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THE CENTRAL SALES TAX ACT, 1956

Title : THE CENTRAL SALES TAX ACT, 1956

Year : 1956

[Act, No. 74 of 1956]1*
[21st December, 1956]

PREAMBLE

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.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

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1. The Act has been extended to Goa, Daman and Diu (with modifications) by Reg. 12 of 1962, section 3 and Sch., to Kohima and Mokokchung districts of Nagaland (as in force on 5-8-1971) by Act 61 of 1972, section 14 (1) w.e.f. 30-11-1972. The amendments made to the Act 61 of 1972, came into force in the said districts w.e.f. 1-4-1973 vide section 14(2), Act 61 of 1972.

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 (1) This Act may be called the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956.

(2) It extends to the whole of India1**]
   
(3) It shall come into force on such date2*as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.

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1. The words "except the State of Jammu and Kashmir" omitted by Act 5 of 1958, section 2.

2. Came into force on 5-1-1957, all sections except section 15, vide S.R.O. 78, dated 4th January, 1957, Gazette of India, Extra. 1957, Pt. II, Section3, p.57; and section 15 with effect from 1st October, 1958, vide G.S.R. 897, dated 23rd September, 1958, Gazette of India, Extra. 1958, Pt. II, Section 3 (i), p. 476.
 
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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;

(ii) In relation to a dealer who has 1[***] places of business situated in the different  States, every such State with respect to the place or places of business situated with in its territory;

2 [***]

3*[(aa)] "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 in 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 (52 of 1962);]

4*[(b) "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 cooperative 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, delivered agent, or any other mercantile agent, by whatever name called, and whether of the same description as here in before 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, buy, 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 or surplus, unserviceable 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 5*[newspapers] actionable claims, stocks, shares and securities.

5*[(dd) "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, go down 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) 6*["sale", with its grammatical variations and cognate expressions, means any transfer of property in goods by one person to another for cash or deferred payment or for any other valuable consideration, and includes,-

(i) A transfer, otherwise than in pursuance of a contract, of property in any goods for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration;

(ii) A transfer of property in goods (whether as goods or in some other form) involved in the execution of a works contract;

(iii) A delivery of goods on hire-purchase or any system of payment by installments;

(iv) A transfer of the right to use any goods for any purpose (whether or not for a specified period) for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration;

(v) A supply of goods by any unincorporated association or body of persons to a member thereof for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration;

(vi) A supply, by way of or as part of any service or in any other manner whatsoever, of goods, being food or any other article for human consumption or any drink (whether or not intoxicating), where such supply or service, is for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration, 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 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;

7*[Provided that in the case of a transfer of property in goods (whether as goods or in some other form) involved in the execution of a works contract, the sale price of such goods shall be determined in the prescribed manner by making such deduction from the total consideration for the works contract as may be prescribed and such price shall be deemed to be the sale price for the purposes of this clause.]

8*(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 and includes value added tax law;]

(j) "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.

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1. The words "One or more" omitted by Act 31 of 1958, section 2 w.e.f. 1-10-1958.

2. Explanation omitted by Act 31 of 1958, section 2, w.e.f. 1-10-1958.

3. Inserted by Act 103 of 1976, section 2 w.e.f. 7-9-1976.

4. Substituted, by Act 103 of 1976, section 2, for clause (b) w.e.f. 7-9-1976.

5. Inserted by Act 31 of 1958, section 2 w.e.f. 1-10-1958.

6. Substituted by Finance Act, 2002 w.e.f. 13-05-2002. Prior to substitution clause (g) read as under:

""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 instruments, but does not include a mortgage or hypothecation of or a charge or pledge on goods;"

7. Inserted by the Finance Act, 2005, w.e.f. 13.05.2005.

8.  Substituted by the Finance Act, 2005, w.e.f. 13.05.2005. Prior to its substitution, it read as under:

" (i) "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 and determined in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder];"

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Last updated on September, 2016

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