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- 2020 (9) TMI 647 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Levy of penalty - Failure to pay Entry Tax in time due to bonafide opinion - import of three heavy road laying vehicles - HELD THAT:- The law, as on date, is to the effect that the imported vehicles brought into the State of Tamil Nadu for use or for sale would be subjected to payment of Entry Tax. Previously, the Hon'ble Division Bench of the Kerala High Court in the case of FR. WILLIAM FERNANDEZ VERSUS STATE OF KERALA AND OTHERS [1998 (1) TMI 501 - KERALA HIGH COURT] had held, in the year 1998, that entry of vehicles from abroad, is outside the scope of Entry Tax Act and therefore not liable for payment of Entry Tax. There are no fault with the petitioner when they had not paid the Entry Tax at the time of import. Furthermore, when the Enforcement Wing of the respondents had insisted for payment of the Entry Tax, the petitioner had ....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 641 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Validity of assessment proceedings - allegation is that the impugned proceeding is made on the basis of the Audit Reports/Inspection Proposals proceeded from the Enforement Wing or from ISIC Authorities - HELD THAT:- Circular No.3 dated 18.01.2019 has empowered the Assessing Officers to henceforth independently deal with the assessment without being influenced by the proposals of the higher officials. In view of the Circular No.3 dated 18.01.2019 issued by the Commissioner of State Tax, Chennai, all the impugned proceedings in these Writ Petitions, which proceeds on the basis of the proposals/reports of the Enforcement Wing/ISIC, are set aside and consequently, the matters are remanded back to the Assessing Officer. The Assessees are granted liberty to file their objections with all supporting documents, within a period of 30 days from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. Petition allowed by way of remand.
- 2020 (9) TMI 640 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Restriction on Input Tax Credit (ITC) - Form W - June to September 2014 - Prior sufferance of Taxes - ITC on reversal on wastage - Ineligible claim of ITC on goods. Restriction of the amount for prior sufferance of taxes - Assessing Officer was of the view that some of the sellers from whom the petitioner had purchased the goods had not paid tax to the Government - HELD THAT:- This issue has been dealt with in the case of ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (CT) , PRESENTLY THIRUVERKADU ASSESSMENT CIRCLE, KOLATHUR, CHENNAI VERSUS INFINITI WHOLESALE LTD. [2016 (9) TMI 1431 - MADRAS HIGH COURT] wherein it has held that Input Tax Credit cannot be disallowed on the ground that the seller has not paid tax to the Government, when the purchaser is able to prove that the seller has collected tax and issued invoices to the purchaser. As such, restriction of th....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 639 - KERALA HIGH COURT
Recovery of tax dues (arrears) - Validity of Sale of property in public auction - Improper bidding of the 1/5th share of the petitioner over his ancestral property - Section 50(2)(i) of the Kerala Revenue Recovery Act - HELD THAT:- The attachment of the property and the sale thereof held on 03.10.2008 were in respect of undivided share of the petitioner in the property. The petitioner was not in actual and exclusive possession of the property when the sale was effected and the Government purchased the land. The pleadings would show that the petitioner has been trying to raise funds sufficient for the payment of sales tax arrears. Ext.P2 letter dated 25.03.2017 would show that the petitioner has been making representation to the respondents for reconveyance of the property - At any rate, the petitioner has approached the respondents submit....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 501 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Validity of proceedings - petitioner raised a ground that the Assessing Officer, who is a Quasi Judicial Authority, has not independently applied his mind while dealing with the impugned proceedings, but had adopted the reports and proposals of the Enforcement Wing/ISIC Authorities, who are their higher authorities - HELD THAT:- Circular No.3 dated 18.01.2019 has empowered the Assessing Officers to henceforth independently deal with the assessment without being influenced by the proposals of the higher officials. Pursuant to the inspection conducted by the Enforcement Wing Officers, the petitioner company was assessed to the Best of Judgment for the Assessment Year 1994-95, as against which the petitioner had filed an appeal before the Tamil Nadu Sales Tax Appellate Tribunal and by an order dated 25.07.2011, the Tribunal had remitted back....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 480 - TRIPURA HIGH COURT
Validity of assessment Order - time limitation - main contention raised on behalf of the revision petitioner is that the impugned assessment order passed by the Superintendent of Taxes(Assessing Officer) Agartala for the period from 2011-12 to 2014-15 was ultra vires the provisions of Section 33 of the TVAT Act, 2004 because such assessment was absolutely time barred - Imposition of penalty on the ground of evasion of tax by way of concealment of taxable turnover was made without affording reasonable opportunity of hearing to the petitioner - imposition of penalty in terms of Section 53(3) of the TVAT Act after affording reasonable opportunity of hearing to the assessee - non submission of the audited accounts of his company in absence of prescribed form in terms of Section 53(1) of TVAT Act. Whether the impugned assessment order dated 29....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 420 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Constitutional Validity of Section Section 2(15)(ix) and 2 (33(vi), explanation I of Tamil Nadu Value Added Tax Act 2006 - Club and association service - principles of mutuality - incorporation of clubs after 46th amendment to the Constitution - HELD THAT:- The theory of mutuality will apply to both incorporated and unincorporated clubs. - Following the decision of Supreme Court in the matter of CALCUTTA CLUB LIMITED / M/S. RANCHI CLUB LTD. [2019 (10) TMI 160 - SUPREME COURT], the petition is disposed off.
