Circular No.ES/305/2017-18 February 28, 2018
To: Members of the Council
Sub: Refund of IGST on Export– Invoice mis-match Cases- Alternative Mechanism with Officer Interface
We would like to inform our members that CBEC vide Circular No. 05/2018-Customs dated 23rd February, 2018, has highlighted the common errors that has hindered the sanction and disbursal of refund of IGST paid against exports. On examination, it has been identified that invoice mis-match has been the main reason for why the IGST refunds have been held.
As you are aware, CBEC had released Circulars, undertook outreach programmes, issued advisories, advertisements and FAQs to create awareness amongst the exporter community regarding the common mistakes and errors which hold up the refund process. Information was also made available to exporters (registered users) with regard to the errors status on ICEGATE website. Details of refund sanctioned is being sent through SMS on registered mobile phones. With such efforts, CBEC were able to sanction more than Rs. 4000 crores of refund, so far.
CBEC has informed that errors have decreased significantly but exporters are still committing mistakes in the information furnished to (i) GSTN while filing GSTR 1 / Table 6A or GSTR 3B and (ii) Customs EDI system while filing Shipping Bill.
Members may please follow the instructions carefully and do the needful as advised for smooth refunds of IGST claims.