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Posted On 12 April 2011 at 10:31 Report Abuse

can any one pls tell me the due date for payment of luxury tax in Andhra pradesh? its urgent


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Posted On 12 April 2011 at 13:34

I have not found the due date to deposit luxury tax in Andhra but found Act but there is also not found any due date but you should read once again the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ANDHRA PRADESH TAX ON LUXURIES ACT, 1987  HISTORICAL BACK GROUND 
The Andhra Pradesh Tax on Luxuries in Hotels and Lodging Houses Act, 1987 (Act No.24 of 1987) was enacted mainly to mobilise additional resources to the State. In the Statement of Objects and Reasons, it has been stated as under:
STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS
"With a view to mobilise additional resources and to compensate the loss of revenue due to exemption from payment of sales tax by hotels up to a total turnover of Rs.2 lakhs in a year and also to levy tax on the richer income group of the society, the Government have decided to levy and collect a tax at a rate of 10% on the charges in respect of any luxury provided in a hotel to every person when the rate of charge per person per day is Rs.60/- or more. This Bill seeks to give effect to the above decision."

Subsequently, by Act No.28 of 1996, the levy was extended we.f.1.8.1996 even to corporate hospitals. Section 3 which is the charging section has been substituted.

By the same Act the levy was extended to tobacco products specified in the Schedule. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco products were included in the said Schedule.

By Ord. No.2 of 1997 the rate of tax on chewing tobacco products was increased from 10% to 50%. The reasons for the steep increase as set out in the L.A.Bill No.6 of 1997 are as under:
STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS
The Supreme Court of India in Abdul Kadar Vs. State of Kerala (AIR 1976 SC 182) has held that tobacco products have been found to have deleterious effect upon health and a tax on tobacco has been recognised as a tax in the nature of a Luxury tax. Accordingly, luxury tax is being levied at the rate of 1 0 passe in the rupee on chewing tobacco preparations, commonly known as Khara, Masala, Kimam, dokta, zarda, sukha and surthi..The aforesaid chewing preparations are considered to be injurious to health and therefore Government have decided to curb their sales and consumption in the State. Therefore, Government have decided to impose a heavy dosage of tax at the rate of 50 paise in every rupee at the first point of supply in the State.
  
1. Short title, extent and Commencement
2. Definitions-Andhra Pradesh Tax On Luxuries Act
3. Levy and Collection Of Tax
3 A Tax on Tobacconist
4. Appointment Of Officers
4 A Registration
5. Mode Of Collection Of Tax
6. Returns
7. Assessment And Collection Of Tax
7A Provisional Assessment
8. Assessment of escaped or under Assessed Tax
9. Imposition of penalty in certain cases
10. Payment of Tax, penalty under the Act in installments
10 A Power to assess, re-assess, collect and enforce payment of cess
10B. Power of Deputy Commissioner
11. Appeal
12. Revision
12A. Appeal and Revision
13. Court fee on appeal and application for revision
14. Refund of Tax
15. Offences
16. Offences by companies
17. Compounding of Offences
18. Power to enforce attendance etc
19. Maintenance of true and correct accounts and records by proprietor
20.

Power to order production of Accounts and power of entry, inspection

20A Possession,submission of certain records by owner
20B Inspection of goods in transit
21. Certain provisions of Limitation Act to apply to appeal and revision application
22. Bar of jurisdiction of Courts
23. Protection of acts done in good faith
24. Powers to delegate
25. Power to transfer proceedings
26. Power to make rules 
27. Power to remove difficulties 
28. Power to alter the rates of tax 
29. Power of State Government to notify exemptions and reduction of tax or interest 
30. Power to amend schedule 
 
1.Short title, extent and commencement
1
(1) This Act may be called the Andhra Pradesh Tax on luxuries Act, 1987.
               1. By Act No: 28 of 1996, the words " in Hotels and Loding Houses" in the long title as well as in Sub-section (1) were omitted w.e.f.1.8.96.

(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Andhra Pradesh..

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the State Government, may, by notification in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette, appoint.

Note: By Notification I in G.O.Ms.No. 558 Rev dt. 8.6.1987 the Act come into force on and from 15.6.1987.
2. Definitions
In this Act unless the context otherwise requires

(a) "Appellate authority" means an appellate authority appointed under Section 4;

(b) "Assessing authority" means an assessing authority appointed under Section 4;

(c) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner appointed under Section 4;

1[(cc) 'Corporate Hospital' means, Hospital registered under the provisions of the Societies Registration Act which is in force in the State or the Companies Act, 1956 and where residential accommodation with or without board is provided for cash or deferred payment to any person or his attendant for undergoing treatment;]
               1. Clause (cc) was inserted by Act No: 28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96

2[(d) 'Concessional rate' in relation to luxury means a rate lower than the normal rate fixed for such luxury or a rate lower than that fixed by the Government or any other authority under any law for the time being in force;]
               2. Clause (d) was subs. by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f. 1.8.96. The earlier clause read as
                   under:-
     


(e) "Government" means the State Government of Andhra Pradesh;

(f) "Hotel" means a building or part of a building where residential accommodation with or without board is provided for cash or for deferred payment and includes lodging house and a club;

3[(g) "Luxury provided In a hotel",means the accommodation for residence Provided in a hotel including air conditioning, television, radio,music,extra beds and the like but does not include the charges for food, drink and telephone calls;

(gg) "Luxury provided In a hospital" : means the accommodation provided in a corporate hospital for any patient or his attendant including air conditioning television, radio, or any other service provided thereto in connection with the residence but does not include any charges for the medical services rendered in connection with the treatment or any amount charged for conducting any medical test or any medicines used by the hospital either for check up or treatment; and

(ggg) Luxuries include luxuries provided in a hotel, and corporate hospital and any commodities as specified in the Schedule for enjoyment over and above the necessaries of life.
               3. Clause (g) was subs. by Act 28 of 1996 w.e.f. 1.8.96.      


