); shall be liable to pay tax under this Act, which shall be 2[ four per cent.] of his turnover.
(2) The tax payable by any dealer on his turnover in so far as the turnover or any part thereof relates to the sale of goods in the course of inter- State trade or commerce not falling within sub- section (1)--
(a) in the case of declared goods, shall be calculated 2[ at twice the rate] applicable to the sale or purchase of such goods inside the appropriate State; and
(b) in the case of goods other than declared goods, shall be calculated at the rate of 3[ ten per cent.] or at the rate applicable to the sale or purchase of such goods inside the appropriate State, whichever is higher; and for the purpose of making any such calculation any such dealer shall be deemed to be a dealer liable to pay tax under the sales tax law of the appropriate State, notwithstanding that he, in fact, may not be so liable under that law.
(2A) 4[ Notwithstanding anything contained in sub- section (1A) of section 6 or sub- section (1)[ or clause (b) of sub- section (2)] 2[ of this section, the tax payable under this Act by a dealer on his turnover in so far as the turnover or any part thereof relates to the sale of any goods, the sale or, as the case may be, the purchase of which is, under the sales tax law of the appropriate State, exempt from tax generally or subject to tax generally at a rate which is lower than 2[ four per cent] (whether called a tax or fee or by any other name), shall be nil or, as the case may be, shall be calculated at the lower rate. Explanation.-- For the purposes of this sub- section a sale or purchase of any goods shall not be deemed to be exempt from tax generally under the sales tax law of the appropriate State if under that law the sale or purchase of such goods is exempt only in specified circumstances or under specified conditions or the tax is levied on the sale or purchase of such goods at specified stages or otherwise than with reference to the turnover of the goods.]
1. Subs. by Act 31 of 1958, s. 5, for the original sub- sections (1), (2), (3) and (4) (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 2 Subs. by Act 25 of 1975, s. 38 (w. e. f. 1- 7- 1975 ). 3 Subs. by Act 8 of 1963, s. 2, for" seven per cent." (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1963 ). 4 Subs. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 5 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ).
(3) The goods referred to in clause (b) of sub- section (1)-- 2[
(b) 2[ are goods of the class or classes specified in the certificate of registration of the registered dealer purchasing the goods as being intended for re- sale by him or subject to any rules made by the Central Government in this behalf, for use by him in the manufacture or processing of goods for sale or in mining or in the generation or distribution of electricity or any other form of power;
(c) are containers or other materials specified in the certificate of registration of the registered dealer purchasing the goods, being containers or materials intended for being used for the packing of goods for sale;
(d) are containers or other materials used for the packing of any goods or classes of goods specified in the certificate of registration referred to in 3[ clause (b) or for the packing of any containers or other materials specified in the certificate of registration referred to in clause (c).
(4) The provisions of sub- section (1) shall not apply to any sale in the course of inter- State trade or commerce unless the dealer
1. Cl. (a) omitted by Act 8 of 1963, s. 2 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1963 ). 2 Certain words omitted by s. 2, ibid. (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1963 ). 3 The words, brackets and letter" clause (a) or" omitted by s. 2 ibid, (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1963 ).
selling the goods furnishes to the prescribed authority in the prescribed manner--
(a) a declaration duly filled and signed by the registered dealer to whom the goods are sold containing the prescribed particulars in a prescribed form obtained from the prescribed authority; or
(b) if the goods are sold to the Government, not being a registered dealer, a certificate in the prescribed form duly filled and signed by a duly authorised officer of the Government:] 1[ Provided that the declaration referred to in clause (a) is furnished within the prescribed time or within such further time as that authority may, for sufficient cause, permit.]
(5) 2[ Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, the State Government may, if it is satisfied that it is necessary so to do in the public interest, by notification in the Official Gazette, and subject to such conditions as may be specified therein, direct,--
(a) that no tax under this Act shall be payable by any dealer having his place of business in the State in respect of the sales by him, in the course of inter- State trade or commerce, from any such place of business of any such goods or classes of goods as may be specified in the notification, or that the tax on such sales shall be calculated at such lower rates than those specified in sub- section (1) or sub- section (2) as may be mentioned in the notification;
(b) that in respect of all sales of goods or sales of such classes of goods as may be specified in the notification, which are made, in the course of inter- State trade or commerce, by any dealer having his place of business in the State or by any class of such dealers as may be specified in the notification to any person or to such class of persons as may be specified in the notification, no tax under this Act shall be payable or the tax on such sales shall be calculated at such lower rates than those specified in sub- section (1) or sub- section (2) as may be mentioned in the notification.]
