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Clarification on refund related issues

 Notice Date : 31 December 2018

Circular No. 79/53/2018-GST 

F. No. CBEC-20/16/04/2018 - GST

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

GST Policy Wing


New Delhi, Dated the 31st December, 2018


The Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners/Principal Commissioners/

Commissioners of Central Tax (All) / The Principal Directors General/ Directors General

(All) / The Principal Chief Controller of Accounts (CBIC)


Subject: Clarification on refund related issues – Reg.

         Various representations have been received seeking clarification on various issues relating to refund. In order to clarify these issues and to ensure uniformity in the implementation of the provisions of law across field formations, the Board, in exercise of its powers conferred by section 168 (1) of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as “CGST Act”), hereby clarifies the issues detailed hereunder:

Physical submission of refund claims with jurisdictional proper officer:

2. Due to the non-availability of the complete electronic refund module, a work around was prescribed vide Circular No. 17/17/2017-GST dated 15.11.2017 and Circular No. 24/24/2017-GST dated 21.12.2017, wherein a taxpayer was required to file FORM GST RFD-01A on the common portal, generate the Application Reference Number (ARN), take print-outs of the same, and submit it physically in the office of the jurisdictional proper officer, along with all the supporting documents. It has been learnt that this requirement of physical submission of documents in the jurisdictional tax office is causing undue hardship to the taxpayers. Therefore, in order to further simplify the refund process, the following instructions, in partial modification of the aforesaid circulars, are issued:

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on 31 December 2018
Circular No : 79/2018
Published in GST
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