(h) "Notification" means a notification published in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette and the word 'notified' shall be construed accordingly;

(i) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made by the Government under this Act;

4[(j) "proprietor" includes a tobacconist and in relation to a hotel or a corporate hospital any person responsible for the management thereof.]
              4. Clause (j) was subs. by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96. The earlier clause read as under:-


5[(jj) "Receipt" in relation to a tobacconist means, - -

(a) in respect of supply of the luxuries, like tobacco products made by him or by others on his behalf by way of sale, the amount of valuable consideration received or receivable by him for such sale including any sum charged for anything done by him in respect of the tobacco products so sold at the time of or before the delivery thereof and the price, if charged separately, of any primary or second" packing; and

(b) in respect of the supply of luxuries of tobacco products made by him otherwise than by way of sale, the normal price at  which such tobacco products are sold.

Explanation :- For the purpose of this Act the term “normal price” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in section 4 of the Central Excise and Salt Act, 1944;

(jjj) "Receipt" in relation to a hotel or a corporate hospital means the total amount of valuable consideration received or receivable for the luxuries provided in hotel or corporate hospital;

(jjjj) "Registered Tobacconist" means a tobacconist registered under section 4-A of this Act;

(jjjjj) "schedule" means the Schedule appended to this Act;]
              5. Clause (jj), (jjj),(jjjj) and(jjjjj) were inserted by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96       

(k) "tax" means the tax levied and collected under this Act;

6[(kk) "Turnover of receipts in the case of a tobacconist" means, the aggregate of the amounts of receipts of a tobacconist in a year in respect of the supply of luxuries relating to tobacco products whether such supply is by way of sale or otherwise;

(kkk)"Tobacconist" means a person who supplies whether by way of sale or otherwise luxuries like, tobacco products manufactured by him or purchased from other States or from other persons in this State and includes any person who for the purpose of business gets the manufacturing done from any person whether or not on job work basis.

(kkkk) "Tobacco products" means all goods and preparations made of tobacco or tobacco substitutes including cigarettes, cigars, cheroots and chewing tobacco commonly known as 'Khara Masaia'kimam, Zarda, Dokta, Sukha and Surti.] Gutka and other manufactured tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes ; homogenised or reconstituted tobacco; tobacco extracts and essences".]7
              6. Clauses (kk),(kkk) and(kkkk) were inserted by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1-8-96.       
              7. The bracketed words "gutkha and ----- essences" were added by Ord. No. 2 of 2001
                   published in the A.P. Gazette Part IV B Extraordinary No:32 dt. 2.5.2001



(l) "Year" means the twelve months ending on the 31 st day of March.

8[(M) words and expressions used but not defined in this Act and defined in the General Sales Tax Act, shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them under that Act.]
              8. Clause (m) was inserted by Act No. 28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96
3. Levy and collection of tax
1 [(1) Subject to the provisions of the Act, there shall be levied and collected from every person residing in a hotel or a corporate hospital where the rate of charge in respect of any luxury Provided in a hotel to him is Rs. 300/- or more per day per person , a tax at the rate of 5% per centum of such rate and from every person residing in a corporate hospital where the rate of charge in respect of any luxury provided in a corporate hospital to him is Rs. 500/- or more per day, a tax at the rate of ten per centum of such rate.]
See Rule 3,11
      1. Sub-section (1) was subs. by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96. The earlier Sub-section read as under:
                               "Subject to the provisions of this Act tax shall be levied and collected form every person residing in a hotel where the rate of change in respect of any luxury provided n the hotel.

Provided that, where the charges are levied otherwise than on daily basis or per person, then, the charges for determining the tax liability under this section, shall be computed as for a day and per person based on the period of occupation of the residence for which the charges are made and the number of persons actually occupying or permitted to occupy according to the rules of 2[custom of the hotel or corporate hospital.]

      2. The bracketed words were subs by Act No 28 of 1996 "w.e.f.1.8.96 for the words "Custom of the hotel".   
(2) The tax levied under this section shall be payable by the proprietor within such period and in such manner as may be prescribed.

(3) In computing the amount of tax payable under the section, any fraction of a rupee arrived at shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

(4) Where any proprietor fails or neglects to pay the tax within the time prescribed, such amount of tax shall be recoverable with interest calculated at the rate of two rupees for every one hundred rupees or-part thereof for each month or part thereof from the date specified, for its payment.
4. Appointment of Commissioner, assessing or appellate authorities and their powers and   functions of Assessing Authorities

(1) The Government may by notification appoint a Commissioner for the purpose of exercising the powers conferred and performing the functions entrusted to him by or under this Act.

(2) The Government may also appoint the assessing authority, appellate authority and such other officers as they may deem fit for the purpose of this Act, and such authorities and Officers shall perform such functions within such area or areas or the whole of the State of Andhra Pradesh as they may assign to them.

