Office of the Commissioner of State Goods and Service Tax Department,
Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

No. CT/42/2019-C1

Dated 01/04/2019

Circular No. 3/2019

Sub: Kerala Finance Bill,2019 Amnesty scheme for settlement of arrears – instructions issued – Reg:

Ref: Govt. Lr No.B2/120/2019/TD Dt.28.03.2019

1. The State Budget for the year 2019-20 visualized revenue growth by 30%. In order to achieve this object, a comprehensive amnesty scheme has been announced. At present, there is an outstanding arrear demand of around 9,957 crores of rupees. The department has to take all efforts to collect maximum revenue through this One Time Settlement scheme for arrears. This scheme is called Amnesty Scheme, 2019-20.

2. This amnesty scheme is applicable to arrears relating to the following statutes:

i) All arrears under the Kerala General Sales Tax Act, 1963 relating to the period up to 31-03-2018.

ii) All arrears under the Kerala Value Added Tax Act, 2003 relating to the period up to 30-06-2017.

iii) All arrears under the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956 relating to the period up to 30-06-2017.

iv) All arrears under the Kerala Tax on Luxuries Act, 1976 relating to the period up to 30-06-2017.

v) All arrears under the Kerala Surcharge on Taxes Act, 1957 relating to the period up to 30-06-2017.

vi) All arrears under the Kerala Agricultural Income Tax Act, 1991 for the period up to 31-03-2017.

3. The assessees who opt for the scheme need only to pay the principal amount in full.Entire interest and penalty shall be waived. In the case of arrears under Kerala General Sales Tax from 01.04.2005 to 31.03.2018 principal and interest shall be paid. Penalty shall be waived

4. The assessees who opt for the scheme shall submit an application before the assessing authority on or before 30-09-2019 in the prescribed form in Annexure -1. In the case of demands newly generated or modified after 30-09-2019, the option shall be filed within 30 days from the date of receipt of the order.

5. Since the amnesty scheme provides for outright settlement of arrears, the assessee who opts for the scheme shall withdraw all the cases pending before any appellate or revisional authority, tribunal or courts unconditionally. The assessing authority shall confirm that such cases are formally withdrawn within 60 days, and in case such witdrawal has not been effected, the permission given under this scheme shall be revoked after giving notice to the assessee. The cases in which appeals filed by the State, however, shall be continued and hence the assessee shall not be eligible for availing provisions of this scheme.

6. The assessee who opts for the scheme shall settle all arrears relating to tax, penalty and interest pertaining to a financial year together. The arrears for the purpose of settlement under this section shall be calculated as on the date of submission of option. The arrears advised for Revenue Recovery are also eligible for settlement under this scheme.

7. On receipt of the application from the dealer, the assessing authority shall verify the correctness of the arrear position stated by the assessee with reference to assessment records and relevant registers, and intimate the amount payable under this scheme in Annexture -2 to the assessee within 15 days.

8. On receipt of the intimation the assessee shall pay the amount in lump-sum within 15 days or in a maximum of six instalments on or before 31st March, 2020.

9. The assessees who have opted for amnesty schemes earlier, but could not settle the arrears, can also opt under this scheme. Amounts, if any, paid during the earlier schemes, will be given credit under tax as per this scheme. Further, amounts paid after the service of demand notice will be given credit under tax as per this scheme. While compounding an offence, tax, if any, paid will be given credit under tax as per this scheme. However, any amount paid towards penalty ot its interest shall not be credited towards tax.

10. The assessing authorities shall have the power to collect such amounts settled as per this scheme eventhough revenue recovery proceedings have been initiated. Once the amount is fully settled under this scheme, the assessing authorities shall withdraw the revenue recovery proceedings against such assessees.

11. The assessees who opted for this scheme shall not be liable for payment of any amount towards collection charges.

12. There shall not be any refund or any adjustment subsequently for the amount settled under this scheme, under any circumstances.

13. Assessment of tax and imposition of penalty by a single order will not preclude the assessee from availing of the relief declared under this scheme. While fixing the liability under this scheme care must be taken to see that proper credit has been given to all remittence made by the assessees.

14. If the dealer defaults in making payment as per the permission given in Annexure – II, the reduction granted shall be revoked by an order in writing by the assessing authority after giving such dealer an opportunity of being heard within fifteen days of the default.

15. No appeal shall lie in any court, tribunal or appellate authority with respect to the amount settled under this scheme.

16. All assessing authorities shall maintain a register in Annexure – III containing details of arrears settled under this scheme.

17. The collection details shall be reported separately. The Deputy Commissioners shall give periodic progress report of settlement of arrears under this scheme to the Commissioner every fortnight.



Annexure – I
Application for settlement of arrears under the Amnesty Scheme, 2019-20
(To be submitted in Duplicate)

01. Name and address of the assessee :

02. Registration Certificate Number :

03. Option filed under the Act : KGST / KVAT / CST / LT /

04. Details of arrears for which settlement has been opted.

Sl. No. Assessment year Order Outstanding demands
No. Date Tax Penalty
Amount Interest Amount Interest

05. Tax effect in the case of penalty not utilized or not liable for any best judgment assessment.

Sl. No. Assessment
Order Amount of
Tax effect
No Date

06. Details of payment after service of demand notices for which settlement applied

Sl. No. Assessment year Order Nature of Order (Assessment/Penalty) Amount
Details of
No Date

07. Appeal / Revision / Court cases if any pending details

Sl. No. Assessment year Order Appellate
with whom
Appeal /Revision No. Present stage Remarks
No Date Amount

08. Details of Revenue Recovery

a) Name of the Taluk/Village :

b) Taluk reference No. :

c) Details of assets attached, if any :

d) Value of attached assets :

e) Details of payment made before the revenue authorities, if any, with details. :


i. I Shri / Smt…………………… hereby declare that the details stated above are true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

ii. I further declare that I am competent to file application in the capacity as the ……………

iii. I hereby opt for settlement of the arrears in pursuance of the scheme declared in Kerala Finance Bill, 2019.

iv. I hereby undertake to withdraw the appeals / revisions / court cases and other cases relating to these matters on acceptance of this application.

v. I further undertake that on acceptance of this application I shall abide the conditions of payment without fail.




Name & status

Annexure – II


(To be prepared in Duplicate)

Name of Office
Reg. No.


Sri. / Smt………….

On a consideration of the application dated………………….. / 2019 filed by you for settlement of the outstanding arrears you have been found eligible.

Accordingly, you

are hereby permitted to settle the arrears as detailed hereunder:

Sl. No. Years Tax amount due Total



Date: / Seal /

Name & designation of
Assessing Authority

Annexure – III
Register of Settlement of Arrears under the Amnesty Scheme, 2019-20

Sl. No.
Name of dealer with RC No.
Principal tax amount
Interest on principal tax amount
Interest on penalty
No. of installments
Payment details

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