- 2020 (9) TMI 393 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Concessional benefit of tax - purchase of High Speed Diesel from suppliers in other States - difficulty in obtaining C-Form - HELD THAT:- The issue squarely covered in the case of M/S. DHANDAPANI CEMENT PRIVATE LTD., M/S. TERU MURUGAN BLUE METAL VERSUS THE STATE OF TAMIL NADU, THE PRINCIPAL COMMISSIONER & COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCIAL TAXES, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (ST) , THE JOINT COMMISSIONER (ST) TERRITORIAL, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER (ST) [2019 (2) TMI 1850 - MADRAS HIGH COURT] where it was held that he Petitioner in these Writ Petitions has stated on affidavit that it is unable to download the ‘C’ forms from the websites as the same stand blocked from use. Upon enquiry with the Assessing Authorities, they have been informed that the benefit of the decision in M/s Ramco Cements Ltd can be extended only to those dealers t....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 391 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Violation of the principles of natural justice - Request for personal hearing rejected - Validity of assessment order - periods 2010-11 to 2015-16 - HELD THAT:- A pre-assessment proposal dated 24.04.2019 was issued by the Officer, wherein no reference was made to communication dated 13.08.2018, though the petitioner has placed on record at page 14 of the document compilation an acknowledgement for filing of the letter requesting personal hearing - In response to the aforesaid notice, the petitioner appears to have filed a letter dated 15.06.2019, for which there is no acknowledgement on record, seeking some more time to submit the required documents. The assessments have however been finalized vide impugned orders of assessment dated 31.07.2019 without reference to either of the requests of the petitioner. Thus, no effective opportunity h....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 347 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Maintainability of petition - Validity of assessment order - writ petition after 3 years - Condonation of delay - HELD THAT:- As on date, there is no justification whatsoever to interfere with the order of R1 confirming the assessment and levy of tax. In fact there is no acceptable explanation for the delay of three years in filing this writ petition - The only trigger for filing of this Writ Petition was that the cancellation of penalty had been challenged by the revenue and this can hardly be a ground for interference with the impugned order. Petition dismissed.
- 2020 (9) TMI 346 - KERALA HIGH COURT
Penalty Order - Stay, on condition that the petitioner furnished a simple bond to cover the disputed amount - limited prayer of the petitioner at this stage is for a direction to the respondents to accept the bond offered by him and to direct the Tribunal to dispose the appeal expeditiously - HELD THAT:- It is not in dispute that by Ext.P6 order, the petitioner was granted a stay against recovery proceedings pending disposal of the appeal. The only lapse on the part of the petitioner appears to have been the non-furnishing of the bond within the time stipulated by the Tribunal. It is not in dispute however that Ext.P7 bond was subsequently offered before the respondent authority, but the said authority refused to accept the bond since it was preferred beyond the time stipulated by the Tribunal. Inasmuch as there is no prejudice caused to ....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 299 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Input Tax Credit - restriction of the amount of Input Tax Credit claimed in Form W for the months of December 2013 to May 2014 - Prior sufferance of Taxes - ITC on reversal on wastage - Ineligible claim of ITC on goods. Restriction of the amount for prior sufferance of taxes - HELD THAT:- This issue has been dealt with in the case of Assistant Commissioner (CT), presently ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (CT) , PRESENTLY THIRUVERKADU ASSESSMENT CIRCLE, KOLATHUR, CHENNAI VERSUS INFINITI WHOLESALE LTD. [2016 (9) TMI 1431 - MADRAS HIGH COURT], wherein it has held that Input Tax Credit cannot be disallowed on the ground that the seller has not paid tax to the Government, when the purchaser is able to prove that the seller has collected tax and issued invoices to the purchaser. As such, restriction of the amount of Input Tax Credit on this ground, canno....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 298 - KARNATAKA HIGH COURT
Recovery of tax alongwith Interest - allegation that the defendant has failed in paying the tax collected from the plaintiff and so also, the defendant has not filed VAT- 100 Returns - cause of action for the plaintiff to file the suit, present or not. Whether the Trial Court has committed an error in dismissing the suit in coming to the conclusion that there is no cause of action for the plaintiff to sue the defendant? - HELD THAT:- The Trial Court has not committed any error in coming to the conclusion that mere demand made by the Department against the plaintiff cannot raise any cause of action to institute the suit against the defendant. It is also pertinent to note that in Exs.P1 and P3, the Department while passing the order made an observation that the purchase made by the assessee- Company paid the tax, but such of those purchase ....