(3) The Commissioner, assessing authority and the appellate authority shall exercise such powers and perform such functions as may be prescribed.

1 4A. Registration

(1) No tobacconist shall conduct or cause to be conducted business in Andhra Pradesh unless he obtains, on application, a registration in the prescribed form.   

See Rule 4A
Provided that any tobacconist who sells tobacco products in a small bunk shall be exempt from registration.

Explanation : For the purpose of this Act, a tobacconist who sells in a small bunk means a person who does business in a shop or other premises whose floor area is not more than 64 sq.ft. without employing paid labour for conducting the business.

(2) Every tobacconist required to obtain a registration under sub-section (1) shall make an application in this behalf to such authority and accompanied by a fee of rupees five hundred.

(3) Where it appears necessary to the prescribed authority to whom an application is made for registration under sub-section (2), he may for the proper realisation of tax and other dues payable under this Act, by an order in writing and for reasons to be recorded therein, impose a condition for the issue of a certificate of registration to the effect that the dealer shall furnish such security in such manner and within such time as may be specified in the order.

(4) If the prescribed authority is satisfied that the application is in order he shall register the application and issue the Certificate of Registration in such form as may be prescribed.

(5) Where a registration has been granted to a tobacconist under sub-section (4), the prescribed authority may, if it is of opinion that it is necessary, or expedient so to do for the proper realisation or recovery of the luxury tax under this Act, at any time while such registration is in force, by an order in writing and for reasons to be recorded therein, require a tobacconist to furnish within such period and in such manner as may be prescribed, a security for the proper payment of the luxury tax payable by him under this Act:

Provided that no order shall be passed without giving the tobacconist an opportunity of being heard.

(6) A tobacconist until his registration is cancelled shall be liable to pay the fees of rupees five hundred every year subsequent to that in which he applied for registration.

(7) Where any tobacconist had more than one place of business (other than place used mainly for storage of tobacco products) he shall apply for registration and obtain a separate registration certificate in respect of each place of business on payment of a sum of rupees one hundred for each such place of business.

(8) The prescribed authority may, on application or otherwise, amend the certificate of registration of a tobacconist.

(9) Where the liability of a tobacconist to whom a Certificate of Registration has been granted under sub-section (4) to pay, the luxury tax under this Act has ceased, such registration certificate may, on application by him, be cancelled by the prescribed authority in the manner prescribed.

(10) A registration granted to a tobacconist under sub-section(4) may be cancelled by the prescribed authority after due notice to such tobacconist if it is satisfied that he has failed to pay luxury tax, penalty or interest payable under this  Act or to furnish the security under sub-section (5);

Provided that the registration so cancelled may be restored if the tobacconist to whom the licence was granted pays the arrears of luxury tax, penalty and interest and furnishes a receipted challan therefor.]
                           1. Section 4A was inserted by Act No.28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96
5. Mode of collections of tax
(1) Where no separate charges for luxury provided in a hotel and for food or drink or telephone calls specified, but a consolidated payment is required to be made both for luxury provided in a hotel and for food or drink, or telephone calls, then, the assessing authority may from time to time, after giving the proprietor an opportunity of being heard, fix separate rate of charges for such luxury and for food or drink or telephone calls for the purpose of calculating the tax under this Act.

1[(1 A) Where no separate charges for luxury provided in a corporate hospital and for the medical services rendered are specified, but a consolidated payment is required to be made both for luxury provided and for the medical services rendered, the assessing authority may from time to time, after giving the proprietor an opportunity of being heard, fix a separate rate of charges for such luxury and for the medical services for the purpose of calculating tax under this  Act.]
                          1. Sub-section (1A) was added by Act No.28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96

(2) Where, in addition to the charges for 2(luxury provided in a hotel or a corporate hospital service charges are levied and appropriated by the proprietor and not paid to the staff over and above the wages or salaries, then such charges shall be deemed to be part of the charges for 2(luxury provided in the hotel or the corporate hospital.)

(3) Where luxury 2(provided in a hotel or a corporate hospital to any person not being an employee of the hotel or the corporate hospital) is not charged at all, or is charged at a concessional rate, then the tax on such luxury shall be levied and collected as if full charges for such luxury were paid to the 2(proprietor of the hotel or the corporate hospital.)

(4) Where luxury 2(provided in a hotel or in a corporate hospital) for a specified number of persons is shared by more than the number specified, then in addition to the tax paid for the luxury provided to such specified number of persons, there shall also be levied and collected separately, the tax in respect of the charges made for the additional number of persons accommodated.

(5) Where any proprietor fails or neglects to collect that tax payable under this Act, the tax shall be paid by the proprietor as if the tax was collected by the proprietor from the person to whom the luxury was provided and who was accordingly liable to pay the same.
                               2. The words in the brackets were subs. by Act No.28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96.

 

6. Returns
(1) Every proprietor liable to pay tax 3[under Section 3,] shall furnish a monthly return in the prescribed form to the assessing authority within fifteen days after the expiry of the month to which the return relates.
                  3. Subs. for the words "Under the Act " by Act No.28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96

1[(1A) Every proprietor liable to pay tax under Section 3A shall file returns in such form and in such manner and within such time as may be prescribed;]
                  1. Sub-section (1A) was inserted by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96    

(2) Every such return shall contain such particulars as may be prescribed.