8A. 3[ Determination of turnover.
(1) In determining the turnover of a dealer for the purposes of this Act, the following deductions shall be made from the aggregate of the sale prices, namely:--
(a) the amount arrived at by applying the following formula- rate of tax x aggregate of sale prices -----------------------: 100 plus rate of tax Provided that no deduction on the basis of the above formula shall be made if the amount by way of tax collected by a registered dealer, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, has been otherwise deducted from the aggregate of sale prices. Explanation.-- Where the turnover of a dealer is taxable at different rates, the aforesaid formula shall be applied separately in respect of each part of the turnover liable to a different rate of tax;
1. Ins. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 5 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 2 Subs. by s. 5, ibid. (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1993 ) 3 Ins. by Act 28 of 1969, s. 5 (retrospectively).
(b) the sale price of all goods returned to the dealer by the purchasers of such goods,--
(i) within a period of three months from the date of delivery of the goods, in the case of goods returned before the 14th day of May, 1966 ;
(ii) within a period of six months from the date of delivery of the goods, in the case of goods returned on or after the 14th day of May, 1966 : Provided that satisfactory evidence of such return of goods and of refund or adjustment in accounts of the sale price thereof is produced before the authority competent to assess or, as the case may be, re- assess the tax payable by the dealer under this Act; and
(c) such other deductions as the Central Government may, having regard to the prevalent market conditions, facility of trade and interests of consumers, prescribe.
(2) Save as otherwise provided in sub- section (1), in determining the turnover of a dealer for the purposes of this Act, no deduction shall be made from the aggregate of the sale prices.]
1. Subs. by Act 31 of 1958, s. 6, for the original s. 9 (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 2 Subs. by Act 28 of 1969, s. 6, for s. 9 (retrospectively). 3 Subs. by Act 103 of 1976, s. 6 (w. e. f. 7- 9- 1976 ). 4 Subs. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 6 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 5 Ins. by Act 103 of 1976, s. 6 (retrospectivly) 6 Ins. by s. 6, ibid. (w. e. f. 7- 9- 1976 ).
9A. Collection of tax to be only by registered dealers. No person who is not a registered dealer shall collect in respect of any sale by him of goods in the course of inter- State trade or commerce any amount by way of tax under this Act, and no registered dealer shall make any such collection except in accordance with this Act and the rules made thereunder.]
9B. 1[ Rounding off of tax, etc. The amount of tax, interest, penalty, fine or any other sum payable, and the amount of refund due, under the provisions of this Act shall be rounded off to the nearest rupee and, for this purpose, where such amount contains a part of a rupee consisting of paise, then, if such part is fifty paise or more, it shall be increased to one rupee and if such part is less than fifty paise, it shall be ignored: Provided that nothing in this section shall apply for the purpose of collection by a dealer of any amount by way of tax under this Act in respect of any sale by him of goods in the course of inter- State trade or commerce.]
10. Penalties. If any person--
(a) 2[ furnishes a certificate or declaration under sub- section (2) of section 6 or sub- section (1) of section 6A or sub- section (4) of section 8, which he knows, or has reason to believe, to be false; or
(aa) fails to get himself registered as required by section 7, or fails to comply with an order under sub- section (3A) or with the requirements of sub- section (3C) or sub- section (3E), of that section;]
(b) being a registered dealer, falsely represents when purchasing any class of goods that goods of such class are covered by his certificate of registration; or
(c) not being a registered dealer, falsely represents when purchasing goods in the course of inter- State trade or commerce that he is a registered dealer; or
(d) after purchasing any goods for any of the purposes specified in 2[ clause (b) or clause (c) or clause (d)] of sub- section (3) of section 8 fails, without reasonable excuse, to make use of the goods for any such purpose;
(e) has in his possession any form prescribed for the purpose of sub- section (4) of section 8 which has not been obtained by him or by his principal or by his agent in accordance with the provisions of this Act or any rules made thereunder;
(f) 3[ collects any amount by way of tax in contravention of the provisions contained in section 9A;] he shall be punishable with simple imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both; and when the offence is a continuing offence, with a daily fine which may extend to fifty rupees for every day during which the offence continues.
