Sales Tax was introduced in Delhi in the year 1951 when Bengal Finance Sales Tax Act was extended to the Union Territory of Delhi with effect from 1.11.1951. Initially, there was no formal association of Tax Practitioners in Delhi. Sales Tax Bar Association was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, vide Certificate of Registration No. 1078 of 1956-57 dated 30th March, 1957.
The aims and objects of the Association, inter alia, are:-
To promote and maintain a high standard of professional brotherhood among the member of the Association;
To promote and diffuse knowledge and study of law and practice concerning Sales Tax, Income Tax, Business Profit Tax, Estate Duty and other allied Laws.
To Provide facilities and conveniences to the members of the Association, to maintain a library, to arrange meetings, conferences and the reading of papers on Sales Tax and other subjects with a view to advancing, propagating, improving and simplifying the laws of taxation for the benefit of its members in particular and of tax payers in general;
To watch the state of laws relating to Sales-tax, Income-tax, Estate Duty and other taxation and allied laws;
To express opinion on proposed legislation of Sales Tax, Income Tax, and connected laws and to make representations in respect thereof;
To promote, publish, issue and circulate gratuitously or otherwise any reports or periodicals, books, pamphlets, leaflets or other documents;
To promote, encourage or undertake organized, research and experiment work;
To promote and disseminate knowledge and study of any branch of law, jurisprudence and legislation;
To promote and provide support services to the members of the Association;
The Bar Association has produced a number of legends. In turn, its members have given to the Bar the proudest moments. Late Mr.A.C. Chawla, Advocate was an authority on Sales Tax who is remembered even till today. Today, one of its former members is adorning the highest judicial office of the country. Some of the members have been appointed as Members, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.
DSTC - A JOURNAL OF THE BAR
For the last 50 years, Bar Association has regularly been publishing its own Journal- "Delhi Sales Tax Cases" found to be of immense help by the Members of the Bar, the Department and quoted with approval by the Delhi High Court.
BENEVOLENT FUND SCHEME
Sales Tax Bar is the only Bar in the country which is successfully running Benevolent Fund Scheme since 1975, under which, on the death of a member, monetary assistance is provided to his family.
STUDY CIRCLE MEETINGS AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS
At Sales Tax Bar we believe that Bar Association should be a forum for intellectual persuits. The Bar Association, every month, regularly holds Study Circle Meetings, Group Discussions, in which queries of the members, particularly young members, are answered on the spot.
SEMINARS & CONFERENCES
The Bar Association, at periodic intervals conducts workshops, seminars and conferences. Last year, the Bar Association had organised an All India Conference on VAT which was attended by 700 delegates from all over the country. The first All India Seminar on Sales Tax was held as back as 1981. A Seminar on VAT was held in 2005. Conference on Central Sales Tax was held in 2004. A Seminar on Sales Tax was held in 2003.
The Bar Association is equipped with one of the best Law Libraries in Delhi.
The members of the Bar regularly participate in Sports activities to keep them mentally and physically fit.
EXEMPTION OF SUBSCRIPTION TO SENIOR MEMBERS
It is probably the only Bar in the country in which, as a mark of respect to the seniors, exemption from payment of subscription has been granted to members above the age of 75 years.
COMMITTED SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We at Sales Tax Bar Association believe that we as professionals have a larger responsibility to discharge to the society. The Bar Association has organised Blood Donation Camp in the past. Whenever there was a calamity, the members of the Bar came out whole heartedly to support the victims of such calamity.
It is one of those few Bar Asssociations in the country which has obtained registration u/s 12 AA of the Income Tax Act, and is regularly filing its Income Tax Return.
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