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Circular can not prevail over the statute, HC allows IGST refund where higher rate of drawback claimed
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CA. Sachin Jindal

Circular can not prevail over the statute, HC allows IGST refund where higher rate of drawback claimed

Several goods exporters across the country could not avail their ITC refund for a period of July 17 to September 17. The reason being the claim of a higher rate of drawback, this has been a major concern for the whole exporter community. Already many have faced losses as the GST department rejected the refund claim relying on the 37/2018 circular. Several cases have been registered by exporters on the same. In one of such cases, the Madras High Court has given their verdict in favour of the exporter. In the case of M/S. PRECOT MERIDIAN LIMITED VERSUS THE COMMISSIONER

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Processing of GST refund, where refund application allocated to wrong tax authority
GST Refund
CA. Sachin Jindal

Processing of GST refund, where refund application wrongly allocated

CBIC clarifications that processing of GST refund should not be held up and processed by authority where the application has been wrongly allocated by the system. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (‘CBIC’) vide Circular No. 104/23/2019-GST dated 28 June 2019 has clarified the authority who is required to process the GST refund applications of taxpayers in cases of incorrect mapping. The division of taxpayer base between the Centre and States to ensure a Single Interface under GST is critical to ensure the smooth and seamless flow of business operations.  1. Issues The GST refund applications filed by

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GST on goods sent outside India under sale or approval basis
GST Refund
CA. Sachin Jindal

GST on goods sent outside India under sale or approval basis

CBIC clarifies on taxability of goods sent/ taken out of India for exhibition or on consignment basis for export promotion Indian exporters engage in several business promotion activities outside India in order to expand their outreach globally and increase volumes. Certain activities may require physically showcasing the goods to the potential buyers in order to strike deals and finalise sale orders. In this connection, the goods would have to be taken outside India for demonstration to the potential buyers either directly in exhibitions, trade fairs, business congregations, industry meets etc. or indirectly through distributors/ agents on consignment basis. The goods

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ITeS and backend support service, Intermediary or not
Goods and Service Tax
CA. Kapil Mittal

ITeS and backend support service, Intermediary or not

Supplier of ITes services will not be covered under the provision of Intermediary and quality for export of services however provide of certain backend support services to foreign customer will fall under the definition of intermediary and not qualified for export benefits under GST The Indian ITeS industry generates significant foreign exchange for India and is one of the emerging hubs of the world.  Nevertheless, the Indian ITeS industry has been facing significant competition from its Asian counterparts like Philippines, Vietnam etc.  In this context, the Government of India has provided various export incentives to make Indian ITeS services exports

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GST Refund and Drawback
GST Refund
CA. Kapil Mittal

Can IGST Refund be seek, where Higher drawback has been claimed on Exports

Gujarat High Court rules that claim of higher rate of duty drawback is not a valid reason for rejection of IGST refund on exports Unreasonable delays in grant of refund of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (‘IGST’) has impacted several exporters in the recent past.  There have been several instances where taxpayers had to resort to litigation in the High Court in order to obtain specific relief and direction for grant of IGST refunds. Duty drawback is one of the export incentives provided by the Government of India under the Foreign Trade Policy.  As per the policy decision taken by

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Verification of IGST Refund
GST Refund
CA. Sachin Jindal

CBIC introduces additional safeguards for verification of IGST refunds on exports with payment of tax

In order to make India’s exports competitive in the global markets and in line with the principles of international trade and commerce of zero-rating exports, the GST and customs laws have provisions on place for grant of refunds in case of input taxes paid on exported goods.  On similar lines, the GST law also has an alternative route to benefit the exporters – ‘export of goods with payment of taxes’, wherein the taxes paid on sale would be refunded. In line with this initiative, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (‘CBIC’) has brought in several exporter friendly and

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manual GST refund application
GST Refund
CA. Kapil Mittal

Once the High court order issues, GST officer bound to accept manual GST refund application

In the recent judgement, Delhi High court made it clear that once order of the High Court was issued, the GST officer was bound by the same to accept manual GST refund application from the taxpayer. Delay in processing of refund claims and grant on provisional refund within the statutory timelines have resulted in severe working capital and compliance issues for taxpayers.  Often, taxpayers have approached courts to obtain directions from the courts in order to expedite the refunds.  Recently, the Delhi High Court in the case of GSI Products and AC Impex vs. Union of India and PC Universal

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recredit of rejected itc refund
GST Refund
CA. Kapil Mittal

Input tax credit of rejected refund amount can be taken manually by taxpayer if not recredit by tax authorities

Where rejection of refund claim by the GST authorities, the rejected ITC should be recredit to Input tax credit ledger of taxpayer for utilisation. However Since there is no mechanism to do so, this resulted in certain difficulties to taxpayers in cases where the existing Input Tax Credit (‘ITC’) was not recredited by tax authorities for utilisation.  In this case, the Gujrat High Court (‘HC’) has provided valuable guidance on the subject in the case of M/s. Garden Silk Mills Ltd. Vs. Union of India (R/Spl Civil Appl No. 7397 Of 2018) vide order dated 11 April 2019. It has

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revised shipping bill format
Goods and Service Tax
CA. Sachin Jindal

Revised formats for Shipping Bill

Every exporter has to undergo and comply with certain administrative and compliance requirements at the time of export of goods from India to another country.  The requirements include submission of applications, acquire licenses, furnish certificates/ bonds, payment of taxes/ duties, valuation of goods etc. One of the critical and important ingredient in the whole process is the ‘Shipping Bill’. Shipping Bill is a statistical and documentary evidence of exporting goods from India, which also certified by the Customs authorities. The Shipping Bill is also an important document for other compliances and actions like realisation of export proceeds, application for tax

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