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Refund of GST deposited by us due to return filed post annual cut off by supplier, Goods and Services Tax - GST
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We purchased material from a public limited company in Feb. 2018 & took GST credit .The supplier did not file return from Feb. 2018 onward & also did not pay GST. The Department cancelled supplier's registration after Feb.2018 but gave effect from 1.2.2018 due to non filing of Returns. So we are made to pay GST along with interest & penalty .
Then supplier filed pending Returns along with GST, interest & penalty in Nov. 2022. So GST amount reflected in our GSTR-2B with remark - Return filled post annual cut off. So GST credit was denied to us .
Can we claim refund of GST , interest & penalty as supplier has paid the same !
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You cannot claim refund of GST, interest & penalty.
Your query is directly covered by the proviso to Rule 37A. The proviso clearly states that the registered person can re-avail the credit in Form GSTR-3B. However it is silent on interest and penalty.
In my considerate view, once interest has been collected from the supplier for belated payment of OPT, it cannot be again collected from recipient for reversal of same amount as ITC. After all interest is only compensatory in nature as held by Supreme Court in Pratibha Processors - 1996 (10) TMI 88 - SUPREME COURT. Therefore, Govt cannot be compensated twice, once from supplier and again from recipient.
Regarding penalty, one has to consider under which provision the penalty was imposed. Clearly, in your case there is no wilfull suppresion, misstatement or fraud involved and the same if alleged can be challenged.
The only way to get the relief of interest and penalty would be to file a writ before the High Court
please read "refund of GST." instead of "GST, interest and penalty." Interest and penalty can be litigated as explained above
What do you mean by saying that ''So we are made to pay GST along with interest & penalty"?
No-one can force anyone to pay such amount without following due process under law.
Second, what is procedure followed while paying said GST along with interest & penalty and whether same is done u/s 74 by filing form DRC-03 ? And if yes, whether Form DRC-04 got issued by Dept.?
Lastly, have you given any letter asking for waiver of SCN by paying u/s 74 (5) etc.?
Kindly elaborate various factual aspects, some of which are listed above.
Do file a refund application to claim back the amount paid to department as department cannot be benefited twice. There were also HC decisions which stated that primary liability is on the supplier and protective liabiltiy on the recipient.
Once supplier has paid, there is no reason for department to keep amount received from recipient.
If the order is adverse then file a Writ in the HC.