Know in Brief – Refunds under GST


Refund refers to an amount that is due to the tax payer from the tax administration. According to section 54 of the CGST Act, 2017, any person claiming the refund of any tax and interest, if any, paid on such tax or any other amount paid by him, may make an application before the expiry of two years from the relevant date. If there is any balance in the electronic cash ledger or electronic credit ledger after payment of tax, interest, penalty, fee or any other amount payable may claim such refund in the return furnished under section 39.

A specialised agency of the United Nations Organisation or any Multilateral Financial Institution and Organisation notified under the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947, Consulate or Embassy of foreign countries or any other person or class of persons, as notified under section 55, entitled to a refund of tax paid by it on inward supplies of goods or services or both, may make an application for such refund, in such form and manner as may be prescribed, before the expiry of six months from the last day of the quarter in which such supply was received.

Refund of unutilised Input Tax Credit

Section 54(3) of CGST Act, 2017 states that subject to the provisions of section 54(10), a registered person may claim the refund of any unutilized input tax credit at the end of any tax period, subject to provisions of the section.

Refund Allowed in Following Cases (First Provision)

   1. Zero rated supplies made without payment of tax.
   2. Where the credit has accumulated on account of rate of tax on inputs being higher than the rate of tax on output supplies other than nil rated or fully exempt supplies, except supplies of goods or services or both as may be notified by the Government on the recommendations of the Council.

Refund not Allowed (Second and Third Provision)

    1. Goods exported out of India are subjected to export duty.
    2. If the supplier of goods or services or both avails of drawback in respect of central tax or claims refund of the integrated tax paid on such supplies


Note – Please note that the above article is part of our continuous research on the related matters. It is based on our interpretation of related regulations which may differ person to person. Readers are expected to take expert opinion before relying on above.

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