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Clarification on Demand & penalty on fake invoices| Circular No. 171/03/2022-GST
Input Tax Credit
CA. Kapil Mittal

Clarification on Demand & penalty on fake invoices| Circular No. 171/03/2022-GST

Department received various representations from the trade as well as the field formations seeking clarification on the applicability of demand and penalty provisions on transactions involving fake invoices. Understanding the severity of this issue, the Department issued the following clarification that how demand and penalty provisions on such transactions will apply to vide Circular No. 171/03/2022-GST dated 6th July 2017.

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ITC is not eligible on expense incurred on CSR Activities
Judgements
CA. Sachin Jindal

ITC is not eligible on expense incurred on CSR Activities

The power conferred under Rule 86A is very drastic. Power under Rule 86A should be invoked only if fraudulent ITC or ineligible ITC has been claimed by the assessee and the authority has recorded the reasons for the same in writing.

The authority is bound to record the reasons of invoking Rule 86A in writing and communicate such reasons to the assessee. On receipt of such reasons, the assessee is entitled to make his submission/objection requesting for lifting.

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Rule 86A can’t be invoked without communicating reasons of invoking rule 86A to the assessee
Judgements
CA. Sachin Jindal

Rule 86A can’t be invoked without communicating reasons of invoking rule 86A to the assessee

Hon’ble High Court held that power conferred under Rule 86A is very drastic. Power under Rule 86A should be invoked only if fraudulent ITC or ineligible ITC has been claimed by the assessee and the authority has recorded the reasons for the same in writing. In this matter, Hon’ble High Court relied on precedence of apex court in the matter of GKN Driveshafts (India) Limited Vs. ITO reported in (2003) 259 ITR 19 (SC) wherein it was held that in case of reopening of assessment under Section 143(3) of Income Tax Act,  the assessee should be afforded an opportunity of hearing and he is entitled to know the reasons for reopening and is also entitled to object to such reopening done by the Assessing Officer. Same analogy is applicable in the given case also, the authority is bound to record the reasons of invoking Rule 86A in writing and communicate such reasons to the assessee. On receipt of such reasons, the assessee is entitled to make his submission/objection requesting for lifting.

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