DELHI TAX COMPLIANCE ACHIEVEMENT SCHEME, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS
Abbreviations used:
(i) DSC (or) Scheme : Delhi Tax Compliance Achievement Scheme/Voluntary VAT Amnesty
Scheme(VVAS)
(ii) DVATAct : Delhi Value Added Tax Act, 2004
(iii) CSTAct : Central Sales Tax Act, 1956
(iv) DSTAct: Delhi Sales Tax Act, 1975
(v) WCTAct : Delhi Sales Tax on Works Contract Act, 1999
(vi) RTUAct: Delhi Sales Tax on Right to Use Goods Act, 2002
(vii) ETAct : Delhi Tax on Entry of Motor Vehicles into Local areas Act, 1994
(viii) VATO : Value Added Tax Officer and Sales Tax Officer
Notes - In this Paper -:
1. In this Paper,“Notice of Assessment/Penalty” under the DVAT Act has been considered and
titled as “Assessment Order”; and Objection as “Appeal”.
2. In this paper, the term “declared tax” means amount disclosed/surrendered and amount
settled (where assessment order has been issued) under this Scheme. The term “declarant”
means the person, who has declared tax.

OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF THE SCHEME


A. Improve Self-Compliances:
Where assessment order has NOT been issued, the declarant (including trader, manufacturer,
contractor, builder, leasing company, etc.) shall pay only declared tax(for the period upto 31.03.2013);
and get immunity from interest, penalty and prosecution. Circumstances, such as,-
(i) Dealer failed to obtain registration and pay tax;
(ii) Rate of tax has been wrongly charged by the selling dealer;
(iii) Sale has not been disclosed/under-disclosed in the DVAT / CST Act
(iv) Input tax credit (ITC) has wrongly been claimed by the purchasing dealer;
(v) Credit Note/Debit Note, including bulk discounts, have not been accounted for.
(vi) Central sale has been stated as local sale or vice a versa, resulting in tax deficiency;
(vii) In case of central sales against Form C or other declaration forms, the declarant is not
expecting central declaration forms from purchasing dealers;
(viii) Matter is pending in assessment, audit or special audit and the assessment order has not
been framed by VATO; (ix) Goods, paper and other accounts are seized by enforcement team, in inspection, survey,
search or seizure, carried before 31.3.2013 or for period upto 31.03.2013, where the
declarant expects some tax deficiency;
(x) TDS has not been deducted u/s 36A of the DVAT Act;

B. Disputes Settlement


• Where theassessmentorder has been issued by the Department, the declarant shall pay tax
and interest as stated in such order/notice.
• The order must pertain to a period before and up to 31.3.2013, and tax has not been paid up
to 31.8.2013.
• The assessment order might be issued under the DVAT Act, CST Act, DST Act, WC Act, RTU
Act, or ET Act.
• The dispute may or may not be pending before any higher forum including the DVAT
Tribunal or the High Court or the Supreme Court.
• The declarant is eligible even if no appeal has been filed against that order so far.
• The declarant will get immunity from payment of interest from the date of order till the
date of declaration, penalty and prosecution under the Act.

IMPORTANT DATES & PERIODS


12.09.2013 Enactment of section 107 of the DVAT Act empowering the Government to
introduce this Scheme
20.09.2013 Date of Notification of the Scheme and its coming it into force
Up to 31.03.2013 Eligibility: Period for which tax dues might be declared or paid
31.08.2013 Eligibility: Tax dues up to 31.3.2103 has not been paid or only partly paid by
31.08.2013
31.01.2014 Last date of payment of at least 50% of declared tax and filing of declaration
in Form DSC-1 under this Scheme
21.03.2014 Last date of payment of remaining amount of declared tax, if any

 Manner of calculation of tax dues by the works contractor, being the builders:


Transactions of builders may be divided in two parts: -
(i) Activity carried by the builder for the land owner, that is, determination of value of
works contract for the land-owner where consideration has been received by the builder
in the form of land : Here the value of land shall be determined as per newly inserted
Rule 3(1A) of the DVAT Rules;
(ii) Activity carried on by the builder for the intended buyer (booking of property/unit before
completion of construction by the builder): Builder has two options, namely -
(a) Pay tax @1% of total consideration, including the value of land, receivable/ received
from the intended buyer; or
(b) Pay tax @ 3% of total turnover (including value of labour and services) as reduced by
the value of land determined in accordance with the recently amended Rule 3(3) & (4)
of the DVAT Rules.
The Government has amended Rule 3 of the DVAT Rules vide Notification No. F.3(16)Fin(RevI)/2013-14/ds VI/785 effective from 20.09.2013. This Rule facilitates the works contractor to
determine his taxable turnover.  Adjustment of input tax credit from declared tax dues
The input tax credit cannot be adjusted against payment of tax dues under VVAS. Accordingly,
entire tax dues under the Scheme shall be paid in cashthrough the normal e-payment method.
 Adjustment of ‘excess tax credit’ or ‘carry forward amount’ from declared tax dues
There are no provisions for such adjustment and, thus, entire amount shall be paid by the
declarant in cash. He shall not be entitled to adjust his carry forward amount as per the
Returns, if any. For example, a declarant, who has carry forward amount of Rs. 10 lacs as on
the date of declaration, declares the amount of tax dues of Rs.12 lacs under this Scheme. In
such a case, he shall pay entire Rs.12 lacs in cash, without adjusting the carry forward amount
of Rs.10 lacs.

