Rate of Value Added Tax.

8. (1)    Subject to the provisions of this Act, there shall be levied on the taxable turnover of a person other than a registered person, VAT at such rate, as specified in Schedules, but not exceeding thirty two paise in a rupee:

Provided that the rate of tax applicable on purchase or sale of declared goods, shall not exceed such rate, as specified in clause (a) of section 15 of the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956.

(2)  Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, where any goods are sold in container or are packed in any packing material, the rate of tax applicable to such container or packing material, shall, whether the price of the container or packing material is charged separately or not, be the same as is applicable to the goods, contained or packed therein and the turnover in respect of the container and packing material, shall be included in the turnover of such goods. Where the goods, sold in container or packed in packing material are tax free, the sale of such container or packing material shall also be tax free.

(3)  The State Government after giving fifteen days notice by notification, of its intention so to do, may by like notification, alter the rate of tax specified in any of the Schedules, add to or omit from or otherwise amend the Schedules and thereupon, the Schedule shall be deemed to have been amended accordingly:

Provided that if, the State Government is satisfied that circumstances exist, which render it necessary to take immediate action, it may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, dispense with the condition of previous notice.