In a significant departure from its original plans, the Centre and states have decided not to reduce the Central Sales Tax (CST) rate in 2009-10. Instead, the tax will be completely withdrawn once the proposed goods and services tax (GST) is introduced.

As part of the implementation of value added tax (VAT) and introduction of GST in the country, the Centre and the states had agreed to phase out CST through a 1% annual rate cut starting April 1, 2007, over a period of four years. It was scheduled to be completely abolished by 2010-11.

At present, the tax, which is levied on inter state sale of goods, is at 2%. It was scheduled to be reduced by another 1%, starting April 1, 2009. At the time, the rate cut was postponed on account of the general elections and the Election Commission’s code of conduct. Recently, the empowered committee of state finance ministers wrote to the Union finance ministry recommending that the tax should be completely withdrawn when GST kicks in, as there is massive evasion of VAT (which goes to the states’ coffers).

“There was large scale trade diversion as there are no checks and balances in place to prevent tax evasion. So instead of paying a 12.5% Vat on sale of goods, dealers claimed inter-state sale of goods and got away by paying a 2% CST in return,” a finance ministry official told FE.

In fact, a study by the empowered committee revealed that tax evasion was so massive that in many states, despite a 1% cut in CST in 2008-09, collections from the tax increased by as much as five to six times during the fiscal.

Meanwhile, collections from Vat have been dipped by over 15% last fiscal, partly on account of the downturn in the economy and partly because of tax evasion.

“We have accepted the EC’s recommendation and will not notify the CST rate cut,” the official said.

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0 responses to “No cut in CST rate this Year, will stay at 2%”

  1. subir kumar kar says:

    i’v not receive “C’ form for the year 2010-11.
    what can I do?

  2. subir kumar kar says:

    CST rate withour “c” form ?

  3. sabita sahoo says:

    The interstate seller has charged cst @12.5% on the invoice on the condition that the differentional tax will be reversed inshape of credit note after obtaining c form from the purchaser.being a sales tax official could we give c form to the purchaser?

  4. sabita sahoo says:

    sir, there is no cst charged on the interstate purchase invoice rather sale against c form condition is written on the invoice. Could we give c form to the seller?

  5. kameshwar nayak says:

    Dear sir ,
    I am printing catalogue as per sample given by client in U.P.. i am cofused what percetage of cst will be charged without c-form. pls. suggest me with clear idea in different types of printing job.

  6. Dharmesh says:

    How much CST rate on new battery against C from. whether it is 2% or 15%. pls give me advice.

  7. Deepali Agrawal says:

    HOW MUCH CST APPLICABLE ON GLASS BOTTLES

  8. Deepali Agrawal says:

    CST ON CORRUGATED BOX

  9. Deepali Agrawal says:

    sir,
    plz tell me how much CST applicable on corrugated box
    and how much on glass bottles with out FORM C & WITH FORM C

  10. keo says:

    WILL FINANCE MINSITRY IMPLEMENT CST RATE @1% DURING JUNE 2011 AFTER COMPLETIION OF ELECTIION REUSLTS IN 5 STATES OR THE SAID CST 2% RATE WILL CONTINUE TILL 2012 FEB

  11. shyamal roy says:

    DEAR SIR,

    I AM WANTING THE C.S.T & SERVICE TAX ON GOODS TRANSPORT.

    SHYAMAL ROY

  12. vikash kumar says:

    we Downloadable the software without paying any duty and sale in india whcih tax are applicable.
    CST or Service tax Or Both.
    please send me the effective rates with circular reference

  13. vikash kumar says:

    Dear sir,
    Please confirm the CST rates Applicable of Computer and
    Software Item.

    1) Sales against “C” Form 2%
    2) Sales without “C” Form 4%

    If the above rates have changed please send me the effective rates with circular reference

  14. AMIT BAJAJ ADVOCATE says:

    without C form the local state vat rate is applicable

  15. Brajesh Thakur says:

    Dears All,

    if interstate sales with out C form how much percentage we can calculate please help me.

    Thanks
    BRAJESH THAKUR
    [ACCOUNT MANAGER]

  16. Nagaraj says:

    Sales against C form cst rate is 2%,
    we are raised invoice in local rate is 13.5%, if interstate sales with out C Form how much percentage we can calculate please help me.

    our tools is Cutting tools

  17. dipak says:

    with C form:- cst 2%
    Without C form:- 2% Or Local rate which ever is higher

  18. Amit Bajaj Advocate says:

    Sales against C form cst rate is 2%

    sales without C form CST rate is equvalent to the state VAT rate applicable to the goods in question in the relevent state.

  19. Jagat Bisht says:

    Dear Sir,

    I want to sale the aviation lights of Rs. 1,25,000/- out of Delhi. And I m not registered with DVAT Department. So how can i will treat the tax liability.

  20. Ashok Ojha says:

    Please confirm the CST rates
    Applicable
    1) Sales against “C” Form 2%
    2) Sales without “C” Form 4%

    If the above rates have changed please send me the effective rates with circular reference

  21. CA PRATIK PARAKH says:

    Mr. Save, the declaration forms received by you under CST Act need not be submitted to Sales tax office on our own motion. But the same is to be preserved by you for the purpose of assessment under MVAT Act. At the time of assessment, you will have to submit the copy of declaration form to the STO. So, do not hurry in submitting the forms until assessment notice is received.

  22. K.K.Save says:

    Dear sir,
    Please advise where and how the counterfoils of CST forms received from our customers to be returned to the Sales Tax Office. We are in Vile Parle Mumbai.

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