1. Ins. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 7 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 2 Subs. by s. 8, ibid. (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 3 Ins. by Act 31 of 1958, s. 7 (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ).
10A. 1[ Imposition of penalty in lieu of prosecution. 2[
(1) ] If any person purchasing goods is guilty of an offence under clause (b) or clause (c) or clause (d) of section 10, the authority who granted to him or, as the case may be, is competent to grant to him a certificate of registration under this Act may, after giving him a reasonable opportunity of being heard, by order in writing, impose upon him by way of penalty a sum not exceeding one- and- a- half times 3[ the tax which would have been levied under sub- section (2) of section 8 in respect of the sale to him of the goods, if the sale had been a sale falling within that sub- section]: Provided that no prosecution for an offence under section 10 shall be instituted in respect of the same facts on which a penalty has been imposed under this section.]
(2) 4[ The penalty imposed upon any dealer under sub- section (1) shall be collected by the Government of India in the manner provided in sub- section (2) of section 9--
(a) in the case of an offence falling under clause (b) or clause (d) of section 10, in the State in which the person purchasing the goods obtained the form prescribed for the purposes of clause (a) of sub- section (4) of section 8 in connection with the purchase of such goods;
(b) in the case of an offence falling under clause (c) of section 10, in the State in which the person purchasing the goods should have registered himself if the offence had not been committed.]
11. Cognizance of offences.
(1) No Court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act or the rules made thereunder except with the previous sanction of the Government within the local limits of whose jurisdiction the offence has been committed or of such officer of that Government as it may, by general or special order, specify in this behalf; and no Court inferior to that of a Presidency Magistrate or a Magistrate of the first class shall try any such offence.
(2) All offences punishable under this Act shall be cognizable and bailable.
12. Indemnity. No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any officer of Government for anything which is in good
1. Ins. by Act 31 of 1958, s. 8, (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 2 Re- numbered by Act 28 of 1969, s. 7 (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 3 Subs. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 9 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 4 Ins. by Act 21 of 1969 s. 7, (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ).
faith done or intended to be done under this Act or the rules made thereunder.
13. Power to make rules.
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make 1[ rules providing for--
(a) the manner in which applications for registration may be made under this Act, the particulars to be contained therein, the procedure for the grant of such registration, the circumstances in which registration may be refused and the form in which the certificate of registration may be given;
(b) the period of turnover, the manner in which the turnover in relation to the sale of any goods under this Act shall be determined, and the deductions which may be made 2[ under clause (c) of sub- section (1) of section 8A] in the process of such determination;
(c) the cases and circumstances in which, and the conditions subject to which, any registration granted under this Act may be cancelled;
(d) 3[ the form in which and the particulars to be contained in any declaration or certificate to be given under this Act 2[ the State of origin of such form or certificate and the time within which any such certificate or declaration shall be produced or furnished];
(e) the enumeration of goods or class of goods used in the manufacture or processing of goods for sale or in mining or in the generation or distribution of electricity or any other form of power;
(f) the matters in respect of which provision may be made under the proviso to 4[ sub- section (2)] of section 9;
(g) the fees payable in respect of applications under this Act.]
(2) 5[ Every rule made by the Central Government under sub- section (1) shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the sessions immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.]
(3) The State Government may make rules, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act and the rules made under sub- section (1). to carry out the purposes of this Act.
1. For the Central Sales Tax (Registration and Turnover) Rules, 1957, see Gazette of India, Extraordinary, 1957, Pt. II, Sec. 3, pp. 1039- 1045. 2 Ins. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 10 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 3 Subs. by Act 31 of 1958, s. 9, for cl. (d) (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 4 Subs. by Act 28 of 1969, s. 8, for" sub- section (3)" (retrospectively). 5 Subs. by s. 10, ibid. (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ).
