GST Refund subsequent to favorable order in Appeal or any other Forum

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Goods and Service Tax (“GST”) provides an option to file appeal against order of lower authorities. Therefore, if refund application of any taxpayer gets rejected then he may file appeal with next appellate authority. Rejection order is passed in form GST RFD-06.

CBIC received various representations asking to clarify procedure of claiming refund finalised through Appeals or any other Forum. Accordingly, CBIC has clarified such issue vide Circular No. 111/30/2019-GST about manner of handling such issue in following manner:

1. Pre-requiste of filing appeal against GST RFD-06

  • As of now, appeals against rejection of refund claims are handled in offline form as electric mode is yet to be implemented.
  • As per Rule 93 of CGST Rules, if a taxpayer files appeal against rejection of refund order then he is not allowed to re-credit amount debited in Electronic Credit ledger till appeal is finally rejected.
  • Therefore, such amount in dispute remains debited in electronic credit ledger.

2. Application for claiming refund subsequent to favorable order

  • If favourable order is received, then registered person shall file a fresh refund application under ” Refund on account of assessment/provisional assessment/appeal/any other order”.
  • As corresponding amount involved has already been debited in electronic credit ledger, therefore, registered person shall not be required to re-debit such amount in his credit ledger at the time of filing fresh refund application.
  • Registered person shall be required to furnish following information and documents while filing refund application:
    • Type of order (Appeal/any other order)
    • Order Number
    • Order Date
    • Order Issuing Authority
    • Copy of order of appellate or other authority
    • Copy of refund rejection order in form GST RFD-06 issued earlier against which appeal was preferred

3. Procedure of granting refund by proper officer

  • Upon receipt of application, GST officer shall sanction the amount of refund as allowed in appeal or in subsequent forum.
  • Proper officer shall make an order in form GST RFD-06 and shall issue payment order in GST RFD-05.
  • Any amount of refund rejected in appeal or subsequent forum shall get re-credited in electronic credit ledger of registered person in accordance with guidelines given under Para 4.2 of Circular No. 59/33/2018-GST dated 04.09.2018

4.Illustration

ParticularsAmount (INR)
Application for refund filed in form GST RFD-011,000
Amount debited in Electronic Credit Ledger1,000
Refund allowed by Proper officer700
Refund Rejected by Proper Officer (Order in form GST RFD-06)- )(Amount not re-credited to electronic credit ledger)300
Amount for which appeal was filed300
Refund allowed by Appellate authority (GST RFD-06 and GST RFD-05)100
Refund Denied200
Fresh refund application is to be filed under ” Refund on account of assessment/provisional assessment/appeal/any other order”100
Amount to be re-credited to electronic credit ledger provided registered person is not challenging order in higher forum200

Notes:

  • FORM GST RFD – 01B under the original ARN which has so far not been uploaded will be uploaded with refund sanctioned amount as Rs.800/- (INR 700+ INR 100) and the amount to be re-credited will be Rs. 200/-.
  • If proper officer who rejected the refund claim originally (INR 1000) and proper officer handling fresh refund application (INR 100) are not same then the latter shall communicate to the proper officer who rejected the refund claim to close the ARN only after obtaining the undertaking as referred in para 4.2 of Circular no. 59/33/2018 – GST dated 04/09/2018.

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are strictly of the author and VJM & Associates LLP. The contents of this article are solely for informational purpose. It does not constitute professional advice or recommendation of firm. Neither the author nor firm and its affiliates accepts any liabilities for any loss or damage of any kind arising out of any information in this article nor for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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