Whether amount of sales tax liability converted into loans may be allowed as deduction in assessment for previous year in which such conversion has been permitted by or under Government orders
1. The scope of application of the provisions of section 43B to the sales tax collected but not actually paid under deferral schemes of the State Governments was considered in Board’s Circular No. 496, dated 25-9-1987 [Clarification 2], and it was decided that, where the State Governments make an amendment in the Sales-tax Act to the effect that the sales tax deferred under the scheme shall be treated as actually paid, the statutory liability shall be treated as discharged for the purposes of section 43B.
2. It has since been brought to the notice of the Board that some State Governments, instead of amending the Sales-tax Act, have issued Government Orders notifying schemes under which sales tax is deemed to have been actually collected and disbursed as loans. Such Government Orders also provide that entries shall be made in the Government accounts giving effect to deemed collections by crediting the appropriate receipt-heads relating to sales-tax collections and debiting the heads relating to disbursal of loans. It has, therefore, been represented that, as such conversion of the sales tax liability into loans have similar statutory effect as can be achieved through amendments of the Sales-tax Act, the amounts covered under the scheme should be allowed as deduction for the previous year in which the conversion has been permitted by the State Governments.
3. The Board have considered the matter and are of the opinion that such deferral schemes notified by the State Governments through Government Orders meet the requirements of the Board’s Circular No. 496, dated 25-9-1987 in effect though in a different form. Accordingly, the Board have decided that the amount of sales tax liability converted into loans may be allowed as deduction in the assessment for the previous year in which such conversion has been permitted by or under Government Orders.
Circular : No. 674, dated 29-12-1993.