(4) In particular and without prejudice to the powers conferred by sub- section (3), the State Government may make rules for all or any of the following purposes, namely:--
(a) the publication of lists of registered dealers, of the amendments made in such lists from time to time, and the particulars to be contained in such lists;
(aa) 1[ the manner in which security may be furnished under sub- section (2A) or sub- section (3A) or sub- section (3C) of section 7 and the manner in which and the time within which any deficiency may be made up under sub- section (3E) of that section;]
(b) the form and manner in which accounts relating to sales in the course of inter- State trade or commerce shall be kept by registered dealers;
(c) the furnishing of any information relating to the stocks of goods of, purchases, sales and deliveries of goods by, any dealer or any other information relating to his business as may be necessary for the purposes of this Act;
(d) the inspection of any books, accounts or documents required to be kept under this Act, the entry into any premises at all reasonable times for the purposes of searching for any such books, accounts or documents kept or suspected to be kept in such premises and the seizure of such books, accounts or documents;
(e) 2[ the authority from whom, the conditions subject to which and the fees subject to payment of which any form of certificate prescribed under clause (a) of the first proviso to sub- section (2) of section 6 or of declara- tion prescribed under sub- section (1) of section 6A or sub- section (4) of section 8 may be obtained, the manner in which such forms shall be kept in custody and records relating thereto maintained and the manner in which any such form may be used and any such certificate or declaration may be furnished;
(ee) the form and manner in which, and the authority to whom, an appeal may be preferred under sub- section (3H) of section 7, the procedure to be followed in hearing such appeals and the fees payable in respect of such appeals;]
1. Ins. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 10 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 2 Subs. by s. 10, ibid. (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ).
(f) in the case of an undivided Hindu family, association, club, society, firm or company or in the case of a person who carries on business as a guardian or trustee or otherwise on behalf of another person, the furnishing of a declaration stating the name of the person who shall be deemed to be the manager in relation to the business of the dealer in the State and the form in which such declaration may be given;
(g) the time within which, the manner in which and 1[ the authorities to whom] any change in the ownership of any business or in 2[ the name, place or nature] of any business carried on by any dealer shall be furnished.
(5) In making any rule under this section 3[ the Central Government or, as the case may be, the State Government] may direct that a breach thereof shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees and when the offence is a continuing offence, with a daily fine which may extend to fifty rupees for every day during which the offence continues. CHAP GOODS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE IN INTER- STATE TRADE OR COMMERCE CHAPTER IV GOODS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE IN INTER- STATE TRADE OR COMMERCE
14. Certain goods to be of special importance in inter- State trade or commerce. It is hereby declared that the following goods are of special importance in inter- State trade or commerce:--
(i) 4[ cereals, that is to say,-- (i) paddy (Oryza sativa L.); (ii) rice (Oryza sativa L.); (iii) wheat (Triticum vulgare, T. compactum, T. sphaerococcum, T. durum, T. aestivum L., T. dicoccum); (iv) jowar or milo (Sorghum vulgare Pers); (v) bajra (Pennisetum typhoideum L.); (vi) malze (Zea mays D.); (vii) ragi (Eleusine coracana Gaertn.); (viii) kodon (Paspalum scrobiculatum L.); (ix) kutki (Panicum miliare L.); (x) barley (Hordeum vulgare L.);] (cia) 5[ ][ coal, including coke in all its forms, but excluding charcoal: Provided that during the period commencing on the 23rd day of February, 1967 and ending with the date of commencement of section 11 of the Central Sales Tax (Amendment) Act, 1972 (61 of 1922 ), this clause shall have effect subject to the modification that the words" but excluding charcoal" shall be omitted;]