(3) A proprietor furnishing a return as required 2(under sub-sections (1) or (1 A) shall first pay in such manner as may be prescribed, the full amount of the tax due from him according to such return and enclose proof of such payment with the return.

(4) Every return shall be verified in such manner as may be prescribed.
                2. Subs. for the expression "under sub-section (1)" by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1-8-96.
7. Assessment and collection of tax
(1) If the assessing authority is satisfied that the return furnished under 1(sub-sections (1) or (1A) of Section 6, as the case may be) is complete and if there is no reason to believe it to be incorrect, he shall assess the amount of tax due from the proprietor on the basis of such return.

(2) (a) If the assessing authority is not satisfied that the return furnished under1(subsections (1) or (1 A) of Section 6 as the case may be) is complete or it has reason to believe that is incorrect and it considers it necessary to require the presence of the proprietor or the production of further evidence, it shall serve a notice on such proprietor in the manner prescribed requiring him on a date and at a place specified therein either to attend and produce or cause to be produced all evidence on which such proprietor relies in support of his return or to produce such evidence as is specified in the notice.

(b) On the date specified in the notice, or as soon as may be thereafter, the assessing authority shall, after considering all the evidence which may be produced assess the amount of tax due from the proprietor.

(c) If the proprietor fails to comply with the terms of the notice issued to him under Clause (a), the assessing authority shall assess to the best of its judgment, the amount of tax due from him.

(3) If a proprietor liable to pay tax under this Act, fails to furnish a return in respect of any period within the period specified in 1(sub-sections (1) or (1A) of Section 6, as the case may be) the assessing authority shall, after giving the proprietor a reasonable opportunity of being heard, assess to the best of his judgment, the amount of tax, if any, due from him.

(4) The amount of tax assessed and due from the proprietor under this section shall be paid by the proprietor on receipt of the notice issued by the assessing authority in the prescribed form, within such time as may be prescribed.

(5) Any assessment made under this section shall be without prejudice to any penalty or prosecution for any offence punishable under this Act.
                                 1. The bracketed words in sub-section (1) (2) and (3) were subs for the expression
                                     "Sub-section (1) of section (6) by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1-8-96
7A. Provisional Assessment
(1) Tax payable under this Act for each year may be provisionally assessed in advance during the year and paid in monthly or prescribed installments in respect of such class or category of proprietors liable to tax under Section 3A on the basis of estimated or actual turnover of the proprietor and for that purpose such proprietor may be required to submit a return of estimated or actual turnover and pay the tax on the basis of such return or periodical returns, in such manner as may be prescribed.

(2)  If the assessing authority has reason to believe that the provisional assessment for any period was made on too low turnover or at too low a rate, or on too high a turnover or too high a rate, he may enhance or reduce, as the case may be, such provisional assessment:

Provided that before making an enhancement of the provisional assessment as aforesaid the assessing authority shall, except where such enhancement is based on the turnover finally determined for the preceding year, issue a notice thereof to the proprietor and make such enquiry as he deems necessary.

(3) The tax provisionally assessed may be levied and collected, either in advance during the year in monthly or other prescribed instalments or at any time thereafter in lumpsum.]
                               1. Section 7-A was inserted by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1-8-96
8. Assessment of escaped or under assessed tax
It for any reason any tax payable under this Act, has escaped assessment or has been under assessed or assessed at a lower rate than the rate at which it is assessable, the assessing authority may at any time within four years from the expiry of the year to which the tax relates, proceed to assess or re-assess the tax, as the case may be, to the best of its judgment after issuing a notice to the proprietor concerned and after making such enquiry as it considers necessary:

Provided that the tax shall be charged at the rate at which it would have been charged if such tax had not escaped assessment or, as the case may be, had not been under assessed or assessed at a rate lower than the rate at which it was assessable.
9. Imposition of penalty in certain cases
(i) Where any proprietor liable to pay tax under this Act :-                                                                       
                                                                                                                             

(a) fails without sufficient cause or neglects to furnish a return as required by 1(subsections (1) or (1 A) of Section 6 as the case may be;) or

(b) while furnishing a return under 1(sub-sections (1) or (1 A) of Section 6 as the case may be) fails, without sufficient cause or neglects, to pay the whole amount of tax due from him according to such return as required by sub-section (3) of Section 6; or
                 1. In clauses (a) and(b) the bracketed words were subs for the expression "Sub-section (1) of section 6" by Act No.28 of 1996 w.e.f. 1.8.96

(c) fails, without sufficient cause, to comply with the terms of notice issued to him under Clause (a) of sub-section (2) of Section 7; or

(d) conceals the particulars of any transaction or deliberately furnishes inaccurate particulars of any transaction liable to tax;

The assessing authority may impose upon such proprietor by way of penalty, in addition to any tax assessed under Sections 7 or 8, a sum not exceeding three times the amount of tax due where the failure or concealment is wilful and a sum not exceeding the amount of tax due, where the failure or concealment is not wilful.

(2) The amount of penalty, if any, levied under sub-section (1) shall be paid by the proprietor in such manner as may be prescribed within such time as may be specified by the assessing authority, in the notice issued by it for this purpose, not exceeding thirty days from the date of service of the notice.
10. Payment of Tax, penalty or other dues payable under the Act In Instalment
(1) 1(The Deputy Commissioner) may allow extension of time for payment of any tax, penalty or other amount due under this Act and may also permit the payment thereof in such instalments in appropriate cases subject to such conditions as he may specify, having regard to the circumstances of each case.
                 1. The bracketed words were subs. by Act No.28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96 for the words "The Commissioner or any other officer authorised by him".

