CST return is mandatory with effect from 1st October 2014 in case of interstate sales, branch transfer; export/import, etc

Trade Circular

No. 20 T 2014                                                                                                                                        Dated 25/11/2014

Subject: Central Sales Tax 1956 Grant of exemption from filing return, Withdrawal of concession.

Reference: Circular 20T of 2014 dated 25-11-2014 withdrawing partially the exemption from filing CST Returns.

It has been clarified earlier by the trade above, that where there are no inter-State sales in any return period then no return is required to be filed under the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956 (CST Act) provided that the Maharashtra Value Added Tax Act, 2002 (MVAT Act) return for the same period shows ‘NIL’ turnover of inter-State sales.

2. The exemption granted in respect of filing of the returns under the CST Act was posing difficulties in generating the lists of returns defaulters under the CST Act in the automation system i.e. Mahavikas.

3. In view of the above, the issue has been re-examined and fresh guidelines are being issued by modifying the earlier circulars on the subject.

The revised instructions are as follows:

a)  A dealer, who is claiming deduction, u/s. 8(1) of the MVAT Act or deduction u/s 6A (branch transfers etc.) of the CST Act, in the MVAT return shall be required to file a return, under the CST Act. In other words, a dealer who is effecting the following types of transactions during a period shall be required to file CST return:

(i) inter-State sales u/s. 3 of the CST Act,

(ii) goods transferred u/s. 6A(1) of CST Act,

(iii) Sales outside the state u/s. 4 of CST Act,

(iv) export sales u/s 5(1) and 5(3) of the CST Act,

(v) Sales in the course of import u/s. 5(2) of the CST Act,

(b) The instructions shall be applicable for the returns starting from the period from 1st October, 2014 onwards.

4. It may be noted that a dealer not filing CST return in the above referred contingencies shall be treated as defaulter under CST act.

5. You are requested to bring the contents of this circular to the notice of the members of your association.


Commissioner of sales tax,

Maharashtra State, Mumbai

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