CST/TIN NO./VAT NO.
WHO HAS TO BE REGISTERED FOR VAT?
Any dealer conducting a business or intending to conduct a business may apply to be registered for VAT. However all persons conducting a business must register for VAT from the date they commence business if they believe their taxable turnover will exceed a threshold of Rs.40 lakhs in 12 consecutive calendar months.
All dealers must register for VAT if their taxable turnover exceeds Rs.10 lakhs for the preceding three consecutive calendar months.
Regardless of their taxable turnover the following dealers must register for VAT at the commencement of their business:
- Every dealer importing goods in the course of business from outside the territory of India
- Every person residing outside the State but carrying on business within the State
- Every dealer registered or liable to be registered under the Central Sales Tax Act 1956, or any dealer making purchases or sales in the course of inter-state trade or commerce or dispatches any goods to a place outside the State otherwise than by way of sale
- Every dealer liable to pay tax at Special rates specified in Schedule VI of the AP VAT Act 2005
- Every commission agent, broker, del credere agent, auctioneer or any other mercantile agent by whatever name called, who carries on the business of buying, selling, supplying or distributing goods on behalf of his non-resident principal
- Every person availing an industrial incentive in the form of a tax holiday or tax deferment
WHEN I REGISTER FOR VAT CAN I CLAIM A CREDIT FOR VAT I HAVE PAID ON MY GOODS IN STOCK AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION ?
Yes, However to obtain this credit you must comply with the following conditions:
- The goods, including capital goods must be on hand on the date of effective registration notified on your VAT Certificate of Registration.
- The goods must have been purchased within the three months preceding the date of effective registration.
- The goods must have been purchased from a VAT dealer and you must have an invoice (not a tax invoice) from a VAT dealer with his TIN on the invoice.
- You must take inventory within 7 days of the date of effective registration.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CST?
For getting registered under CST ACT prior registration under VAT is mandatory. The dealers who are registered under VAT can apply for CST registration in form CST A (“Application for CST registration”), which is obtainable from your Tax Office.
WHEN DO I START TO CHARGE VAT?
You should start keeping VAT records and charging VAT to your customers from the date notified to you by the Commercial Taxes Department. This will be the date shown as the effective date of your registration on your Certificate of Registration. You will have to account for VAT from that date.
Tax Information Network (TIN) is an initiative by Income Tax Department of India (ITD) for the modernization of the current system for collection, processing, monitoring and accounting of direct taxes using information technology. TIN is a repository of nationwide Tax related information, and has been established by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited on behalf of ITD.
TIN has two key sub-systems:
Electronic Return Acceptance and Consolidation System (ERACS) which consists of an infrastructure for interface with the taxpayers (a nation wide network of TIN-Facilitation Centres iand a web-based utility for upload of electronic returns of Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) & Tax Collection at Source (TCS) and Annual Information Return (AIR) to the central system of TIN.
Online Tax Accounting System (OLTAS) for daily upload to the central system, the details of tax deposited in various tax collecting branches across the country.