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Punjab Government has surprisingly introduced single stage tax system under the Punjab VAT Act, 2005. Punjab Government has notified certain goods, most of which are consumable goods, on which tax under Punjab VAT Act has been levied only at the first stage of its sale.

The tax will be payable on such goods by the first importer and the manufacturer only. At subsequent stages when such goods are sold by wholeseller, distributor or retailler, the same will be sold as tax free.

That means no tax will be paid on the value addition of such goods at subsequent stages. System of VAT is a multiple point of taxation. Single point of taxation is inconsistent with the VAT system and also the preamble of the Punjab VAT Act, 2005 which runs as under:

" An Act to provide for the levy and collection of value added tax and turnover tax on the sales or purchase of goods and for the matters connected therewith and incidental thereto, and for the repeal of the Punjab General Sales Tax Act, 1948."

Inspite of the above said amendment being in contradiction with the preamble of the said Act, in my view the State Government is very much competent and within its right under Entry 54 of the State List of the seventh schedule to the Constitution of India, to levy tax on the single point of sales within State and make subsequent stages tax free.

The sigh of relief in the said amendment is that no single point of tax has been levied on goods which could have been used as raw material for any industry, otherwise it could have resulted in tax cascading.

The special rates of tax @14.5% and 22.5% have been notified for such goods on which tax will be payable at first stage. It should be noted that surcharge @ 10% u/s 8-B will be seperately leviable on such goods, thus making the rate of tax from 14.5% to 15.95% and from 22.5% to 24.75%.

The relevant notifications are as follows:

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF EXCISE & TAXATION

(EXCISE AND TAXATION-II BRANCH)

NOTIFICATION

The 13th December, 2013

S.O.116/P.A8/2005/S.8/2005/S.8/2013 – Whereas the State Government is satisfied that circumstances exist, which render it necessary to take immediate action in public interest;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub section (3) of section 8 of the Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005 (Punjab Act No. 8 of 2005) and all other powers enabling him in this behalf, the Governor of Punjab is pleased to make the following amendments in Schedule ‘A’, appended to the said Act, with effect from 1st January, 2014, by dispensing with the condition of previous notice, namely:-

AMENDMENT

In the said Schedule ‘A’, after serial No. 85, the following serial No. 86 to 91 and the entries relating thereto, shall be added. These commodities shall be tax free at the wholesaler or distributor or retailer stage provided that tax has already been paid at the first point of sale i.e manufacturer or first importer’s stage.

Sr. No

Commodity Name

86

All types of Televisions, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Microwave ovens, Oven Toaster Grillers (OTGs), Home Theatres, and Air Conditioners

87

Kitchen Appliances like sandwich makers, tea/coffee makers, juicer mixer grinders (JMGs), hand blenders, electric rice cookers, electric tandoors, induction cook tops, electric chimneys, electric fryers

88

Cold Drinks (Aerated Drinks)

89

All types of personal care products such as deodorants, shaving products, beauty soaps, shampoos, hair oil, conditioners, serums, hair care products,  tooth pastes, hand wash,  body wash, beauty products, hair gels, bathing gels, talcum powders, creams, anti-persiprants, petroleum jellies, baby care products, skin care lotions and after shaving lotion

90

All types of soaps and detergents such as washing bars and soaps, fabric softeners, bleach, gentle wash, dish wash, color care, Neel

91.  All types of branded or packaged food products such as chips, wafers, chocolates, toffees, ice creams, Corn Flacks, pasta, macroni, biscuits, frozen desserts, frozen products, meal makers, instant soups , instant noodles, ready to eat products, namkeens, custard powder, snacks, bakery products, baby foods etc.

D.P. REDDY,

Financial Commissioner Taxation and

Secretary to Government of Punjab,

Department of Excise and Taxation

GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB

DEPARTMENT OF EXCISE & TAXATION

(EXCISE AND TAXATION-II BRANCH)

NOTIFICATION

The 13th December, 2013

NO  S.O  117/P.A.8/2005/S.8/2013 –  Whereas  the  State  Government  issatisfied that circumstances exist, which render it necessary to take immediate action in public interest;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub section (3)of section 8 of the Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005 (Punjab Act No. 8of 2005) and all other powers enabling him in this behalf, the Governor ofPunjab is pleased to make the following amendments in Schedule ‘E’,appended to the said Act, with effect from 1st January, 2014, by dispensingwith the condition of previous notice, namely:-

AMENDMENT

In the said Schedule ‘E’, after serial No. 14, the following serial No. 15to 20 and the entries relating thereto, shall be added. These commodities shall be taxable at the first point of sale i.e. manufacturer or first importer’s stage, at the rates specified against these entries in the Table given below, namely:-

Sr. No

Commodity Name

Rate of Tax

15

All types of Televisions, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Microwave ovens, Oven Toaster Grillers (OTGs), Home Theatres, and Air Conditioners

14.5 per cent

16

Kitchen Appliances like sandwich makers, tea/coffee makers, juicer mixer grinders (JMGs), hand blenders, electric rice cookers, electric tandoors, induction cook tops, electric chimneys, electric Fryers

14.5 per cent

17

Cold Drinks (Aerated Drinks)

22.5 per cent

18

All types of personal care products such as deodorants, shaving products, beauty soaps, shampoos, hair oil, conditioners, serums, hair care products,  tooth pastes, hand wash,  body wash, beauty products, hair gels, bathing gels, talcum powders, creams, anti-persiprants, petroleum jellies, baby care products, skin care lotions and after shaving lotion

14.5 per cent

19

All types of soaps and detergents such as washing bars and

soaps, fabric softeners, bleach, gentle wash, dish wash, color care, Neel

14.5 per cent

20

All types of branded or packaged food products such as chips, wafers, chocolates, toffees, ice creams, Corn Flacks, pasta,macroni, biscuits, frozen desserts, frozen products, meal makers, instant soups, instant noodles, ready to eat products, namkeens, custard powder, snacks, bakery products, baby foods etc.

14.5 per cent

D.P. REDDY,

Financial Commissioner Taxation and Secretary to

Government of Punjab, Department of Excise and Taxation.

Regards

Amit Bajaj

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