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Refund Process for Exporters under GST

Every business sector has been impacted, both in a negative as well as a positive way, post-GST implementation. This is the reason why a lot of people were sceptical about the GST regime when it was announced to be introduced and replaced by the pre-GST services.

GST refund process was one such task where a lot of people were having trouble understanding the complete procedure and how to go through with it. Exporters, amongst all the other groups, were suffering due to the heavy blockage in working capital which was the result of either payment of IGST during the exports or due to unutilised input tax credit on inputs.

In this blog, we will be discussing the process of refund under GST which will help you understand the procedure better.

Options Available to Exporters for Export

  1. May supply goods or services or both under Bond or Letter of Undertaking in GST RFD 11, without payment of IGST and claim a refund of unutilized input tax credit.
  2. May supply goods or services with payment of integrated tax and claim refund of IGST.

Situations where Refunds Arise

Refunds might arise, as per the Section 54(8) of the CGST Act, under the following situations:

  • Export of goods without paying IGST (accumulated input tax credit)
  • Export of goods with payment of IGST, Rule 96 applicable
  • Export of services with or without paying IGST, Rule 89 applicable for both situations
  • Goods or services supplied to SEZ unit or SEZ developer
  • Deemed exports
  • Tax deposits under wrong head
  • ITC accumulated because of the inverted tax structure
  • Assessment or provisional assessment or appeal or any other order
  • Tax paid in advance and then refunded due to partial supply or non-supply

Refunds are to be granted to the dealer electronically, according to the provisions of GST Law, based on the application in RFD-01 on the government portal in all the cases mentioned above, with  exception of exports of goods with the payment of IGST, for which the details of the exports are to be filled in the Table 6A of GSTR-1 form and that form will be deemed as an application for refund.

Rule 96 of the CGST Rules govern the refund of integrated tax that is paid on the goods exported out of India. The rule states that the shipping bill that is filed by the exporter will be considered as the application for refund. Also, this application will be deemed to have been filed only when the details of the exports are furnished in Table 6A of GSTR-1 form and the applicant has filed a valid return in GSTR-3B form.

In the recently held 26th GST Council Meeting, the council has decided to the available tax exemptions on imported good for the next 6 months, beyond 31st March 2018. Therefore, the exporters, who are availing several promotion schemes introduced for export, can continue to avail exemptions on their imports till 1st October 2018. Also, by this time an e-wallet scheme is said to be put in place to allow the exporters to continue availing the benefits in the future.

The pace at which GST refunds for exports are granted has also been increased, as discussed in the council meeting. The Council has subsequently directed GSTN to forward the balance refund claims immediately to the Customs or Central GST or State GST authorities, whichever may be applicable, for expeditious sanction and robust disbursal.

The GST Council has made the decision to implement e-wallets from 1st October 2018, as a permanent solution for making the GST refund process and compliance easy for exporters. This scheme is basically a creation of electronic wallets which will be credited with virtual or notional currency by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Exporters will then be able to make payment of GST or IGST with this notional or virtual currency on the goods that they import or procure so that their funds are not blocked and can be used for business purposes.

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CA Ankita Mathur
CA Ankita Mathur
Ankita, a Big 4 alumna, is a tax expert at H&R Block (India) with vast experience in managing GST-related business services. An avid traveller, Ankita is a regular contributor to the CAclubindia and loves helping people understand about GST and helping companies be GST compliant.