Section 31 and Section 32 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990 have defined the powers of Inland Revenue officials and delegation of powers by the officials.
Following is the text of section 31 and Section 32 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990:
31. Powers.– An officer of Inland Revenue appointed under section 30 shall exercise such powers and discharge such duties as are conferred or imposed on him under this Act; and he shall also be competent to exercise all powers and discharge all duties conferred or imposed upon any officer subordinate to him:
Provided that, notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or the rules, the Board may, by general or special order, impose such limitations or conditions on the exercise of such powers and discharge of such duties as it deems fit.
32. Delegation of powers.– (1) The Board or the Chief Commissioner, with the approval of the Board, may, by order and subject to such limitations or conditions as may be specified therein, empower by name or designation –
(a) any Additional Commissioner Inland Revenue or Deputy Commissioner Inland Revenue to exercise any of the powers of a Commissioner Inland Revenue under this Act; and
(b) any Deputy Commissioner Inland Revenue or Assistant Commissioner Inland Revenue to exercise any of the powers of an Additional Commissioner Inland Revenue under this Act;
(c) any Assistant Commissioner Inland Revenue to exercise any of the powers of a Deputy Commissioner Inland Revenue under this Act; and
(d) any other officer of Inland Revenue to exercise any of the powers of an Assistant Commissioner Inland Revenue under this Act.
(3) The officer to whom any powers are delegated under this section shall not further delegate such powers.
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