PROCEDURE OF MAKING DECLARATION


1. Compute the amount of tax dues in accordance with preceding Paras;
2. If not registered under the DVAT Act (either as a dealer with TIN allotment or as a
TDSdeductor with TAN allotment), obtain registration. Also pay tax and file returns for the
period after 1.4.2013 along with the declaration in DSC-1;
3. Where declaration is made in relation to the tax dues against which objection/appeal/ revision
is pending before the higher forum, then-
i. all statutory appeals/revisions pending before quasi-judicial forums up to the stage of
Tribunal shall be deemed to have been withdrawn once the Scheme is opted for;
ii. all matters pending in the High Court and Supreme Court shall be withdrawn by the
declarant, and the declarant shall submit the copy of the application filed before the Court
for withdrawal along with FormDSC-1;
4. Fill the declaration in Form DSC-1 on the web-site of the Department;
5. Pay at least 50% of amount of declared tax dues through Challanonline. It may be noted
that declarant may pay even the entire amount of tax dues at this stage;
6. File hard copy of Form DSC-1 along with Challan to the designated authority on or before
31.1.2014;
7. The designated authority shall suo-moto issue the acknowledgement in Form DSC-2 within a
period of 15 working days from the date of receipt of the declaration. If it is not received,
then designated authority may be contacted;
8. Pay remaining (unpaid) amount of tax dues through Challanonlineon or before the
21.3.2014;
9. Submit proof of such payment along with a copy of acknowledgement in DSC-2 (already
received at Step No. 7) to the designated authority;
10. Obtain Form DSC-3 from the designated authority: On furnishing the details of full payment
of declared tax dues, the designated authority shall issue an acknowledgement of discharge
of such dues within 15 days in Form DSC-3;
11. A declaration made under this Scheme shall become conclusive upon issuance of Form
DSC-3by the designated authority.
12. Amount paid under this Scheme will not be refunded under any circumstances; 13. If fails to pay the tax dues, either fully or in part, after making declaration, such balance dues
along with interest thereon shall be recovered under the provisions of DVAT Act.

IMMUNITIES UNDER THE SCHEME


A. Immunities, where assessment order has NOT been issued:
• Immunity from interest in relation to declared tax
• Immunity from penalty in relation to declared tax
• Immunity from prosecution
• Immunity from any other proceedings in relation to declared tax
• If not already registered under the Act:-
– Immunity from penalty of late registration
– Immunity from interest for late payment of taxfor the period after 1.4.2013
– Immunity for late filing of returns for the period after 1.4.2013
• A declaration made under this Scheme shall become conclusive upon issuance of Form DSC-
3, and no matter shall be reopened/reassessed/reviewed thereafter in any proceedings
under this Scheme or the Act before any Authority or Court relating to the period covered
by such declaration to the extent of tax dues declared by the declarant;
• The information gathered vide a declaration under the Scheme shall be kept confidential,
and shall not be used except under the Scheme and the same shall not be shared with any
other person/ government department/ agency.
B. Immunities, where assessment order has been issued:
• Immunity from interest in relation to declared tax for the period after issuance of
assessment order till the date of declaration
• Immunity from prosecution
• Immunity from penalty or any other proceedings in relation to declared tax
C. No Immunities under this Scheme:
• Interest stated in the assessment order
• Interest and penalty not related to declared tax
• Penalty which has no relation to tax deficiency stated in the penalty assessment order under
Section 33. For example, where penalty has been imposed for late filing of Returns or other
documents or for non-maintenance of stock records, etc, such cases would not be covered
within the scope of VVAS.

FALSE DECLARATION


Where the Commissioner has reasons to believe that the declaration was false in material
particular, he may serve notice on the declarant, within one year from the date of declaration, in
respect of such declaration. He may require the declarant to show cause why he should not be
required to pay the tax dues unpaid or short-paid as per provisions of the Scheme.
If the Commissioner is satisfied that the declaration made by the declarant was substantially
false, then benefit of this Scheme shall not available to the declarant. Such declarant may be
proceeded u/s 89(2) of the Act for furnishing of false declaration.

MISCELLANEOUS


DSC/VVAS introduced by the Delhi Government is certainly an innovative and futuristic Scheme. It
would increase the number-base of the dealers registered with the DVAT Department; and help in
reducing existing disputes/litigations. Inspite of few issues already discussed, it is a welcome move.
Disclaimer:
This paper is an attempt to answer the frequent queries in a simple language. However, for authentic
legal interpretation please refer to the scheme Notified vide No. F.3(16)Fin(Rev-I)/2013-14/ds VI/786
dated 20.09.2013