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Input tax credit, Goods and Services Tax - GST

Issue Id: - 118469
Dated: 7-4-2023
By:- Vasudev Mehta
Input tax credit

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Dear experts,

My case is that a CA of the client had inadvertently shown more tax payable in GSTR-3B as compared to GSTR-1 by Rs 18,00,000. This is evident by the report at the gst website. Ideally the that CA should adjust the amount in the sales column. However, in order to rectify the amount he showed the same as input tax credit in the third month. Now there is a difference of rs 18 lakhs in GSTR-2A and GSTR-3B since such amount will not appear in GSTR-2A. It is clearly a rectification of outward liability and not input tax credit taken. The department is demanding reversal of input tax credit along with interest. Is it a good case to argue? Are there any case laws to refer?

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1 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Padmanathan Kollengode

kindly clarify during which period, this error has taken place.


2 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Shilpi Jain

You should first put across that there was no liability i.e. to the extent of 18L disclosed in excess in tax payable.

The fact that this 18L shown as credit to set off this excess paid liability should not be regarded as availment and using of ITC.

There are cases in the earlier regime where it was held that using credit to set off tax payment which was not liable in the first place should be regarded as reversal of credit.


3 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Vasudev Mehta

The period is F Y 2019-20


4 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Vasudev Mehta

Thank you shilpi ma'am


5 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Vasudev Mehta

Can you share some case laws maam?


6 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Amit Agrawal

I am not sure I understood facts fully.

Is this a case where 'excess payment' (i.e. already made through GSTR-3B) of first month is directly taken as ITC - on his own by the tax-payer - in GSTR-3B of subsequent period (third month), instead of filing refund-claim against 'excess payment'?


7 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- KASTURI SETHI

It is a typographical error. No revenue loss has been caused to Govt. No question of payment of interest. Interest is always compensatory in nature----S.C. Judgement. When there is no loss of revenue, interest for what ? There is a plethora of case laws on procedural lapse/clerical error.


8 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Vasudev Mehta

Sir, this is a case where instead of reducing output liability in the table 3 of GSTR-3B they showed the same as credit in table 4 of GSTR-3B


9 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Amit Agrawal

For this post, I am assuming that this a case where 'excess payment' (i.e. already made through GSTR-3B) of first month is directly taken as ITC - on his own by the tax-payer - in GSTR-3B of subsequent period (third month), instead of filing refund-claim against 'excess payment'?

I am presuming that time-limit to claim refund against 'excess payment' in the first month is not yet lapsed due to extension granted under NOTIFICATION NO. 13/2022–Central Tax.

Under these circumstances, one should look at following option:

A. Claim refund of 'excess payment' made immediately.

B. Admit wrong availment of ITC and pay the same with interest (and penalty @ 15% u/s 74, if so insisted by Dept.).

C. There is no need to link these two events.

If tax-payer insist to fight this, it is not a easy case to defend in my view and tax-payer will be carrying risks there-against.

But, one must also to look into disclosures made in Form GSTR-9 & 9C before taking any final call.

These are ex facie views of mine and the same should not be construed as professional advice / suggestion.


10 Dated: 8-4-2023
By:- Padmanathan Kollengode

I agree with views of Shri Amit Ji in toto.

If time limit for refund has not lapsed, it is wise to consider the possibility of claiming refund and reversing ITC with interest.

However, in my opinion section 74 cannot be invoked in this case. so no question of penalty.


11 Dated: 9-4-2023
By:- Ganeshan Kalyani

In my view it is only a clerical error in furnishing the details. The fact of the transaction should be presented before the department and once the dept is satisfied about the genuineness of the transaction then the clerical mistake committed should be presented. Since, there is no revenue loss the department should accept the submission.


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