GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY OF DELHI
DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND TAXES
VYAPAR BHAWAN,I.P. ESTATE,NEW DELHI-110002
NO.F.3(645)/POLICY/VAT/2016/1739-44 DATED: 21/03/2016
CIRCULAR NO. 43 of 2015-16
Sub: Sealing and de-sealing of the premises
In supersession to earlier Circular No. 41, 2015-16 issued vide No.F.3(645)/POLICY/VAT/2016 /1688-93/ dated 16-03-2016 regarding sealing and de-sealing of the business premises, it is stated that Section 60 of the Delhi Value Added Tax, 2004 empowers the Commissioner to enter premises and seize records and goods of any person during surveys. The Surveys are to be conducted on the premises of a dealer to detect tax evasion. The survey teams are headed by an officer of the level of Assistant Commissioner/VATO and comprises of AVATOs and VATIs. The Size of the team depends upon the number of premises and size of the dealer to be surveyed.
The survey team can seize incriminating documents and any other unaccounted papers found during search. A proper acknowledgement of the seized goods and papers is to be given to the dealer after the survey. If the dealer refuses to cooperate or obstructs the team , then the premises can be sealed for such activities. The business activities of the dealer come to a standstill after sealing of the premises. The sealed property can be de-sealed after satisfying the provisions of sub-section (4) of section 60 and rule 23 of Delhi Value Added Tax Rules, 2004.
Sometimes, it happens that the survey team may not be able to complete the task due to inadequate staff even after normal business hours. After assessing the situation, the team can abandon the survey in consultation with his supervisory officer to resume the same next day. The premises should be locked and a seal/mark may also be affixed as a security measure. Posting of a security guard can also be considered, if need so arises. The survey can be resumed next day from the stage it was left on previous day. In this way, business of the dealer would remain unaffected.
This issues with the prior approval of the Commissioner, Value Added Tax.
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