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 221 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Validity of assessment order - proceedings on the basis of the proposals/reports of the Enforcement Wing/ISIC - defects with regard to mismatch in their returns vis-a-vis the other dealers - independent application of mind on the part of Assessing Officer - HELD THAT:- In the case of M/S. JKM GRAPHICS SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED VERSUS THE COMMERCIAL TAX OFFICER [2017 (3) TMI 536 - MADRAS HIGH COURT], this Court had considered the claim of the dealers in connection with Input Tax Credit reversal on an alleged mismatch between their returns and the returns filed by the sellers - impugned order on this issue set aside. Independent application of mind on the part of Assessing Officer - HELD THAT:- This Court, in a batch of Writ Petitions in the case of TVL. TARUN CREATION VERSUS THE COMMERCIAL TAX OFFICER, TIRUPUR. [2020 (8) TMI 689 - MADRAS H....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 220 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Maintainability of petition - availability of alternative remedy of appeal - income from undisclosed sale transactions - HELD THAT:- The respondent after finding the petitioner's explanation to be unsatisfactory had straight away assumed that the said sum represents income from undisclosed sale transactions. I am afraid that this approach is clearly not sustainable in law - In fact when the matter was taken up for hearing, the petitioner's counsel produced a copy of the certificate issued by the Indian Bank as well as the City Union Bank to show that the transactions in question are between the Directors of the Company and the assessee themselves. The second aspect of the matter pertains to reliance on the stock details report dated 13.02.2020. In this case, personal hearing was held on 31.01.2020. It is quite possible that the pe....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 219 - MADRAS HIGH COURT
Maintainability of petition - petition was dismissed on the ground of availability of alternative appellate remedy - requirement of pre-deposit being the pre-condition to entertain the appeal - HELD THAT:- During the hearing, it was pointed out that, before the Division Bench, where the writ appeals were originally heard, at the time of admission on 28.11.2019, the learned counsel for the assessee had offered to deposit 10% of the demand made in the impugned assessment for invocation of the statutory remedy before the appellate authority - The said offer was made voluntarily on the side of the assessee, of course, in the context of conditions imposed under the relevant provisions of the TNVAT Act to deposit 25% of the demand/tax due, as pre-deposit being the pre-condition to entertain the appeal. Only in order to get instructions to that ....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 218 - PATNA HIGH COURT
Validity of Bihar Value Added Tax Ordinance, 2005 - vested rights accrued to the Petitioners with retrospective effect [before expiry of the period] for exemption from payment of Sales-tax on sale of Finished Products under the Notification- S 0 No.:96 dt. 04.04.1994 and Notification-S 0 No.: 479 dt.22.12.1995 issued under the Industrial Policy, 1993 & 1995. HELD THAT:- This issue can be agitated by the petitioner first with the appropriate authority and thereafter before the appropriate forum in accordance with law. Petition disposed off.
- 2020 (9) TMI 217 - KERALA HIGH COURT
Levy of penalty u/s 47(b) of the erstwhile Kerala Value Added Tax Act, 2003 - registration of Charitable Hospitals - Deferment of assessment proceedings under Section 25 of the 2003 Act, before finalisation of the proceedings under Section 47(b) of the Act - HELD THAT:- It is a fit case where the penalty order Ext.P6 to P16 are not sustainable. In M/s Fortis Healthcare Limited [2015 (2) TMI 1014 - PUNJAB & HARYANA HIGH COURT], the Division Bench of Punjab and Hariyana High Courts after noticing the provisions of Punjab Value Added Tax Act and as well as Power to Impose Sales Tax and VAT clause flowing from entry 54 of list to schedule 7 and Article 366 (29-A) of the Constitution of India did not accept the contention of the state for the applicability of doctrine of severance with regard to the services provided to the indoor patients....... + More
- 2020 (9) TMI 170 - PATNA HIGH COURT
Permission for withdrawal of petition - Grant and continuation with the exemption from payment of Sales-tax - purchase of Raw Materials & on sale of Finished Products to the extent in respect of quantum/amount made in the Industrial Policy - withdrawal of exemption before completion of the period for availing the amount of exemption - petitioner seeks permission to withdraw the present petition as the same has become infructuous. HELD THAT:- Petition disposed of as withdrawn.
- 2020 (9) TMI 169 - KERALA HIGH COURT
Best Judgement Assessment - Reassessment of turnover - denial of input credit already allowed for the VAT collected by Southern Railway for the sale effected by the petitioner - Section 25(1) read with Section 25AA of the KVAT Act, 2003 - HELD THAT:- Ext.P2 is only a show cause notice and it is not necessary for this Court to interfere in the assessment proceedings at this stage. However taking into consideration the difficulties faced by the petitioner, it is necessary that the petitioner should be given time to get necessary documents to produce before the first respondent. The writ petition is disposed of permitting the petitioner to submit a reply to show cause with supporting documents within a period of three months from today. If the petitioner submits reply to Ext.P2 within the said period of three months, the first respondent shall consider the contentions of the petitioner and decide the matter after giving an opportunity of personal hearing to the petitioner.