(ii) cotton, that is to say, all kinds of cotton (indigeneous or imported) in its unmanufactured state, whether ginned or unginned, baled, pressed or otherwise, but not including cotton waste;
(iia) 7[ cotton fabrics covered under heading Nos. 52. 05, 52. 06, 52. 07, 52. 08, 52. 09, 52. 10, 52. 11, 52. 12, 58. 01, 58. 02, 58. 03, 58. 04, 58. 05,[ 58. 06,] 9[ 59. 01, 59. 03, 59. 05, 59. 06 and 60. 01 of the Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 ;];
(iib) cotton yarn, but not including cotton yarn waste;]
(iic) 4[ crude oil, that is to say, crude petroleum oils and crude oils obtained from bituminous minerals (such as shale, calcareous rock, sand,), whatever their composition, whether obtained from normal or condensation oil- deposits or by the destructive distillation of bituminous minerals and whether or not subjected to all or any of the following processes:--
(1) decantation;
(2) de- salting;
(3) dehydration;
(4) stabilisation in order to normalise the vapour pressure;
(5) elimination of very light fractions with a view to returning them to the oil- deposits in order to improve the drainage and maintain the pressure;
(6) the addition of only those hydrocarbons previously recovered by physical methods during the course of the above- mentioned processes;
(7) any other minor process (including addition of pour point depressants or flow improvers) which does not change the essential character of the substance;]
(iii) hides and skins, whether in a raw or dressed state;
1. Subs. by Act 31 of 1958, s. 9, for" the authorities to which" (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 2 Subs. by s. 9, ibid., for" the nature" (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 3 Subs. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 10 (w. e. f. 10- 4- 1972 ). 4 Ins. by Act 103 of 1976, s. 7 (w. e. f. 7- 9- 1976 ). 5 Re- numbered by s. 7, ibid. (w. e. f. 7- 9- 1976 ). 6 Subs. by s. 11, ibid., (retrospectively). 7 Subs. by Act 26 of 1984, s. 85. 8 Ins. by Act 13 of 1989, s. 50.
(iv) 1[ iron and steel, that is to say,-- (i) pig iron and cast iron including 8[ ingot moulds, bottom plates], iron scrap, cast scrap, cast iron scrap, runner scrap and iron skull scrap; (ii) steel semis (ingots, slabs, blooms and billets of all qualities, shapes and sizes); (iii) skelp bars, tin bars, sheet bars, hoe- bars and sleeper bars; (iv) steel bars (rounds, rods, squares, flats, octagons and hexagons, plain and ribbed or twisted, in coil form as well as straight lengths); (v) steel structurals (angles, joists, channels, tees, sheet piling sections, Z sections or any other rolled sections); (vi) sheets, hoops, strips and skelp, both black and galvanised, hot and cold rolled, plain and corrugated, in all qualities, in straight lengths and in coil form, as rolled and in rivetted condition; (vii) plates both plain and chequered in all qualities; (viii) discs, rings, forgings and steel castings; (ix) tool, alloy and special steels of any of the above categories; (x) steel melting scrap in all forms including steel skull, turnings and borings; (xi) steel tubes, both welded and seamless, of all diameters and lenghts, including tube fittings; (xii) tin- plates, both hot dipped and electrolytic and tinfree plates; (xiii) fish plate bars, bearing plate bars, crossing sleeper bars, fish plates, bearing plates, crossing sleepers and pressed steel sleepers, rails-- heavy and light crane rails; (xiv) wheels, tyres, axles and wheel sets; (xv) wire rods and wires-- rolled, drawn, galvanised, aluminised, tinned or coated such as by copper; (xvi) defectives, rejects, cuttings or end pieces of any of the above categories;]
(v) 1[ jute, that is to say, the fibre extracted from plants belonging to the species Corchorus capsularis and Corchorus olitorius and the fibre known as mesta or bimli extracted from plants of the species Hibiscus cannabinus and Hibiscus sabdariffa-- Var altissima and the fibre known as Sunn or Sunnhemp extracted from plants of the species Crotalaria juncea whether baled or otherwise;]
