It has been proposed in the Budget 2011-12 to increase the ceiling of 4% on declared goods under section 15 of CST Act to 5%. Currently State Governments cannot levy VAT more than 4% on declared goods. 

Declared goods are those goods which are of special importance and have been defined u/s 14 of CST Act 1956. This increase has been made in view of recent increase in the VAT slab rate of 4% to 5% by many states.

This proposed amendment has been prescribed in clause 74 of the Finance Bill 2011-12 which runs as under:

74. “In section 15 of the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956, in clause (a), for the words “four per cent.”, the words “five per cent.” shall be substituted”

The relevant notes on clause 74 runs as under:

“Clause 74 of the bill seeks to amend section 15 of Central Sales Tax Act, 1956, so as to increase the ceiling imposed through the Central sales tax on the power of the States to levy VAT on the “declared goods” from 4 per cent to 5 per cent.”


(Author – Amit Bajaj Advocate, Bajaj & Bajaj Advocates, 128, Sangam complex, Milap chowk, Jalandhar City (Punjab), Email:, M +919815243335)

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0 responses to “Budget 2011-12 – Ceiling rate on Declared goods u/s 15 of CST Act proposed to increase to 5 Percent”

  1. Amardeep Kumar Gupta says:

    Can i know from which date the proposed CST rate @5% on declared goods will be applicable.

    • Man Mohan Gupta says:

      No where it is clearly mentioed that the change on CST rate from 4% to 5% on declare goods under Section 14 of CST Act would be applicable. But is seems that it would be appliacle when the uion budget got passed in the Assessmebely aprx 14th or 15th May 2011.

      • Venkat says:

        Dear Sir
        You said that CST rate increased 5% form 4% after union budget to be passed
        Sir I want to know whether union budget is passed and from which date the CST
        increase to be effected

  2. satish b says:

    can i know what are duties and taxes applicable for ash
    2. coal or lignite

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