2022 (11) TMI 918 - HC - GST
Reimbursement of tax effect on introduction of the GST Act with effect from 01.07.2017 from the Executive Engineers - Execution of works contract - discrepancy observed between the figures furnished by the petitioner-taxpayer in the returns furnished in Form GSTR-3B under Rule 61 of the GST Rules and the data made available in the web portal - Circular vide Memo No. 36116-FIN-CT1- TAX-0045-2017/F., dated 07.12.2017 - HELD THAT:- The statutory provision and the legal position as set forth by this Court lead to show that the petitioner-contractor is supplier of service which is subject to levy of GST and for that matter ascertainment of liability and correct quantification of tax liability is subject-matter of adjudication by the authorities bestowed with power under the provisions of the GST Act.
Going through the impugned notices dated 06.08.2022 ex facie indicates that the proper officer initiated action under Section 73 of the GST Act for adjudication of appropriate fact and determination of correct figure as there is anomaly in the data available on the WAMIS and the figures disclosed in the return furnished to the CT&GST Organisation in Form GSTR-3B. This has nothing to do with disposal of representation(s) at Annexure-7 series stated to be pending before the Executive Engineer(s) which has separate cause of action, if any, inasmuch as the Executive Engineer is not the competent authority vested with power for adjudication of tax liability under the GST Act - there is little scope to show indulgence in the present matter as the petitioner is required to justify his claim made in the returns in Form GSTR-3B prescribed under Rule 61(5) of the GST Rules read with Section 39 of the GST Act vis-à-vis data disclosed in WAMIS.
In UNION OF INDIA VERSUS BAJAJ TEMPO LTD. [1997 (7) TMI 137 - SUPREME COURT] it is advised that the appropriate course for the assessee was to reply to the show cause notice enabling the authorities to record their findings of fact in each case and then, if necessary, the matter could be proceeded to the Tribunal and thereafter to the High Court.
The petitioner, in the instant case, has the fullest opportunity to refute allegations, if any, and rebut adverse finding/observations involved in the matter, as discussed above. The petitioner may also raise legal issues as well as factual disputes before the Assessing Officer during the course of proceeding. It is possible for the petitioner to seek further time, if according to him the time given by the authority for filing the reply was required to be extended in order to enable it to collect further material. It cannot, therefore, be said that the notices dated 06.08.2022 under Section 73 are vulnerable - Considering the fact that the petitioner has ample opportunity to agitate issues before the Assessing Officer, this Court holds that entertainment of the writ petition at the stage of notice would be premature.
This Court does not warrant it necessary to invoke extraordinary jurisdiction in exercise of power under Article 226 of the Constitution at the stage of Show Cause Notice - Petition dismissed.