(2) Any tax, penalty, interest or any other amount due under the Act which remains unpaid on the date specified in the notice and any instalment not duly paid, shall be recoverable as an arrear of land revenue.

(3)  If the tax assessed or penalty levied under this Act or any instalment thereof is not paid by the proprietor within the time specified therefor in the notice or in the order permitting payment of instalments or in any other provision of this Act, or rule made thereunder, the proprietor shall pay, in addition to the amount of such tax, penalty or instalment, interest at the rate of two rupees for every one hundred rupees or part thereof for each month or part thereof, from the date specified for its payment.
10A. Attachment of property
(1) Where, during the pendency of any proceedings for the assessment of any turnover or for the reassessment of any turnover which has escaped assessment, the assessing authority is of the opinion that for the purpose of protecting the interest of revenue it is necessary so to do, he may with the previous approval of the Commissioner, by order in writing, attach provisionally any property belonging to the assessee.

(2) Every such provisional attachment shall cease to have effect after the expiry of a period of six months from the date of the order made under sub-section(l):

Provided that the Commissioner may, for reasons to be recorded in writing. extend~ the aforesaid period, or periods as he thinks fit, so, however, that the total period of extension shall not in any case exceed two years.

 

10B. Powers of Deputy Commissioner
(1) A Deputy Commissioner shall have the power of a Collector under the Andhra Pradesh Revenue Recovery Act,1864 for the purpose of recovery of any amount due under this Act.

(2) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (3), all Deputy Commercial Tax Officers shall, for the purposes of recovery of any amount due under this Act, have the powers of the Mandal Revenue Officer under the Andhra Pradesh Rent and Revenue Sales Act, 1839 for the sale of property distrained for any amount due under this Act.

(3) Not withstanding anything contained in the Andhra Pradesh Rent and Revenue Sales Act, 1839, the Deputy Commercial Tax Officer in the exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) shall be subject to the control and superintendence of the Deputy Commissioner.]
11. Appeal
(1) Any proprietor aggrieved by the order of assessment made under Section 7 or Section 8 or by an order imposing penalty under Section 9 may within thirty days from the date of receipt of the order, appeal to the appellate authority.
See Rule 6(1) & Rule 8,  Form VIII

Provided that the appellate authority may admit an appeal preferred after the period of thirty days aforesaid, if it is satisfied that the proprietor had sufficient cause for not preferring the appeal within that period.

(2) The appeal shall be in such form and verified in such manner as may be prescribed and shall be accompanied by a fee calculated at the rate of two percent of the tax or penalty under dispute subject to a minimum of rupees fifty and maximum of rupees one thousand.

(3) On receipt of an appeal under sub-section (1), the appellate authority may, after giving the. appellant a reasonable opportunity of being heard, confirm, annul or modify the assessment or penalty.

(4) Where an appeal is admitted under this Section, the appellate authority may, on an application filed by the appellant and subject to such terms and conditions as he may think fit, order stay of collection of the tax or penalty under dispute pending disposal of the appeal.

12. Revision
1[(1) The Commissioner may suo motu call for and examine the record of any order passed or proceeding recorded by any authority, officer or person subordinate to ft, under the provisions of this Act, including sub-section (2) of this section (and if such order or proceeding recorded is prejudicial to the interest of revenue, may make such enquiry, or cause such enquiry to be made and subject to the provisions of this Act, may initiate proceedings to revise, modify or set aside such order or proceeding) and may pass such order in reference thereto as it thin as it.

(2) Powers of the nature referred to in sub-section (1) may also be exercised by an Additional Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and Commercial Tax Officer in the case of orders passed or proceedings recorded by authorities, Officers or persons subordinate to them.

(3) In relation to an order of assessment passed under this Act, the powers conferred by sub-sections (1), and (2) shall be exercisable only within such period not exceeding four years from the date on which the order was served on the dealer, as may be prescribed.

(4) No order shall be passed under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) enhancing any assessment unless an opportunity has been, given to the assessee to show cause against the proposed enhancement.]
                          1. Subs. by Act No.:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96. The earlier Section read as under :
12A. Appeal and Revision
1[All the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh General Sales Tax Act, 1957 relating to Appeals before the Sales Tax Appellate Tribunal, Revisions by the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and appeals to High Court of Andhra Pradesh shall apply mutadis mutandis in regard to appeals under this Act.]
1. Section 12A was inserted by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f. 1.8.96.
13. Court fee on appeal and application for revision
Notwithstanding anything contained in the Andhra Pradesh Court Fees and Suits Valuation Act, 1956 an appeal preferred under Section 11 or an application for revision made under Section 12 shall bear a court fee stamp of such value as may be prescribed.
14. Refund of Tax
(1) If any proprietor satisfies the assessing authority that on account of any clerical or arithmetical error in calculating the     amount of tax, the amount of tax paid by him or recovered from him in respect of any period exceeds the amount with which he is properly chargeable under this Act for that period, he shall be entitled to a refund of the excess so paid, or recovered.

(2) Where as a result of an order passed under Section 11 or Section 12 the refund of any amount becomes due to proprietor, the assessing authority shall refund such amount to him.

