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As per the Karnataka Value Added Tax Act (K VAT), 2003, every dealer with a turnover exceeding the prescribed limit during a financial year is required to get his accounts audited by a Chartered Accountant, or a Cost Accountant or a Tax Practitioner (tax practitioner cannot certify the accounts of a Company)

With the introduction of GST effective from July 1, 2017, the Financial Year has been divided into two period

  1. April 2017 to June 2017 – Covered under the Karnataka VAT Regime
  2. July 2017 to March 2018 – Covered under the GST Regime

In this article, we will try to understand the audit requirements for VAT, the format of the Audit Report and the procedure for filing the Audit Report.

  1. Applicability of Karnataka VAT (KVAT) audit for the FY 2017-18
  2. Form and Due Date of KVAT audit for the FY 2017-18
  3. Specific points to be noted for 2017-18 KVAT audit
  4. Format for Form 240
  5. Procedure for filing Form VAT 240

1. Applicability of Karnataka VAT (KVAT) audit for the FY 2017-18

As per the KVAT Act 2003, a dealer is liable for a VAT audit when his turnover exceeds Rupees 1 Crore in a financial year.

Additionally, the Commercial Tax Department of Karnataka (CTDK) vide Notification No. FD 53 CSL, 2018 dated 29/09/2018 have extended VAT audit requirement to those dealers who have a turnover between Rs.25 Lakhs to Rs 1 Crore during the first three months of FY 2017-18.

2. Form and Due Date of KVAT audit for the FY 2017-18

Vat Audit is required to be filed in the form VAT 240 and the due date for filing the same is as follows:

Turnover (April to June 17) Due Date
25,00,000 to 1,00,00,000 31st March 2019
1,00,00,000 and above 31st December 2018

3. Specific points to be noted for 2017-18 KVAT audit

a. Audited Financial Statements have to be bifurcated into two periods – Pre GST period for the conduct of VAT audit and Post GST Period for the conduct of GST Audit;

b. Records to be maintained to ensure that the entire years turnover has been rightly declared under the VAT or under the GST returns and tax appropriately discharged;

c. Special focus should be on transition issues and cut off procedures like

i. Closing Balance of VAT credit should have been carried forward to GST by filing TRAN 1 credit;

ii. In case the dealer has not received statutory forms (Form C, Form H, etc.) against sales made at the concessional rate then the credit to be carried forward to GST should be restricted to the extent of tax payable on such pending Forms;

iii. Sales Returns of goods sold under VAT Regime from a registered person- Returns will be treated as supplies in the hands of the purchaser and he is required to charge GST on the same;

iv. Sales Returns of goods sold under VAT Regime from an unregistered person – Seller required to claim a refund of the VAT

d. Liability identified under the VAT audit needs to be discharged before filing the Form VAT 240.

4. Format for Form 240

a. General information of the dealer in Part-1 of VAT 240

 

KVAT 240

 

b. Particulars of turnovers, deductions and payment of tax in part-2 of VAT 240.

 

VAT 240

 

KVAT 240

 

VAT 240 Table

 

c. Particulars of Declarations and Certificates in Part-3 of VAT 240

 

KVAT 240 form

 

d. Certificate from Chartered Accountant / Cost Accountant / Tax Practitioner who has audited the books of accounts

 

Certificate from Chartered Accountant for KVAT 240

 

e. Summary of the additional tax liability or additional refund due to the dealer on the audit for the year

 

k VAT 240

 

5. Procedure for filing Form VAT 240

Step 1: Login to Karnataka website – Department of Commercial Taxes.

Step 2: Click on “Others” then on “Form 240

Filing of VAT 240

Step 3: Enter the summary of the report as specified in Form 240

Filing of VAT 240

Step 4:  Upload the scanned copies of Part 1, 2 and 3 of Form VAT 240

Step 5: Pay additional tax for the year, if payable

Step 6: Submit Form VAT 240 

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