(vi) 1[ Oilseeds, that is to say,-- (i) Groundnut or Peanut (Arachis hypogaea); (ii) Sesamun or Til (Sesamum orientale); (iii) Cotton seed (Gossypium, Spp.); (iv) Soyabean (Glycine seja); (v) Rapeseed and Mustard-- (1) Toria (Brassica campestris var toria); (2) Rai (Brassica juncea); (3) Jamba-- Taramira (Eruca Satiya); (4) Sarson, yellow and brown (Brassica campestris var sarson); (5) Banarsi Rai or True Mustard (Brassica nigra); (vi) Linseed (Linum usitatissimum); (vii) Castor (Ricinus communis); (viii) Coconut (i. e. Copra excluding tender coconuts) (Cocos nucifera); (ix) Sunflower (Helianthus annus); (x) Nigar seed (Guizotia abyssinica); (xi) Neem, vepa (Azadirachta indica); (xii) Mahua, illupai, Ippe (Madhuca indica M. Latifolia, Bassia, Latifolia and Madhuca longifolia syn. M. Longifolia); (xiii) Karanja, Pongam, Honga (Pongamia pinnata syn. P. Glabra); (xiv) Kusum (Schleichera oleosa, syn. S. Trijuga); (xv) Punna, Undi (Calophyllum inophyllum); (xvi) Kokum (Carcinia indica); (xvii) Sal (Shorea robusta); (xviii) Tung (Aleurites fordii and A. montana); (xix) Red palm (Elaeis guinensis); (xx) Safflower (Carthanus tinctorius);]
(via) 3[ pulses, that is to say,--
(i) gram or gulab gram (Cicerarietinum L.);
(ii) tur or arhar (Cajanus cajan);
(iii) moong or green gram (Phaseolus aureus);
(iv) masur or lentil (Lens esculenta Moench, Lens, Culinaris Medic.);
(v) urad or black gram (Phaseolus mungo);
(vi) moth (Phaseolus aconitifolius Jacq);
(vii) lakh or khesari (Lathyrus sativus L);]
(vii) 4[ man- made fabrics covered under heading Nos. 54. 08, 54. 09, 54. 10, 54. 11, 54. 12, 55. 07, 55. 08, 55. 09, 55. 10, 55. 11, 55. 12, 58. 01, 58. 02, 58. 03, 58. 04, 58. 05, 58. 10[ 06,] 59. 01, 59. 02, 59. 03, 59. 05, 59. 06 and 60. 01 of the Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1985 );
(viii) sugar coverd under sub- heading Nos. 1701. 20, 1701. 31, 1701. 39 and 1702. 11 of the Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1985 );
(ix) unmanufactured tobacco and tobacco refuse covered under sub- heading No. 2401. 00, cigars and cheroots of tobacco covered under heading No. 2402, cigarettes and cigarillos of tobacco covered under sub- heading Nos. 2403. 11 and 2403. 21, and other manufactured tobacco covered under sub- heading Nos. 2404. 11, 2404. 12, 2404. 13, 2404. 19, 2404. 21, 2404. 29, 2404. 31, 2404. 39, 2404. 41 10[ 2404. 50 and 2404. 60] of the Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1985 );
(x) woven fabrics of wool vocered under heading Nos. 51. 06, 51. 07, 58. 01, 58. 02, 58. 03 and 58. 05 of the Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 .]
1. Subs. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 11 (w. e. f. 1- 4- 1973 ). 2 Ins. by Act 103 of 1976, s. 7 (w. e. f. 7- 9- 1976 ). 3 Subs. by Act 38 of 1978, s. 3 and sch. II. 4 Subs. by Act 26 of 1988, s. 85. 5 Ins. Act 13 of 1989, s. 50. 6 Subs. by s. 50, ibid.
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15. 2[ Restrictions and conditions in regard to tax on sale or purchase of declared goods within a State. Every sales- tax law of a State shall, in so far as it imposes or authorises the imposition of a tax on the sale or purchase of declared goods, be subject to the following restrictions and conditions, namely:--
(a) the tax payable under that law in respect of any sale or purchase of such goods inside the State shall not exceed 3[ four per cent.] of the sale or purchase price thereof, and such tax shall not be levied at more than one stage;
(b) where a tax has been levied under that law in respect of the sale or purchase inside the State of any declared goods and such goods are sold in the course of inter- State trade or commerce, 4[ and tax has been paid under this Act in respect of the sale of such goods in the course of inter- State trade or commerce, the tax levied under such law] 4[ shall be reimbursed to the person making such sale in the course of inter State trade or commerce] in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be provided in any law in force in that State;]
(c) 5[ where a tax has been levied under that law in respect of the sale or purchase inside the State of any paddy referred to in sub- clause (i) of clause (i) of section 14, the tax leviable on rice procured out of such paddy shall be reduced by the amount of tax levied on such paddy;
(d) each of the pulses referred to in clause (via) of section 14, whether whole or separated, and whether with or without husk, shall be treated as a single commodity for the purposes of levy of tax under that law.]
