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ITC is allowed on inward supply of cars used for demonstration purpose

ITC is allowed on inward supply of cars used for demonstration purpose

The applicant is an authorised agent of Mercedes Benz India and is engaged in supply of car, spare parts and services. The applicant purchases demo cars from MB India and such cars are kept for demonstration and test drive purposes for a specific period of time. After completion of specified cars, such demo cars are purchased by the applicant from MB India and sold further to the end customer. Loss on sale of such demo cars, if any, is reimbursed by the MB india to the applicant.

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Penalty can’t be imposed on the employee as they are not registered or taxable person

Penalty can’t be imposed on the employee as they are not registered or taxable person

The Petitioner is an employee of a Company M/s MLIPL, which is appointed as steamer agent of M/s Maersk. The petitioner was assisting M/s MLIPL against GST Compliance and was holding power of attorney to represent before tax authority on behalf of M/s Maersk. During the course of investigation, it was alleged that M/s Maersk has availed ineligible ITC and has made wrongful distribution of ITC. A SCN was issued to the petitioner asking to pay INR 1561 Crores equivalent to the tax alleged to be evaded by M/s. Maersk. Notice was issued under section 74 of CGST Act invoking Section 122(1A) and section 137 of CGST Act.

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The demand order is set aside as issued post cancellation of GST registration and opportunity of being heard was not given

The demand order is set aside as issued post cancellation of GST registration and opportunity of being heard was not given

The Hon’ble High Court contended that as GST registration of the petitioner was cancelled therefore, the petitioner has little reasons to monitor the GST portal. As per principle of natural justice, the petitioner should be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard. Accordingly, the impugned order is liable to be set aside and the matter is remanded back for reconsideration.

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Proceedings can’t be initiated under Section 74 when tax liability is already discharged along with interest

Proceedings can’t be initiated under Section 74 when tax liability is already discharged along with interest

The petitioner is engaged in the business of generation of electricity through solar plants. The GST returns filed by the petitioner for the period of July, 2017 to March, 2019 were subject to audit. The petitioner was informed about tax liability during audit proceedings on account of wrong availment of ITC and ITC availed with respect to exempted supply. Upon receipt of initial audit observation, the petitioner discharged the entire tax liability alongwith interest. The final audit report was issued much after payment of GST liability. Post audit, the respondent issued show cause notice to the petitioner under Section 74 of CGST Act and confirmed the demand through DRC-07. The petitioner contended that it falls under purview of Section 73(1) and 73(5) of CGST Act and therefore, SCN under section 74 is not sustainable. Whereas, the respondent contended that this is the case of fraud and willful misstatement.

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CBIC issued guidelines to be followed by CGST field officers while investigating to maintain ease of business

CBIC issued guidelines to be followed  by CGST field officers while investigating to maintain ease of business

Investigations, summon, letters from GST Authority has become common in business from last sometime and there are many practical issues which comes alongwith these communication. GST investigations are at many times hampering regular business activities as well.  Further, there are many practical issues being faced by the GST Authorities as well as taxpayer such as prior approval, simultaanoues investigation by more than one GST authority, uncessary information asked etc.

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