VAT is value added tax, a tax levied on the sale of goods in India. Each State in India has unique VAT Regulation and different tax rates are applicable for different types of products. Therefore the VAT Tax Rate and Exemptions will be unique to each State and type of goods sold.
VAT is ultimately borne by the end consumer. At each stage, the person purchasing the goods must pay VAT and is allowed to set-off the VAT paid against the VAT liability on subsequent sale. Thereby making the end consumer pay the VAT.
The VAT rate will depend on the type of goods being sold and the State in which the goods is being sold. Therefore, it would be best to check with the local Sales Tax Office for the appropriate tax rate applicable for the goods to be sold.
VAT Registration is a State level registration for paying VAT, which is mandatory for manufactures and traders having an annual turnover of more than Rs.5 lakhs in most states (Rs.10 lakhs in some states). VAT Registration gives the manufacturer or trader a unique 11 digit number that would be required for subsequent VAT Compliance, VAT Filing and other matters incidental to VAT or Sales Tax or Central Sales Tax.
TIN stands for Tax-Payer Identification Number, a registration that is the same as VAT registration or CST Registration. TIN Registration provides the manufacturer or trader with a unique 11 digit number that is the same as VAT Registration Number. Therefore, VAT Registration, TIN Registration and CST Registration are one and the same.