The CBIC vide Notification No. 94/2020-Central Tax, dated December 22, 2020, has issued Central Goods and Services Tax Rules (Fourteenth Amendment), 2020, amending, inter alia, Rule 138E of the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017 ("CGST Rules") in the following manner:
· Clause (b) - words "two months" replaced with "two tax periods"- If a registered person other than a person paying tax under composition levy, has not furnished the returns for a consecutive period of two tax periods, then he shall not be allowed to furnish the information in PART A of FORM GST EWB-01.
· New clause (d) inserted - Person whose registration has been suspended under the provisions of sub-rule (1) or sub-rule (2) or sub-rule (2A) of Rule 21A of the CGST Rules (i.e., suspension of registration), would also not be allowed to furnish the information in PART A of FORM GST EWB-01.
Amended Rule 138E of the CGST Rules, now reads as under w.e.f. December 22, 2020:
"138E. Restriction on furnishing of information in PART A of FORM GST EWB-01.-
Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1) of rule 138, no person (including a consignor, consignee, transporter, an e-commerce operator, or a courier agency) shall be allowed to furnish the information in PART A of FORM GST EWB-01 in respect of a registered person, whether as a supplier or a recipient, who,-
(a) being a person paying tax under section 10, or availing the benefit of notification of the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue No. 02/2019– Central Tax (Rate), dated the 7th March 2019, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R. 189, dated the 7th March 2019, has not furnished the statement in FORM GST CMP-08 for two consecutive quarters; or
(b) being a person other than a person specified in clause (a) has not furnished the returns for a consecutive period of two tax periods:
Provided that the Commissioner may, on receipt of an application from a registered person in FORM GST EWB-05, on sufficient cause being shown and for reasons to be recorded in writing, by order in FORM GST EWB-06, allow furnishing of the said information in PART A of FORM GST EWB 01, subject to such conditions and restrictions as may be specified by him:
Provided further that no order rejecting the request of such person to furnish the information in PART A of FORM GST EWB 01 under the first proviso shall be passed without affording the said person a reasonable opportunity of being heard:
Provided also that the permission granted or rejected by the Commissioner of State tax or Commissioner of Union territory tax shall be deemed to be granted or, as the case may be, rejected by the Commissioner.
Provided also that the said restriction shall not apply during the period from the 20th day of March 2020 till the 15th day of October 2020 in the case where the return in FORM GSTR-3B or the statement of outward supplies in FORM GSTR-1 or the statement in FORM GST CMP-08, as the case may be, has not been furnished for the period February 2020 to August 2020.
Explanation:– For the purposes of this rule, the expression "Commissioner" shall mean the jurisdictional Commissioner in respect of the persons specified in clauses (a) and (b).
(c) being a person other than a person specified in clause (a), has not furnished the statement of outward supplies for any two months or quarters, as the case may be.
(d) being a person, whose registration has been suspended under the provisions of sub-rule (1) or subrule (2) or sub-rule (2A) of rule 21A"
The Notification can be accessed here
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