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Government sanctions Rs 127 billion of GST refund claims

About Rs 28 billion worth eligible refunds are pending which will also be cleared soon

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The government has sanctioned refunds worth about Rs 127 billion or 80 per cent of the eligible claims of exporters, an official said on Sunday.

The (CBEC) had organised refund facilitation camps in field offices between March 15-31 to assist exporters in filling up refund claim forms and correct errors.

"claims worth Rs 86 billion till January 31 were lying with the Of this, Rs 77 billion worth claims have been sanctioned so far," a senior official told PTI.

With regard to those exporters who claimed refund of their input tax, the has sanctioned about Rs 50 billion, out of Rs 69 billion due till February end, the official added.

"The has sanctioned Rs 127 billion IGST and Rs 50 billion (ITC) refunds. Together, this accounts for 80 per cent of the eligible claims lying with CBEC," the official added.

About Rs 28 billion worth eligible refunds are pending which will also be cleared soon, he said.

Besides, states have issued refunds to the tune of Rs 25 billion to exporters who paid State (SGST), the official said.

The CBEC had late last year started refunds for exporters of goods who paid Integrated (IGST) and have claimed refund based on shipping bill by filling up Table 6A. While for those businesses making zero rated supplies or those wanting to claim input credit, have to fill Form RFD-01A.

Ever since the roll out of GST, exporters have been complaining that delay in has blocked their working capital.

The revenue department, on the other hand, has argued that there are discrepancies in forms submitted by exporters with the department and those with the (GSTN).

Last month, the Prime Minister's Office stepped in and held meeting with finance and commerce ministry officials to discuss ways to fast track clearance.

An analysis of GSTN data shows that in a large number of cases, the refund claimed by an exporter is higher than the GST paid by him and consequently, the claims filed by exporters were not forwarded to by GSTN.

"The refund facilitation camp has helped in exporters in revising their claim forms," the official added.

First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 02:27 IST
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