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The nexus between regulatory bodies and professional associations is crucial for a conducive business environment. In this context, the recent correspondence from the Sales Tax Bar Association (STBA) to the Department of Trade and Taxes in Delhi reflects a collaborative effort towards refining tax policies and administrative practices.

Detailed Analysis

1. Rectification u/s 161 of DGST Act: The Department’s prompt issuance of instructions signifies responsiveness to STBA’s concerns regarding rectification of assessment orders. This proactive approach ensures procedural clarity and fosters confidence among taxpayers.

2. Pendency of Cancellation of Registration: Addressing the backlog in registration cancellation applications demonstrates the Department’s commitment to streamlining processes. By actively engaging with ward in charges, it aims for systematic resolution, mitigating compliance burdens on businesses.

3. CRC Issues: The Department’s willingness to facilitate interactions with CRC officials reflects a commitment to transparency and stakeholder engagement. Access to authorized representatives twice weekly enhances communication channels, aiding in swift resolution of queries.

4. Pending Refund Cases: Timely disposal of refund cases underscores the Department’s dedication to taxpayer welfare. By prioritizing monitoring mechanisms, it aims to alleviate financial strains on businesses awaiting refunds, promoting economic stability.

5. Matters of DVAT Regime: The Department’s endeavors to address legacy issues stemming from the DVAT regime highlight its adaptability to evolving tax landscapes. Pursuing proposals for resolving pendency underscores a proactive stance towards regulatory transition.


The Department of Trade and Taxes’ proactive engagement with STBA’s suggestions underscores its commitment to fostering a conducive tax environment. By addressing concerns promptly and transparently, it reinforces trust and cooperation between regulatory authorities and taxpayer representatives. Rita Kaushik’s assurance of positive resolution aligns with the department’s ethos of responsive governance, ensuring compliance with legal frameworks while prioritizing stakeholder welfare.

NEW DELHI – 110002

F.No.3(543)/GST/POLICY/2024/361 Dated: 22/03/2024


The President, Sales Tax Bar Association,
2nd Floor, Department of Trade & Taxes,
Vyapar Bhawan,
I.P Estate, New Delhi- 110002

Subject: Regarding the actions taken by the Deptt. on the requests and suggestions made by members of Sales Tax Bar Association (STBA) vide various letters.


This is to inform that the Department has received various letters from STBA, dated 01/03/2024, 06/03/2024 and 08/03/2024 making requests and suggesting improvements on various points. The Department acknowledges the suggestions put forward by STBA and therefore would like to inform that the Department is examining and taking steps on points and suggestions. Please find below the update and action on the various points and suggestions of the STBA in this regard:

1. Rectification u/s 161 of DGST Act:- For suggestions received on rectification of the assessment orders for clerical and apparent , in this regard the Department has already issued instruction vide F. No. 3(543)/GST/POLICY/2024/1312-18 dated 01.03.2024 and has also issued additional instructions vide No. F. No. 3(543)/GST/POLICY/2024/1355-1360 dated 21.03.2024.

2. Pendency of Cancellation of Registration:- On the suggestion pertaining to clearing the pendency of cancellation of registration applications, the Department is actively following up with the ward in charges and is also committed to clear the pendency on this in a phased manner.

3. CRC issues:- On request received for providing meeting hours with CRC officials, the Department will positively consider access to the authorized representative of applicant including professionals twice in a week for an hour during forenoon.

4. Pending refund cases:- On the request to expedite the disposal of pending refund cases, the Department is actively monitoring for timely disposal.

5. Matters of DVAT regime:- On the suggestion to clear pendency and demands in respect to erstwhile tax regime of Delhi Value Added Tax (DVAT), the Department is pursuing various proposals for clearing the pendency.

The Department of Trade and Taxes considers the suggestions made and the requests raised by the STBA and the taxpayers and assures that all will be addressed positively as per the applicable law.

This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

You Sincerely

Rita Kaushik
Assistant Commissioner(Policy)

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