20 Dec 2019, 11:10 — 7 min read
Background: In their previous article, Vakilsearch explained the validity, scope and implications of a legal notice. In this article they examine the conditions for claiming Goods & Services Tax (GST) refund, relevant time to claim refund and the process to claim refund on the GST portal.
Over the past few years, innovative and strategic initiatives like Make In India, Digital India, Goods and Services Tax (GST) have been introduced to boost the economy. Among these policies, GST has been brought to evade the cascading effect of taxes. The previous classification of taxes always created a dilemma in the minds of the manufacturers and the customers as there was no transparency in the system. The introduction of GST has paved the way for a single and easily administered tax system. The government of India has been trying to make GST processing and refunds convenient for the public. With the introduction of the Online Refund Processing and Single Disbursement system, the GST refunds can be seamlessly accessed and tracked.
The GST refunds can be claimed for the following scenarios:
All the GST refund claims should be filed within two years from the relevant date. The specific dates in each scenario of refund are stated below:-
With the introduction of the Online Refund Processing and Single Disbursement System, taxpayers can file refund application online. But there can be several mistakes when making the GST payment. A person can also pay more amounts while filling up the challan for GST payment. This excess amount is shown as a balance in the Electronic Cash ledger. This balance can be claimed for a refund by filling up an online application form RFD-01 within the prescribed time of two years, failing which, your credits may get blocked permanently.
Following is the step by step process for claiming a refund:-
Step 1: Log in to the GST portal with your GSTIN number and password. Click the SERVICE tab and click on the REFUND option from the drop-down menu. Thereafter clicking on the refund tab will give options out of which you must select APPLICATION FOR REFUND.
Step 2: Select the REFUND OF EXCESS BALANCE IN ELECTRONIC CASH LEDGER and validate the CREATE option
Step 3: After clicking on CREATE, a screen displaying an editable table will appear. You need to enter all the refund values to be claimed in the table.
Step 4: Thereafter, selecting the bank account from the drop-down menu, in which you want the refund amount to be credited, click on SAVE. Subsequent instructions get displayed on the screen regarding the care to be taken.
Step 5: The checkbox stating that all the details are true and fair need to be clicked. Then, select the name of the Authorized Signatory from the drop-down list. Depending on your organization, you can either choose SUBMIT WITH DSC option or SUBMIT WITH EVC option.
Step 6: Finally, the Refund ARN Receipt is generated in PDF format.
Step 7: A GST Officer verifies all the details you have submitted and thereafter the refund is credited to your bank account as per the quotation from the taxpayers.
Step 8: In the case where the claim has been rejected by the officer, a notice stating the reasons for rejection would be sent to the applicant. The applicant needs to respond within 15 days of receipt of such notice.
Step 9: The GST refund claim has to be sanctioned within a period of 60 days from the date of receipt of the claim. If the process gets delayed due to any reasons, you will receive an interest @6% and 9% for the period from which the amount becomes payable depending on the type of refund. Claiming refunds is a very important aspect as the money is held by the government. You can take help of the various software systems available online to calculate the refund amount and ease the process.
The GST refund claim has to be sanctioned within a period of 60 days from the date of receipt of the claim. If the process gets delayed due to any reasons, the applicant will receive an interest @6% and 9% for the period from which the amount becomes payable depending on the type of refund. Claiming refunds is a very important aspect as the money is held by the government. You can take help of the various software systems available online to calculate the refund amount and ease the process.
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