(3) The assessing authority shall refund the excess amount to the proprietor, or, at the option of the proprietor, adjust such excess amount towards the tax due in respect of any other period:

Provided that the assessing authority may first apply the excess amount in respect of any period towards recovery of any amount for which a notice of demand has already been issued and shall then refund the balance, if any

(4) If any amount liable for refund under this section is not refunded within six months from the date on which the claim is made by the proprietor, the Government shall pay the proprietor simple interest at twelve percent per annum on the amount directed to be refunded from the date immediately following the expiry of the period of six months aforesaid to the date of the order granting the refund.

Explanation : If the delay in granting the refund within the period of six months aforesaid is attributable to the proprietor, whether wholly or in part, the period of the delay attributable to him shall be excluded from the period for which the interest is payable.

(5) Where any question arises as to the period to be excluded for the purpose of calculation of interest under the provisions of this section such question shall be determined by the Commissioner, whose decision shall be final.
15. Offences
(1) 1(Any proprietor who)

(a) Furnishes or allows or causes to be furnished an incorrect or incomplete return or fails to submit the returns as required by or under the provisions of this Act;

(b) fraudulently evades or allows to be evaded the payment of any tax due from him;

(c) fraudulently makes or causes or allows to be made any wrong entry in or fraudulently omits or causes or allows to be omitted any entry from, any statement furnished or any accounts or register;

(d) knowingly collects from any person any amount by way of tax in excess of the amount of tax payable by him under the provisions of this Act; or


(e) wilfully acts in contravention of any of the provisions of this Act or the rules made thereunder or any lawful orders passed in accordance therewith;

shall, on conviction, be liable to be punished with simple imprisonment which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to two thousand or with both.

(2) (a) No Court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under sub-section(1) except upon a report in writing of the assessing authority having jurisdiction over the area concerned.

(b) No Court inferior to that of a Magistrate of the first class shall try any offence punishable under sub-section (1)
                            
1. The bracketed words were subs. for the words "Any person. being a proprietor liable to pay under this Act" by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96
16. Offences by companies
(1) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person, who at the time when the offence was committed, was in charge of and was responsible to the company, for the conduct of business of the company, as well as the company shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:

Provided that, nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment provided under this Act, if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in sub-section (1) where any offence has, been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with consent or connivance of or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any Director, Manager, Secretary or other Officer, shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Explanation :- For the purpose of this Section (a) "Company" means a body corporate, and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and (b) 'Director" in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.
17. Compounding of offences
1[(1) The prescribed authority may accept, from any proprietor who has committed or is reasonably. suspected of having committed an offence under this Act, by way of composition of such offence,-

(a) where the offence consists of the failure to pay or the evasion of any tax, recoverable under this Act, in addition to the tax so recoverable, a sum of money not exceeding two thousand rupees or double the amount of the tax recoverable, whichever is greater; and

(b) in other cases a sum of money not exceeding two thousand rupees.]
1. Sub-section (1) was Subs. by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96. The earlier Section read as under:-
(2) On payment of such sum as may be determined by the assessing authority under sub-section (1) no further proceedings shall be taken against the person in respect of the same offence.

(3) Any order passed or proceeding recorded by the assessing authority under subsection (1) shall be final and no appeal or application for revision shall lie there-from.
18. Power to enforce attendance etc.
All authorities under this Act, shall for the purpose of this Act, have the same powers as are vested in a Court under the Code of Civil Procedure 1908, while trying a suit, in respect of enforcing the attendance of any person and to examine him on oath or affirmation or for compelling the production of any document.
19. Maintenance of true and correct accounts and records by proprietor etc.
1[....]
Every proprietor and every other person required so to do by the assessing authority shall keep and maintain a true and correct account promptly in any of the languages specified in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English showing such particulars as may be prescribed

                             1. The words "of a hotel liable to pay tax under this Act" were omitted by Act No.28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96
20. Powers to order production of Accounts and powers of entry, Inspection etc.
(1) The assessing authority may, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, require any proprietor to produce before it the working records, accounts, registers or other documents or to furnish any information relating to the 1[luxury provided in the hotel, corporate hospital or supply of luxuries by way of sale or otherwise] as may be necessary for the purposes of this Act.
                  1. The bracketed words were subs.for the words "Luxury Provided in the hotel" by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96

(2) All working records, accounts, registers or other documents relating to 2 (proprietor) shall at all reasonable times, be open to inspection by the assessing authority and the assessing authority may take or cause to be taken such copies or extracts of such records as may be necessary for purpose of satisfying itself regarding the accuracy of the charges for such luxury or for informing itself as to the particulars regarding which information is required for the purpose of this Act, or any rules made, there-under as would appear to it necessary.
                  2. Subs for the words "The luxury provided in a hotel " by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96 

(3) If the assessing authority has reason to believe that any proprietor has evaded or is attempting to evade the payment of tax due from him, it may for reasons to be recorded in writing seize such records, accounts, registers, or other documents of the proprietor as may be necessary and shall grant a receipt for the same and shall retain the same so long only as may be necessary in connection with any proceeding under this Act or for a prosecution. -

3[(3A) The assessing authority shall have the power to seize and confiscate any tobacco products which are found in any office, shop, godown, vehicle, vessel or any other place of business or any building or place of the tobacconist but not accounted for by the tobacconist in his accounts, registers and other documents maintained in the course of his business:

