Circular No.ES/ 76 /2018-19 May 31, 2018
To: Members of the Council
Sub: Providing wide publicity to "Special drive Refund Fortnight" being undertaken by CBIC from 31.05.2018 to 14.06.2018-regarding
We are glad to inform you that the Ministry of Finance has issued a Press release dated May 30, 2018 announcing "Special Refund Fortnight" from May 31, 2018 to June 14, 2018, in which Customs, Central and State GST officers will strive to clear all GST refund applications received on or before 30.04.2018. This will include refunds of IGST paid on exports, refunds of unutilized ITC and all other GST refunds submitted in Form GST RFD-01A.
In this connection, we request all our member-exporters facing problems against pending refunds of GST/IGST to approach their jurisdictional tax offices during the special refund fortnight for refund of their refund claims submitted on or before April 30, 2018, which are still pending.
It may also be noted that in case the jurisdiction (Centre or State) has not been defined for a particular claimant, he/she can approach either of the jurisdictional tax authorities. All IGST refund claimants may register on ICEGATE website, if not already done to check their refund status.
The Council would like to draw your kind attention to the fact that the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is implementing a solution whereby the refunds held in GSTN, in cases where the exporters have mistakenly declared their export supplies as domestic supplies, would now be transmitted to Customs EDI System. In this regard, SRTEPC vide Circular No.ES/75/2018-19 dated May 30, 2018, has enclosed CBIC Circular No 12 dated May, 29, 2018 wherein CBIC's prescribes solution to exporters mistakenly declaring their export supplies as domestic supplies. Accordingly, on receipt of the records from GSTN, the Customs System would automatically process the refunds for sanction, if no other errors are committed by exporters. Further, CBIC has also issued Circular No 45/19/2018-GST dated May 30, 2018 which has clarified several issues related to refund claims of exporters.
Members are requested to please note that “Just online submission of the refund application in FORM GST RFD-01A will not be enough and the cases will not be processed unless a copy of the application is submitted to the jurisdictional tax office, along with supporting documents”.
Members are requested to avail the benefit of this Drive in clearing your pending refunds under IGST/ITC, if any.