Section 22. Voluntary registration

(1) A dealer having a fixed or regular place of business in the State and who is not required to be registered under section 21, may apply in the prescribed manner for the certificate of registration to the authority prescribed for the purpose under section 21.

(2) If the prescribed authority is satisfied that the application made by the dealer under sub-section (1) is in order, it may grant him a certificate of registration in the prescribed form.

Provided that no certificate of registration under this section shall be granted to the dealer unless he deposits an amount of rupees twenty-five thousand in the Government treasury. The dealer may, in his return to be furnished in accordance with section 29, adjust the amount so deposited against his liability to pay tax, penalty or interest payable under this Act.

(3) The provisions of sub-section (4) and clause (a) of sub-section (7) and sub-section (8) of section 21 shall apply in respect of the amendment or cancellation of certificate of registration granted under this section.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, every dealer who has been registered under sub-section (2) shall, so long as his registration remains in force, be liable to pay the tax under this Act.