Provided that before taking action for the confiscation of goods under this sub-section, the officer shall give an opportunity to the person affected of being heard and make an enquiry in the prescribed manner;]
                  3. Sub-section (3A) was inserted by Act No.29 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96   

4[(4) For the purpose of this Act, any officer of the Commercial Tax Department, not below the rank of the Deputy Commercial Tax Officer may enter and search any hotel, corporate hospital or any place of business of proprietor or any other place where such authority has reason to believe that the proprietor keeps or is for the time being keeping any records, accounts, registers or other documents of his business in relation to the Hotel, Corporate Hospital or supply of luxuries like tobacco products in relation to a tobacconist:

Provided that no residential accommodation (not being shop-cum-residence) shall be entered into and searched by any such officer below the rank of a Deputy Commissioner except on the authority of an order issued by any officer not below the rank of a Deputy Commissioner having jurisdiction over the area. All searches under this sub-section so far as may be made in accordance with the provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 subject to the rules if any made in this behalf.]
                 4. Sub-section (4) was subs. by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96 The earlier sub-section read as under :-
20A. Possession, submission of certain records by owners
The owner or other person-incharge of a vehicle carrying tobacco products shall carry with him
 
(a) a bill of sale or delivery note;

(b) goods vehicle record or trip sheet and such other documents as may be prescribed, relating to the tobacco products under transport and containing such particulars as may be prescribed and shall submit to the assessing authority having jurisdiction over the area in which the tobacco products are delivered, the documents authorised or copies thereof within such time as may be prescribed.
20B. Inspection of goods while in transit
(1) Any Officer empowered by the State Government in this behalf may stop the vehicle or boat, as the case may be carrying tobacco products and keep it stationary as long as may reasonably be necessary, to examine the contents in the vehicle or boat and may inspect all records relating to the tobacco products carried, which are in the possession of such driver or other person-in-charge of the vehicle.

(2) If on such examination and inspection it appears,-

(a) (i) that the tax, if any payable under this Act in respect of the sale or purchase of the tobacco products carried, has been paid; or

(ii) that the sale or purchase of the tobacco products carried for the purpose of payment of tax under this Act, has been properly accounted for in the documents referred to in clause (b) of this section; the said officer shall release the goods vehicle or boat with the tobacco products carried; or

(b) (i) that the tax, if any payable under this Act in respect of the sale or purchase of the tobacco products carried has not been paid; or

(ii) that the sale or purchase of the tobacco products, for the purpose of payment of tax under this Act, has not been properly accounted for in the documents and if the said officer is satisfied, after making such enquiry as he deems fit, that with a view to prevent the evasion of tax payable in respect of the sale or purchase of the tobacco products carried, it is necessary to detain the tobacco products and direct the driver or any other person-incharge of the goods, vehicle or boat,-

(i) to pay such tax; or

(ii) to furnish security for an amount equal to five times the amount of tax payable in such form and in such manner and to such authority as may be prescribed, on behalf of the person liable to pay such tax.

(3) If the tax is paid or the security is furnished, then the goods so detained shall be released forthwith.

(4) The driver or any other person incharge of the goods vehicle or boat shall, if so required give his name and address and the name and address of the owner of the goods vehicle or boat as well as those of the consignor and the consignee of the tobacco products.

(5) if the tax directed to be paid or the security directed to be furnished under subsection (2) is not paid or furnished and if the said officer is satisfied, after making such enquiry as he deems fit, that with a view to prevent the evasion of tax payable in respect of the sate or purchase of the tobacco products carried, it is necessary to detain the goods, he shall detain so much of the tobacco products as are approximately equal in value to the amount of tax directed to be paid and security directed to be furnished under sub-section (2) as long as may reasonably be necessary:

Provided that no such tobacco products shall be detained by the said officer for more than three days except with the permission of the higher authority.

(6) Where tobacco products are carried without paying tax, if any, payable under this Act, or tobacco products are carried without being- properly accounted for in the documents referred to in clause (b) of sub-section (2). The said officer shall collect the tax payable on the tobacco products so carried and in addition levy a penalty not exceeding five times the amount of tax payable on such goods after giving a reasonable opportunity to the person likely to be affected, against the proposed penalty.]

                          1. Sections 20A and 20B were inserted by Act no:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96
21. Certain provisions of Limitation Act to apply to appeal and revision application 
The provisions of Sections 4, 5 and 12 of the Limitation Act, 1963 shall as far as. may be, apply in computing the period for making ah appeal under Section 11 or an application for revision under Section 12.
22. Bar of jurisdiction of Courts 
(1) No suit shall lie in any Civil Court to set aside or modify any assessment made or order passed under this Act.

(2) No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Government or an employee of the
Government for anything which is done in good faith intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or any rule made thereunder.
23. Protection of acts done in good faith
No suit, prosecution, or other proceedings shall lie against the Government or any officer, authority or person empowered to exercise the powers and perform the functions by or under this Act for anything which is done in good faith or intended to be done under this Act or the rules or orders made thereunder.
24. Powers to delegate 
The Commissioner may, subject to such conditions and restrictions as the Government may, by general or special order impose, by order in writing delegate to any officer or authority subordinate to him, either generally or as respects any particular matter or class of matters any of his powers under this Act.
25. Power to transfer proceedings
The Commissioner may, after giving the parties a reasonable opportunity of being heard, wherever it is possible so to do, and after recording his reason for doing so, by order in writing transfer any proceedings or class of proceedings under any provision of this Act, from himself to any-other officer, and he may likewise transfer any such proceedings (including a proceeding pending with any officer or already transferred under this section) from any officer to any other officer or to himself:   
See Rule 6(1)
Provided that, nothing in this section shall be deemed to require any such opportunity to be given where transfer is from any officer and the offices of both are situated in the same city, locality or place.

