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Jubilant found guilty of not passing Rs 41.42 cr GST benefit on sale of Dominos Pizza

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

FoodWorks, the operator of Dominos chain in India, has been found guilty of not passing on GST-cut benefit of Rs 41.42 crore on sale of some products and has been directed to deposit the illegal gains with the government.

The (NAA) passed the order on an email complaint filed by a customer that had not reduced the prices of 'Dominos Stuffed Garlic Bread' and 'Medium Veg Pizza' despite a cut in GST rate from 18 per cent to 5 per cent.

(GST) rate on was cut to 5 per cent without Input Tax Credit (ITC) from 18 per cent with ITC, with effect from November 15, 2017.

The NAA held that has not passed on the benefit of reduction in the rate of tax to its customers during the period November 15, 2017 to May 31, 2018.

It found that quantum of denial of rate cut benefit or profiteered amount illegally earned by is over Rs 41.42 crore and asked the company to reduce prices of its products by way of commensurate reduction in taxes.

"The Respondent (Jubilant FoodWorks) is directed to refund to the applicant an amount of Rs 5.65 along with interest @18 per cent from the date of charging the above amount from him till its refund.

"He is further directed to deposit the balance amount of Rs 41,42,97,629.25 in the ratio of 50:50 in the Central and the along with interest @18 per cent till the same is deposited, within a period of 3 months," the NAA said.

The NAA also asked the of Anti-Profiteering (DGAP), which investigated the case, to conduct further investigation post May 31, 2018, to check if the benefit of tax reduction was passed to customers.

"It is clear that the Respondent has resorted to profiteering by charging more price than what he could have charged by issuing wrong tax invoices. He has further acted in conscious disregard of the obligation which was cast upon him by the law, by issuing incorrect invoices in which the base prices were deliberately enhanced more than what he was entitled to increase due to denial of ITC and thus he had denied the benefit of reduction in the rate of tax...," the NAA said.

The authority has also issued a show cause notice to Jubilant FoodWorks to explain why penalty should not be imposed on the company.

Jubilant FoodWorks operates quick service restaurant under the brand name 'Dominos Pizza' from 1,128 outlets across 31 sates and Union Territories.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 04 2019. 20:25 IST
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