(G) [ Repeal of Act 52 of 1952 .] Rep. by the Repealing and Rng Act, 1960 (58 of 1960 ), s. 2 and Sch. I. CHAP LIABILITY IN SPECIAL CASES 6[ CHAPTER V LIABILITY IN SPECIAL CASES
16. Definitions. In this Chapter,--
(a) " appropriate authority", in relation to a company, means the authority competent to assess tax on the company;
(b) " company" and" private company" have the meanings respectively assigned to them by clauses (i) and (iii) of sub- section (1) of section 3 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956 ).
17. Company in liquidation.
(1) Every person--
(a) who is the liquidator of any company which is being wound up, whether under the orders of a court or otherwise; or
(b) who has been appointed the receiver of any assets of a company, (hereinafter referred to as the liquidator) shall, within thirty days after he has become such liquidator, give notice of his appointment as such to the appropriate authority.
(2) The appropriate authority shall, after making such inquiry or calling for such information as it may deem fit, notify to the liquidator within three months from the date on which he receives notice of the appointment of the liquidator the amount which, in the opinion of the appropriate authority would be sufficient to provide for any tax which is then, or is likely thereafter to become, payable by the company.
(3) The liquidator shall not part with any of the assets of the company or the properties in his hands until he has been notified by the appropriate authority under sub- section (2) and on being so notified, shall set aside an amount equal to the amount notified and, until he so sets aside such amount, shall not part with any of the assets of the company or the properties in his hands: Provided that nothing contained in this sub- section shall debar the liquidator from parting with such assets or properties in compliance with any order of a court or for the purpose of the payment of the tax payable by the company under this Act or for making any payment to secured creditors whose debts are entitled under law to priority of payment over debts due to Government on the date of liquidation or for meeting such costs and expenses of the winding up of the company as are in the opinion of the appropriate authority reasonable.
(4) If the liquidator fails to give the notice in accordance with sub- section (1) or fails to set aside the amount as required by, or parts with any of the assets of the company or the properties in his hands in contravention of the provisions of sub- section (3), he shall be personally liable for the payment of the tax which the company would be liable to pay: Provided that if the amount of any tax payable by the company is notified under sub- section (2), the personal liability of the liquidator under this sub- section shall be to the extent of such amount.
(5) Where there are more liquidators than one, the obligations and liabilities attached to the liquidator under this section shall attach to all the liquidators jointly and severally.
(6) The provisions of this section shall have effect notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other law for the time being in force.
18. Liability of directors of private company in liauidation Notwithstanding anything contained in the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956 ), when any private company is wound up after the commencement of this Act, and any tax assessed on the company under this Act for any period, whether before or in the course of or after its liquidation, cannot be recovered, then, every person who was a director of the private company at any time during the period for which the tax is due shall be jointly and severally liable for the payment of such tax unless he proves that the non- recovery cannot be attributed to any gross neglect, misfeasance or breach of duty on his part in relation to the affairs of the company.]
1. Cl. (xi) ins. by Act 14 of 1961, s. 14 was omitted by Act 19 of 1968, s. 43. 2 Subs. by Act 31 of 1958, s. 11, for the original s. 15 (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ). 3 subs. by Act 25 of 1975, s. 38 (w. e. f. 1- 7- 1975 ). 4 Subs. by Act 61 of 1972, s. 12 (w. e. f. 1- 10- 1958 ) 5 Ins. by Act 103 of 1976, s. 8 (w. e. f. 7- 9- 1976 ). 6 Ins. by s. 13, ibid.