Download Andhra Pradesh VAT Form App 401: Form of Appeal Memorandum to the Appellate Tribunal Appeal Memorandum to the Appellate Tribunal under the AP Value Added Tax Act
As per Andhra Pradesh VAT rule [Under Section 33] [ Rule 44(1) (a)]
Every appeal under Section 33 to the Appellate Tribunal shall be in Form APP 401 and shall be verified in the manner specified therein
As Per Section 33- (1) Any dealer objecting to an order passed or proceeding recorded:-
a) by any authority prescribed on appeal under Section 31; or
b) by the Additional Commissioner, or Joint Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner under Section 21 or 32 or 38, may appeal to the Appellate Tribunal within sixty days from the date on which the order or proceeding was served on him.
(2) The Appellate Tribunal may within a further period of sixty days admit the appeal preferred after the period of sixty days specified in sub-section (1), if it is satisfied that the dealer had sufficient cause for not preferring the appeal within that period:
Provided that no appeal against the order passed under Section 31 shall be admitted under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of this section unless it is accompanied by satisfactory proof of the payment of fifty percent of the tax as ordered by the Appellate Authority under Section 31:
Provided further that no appeal against the order passed under sub-section (2) of Section 32 shall be admitted under sub-section (1) or (2) unless it is accompanied by satisfactory proof of the payment of the tax admitted by the appellant to be due or in such instalments thereof as might have become payable as the case may be, and twenty five percent of the difference of the tax ordered by the revisional authority under sub-section (2) of Section 32 and the tax admitted by the appellant:
Provided also that the authority prescribed shall refund the said amount of twelve and half percent or twenty five percent or fifty percent of the difference of tax assessed by the authority prescribed or revisional authority as the case may be and the tax admitted and paid by the appellant, with interest calculated at the rate of 12% per annum if the refund is not made within 90 days from the date of receipt of the order passed under Section 31 or 33.
(3) The appeal shall be in the prescribed form, shall be verified in the prescribed manner, and shall be accompanied by such fee which shall not be less than Rs. one hundred only but shall not exceed Rupees two thousand only as may be prescribed.
(4) The Appellate Tribunal may, after giving both parties to the appeal a reasonable opportunity of being heard:-
(a) Confirm, reduce, enhance or annul the assessment or the penalty or both; or
(b) Set aside the assessment or the penalty or both, and direct the authority prescribed to pass a fresh order after such further inquiry as may be directed; or
(c) pass such other orders as it may think fit:
Provided that if the appeal involves a question of law, a decision on which is pending in any proceeding before the High Court or the Supreme Court, the Appellate Tribunal may defer the hearing of the appeal before it, till such proceeding is disposed of.
(5) (a) Before passing any order under sub-section (4), the Appellate Tribunal may make such inquiry as it deems fit or remand the case to the appellate authority against whose order the appeal was preferred or to the authority prescribed concerned, for an inquiry and report on any specified point or points.
(b) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (4), where the VAT dealer or TOT dealer or any other dealer who has filed an appeal to the Appellate Tribunal fails to appear before the Appellate Tribunal either in person or by counsel when the appeal is called on for hearing, it shall be open to the Tribunal to make an order dismissing the appeal:
Provided that the Appellate Tribunal may, on an application made by the dealer within thirty days from the date of communication of the order of dismissal and on sufficient cause being shown by him for his non-appearance when the appeal was called on for hearing, re-admit the appeal on such terms as it thinks fit, after giving notice thereof to the authority against whose order or proceeding the appeal was preferred.
(6) (a) Where a VAT dealer or TOT dealer or any other dealer, objecting to an order passed or proceeding recorded by a Deputy Commissioner under Section 21 or 32 has preferred an appeal to the Appellate Tribunal, the Additional Commissioner, or the Joint Commissioner may, on an application filed by the dealer, subject to such terms and conditions, as he may think fit, order stay of collection of the tax under dispute pending disposal of the appeal by the Appellate Tribunal;
(b) The payment of tax and penalty, if any, due in accordance with the order of the first appellate authority or of the Deputy Commissioner under Section 21 or in revision under Section 32, in respect of which an appeal has been preferred under sub-section (1), shall not be stayed pending disposal of the appeal.
(7) Except as provided in the rules Appellate Tribunal shall not have the power to award costs to either of the parties to the appeal.
(8) Every order passed by the Appellate Tribunal under sub-section (4) shall be communicated by it to the dealer, the authority against whose order the appeal was preferred, the Commissioner and such other authorities as may be prescribed.
(9) Every order passed by the Appellate Tribunal under sub-section (4) shall, subject to the provisions of Section 34 be final.