Explanation : In this section, the word "proceedings" in relation to any proprietor concerned is specified in any order issued thereunder means all proceedings under this Act in respect of any year, which may be pending on the date of such order or which may have been completed on or before such date, and includes also all proceedings under this Act which may be commenced after the date of such order in respect of any year in relation to such proprietor concerned.
26. Power to make rules
(1) The Government may, by notification make rules for carrying out all or any of the purposes of this Act.

(2) Any rule made under this Act may be made with retrospective effect and when such a rule is made, the reasons for so making the rule shall be specified in a statement to be laid before the Legislative Assembly of the State.

(3) Every rule made under this Act shall immediately after it is made, be laid before the Legislative Assembly of the State if it is in session and if it is not in session in the session immediately following for a total period of fourteen days which may be comprised in one session or in two successive sessions, and if before the expiration of the session in which it is so laid or the session immediately following, the Legislative Assembly agrees in making any modification in the rule or in the annulment of the rule, the rule shall, from the date on which the modification or annulment is notified, have effect only in such modified form or shall stand annulled, 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.
27. Power to remove difficulties
If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Government, may by notification make such provision not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act as appear to them to be necessary or expedient to remove the difficulty.
28. Power to alter the rates of tax
(1) The Government may by notification, alter the rate of tax specified in sub-section (1) of Section 3 and unless the notification is in the meantime rescinded, be introduced in the Legislative Assembly following the date of the issue of the notification a Bill on behalf of the Government, to give effect to the alteration of rate of tax specified in the notification and the notification shall cease to have effect when such Bill becomes law, whether with or without modifications, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder:

Provided that if the notification under sub-section (1) is issued when the Legislative Assembly is in session, such a Bill shall be introduced in the Legislative Assembly during that session:

Provided further that where for any reason a Bill as aforesaid does not become law within six months from the date of its introduction in the Legislative Assembly the notification shall cease to have effect on the expiration of the said period of six months.

(2) Any reference to the rate of tax made under this Act, shall be construed as relating to the rate of tax as for the time being amended in exercise of the powers conferred by this section.
29. Power of State Government to notify exemptions and reductions of tax or Interest
(1) The State Government may, by notification in the Andhra pradesh Gazette, make an exemption, or reduction in rate, in respect of any tax or interest payable under this Act,-
See Rule 2A(C)
(i) on the sale or supply of specified tobacco products at all points or at any specified point or points in a series of sales or purchases by successive dealers. or

(ii) by any specified class of persons, in regard to the whole or any part of their turnover.

(2) Any exemption from tax or interest or reduction in the rate of tax notified under sub-section (1);

(a) may extend to the whole of the State or to any specified area or areas therein;

(b) may be subject to such restrictions and conditions as may be specified in the notification.
30. Power to amend schedule
(1) The Government may, by notification, alter ,add to or cancel any of the schedules.

(2) Where a notification has been issued under sub-section (1), there shall, unless the notification is in the meantime rescinded, be introduced in the Legislative Assembly, as soon as may be, but in any case during the next session of the Legislative Assembly following the date of the issue of the notification, a Bill on behalf of the Government, to give effect to the alteration, addition or cancellation as the case may be, of the schedule specified in the notification, and the notification shall cease to have effect when such Bill becomes law, whether with or without modifications, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder:

Provided that if the notification under sub-section (1) is issued when the Legislative Assembly is in session, such a Bill shall be introduced in the Legislative Assembly during that session:

Provided further that where for any reason a Bill as aforesaid does not become law within six months from the date of its introduction in the Legislative Assembly, the notification shall cease to have effect on the expiration of the said period of six months.

(3) All references made in this Act, to any of the Schedules shall be construed as relating to the schedules as for the time being amended in exercise of the powers conferred by this section.]

          1. Sections 29 and 30 were inserted by Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96 Schedule was inserted by
              Act No:28 of 1996 w.e.f.1.8.96 see Section 3A.
SCHEDULE
Sl.No Descripttion Point Of Levy Rate Of tax
1. Chewing Tobacco Preparations Commonly known as Khara Masala,Kimam,Dokta,Zarda Sukha and Surti and gutka and other manufactured tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes; homogenised or reconstituted tobacco; tobacco extracts and essences"] At the first point of supply of luxuries in the State by sale or otherwise. 50 paise in every rupee
2. Cigarettes   At the first point of supply of luxuries in the State by sale or otherwise. 50 paise in every rupee
1.   By AP. Ord.name No.2 of 1997 published in the A.P. gazette part IV B ExtraOrdinary No:2 dt. 4.1.1997 the rate of tax on item , was increased from 10% to 50%              

Note:- The Andhra Pradesh Tax on Luxuring in Hotels and Lodging Homes(Amendmentment Ordinance No:20 of 1996. Published in A.P. Gazette Part IV-B Extra-ordinary No.52 dated. 17.10.1996.

2. The bracketed words were added by A.P. Ordinance No.2 of 2001 published in the A.P.Gazette part IV-B Extra-ordinary No.32 Dt 2.5.2001




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